THE RE­FLECT­ING SKIN

Ker­mit cru­elty

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re­leased OUT NOW! 1990 | 15 | steelbook Blu-ray (Zavvi ex­clu­sive) Di­rec­tor Philip ri­d­ley Cast lind­say duncan, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Cooper

Bri­tish di­rec­tor Philip Ri­d­ley’s de­but fea­ture is in love with the iconog­ra­phy of the Amer­i­can heart­land. This is a land­scape where the skies are al­ways blue, the corn fields a Van Gogh yel­low and the lo­cal widow, Dol­phin Blue (Lind­say Duncan), is as glam­orous as a movie star.

But scratch the sur­face and this ru­ral idyll re­veals its grue­some na­ture. In the open­ing scene the young pro­tag­o­nist, Seth Dove (Jeremy Cooper), ex­plodes a frog in a gory equiv­a­lent of Blue Vel­vet’s sev­ered ear on the lawn. It’s un­sub­tle but ef­fec­tive.

Fan­tas­ti­cal el­e­ments are min­i­mal – Seth is con­vinced that Dol­phin is a vam­pire – but this is cer­tainly a hor­ror movie. It’s filled with grotes­queries – from the whale bones that Dol­phin keeps to the dead baby that the kids dis­cover. With a lively score by Nick Bicât, it’s a sur­real and dis­turb­ing look at the hor­rors of child­hood.

Ex­tras A qual­ity be­hind-thescenes doc­u­men­tary; a look at the di­rec­tor’s sec­ond fea­ture, The Pas­sion Of Darkly Noon. There’s also a di­rec­tor’s com­men­tary, two early shorts (both very odd), and some trail­ers. Will Salmon

“Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley? Who are they?”

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