MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 412 this week

Mysterious Skin (2004)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 50,590 users   Metascore: 73/100
Reviews: 236 user | 130 critic | 32 from Metacritic.com

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 11 Jun 2011
 
list image
a list of 44 titles
created 03 Sep 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 05 Nov 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 21 Sep 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Mysterious Skin" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mysterious Skin (2004)

Mysterious Skin (2004) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mysterious Skin.

User Polls

5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: James Duval, Rose McGowan, Johnathon Schaech
Kaboom (2010)
Comedy | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A sci-fi story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students.

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka
Splendor (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An average, calm mid-20s girl named Veronica restarts her dead dating life all of the sudden, but with two guys: a sensitive failed writer named Abel and an airheaded drummer named Zed. At ... See full summary »

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: Kathleen Robertson, Johnathon Schaech, Matt Keeslar
Nowhere (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The third film in a trilogy by writer-director Gregg Araki. Described as "90210 on acid", the film tells the story of a day in the lives of a group of high school kids Los Angeles and the strange lives they lead.

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: James Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Gay teen angst...

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: James Duval, Roko Belic, Susan Behshid
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Luke is a gay hustler. Jon is a movie critic. Both are HIV positive. They go on a hedonistic, dangerous journey, their motto "Fuck the world".

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: Mike Dytri, Craig Gilmore, Mark Finch
Smiley Face (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After a young actress unknowingly eats her roommate's pot cupcakes, her day becomes a series of misadventures.

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: Anna Faris, John Krasinski, Adam Brody
Brick (2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Emilie de Ravin
Latter Days (2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.

Director: C. Jay Cox
Stars: Wes Ramsey, Steve Sandvoss, Mary Kay Place
Weekend II (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Director: Andrew Haigh
Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race
Manic (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution. Several other youths are there with a variety of ... See full summary »

Director: Jordan Melamed
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Bacall, Zooey Deschanel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

David, Craig and Alicia are a triangle of young lovers who find angst and despair as they sort out their feelings and sexuality in a late-night coffee shop.

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: Mark Howell, John Lacques, Darcy Marta
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
George Webster ...
Rachael Nastassja Kraft ...
Deborah (Age 12) (as Rachael Kraft)
...
...
...
...
...
Riley McGuire ...
Ryan Stenzel ...
...
...
Charlie
...
...
Larry Marko ...
Edit

Storyline

Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two boys. One can't remember. The other can't forget.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

NC-17 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

25 August 2005 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Piel misteriosa  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£39,382 (UK) (20 May 2005)

Gross:

$697,181 (USA) (29 July 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Sundance Channel Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Each of the youths in the film is based in part on the life of Scott Heim, the book on which the film is based. Scott claims to have seen a UFO with his family, excelled in school, and lived with his single mom after a divorce (like Brian). He announced baseball games (like Neil) and his infatuation with cosmetics and British goth pop made him the subject of death threats (like Eric). See more »

Goofs

The scene of Neal running in downtown New York after leaving his john with AIDS is actually Downtown Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brian: [narration voice-over] The summer I was 8 years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours. Lost. Gone without a trace.
Brian: [narration voice-over] Last thing I remember I was sitting on the bench at my Little League game. It started to rain. What happened after that remains a pitch black void.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Night of the Living Dead (1968) Directed by George Romero Originally distributed by the Walter Reade Organization See more »

Connections

Features The Dead Next Door (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Dagger
Written by Neil Halstead
Performed by Slowdive
Courtesy of Creation Records Ltd./SBK Records
Under license from SINE a division of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited/EMI Film & Television Music
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Powerful, Disturbing, Brave--Hat's off to Greg Araki, the cast and Scott Heim
1 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just got back from the Sundance Film Festival. I am still processing this powerful movie and the stunning reminder of the cost some of life's choices bring to our lives. I was amazed at the brutal honesty of this story. While I cannot say enough about the acting, Brady Corbet's subtle portrayal of Brian should be honored and remembered for a very long time. Bravo to all involved with this movie.

Before seeing this movie I could only remember that the novel, Mysterious Skin, had been disturbing. Greg Araki has made this novel into something that cuts emotionally but could also have a great impact in how people learn to deal with a painful past and the defenses they have built up to protect potentially devastating secrets.

Anyone who wants a movie to move them, to make them feel and to think should do everything they can to make sure they do not miss Mysterious Skin


179 of 247 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
the scene where the old man is going down on joseph chicakolla
Will Neil molest boys too? erina1
Avalyn Friesen? starsandstrips
Why wasn't levitt nominated for a Oscar elechien-431-722260
Did any victims/survivors watch this? bluebutterfly199280
So why was this film called Mysterious skin? JadoreHC
Discuss Mysterious Skin (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?