Take The Shape of Water, Dagon, and The Descent, toss them into a blender, and you might get something along the lines of Cold Skin, a period-piece horror that looks as chilling as its title. Tales of men stationed at remote lighthouses going missing or insane from loneliness are the stuff of legends, and Cold Skin oozes the primal fears associated with isolation, and abandonment. I also detect eco-horror motifs.
Cold Skin is directed by French fear practitioner Xavier Gens, best known for helming the crown jewel of New French Extremity, Frontier(s); the screenplay was penned by Jesús Olmo and Eron Sheean. The film stars Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, and Aura Garrido.
Cold Skin takes place on the edge of the Antarctic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steamship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man, on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But on shore, he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall…
We don’t have a release date yet for Cold Skin, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground in order to bring you updates as news emerges. Stay tuned!
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