THE REFLECTING SKIN
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
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