Director: Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell
Starring: George Knapp, Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell, Colm Kelleher .USA. 2h 07m
Based on the best-selling book by George Knapp and Dr. Colm Kelleher, Hunt for The Skinwalker is a documentary about the most intensive scientific study of a “paranormal” hotspot in human history.
The film is an alluring documentation of a deep scientific look at highly strange paranormal events, in what seems to be a hotspot for a malevolent consciousness that is constantly changing a slowly becomes more disturbing as they investigators charge on with their experiments in the Uintah Basin.
Technically this is two documentaries for the price of one that haphazardly switches between new and older footage, some filmed over a decade ago but each scene is equally relevant and usually just as shocking.
Switching between brand new footage looking back over the events that would floor the jaw of anyone who might stumble on the Skinwalker Ranch by accident, the calm nature of the team is mystifying as they gently go through the motions of explaining a majority of the shapeshifters, lights in the sky, cattle mutilations and other bizarre events as if it were a walk in the park. There’s still a few reels of tape that they haven’t released yet because they just can’t explain what’s on them, this was a bit of a disappointment as I assumed this 2 hour epic might actually be EVERYTHING but I was still shook by the end.
Having a long lived interest in the paranormal I’ve read a ton of books and regularly listen to podcasts that have detailed a lot of these events but being a dufus I didn’t connect that so much of this happened in the same place. So this successfully connected those dots for me but it seems that it really annoyed a large portion of its audience for taking so long to be released, I can’t fathom how and why so many people are so angry at the fact they used the original footage which is filmed in a different ratio and obviously the quality sis a bit rough, I for one was impressed that it survived and it available to view.
At times the switch from one topic to another felt a little lose but it’s kept in total chronological order and it gives a solid feel for what the team has thrown at them, one moment a series of poltergeist disturbances, the next lights in the sky, then werewolf like creatures ripping through time and space.
The cuts and splicing is imaginative as everything remains focused on the ranch and not a lot else, and the addition of title cards gives pauses at all the right times, although now and again it did skip into odd terrority near the final half an hour, I wasn’t expecting Robbie WIlliams and he entered out of the blue talking about past events that were never mentioned in the film, but it doesn’t take a genius to work out what happened… eventually.I felt like George Knapp has talked about this so much that his down to earth factual monologue didn’t add to the shock moments, but while I respect him for his lifelong dedication I just felt that he works better when he has someone to bounce off of, at times he came across as a worldly gramps telling you the fact of life and from time to time he was just dry.
A thorough and detailed work of true dedication that is easily appreciated as a huge introduction of the Skinwalker ranch and a range of paranormal investigations, and it seems a big intro for an TV show and book that will hopefully lend to the other footage seeing the light of day.
R: Lost Vegas (2014), Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers (2018)
L: A-Z of Documentaries, Alien Abduction Films, Skinwalker Movies, Wendigo Windigo,