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483 Ratings

The Reflecting Skin

Directed by Philip Ridley
Canada, 1990
Drama, Horror, Cult


Set in the American midwest during the 1950s, a morbid little boy persecutes a young widow whom he’s mistaken for a vampire, at the same time that he witnesses a series of mysterious murders.

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The Reflecting Skin Directed by Philip Ridley

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  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film The Reflecting Skin

    A poetic as well as disturbing childhood story, full of fantasies, illusions and hidden violence. I remember first watching it in the 1990s, and the first impression of the pictures (and the very atmospheric score of Nick Bicât) still lingers. I consider the ending as perfect closure of the events.

  • Jason's rating of the film The Reflecting Skin

    Another ol' childhood favorite dolled-up all 2K (or whatever) and color graded to perfection. You know what? Wasn't shot too far from my grandparents' farm. So, yeah: it speaks to me. Maybe this is the final word on innocence and the Gothic. I mean: really. The thing about innocence is that it produces monstrousness in the guise of limited culpability. And this is expressionism, people. A troubled rendering.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Reflecting Skin

    FANT '15 (tribute section) ...'Sometimes terrible things happen quite naturally...' Ridley delivered one of the best debut directorial efforts of the nineties with this little seen gem that deserves to be wider seen. A prairie setting, child murders, sadism and a child's belief in vampires are just some of the elements in this well written and mesmerizing film. Lindsay Duncan gives a very memorable turn here.

  • Joshuah's rating of the film The Reflecting Skin

    "The story is told in an objective, somewhat absurdist style, which recalls David Lynch by way of Days of Heaven." - Yeah I think that explains it quite nicely.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Reflecting Skin

    I love the way this film maintains its level of creepiness. It's as if this kid is living in a town full of insane people. It's no wonder that he turned out the way he did. I also admired the venom that Viggo had for his brother, which you probably don't see in most movies.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film The Reflecting Skin

    An absurd tale of fervently religious small-towners, impressionable young boys, and vampire lore. A young boy, Seth, fills his childhood days becoming obsessed with absurd notions of vampirism and impending doom for his brother, instead of focusing on real problems surrounding him and his family. Although the ending was weak, the rest of the film is idyllic on the surface, but dark and perverse deep down.

  • Dogville59's rating of the film The Reflecting Skin

    Brilliant in its horror. The Reflecting Skin is awesome. It is Canadian and is about the horrific effects of superstition, small town naivety, human propensity towards cruelty and just plain lack of knowledge mixed in with evangelical religiosity. It was brilliant in its horror. Not scary just devastating. The cinematography was amazing. I think the mark of a great director is brilliant cinematography.

  • Bill Boothman's rating of the film The Reflecting Skin

    SPOILERS: This film creates an uneasy sense of emptiness achieved through the juxtaposition of americana imagery and the social deviance of its characters. The film seems to discourage emotional connection with its characters and instead uses them as a surface under which broods our anxieties about society. There may be much worse monsters than the ones we imagine and they may be much closer to home than we realize.