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Skinner (1993)

R | | Horror | 12 July 1995 (USA)
A decent-looking lad called Dennis Skinner rents an apartment in a couple's house, Kerry and Geoff. At night he roams the streets with a goodie-bag filled with knives looking for victims to... See full summary »


Ivan Nagy

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Complete credited cast:
Ted Raimi ... Dennis Skinner
Ricki Lake ... Kerry Tate
David Warshofsky ... Geoff Tate
Richard Schiff ... Eddie
Traci Lords ... Heidi
Blaire Baron ... Gloria
Roberta Eaton Roberta Eaton ... Sandy
Christina Engelhardt ... Rachel (as Christina Englehardt)
Dewayne Williams Dewayne Williams ... Earl
Time Winters ... Night watchman
Frederika Kesten Frederika Kesten ... Suzanne
Sara Lee Froton Sara Lee Froton ... Young woman


A decent-looking lad called Dennis Skinner rents an apartment in a couple's house, Kerry and Geoff. At night he roams the streets with a goodie-bag filled with knives looking for victims to skin, constantly followed by the hobbling, wobbling junkie Heidi who was mutilated by him and is now looking for revenge. Dennis is attracted to Kerry and wants to show her the real him. Written by Paul Mesken <usurper@euronet.nl>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal bizarre violence and gore, and for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

12 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skin Person Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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| (Digital video) | (R-rated cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Dennis Skinner was patterned after Ed Gein. See more »


Dennis is shown skinning the corpse of a female. After he finishes with her back he turns her over. When he reaches for her head the "dead" actress closes her eyes when his hands get close. Her eyes had been open the entire scene. See more »


Dennis Skinner: [wearing the skin of a murdered prostitute] This really is the clothing... for a divine soul...
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Alternate Versions

The R-rated version sloppily removes most of the gore included in the unrated version. In the process, some of Dennis' speech about his father while skinning the blond prostitute was also trimmed. See more »


References Circus of Horrors (1960) See more »

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Not perfect, but definitely has its moments.
15 March 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

Ted Raimi is Dennis Skinner, a friendly, grinning wacko who kills women, skins them and wears a suit made of their stitched-together flesh. He rents a room from lonely housewife Kerry (Ricki Lake), who's glad to have some company since her moody trucker husband (David Warshofsky) is always gone. Meanwhile, Heidi (Traci Lords), a depressed, soft-spoken, scarred, limping morphine addict who managed to survive an attack years earlier, balances her time in a grimy hotel room shooting up, crying and plotting revenge.

This is a dark, dreary, depressing and often awkward film and I hated it when I first saw it. However, I gave it another chance and am glad I did. Aside from the top-notch KNB FX work, it takes place in a unique, graffiti-tinged decaying urban hell landscape, has a great score from Contagion and plenty of clever movie references if you're looking for them. There's one odd and powerful moment in this film, where Dennis is talking to the shell of a victim he's just killed and skinned about his traumatic childhood and rubbing the hands of the deceased along his face for comfort. Moments like these, done with some thought and care, lift a film like this right up out of the gutter.

I completely disagree with the potshots made at Traci Lords. Many people just cannot put their perceptions of her behind them long enough to even consider the fact she's capable of giving a competent performance. I found Lords to be more than just a little competent in this particular role. It is by no means an easy or flattering part to have to play, but I thought she played it very, very well.

Speaking of unflattering portraits, you can learn more about director Ivan Nagy by viewing HEIDI FLEISS: Hollywood MADAM.

Score: 7 out of 10.

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