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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:
... Cameron Dove
... Dolphin Blue
... Seth Dove
... Ruth Dove
... Luke Dove
... Joshua
Robert Koons ... Sheriff Ticker
... Deputy
Evan Hall ... Kim
Codie Lucas Wilbee ... Eben
Sherry Bie ... Cassie
Jason Wolff ... Cadillac Driver (as Jason Wolfe)
Dean Hass ... Passenger
... Passenger
Jason Brownlow ... Passenger


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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Did You Know?


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


Dolphin Blue: Oh... innocence can be hell.
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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Plinketto #6 (2018) See more »

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The beauty of mournful darkness,
10 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

"The Reflecting Skin" is among the most beautiful and elegiac movies I have ever seen.It's dark and depressing film which takes place during 50's.Philip Ridley's full-length debut features many memorable moments for example frog exploding in a torrent of blood and guts,a couple of chirping ladies walking close to Seth and carrying a dead seagull,a gruesome suicide that ended with a burning gas station and the discovery of the mummified baby in the barn.The water plays the major theme in "The Reflecting Skin".The film is extremely poetic with its bleak subject matter of loneliness and mourn.The cinematography of Dick Pope is breathtaking with some moody shots of the fields,rolling hills and big skies.Dreamy and strangely hypnotic "The Reflecting Skin" is an unforgettable trip into sadness and melancholy.9 out of 10.

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