Skinwalker Ranch (film)

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Skinwalker Ranch
Directed byDevin McGinn
Written byAdam Ohler
StarringTaylor Bateman, Steve Berg, Michael Black
CinematographyMichael Black
Release date
  • October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

Skinwalker Ranch (marketed in the UK as Skinwalkers) is a 2013 American found footage science fiction horror film directed by Devin McGinn. The movie had a video on demand and limited theatrical release on October 30, 2013, and stars Taylor Bateman, Steve Berg, and Michael Black.[1] It is loosely based upon folklore surrounding the titular Utah-based Skinwalker Ranch, which is rumored to be the site of several UFO sightings.[2]


Strange occurrences have been happening on the Skinwalker Ranch, which have culminated in the disappearance of the ranch owner's son. This prompts the dispatch of an investigative team to document the activity and look into the boy's disappearance by way of cameras set up throughout the ranch. The cameras record a series of increasingly eerie events and a warning by a Native American man, who tells the crew that their lives are in danger.


  • Taylor Bateman as Rebecca
  • Steve Berg as Sam
  • Michael Black as Britton Sloan
  • Erin Cahill as Lisa
  • Carol Call as Lissie Miller
  • Kyle Davis as Ray Reed
  • Mike Flynn as Interviewee
  • Jon Gries as Hoyt
  • Michael Horse as Ahote
  • Nash Lucas as Cody
  • Devin McGinn as Cameron Murphy
  • Matthew Rocheleau as Matt
  • Anne Sward as Interviewee
  • Tobijah Tyler as Interviewee
  • Clint Vanderlinden as Interviewee


Critical reception for Skinwalker Ranch was mixed to negative.[3] Common criticism centered on the plot,[4] which Shock Till You Drop considered to be due to the over familiarity of films of this nature and of movies purported to be based on true events.[5] Libertas Film Magazine and the Salt Lake Tribune both gave positive reviews for Skinwalker Ranch,[6] with the Tribune praising the movie's visual-effects work.[7] Dan Callahan of gave a mixed review, remarking that "There is no point in "Skinwalker Ranch" when it seems as if this could actually be found footage, but it does garner a few scares and even a few honest laughs in its rather short running time. If you’re looking for a neat little Halloween movie, you could do worse."[8]


  1. ^ "Found Footage Flick Skinwalker Ranch Gets October Release". STYD. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  2. ^ "First Details for Skinwalker Ranch, 'Based on a True Story'". STYD. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Skinwalker Ranch". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  4. ^ Harris, Mark H. "'Skinwalker Ranch' Movie Review". Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  5. ^ Doro, Paul. "Review: Skinwalker Ranch". STYD. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Skinwalker Ranch (Reviews)". Indie Wire. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Movie review: Utah-made 'Skinwalker Ranch' finds scares aplenty". SLT. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  8. ^ Callahan, Dan. "SKINWALKER RANCH (review)". Retrieved 16 December 2013.

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