Skinless aka The Ballad of Skinless Pete – USA, 2014


‘He searched for a cure. What he found was a curse.’

Skinless – also known as The Ballad of Skinless Pete – is a 2014 micro $2000 budget American horror film co-written and directed by Dustin Wayne Mills (The Puppet Monster MassacreBath Salt Zombies, Night of the Tentacles). It stars co-writer Brandon Salkil, Erin R. Ryan (Babysitter Massacre), Allison Egan and Dave Parker.

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Skinless received an initial theatrical premiere in Cleveland at midnight in the US by Phantom Pain Films on March 8, 2014.

Official synopsis:

Brilliant oncologist Peter Peel discovers a possible cure for skin cancer in the belly of an exotic parasite. When he tests the cure on himself, his world is shattered and a monster is born. Skinless is a sad tale of madness, murder, monsters, and love…


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“Where I expected a pretty cool low budget horror movie, instead I got a really well done, intelligent horror movie that managed to take a familiar idea and make it seem brand new again. And it’s all done with a low budget and a small cast.”

“Mills creates such memorable and developed characters that it feels as though the film had way more characters in it than just four.  And what I really enjoyed here is Mills’ focus on one of my favorite sub-genres, Body Horror.  If you’ve ever seen an early David Cronenberg film you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.  Mills could’ve just made this a gory, one-dimensional film about a guy losing his skin, but he really explores the character of Pete and makes him a tragic hero and plays to the best body horror elements in the script.” Scott Shoyer, Anything Horror




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