The Skulls (2000)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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A senior at an ivy league college, who depends on scholarships and working on the side, gets accepted into the secret society The Skulls. He hopes it betters chances at Harvard but The Skulls is not what he thought and comes at a price.




  • Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker in The Skulls (2000)
  • Director Rob Cohen with Joshua Jackson
  • Director Rob Cohen
  • Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker in The Skulls (2000)
  • Leslie Bibb in The Skulls (2000)
  • Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker in The Skulls (2000)

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14 October 2005 | jotix100
| Secret society
Not having seen this film when it first was released, we took a chance when it showed on cable recently. Despite the general bad comments from all contributors of this film in IMDb, Rob Cohen's "The Skulls", shows some interesting aspects about a secret society in one Ivy League university.

First of all, it's almost inconceivably how a "townie" like Lucas McNamara, can enter this society, which is clearly intended for the rich boys that attend the university. If ever there was someone who had no chance in being a candidate, it was Luke McNamara. But then, Lucas' character is thrown in to show a contrast in the proceedings, otherwise the film would have been unwatchable if it only concentrated in these boring rich boys.

Films like "The Skulls", and other thrillers, thrive in the paranoia factor that is created around the situation. In this case, it shows how a few misguided individuals want to control everything where their members are influential figures. In this case it is the judge that aspires to be the next supreme court nominee, something that has some actual interest, since the president of the United States, a secret society member himself, has had to choose people to fill key vacancies in the government.

The best assets of the film lie in the crisp cinematography by Shane Hurlbut, who does wonder with his camera. The fine editing of the film by Peter Amundson shows outstanding quality that makes "The Skulls" a film that is easy to watch. Mr. Cohen has an eye for camera placement that shows in the different settings in the film.

One wishes Rob Cohen luck with his next undertaking because she demonstrates he knows his craft well.

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Release Date:

31 March 2000



Country of Origin

USA, Canada

Filming Locations

Belfountain, Ontario, Canada

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,034,885 2 April 2000

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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