Replace – Canada/Germany, 2017


Replace is a 2017 Canadian-German body horror film directed by Norbert Keil (short: Twisted), making his feature debut. The screenplay was co-written with Richard Stanley (The Island of Dr. Moreau; Dust Devil; Hardware). Additional dialogue was provided by Scarlett Amaris. It stars Rebecca Forsythe, Lucie Aron and Barbara Crampton


Young and beautiful Kira is afflicted with a strange disease where her skin ages rapidly to the point of drying out and crumbling away.

When she discovers that she can replace her own skin with somebody else’s, she has to make a choice: watch her own body wither and die or give in to temptation… whatever the price!


In the UK, Studiocanal is releasing Replace on DVD on 31 December 2017.

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“A fascinating, thought-provoking blend of science and sci-fi, Keil and cinematographer Kuhn play on the concept of beauty and create the most exquisite visuals serving as a dichotomous metaphor to the story at hand. Polished and steeped in color with red, turquoise, and blue, prominent in use and contrasted with one room of white on white on white, all are vibrant and highly saturated, creating a unique layer of storytelling.” Debbie Lynn Elias, Behind the Lens

Replace goes nine-tenths of its distance with cerebral chills dominating physical thrills, then decides on a redirection that isn’t necessarily in keeping with the previously established tone. Toss in heavy-handed villainy for a particular character during the last third and things teeter a touch toward cartoonish carnage. Replace pulls back from that brink with strong suspense and stronger style.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“Layers of gore and psychological horror flesh out a plot that is essentially science fiction – near-future stuff, seen from a very dark perspective. It’s lusciously framed and there’s some spectacular set deign, with Crober’s laboratory blending Cronenberg influences with Tron. Vibrant colours echo the high drama of the narrative and Forsythe does an impressive job, especially for one so young, of holding the viewer’s attention at the centre of it all.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

…Replace soars on the performances of its trio of actresses, especially newcomer Forsythe, who makes for an intoxicating and engaging protagonist who you still want to sympathize with even as her character begins to make some dark and disturbing decisions. On a visual level, Replace is brimming with haunting and stunning compositions reminiscent of the gauzy haze of Blade Runner…” Heather Wixson, Daily Dead


“Cinematographer Tim Peter Kuhn captures a world that rarely allows for human warmth. Kira’s instability and vicious acts lead to horrific scenes of suffering and carnage, and it only gets colder and more striking when she visits the doctor’s starkly-designed and neon-lit office office. Echoes of Dead Ringers come to mind as a place of supposed healing instead suggests a place where well-being may not quite be the priority.” Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

“Based off a script he co wrote with Hardware’s Richard Stanley, Norbert Keil’s Replace, is a meditative and often nasty work of exquisite blend of science fiction and body horror. Influences ranging from Cronenberg to Barker are on display throughout the film and it’s held together by a trio of strong performances.” Mike Snoonian, Film Thrills

“Ultimately Replace is a sexy, deadly and grotesque body-horror trip that combines the best of US and European filmmaking to create a film that heralds the dangers of our obsession with youth and the march of science.” Phil Wheat, Nerdly

” …cinematographer Tim Peter Kuhn give it a slick, almost artsy look. The contrast between this and the violence depicted in it adds to the film’s ability to shock. While it could have easily done without a few scenes that just slow the film’s pace, Replace is another well done entry into the body horror genre with a mix of blood and ideas that should satisfy fans.” Jim Morazzini, Beneath the Underground

Main cast:

Rebecca Forsythe, Lucie Aron, Barbara Crampton (Death House; Day of Reckoning; We Are Still Here), Sean Knopp, Adnan Maral, Agnes Kiyomi Decker, Teresa Gluck, Daniel Holzberg, Matthias Beier.


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