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DVD Review: ‘In Their Skin’ Rips Off Michael Haneke, Tacks on Sentimental Finale

20 March 2013 7:35 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – I may never know how “In Their Skin” came into being, but I have a pretty good theory. Screenwriter/star Josh Close was so appalled by the unapologetic bleakness of Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games” that he took it upon himself to make the exact same movie, more or less, but with a much happier ending. It’s a noble effort but every bit as pointless as Rod Lurie’s proudly non-misogynistic remake of “Straw Dogs.”

Perhaps Close was so offended by the killers’ blasé approach to offing a rich family in Haneke’s film that he wanted to illustrate how white upper class folk are every bit as prone to suffering as the rest of us. “We’re not perfect!” shouts Close at his captor, a ruthless madman hell-bent on stealing his identity. Instead of finding their home invaded by two creepy male sociopaths, the innocent trio of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Movie Review: In Their Skin

18 March 2013 1:46 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Home invasion movies scare the hell out of me. Just the idea of someone invading your personal space and threatening you and/or your family scares me much more than monsters, aliens or any other type of creature that might inhabit a horror film. With that being said, like most horror fans, I’m drawn to what scares me. Anytime a home invasion movie comes my way, you can definitely color me interested and optimistic. I loved 2008′s The Strangers, both versions of Haneke’s Funny Games, 2006′s Ils and pretty much most of any other entries into the subgenre. Luckily, Jeremy Power Regimbal’s In Their Skin (formerly titled Replicas), lives up to most of the standards set by previous films of the sort.

In Their Skin follows Mark and Mary Hughes (Diary Of The Dead and The Master‘s Joshua Close and Hellboy‘s Selma Blair), who along »


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DVD Release: In Their Skin

6 March 2013 2:32 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013

Price: DVD $24.98

Studio: IFC/Mpi

Joshua Close (l.), Quinn Lord and Selma Blair keep it together in In Their Skin.

Selma Blair (Dark Horse) and Joshua Close (The Master) star in the 2012 home invasion thriller In Their Skin, directed by Jeremy Power Regimbal from a screenplay by Close.

After a tragic family accident, Mark (Close) and Mary Hughes (Blair) retreat with their son to the family’s vacation home in the woods. They are wakened early the next morning by their new neighbors, Bobby (James D’Arcy, Hitchcock) and Jane Sakowski (Rachel Miner, TV’s Sons of Anarchy), who invite themselves over for dinner.

What begins as merely an awkward evening turns sinister as Bobby’s questions become intrusive and his envy of the Mark and Mary becomes more aggressive. As matters escalate, it becomes clear that there’s no limit to what Bobby will do to get what Mark has, »

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