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7.2
/10
561 Ratings

The Reflecting Skin

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

Synopsis

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

Critics reviews

Influenced, according to Ridley, by Alice in Wonderland and the paintings of Andrew Wyeth, Skin is a tour de force of twisted gothic imagination, its deadpan horrors only enhanced by the stunning beauty of Dick Pope’s photography.
January 04, 2016
Reeking with allegory, Andrew Wyeth landscapes, undigested Flannery O’Connor, variable performances, and all kinds of ambition and pretension, this 1990 first feature by English writer-director Philip Ridley is an American gothic melodrama set in the Idaho prairies. It’s typical of the overall conception that mass murderers and child molesters figure as incidental characters and as a collective deus ex machina for a plot already so full of grotesqueries that they’re barely noticed.
March 14, 2014
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