Cold Skin Review

“Cold Skin “begins with Nietzsche’s quote about how monster hunters should be careful not to become monsters themselves, a look into the Abyss can cause the Abyss to look at you. That’s enough on the nose for the next story, based on a novel by Albert S Pi Nchez Pi Pi

It’s 1914 and the debate has just broken out, but the inhabitants of the small barren island In the South Atlantic, where the entire Film is set, don’t care. There are exactly two residents: Friend (David Oakes), a disillusioned young man who has just arrived for a 12-month stay to record weather conditions for the British government; and Gruner (Ray Stevenson), a woolly misanthrope who runs the Lighthouse a few hundred yards from Friends ‘ hut.

When Friend learns of his first night on the Island, it may not be fair to say that he and Gruner are the only residents. There is also a race of amphibian humanoid monsters that appear only at night, which almost immediately besiege the hut and apparently want to gut any meat-based organism they experience. (What happened to the last meteorologist stationed here?..?) Gruner has obviously learned to coexist with these things unless he is devoured by them, but he is not interested in sharing this knowledge with friends until it becomes mandatory. (Gruner is the kind of person who should probably live isolated from others.)

While Freund and Gruner spend most of their nights fending off monsters (whom they call “frogs”, but who look more like the fishman in “The Shape of Water”), during the day they have a different view of the species thanks to the specimen tamed by Gruner (played by Aura Garrido), who lives with him as a pet in the lighthouse. He never bothered to name her, but ami — alarmed by the danger posed by the creatures but aware of her intelligence — calls her Aneris and tries to balance her fear with compassion. Gruner points out that the” frogs ” were the first here, after all — but Gruner’s stated intention is also to exterminate them, and it is he who treats Aneris like an animal. Then don’t walk past him.

Given that Aneris is a female member of the species and is strangely beautiful in her own way and lives in isolation with two men, ask yourself: is the Movie going there? It is, but maybe not in the way you would expect. And to be honest, it would have been a better movie if it had gone further. As it stands, it’s almost too discreet, too literary, and plays with the script’s many Horror / genre / madness possibilities without taking full advantage of them. But this is an interesting, almost tanned, B-Movie shot, beautifully photographed, which is not too pretentious when it asks the eternal question: “Who are the real monsters?”

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