Reviewed byWalker Leonard (walkerfe)Vote: 6/10/10
I'm trying to get around to watching all of the horror films that AfterDark produced or distributed since their first Horrorfest. I've onlywatched a few so far, but Wind Walkers is the best one I've seen yet.It's not the most polished indie horror you'll ever see, and it's notvery scary, but it has a good cast and tells a relatively originalstory.
I classify this as a PTSD horror movie. It's one of the films in a newwave of veteran stories whose subjects are young and were fighting inthe Middle East in the last 10-20 years. The other most notable exampleI enjoyed was Pod, which I think is equal in quality to this film.
The main highlight of this movie for me was Glen Powell, who you mayknow as Chad Radwell from Scream Queens. I was pleasantly surprisedwhen I saw him in the cast as I began watching and surely would havewatched this sooner had I known of his involvement! He's especiallyhilarious but also holds his own in tense and suspenseful scenes.Another good point was the sense of mystery surrounding the WindWalkers and how it propelled the film forward.
On the negative side, some special effects were less than believable,but overall they kept them subtle so it was a minimal distraction.Also, no spoilers, but some of the reveals in the second half of thefilm felt underwhelming and ended up being disappointing. There is alsoa pretty awful intro/outro bookend that features a Native elderobviously reading in front of the camera. It just felt completely outof place, and the filmmakers should have come up with a better way tointegrate the information that he conveys into the main plot.
After Dark is prone to distributing some underwhelming movies. WhileWind Walkers occasionally falls into this camp, most of the time Ifound it enjoyable and worth the watch.
Florida, USA. Seven friends head off into the wilderness to begin their annual hunting trip. As a hurricane fast approaches, things begin go awry. Isolated and paranoid, the men begin to question their friendship and loyalties. Soon they are terrorized by an unseen beast. What is stalking them? Is it the desolation, their imaginations, or has a cannibalistic creature which can take the human form come to hunt them?