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The Reflecting Skin (1990)

In the 1950's, a young boy living with his troublesome family in rural USA fantasizes that a neighboring widow is actually a vampire, responsible for a number of disappearances in the area.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Dove
Robert Koons ...
Evan Hall ...
Codie Lucas Wilbee ...
Sherry Bie ...
Jason Wolff ...
Cadillac Driver (as Jason Wolfe)
Dean Hass ...
Jason Brownlow ...


A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of discouraging his brother from seeing her. He must deal with an abusive mother, a father with a charge of molestation, a band of youths creating havoc, and an unforgiving environment in general. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Sometimes terrible things happen quite naturally


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense violent behavior, and for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 November 1990 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Det gyllene fältet  »

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| (Ontario)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Director Philip Ridley stated that he hand painted all the wheat yellow because he preferred the look of it See more »


Seth Dove: I keep the angel.
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Referenced in Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld (2005) See more »

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Great Film
11 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Reflecting Skin is, by far, the best film I have ever seen.

The film is about a young 8-year-old boy named Seth Dove, who leads a fairly normal childhood in the prairie farmlands of the 1950's.

When a friend is murdered and his father, who has a secret past, is accused of the crime Seth's world is suddenly turned upside down. However, Seth becomes fixated with a reclusive widow named Dolphin Blue and, convinced she is a vampire, believes she is responsible for the death of his friends. He also believes she is out to kill his older brother Cameron and will stop at nothing to save him.

This film deals with dark psychological territory that some viewers may find disturbing. However, I do recommend you watch this film as Philip Ridley has directed a film that shows how a child's imagination can be extremely overactive but also, it shows just how cruel the adult world can be.

The film is also shot in a very beautiful way. It oozes atmosphere and the use of colour in the film is fantastic. Ridley combines, successfully, the colours Blue, Yellow, Black, Grey and white and it just brings the film to life.

I do recommend this film to anyone, as i have done to my friends who have loved it. So, rent it out. Sit down. Enjoy.

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