Under the Skin

Under the Skin

DVD - 2014
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An alien in the form of a voluptuous young woman combs the streets of Scotland in search of men. She lures a succession of lost souls into her otherworldly lair, where they are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, 2014
Branch Call Number: DVD UNDER T
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English with optional English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned

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thewitt3 Sep 27, 2019

A profoundly haunting movie that I think will stand the test of time.

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RoTom
Jul 17, 2019

Love the scene on the beach with the baby...

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froggydog
Apr 03, 2019

dudes, this must be considered in context: think...the gift of the magi, short story by O Henry...
used in scifi...are men only victims? Where did she get that skin? Love got her in the end, though
she appears to have been some sort of machine. It's all in the pier glass...feminity and all.

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GiovanniS
Mar 14, 2019

A nice art-house like indy film. Primal, raw and visually immersive.

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P58Jackson
Jul 03, 2018

This is a film where someone thought interesting scenes makes a movie. This is closer to a bunch of silent stills than a movie. It is slow, disjointed and pretty much weird. There are some nice weather related scenes.

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gates2
Jan 05, 2018

I didn't know anything about the movie when I borrowed it and I'm not a big Scarjo fan, so I was skeptical. I ended up watching it twice, not something I usually do. It's really creepy and has a dark horror feel about it, which is maybe why it ends up in the horror section.

It is subtle and does take paying attention to, which I enjoy doing. For me, one of the key parts of this story is what it says about men. Scarjo is the only woman in the movie, and why the alien chooses only men is a mystery, and adds to the general mysterious-ness of the movie.

A scene that I can't shake is one where two naked victims (nudity and physical looks play a big part in the story's theme) are in some kind of suspension, unable to move, talk and yet conscious. Feels very, very sad. And effective.

A surprising ending adds to the mysterious nature of the story. Lots of great shots of nature. It's all very well done. I really enjoyed this story and still think about that suspension scene often.

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ninanna
Dec 25, 2017

The movie clearly does not belong in the Horror genre which means everybody who borrows it expecting that would be frustrated and disappointed. Hence so many negative reviews and low ratings. Anybody who likes Tarkovsky ("Stalker, "Nostalgia" and others) movies and David Lynch movies will probably like this one. The problem with the artsy movies is that they are only interesting when they say something new, never-seen before - not the case here.

The imagery is very interesting, but I still rated it low because it is so epigon-ish.

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firefly5
Nov 04, 2017

No alien movies for me.

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mannlaker
Sep 05, 2017

I really liked it. you get to see her in softcore nude scenes alot and in the end it has a good ending. the intro does a good job of depicting an all around creepy idea and the movie is good

Artistic but really crappy. Do not waste your time. Stupid says it all.

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PimaLib_KatherineB May 07, 2015

PimaLib_KatherineB thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Saint_Mirin
Sep 05, 2014

Saint_Mirin thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Jun 20, 2014

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Saint_Mirin
Sep 05, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A scene where a small child (2 years old max) is abandoned on a beach at dusk and is crying out for it's mother with incoming waves. This is filmed close-up and at a distance which is very unsettling - that some idiots sacrificed the baby's safety and comfort for a few shots in a movie. Again, another pointless maneuver.

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Saint_Mirin
Sep 05, 2014

Sexual Content: Full frontal nudity both female and male. Lots of it. At least 2-3 male erections are shown. The majority of the nudity is done at a distance. While none of it is offensive, you don't need to see an erect penis to understand why a man thought Scarlett was inviting him home or see a woman completely naked to show her clothes being taken.

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Saint_Mirin
Sep 05, 2014

Violence: There is a stereotypical rape scene. More of a chase and then an attack which doesn't get very far, but it may be upsetting to watch for some viewers.

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PimaLib_KatherineB May 07, 2015

An alien comes to Earth in the form of a beautiful woman and uses its disguise to lure in and prey upon men in a Scottish town. While not a new theme in scific flicks, this take is unique, dark (literally and figuratively) and will leave the viewers wondering what they just watched.

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