The story revolves around the legend of the skin walkers or "S Dubs", a folk legend from Utah about the spirits of murdered Indians returning to seek revenge upon those who disrespect the land.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Lowe ...
Roman George
James Dalgam ...
Wilson Sam
Nicholas Bartolo ...
Tommy Nakai
Jon Proudstar ...
Davis Nakai
Drew Lacafa ...
Sheila Tousey ...
Capt. Butler
Marla Frumkin ...
German woman (as Marla Finn)
Dr. Stone
Ryan Polequaptewa ...
Lonnie Mack
Ruben Maze


Faced with the murder of three medicine men, Navajo police must find the culprit. That the murders appear to be the work of a Skinwalker, or bad medicine man, complicate and illuminate the detective's work. Written by

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Detective Leaphorn trusts hard facts. Officer Chee trusts ancient tradition. Their beliefs will be tested as they try to catch a mysterious killer.


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Skinwalkers - kostajat haudan takaa  »

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Most of this movie was made in and around Superior Arizona. Some scenes are from Globe Arizona. The steep cliffs shown in numerous scenes is called Apache Leap. Ironic being this movie and series was based on the Navajo Indians. The Movie U Turn was also famously filmed here as well. See more »


The knife found in Chee's tire is held in place by grey putty, clearly seen and covering the tire tread. See more »


Wilson Sam: You try to walk a straight path in life. When you get to be my age, you look back at your footsteps and you can see where you went wrong.
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Great movie about Native American struggle and conflict on culture and modernity
21 December 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This movie gave a moving portrayal of Native Americans, between ones that wants to dismiss their past and assimilate with the outsider and their cultures, and ones that wants to hang on to their tradition. It shows how some are struggling with keeping their tradition in the modern world that is continuously moving forward, while others are torn between accepting the new and keeping with the old, or even ones who are completely disillusioned with their heritage to the point of violent counter-reactions. It all comes down to a complicated clash between various characters and how each one resolves the issue within itself.

This was a good mystery film too, revealing little by little as to the motive for the murders.

Chris Eyre did a good job in this film, having seen his other movie Smoke Signals, he gives a somber atmosphere to both of these films. Not invoking the usual depressing ambience usually portrayed on these kind of environment, but not over-glorifying any aspects either.

All in all, a worthy film to watch.

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