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Wind Walkers

Wind Walkers

Jan. 28, 2016 USA93 Min.R
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Cast

Zane Holtz isSean Kotz
Sean Kotz
Glen Powell isSonny Childe
Sonny Childe
Kiowa Gordon isJake Kingston
Jake Kingston
Castille Landon isLexi Thoms
Lexi Thoms
Johnny Sequoyah isWillow Samuelson
Willow Samuelson
Heather Rae isHeather Samuelson
Heather Samuelson

Synopsis

A group of friends and family descend into the Everglades swamplands for their annual hunting trip only to discover that they are the ones being hunted. A malevolent entity is tracking them and they begin to realise one of their party may be possessed by something brought home from a tour of duty in the Middle East – a demon of war so horrible and deadly they are unaware of its devilish presence. Or are they facing something even more unspeakable, a legendary Native American curse about to unleash its dreadful legacy of thirsting for colonial revenge by claiming more souls?

Wind Walkers
Original titleWind Walkers
IMDb Rating3.6 159 votes
TMDb Rating7.5 6 votes

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  • bournemouthbearSeptember 23, 2015Reply

    Muddled Mess Fudges the Horror

    Wind Walkers (2015)

    A group of friends venture out into the remote Florida Everglades for
    their annual hunting trip. In doing so they have inadvertently upset
    the spirit realm and consequently become hunted by an ancient and
    rather grumpy curse in the form of ‘wind walkers’. Our protagonists are
    soldiers, two of which have recently returned from combat abroad.

    Whatever it is that the duo have witnessed abroad has had a rather
    detrimental effect on one of them Sean Kotz (Zane Holtz). We know this
    because Sean is unable to give his girlfriend the quickie she is
    gagging for at the back of the store she works at. He is also taking
    medication for schizophrenia. Writer/director Russell Friedenberg also
    offers up the possibility that Sean may be possessed by the wind
    walkers. One thing is certain, Sean is pretty nifty at running and he
    does an awful lot of it throughout the film.

    Upon reaching the hut, that they intend to use as their base for the
    trip, we see a mighty mean storm kicking off however one flashback
    later and I was kind of wondering whether the storm had blown over and
    wondering what the point of including it momentarily was. Yes I ‘get’
    the storm represents the spirits expressing their anger with the
    hunters so why didn’t the wind walkers just keep the storm going so the
    hunt would get rained off and never happen?

    The group starts distrusting Sean. They question whether Sean ‘brought’
    something back from his time away serving in the Middle East. It would
    appear so from the physical manifestation of the well-miffed entity.
    It’s also rather difficult to keep with the plotting given that it kind
    of jumps all over the place with little in the way of logic almost as
    if someone else took over the writing without fully reading what had
    come before.

    Other critics have been rather generous with their reviewing of Wind
    Walkers. They readily admitting that the film’s structure is muddled
    and weak but give it a good review without justification in their
    critique for actually doing so. I’ve come across situations like this
    before where reviews are amended to appease the film-makers or their
    marketing company. I can only think that a similar thing has happened
    here. It’s great for getting punters to rent/buy/view the flick but
    it’s under false pretences too.

    Heavy on mood but rather lacking in a coherent narrative Wind Walkers
    is one-note and confused. There’s a little bit of Wolfen in the mix and
    its sense of paranoia mirrors John Carpenter’s The Thing, even with a
    nod to the outburst about being tied up. Ultimately Wind Walkers offers
    little new and in offering up staid ideas it really needed something
    special elsewhere to make this worth sitting through. It doesn’t.

  • Walker Leonard (walkerfe)August 2, 2016Reply

    Better Than Expected

    I’m trying to get around to watching all of the horror films that After
    Dark produced or distributed since their first Horrorfest. I’ve only
    watched 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 not
    very scary, but it has a good cast and tells a relatively original
    story.

    I classify this as a PTSD horror movie. It’s one of the films in a new
    wave of veteran stories whose subjects are young and were fighting in
    the Middle East in the last 10-20 years. The other most notable example
    I 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 may
    know as Chad Radwell from Scream Queens. I was pleasantly surprised
    when I saw him in the cast as I began watching and surely would have
    watched this sooner had I known of his involvement! He’s especially
    hilarious but also holds his own in tense and suspenseful scenes.
    Another good point was the sense of mystery surrounding the Wind
    Walkers 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 the
    film felt underwhelming and ended up being disappointing. There is also
    a pretty awful intro/outro bookend that features a Native elder
    obviously reading in front of the camera. It just felt completely out
    of place, and the filmmakers should have come up with a better way to
    integrate the information that he conveys into the main plot.

    After Dark is prone to distributing some underwhelming movies. While
    Wind Walkers occasionally falls into this camp, most of the time I
    found it enjoyable and worth the watch.

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