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The Reflecting Skin (1990)

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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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Philip Ridley

Writer:

Philip Ridley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Cameron Dove
Lindsay Duncan ... Dolphin Blue
Jeremy Cooper ... Seth Dove
Sheila Moore ... Ruth Dove
Duncan Fraser ... Luke Dove
David Longworth ... Joshua
Robert Koons Robert Koons ... Sheriff Ticker
David Bloom ... Deputy
Evan Hall Evan Hall ... Kim
Codie Lucas Wilbee Codie Lucas Wilbee ... Eben
Sherry Bie Sherry Bie ... Cassie
Jason Wolff Jason Wolff ... Cadillac Driver (as Jason Wolfe)
Dean Hass Dean Hass ... Passenger
Guy Buller ... Passenger
Jason Brownlow Jason Brownlow ... Passenger
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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

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

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UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Det gyllene fältet See more »

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Canada See more »

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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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 »

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Deputy: Sheriff Ticker says it's a short step from kissing to killing
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Great movie. Unusual atmosphere
19 February 2006 | by tbyrne4See all my reviews

Really a good film. Definitely worth finding. I guess the only place you can score "The Reflecting Skin" is ebay, but I would recommend shelling out the few extra bucks. It's worth it. It would spoil the film to give away too much. And director Philip Ridley interweaves everything together masterfully. I mean MASTERFULLY. When you watch it you'll know what I mean.

Young Seth lives in rural America at the end of WWII. Kids are getting killed in the town. Seth and his friends are convinced his creepy neighbor lady who always wears sunglasses and is pale and British, is the culprit (and that she's a vampire). Seth's brother (played by a young Viggo Mortenson) comes home from the war and promptly falls in love with the neighbor lady. Of course, this horrifies Seth. And stuff even starts to happen to his brother to confirm his suspicions. But there's a reason. You probably shouldn't know more. There are a couple of different plot threads. They are all haunting. Especially the backstory involving Mortenson, which I found chilling. One monologue to the British lady about his experiences in the war he tells with absolute innocence (when you see it you understand, given the time period) is blood-curdling.

The scenery/cinematography is amazing. Lot of remarkable imagery. Stuffs that REALLY sticks in your mind. Not just the images of little kids bounding through wheat fields (which there are plenty of) but the way the houses seem utterly rooted into the landscape. The way the whole atmosphere has a strange, haunted feeling. Great stuff. Highly recommended. Nothing TOO terribly frightening, but LOTS of creepiness. Actually, the whole film is just plain creepy.


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