Cold Skin – Spain/France, 2017

‘We are never too far from those we hate’

Cold Skin is a 2017 Spanish-French science fiction horror film directed by Xavier Gens (The Crucifixion; The ABCs of Death, segment “X Is for XXL”; Frontier(s)) from a screenplay by Jesús Olmo (28 Weeks Later), based on the novel by Albert Sánchez Piñol. It stars David Oakes, Aura Garrido and Ray Stevenson. 

On the edge of the Antarctic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steam ship 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.

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However, 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…

Reviews:

“Stevenson and Oakes, non-star British players, are excellent, with Oakes going from fresh-faced naif to bloodied, bearded semi-hermit, then opening up to new experiences which still drive him mad, and Stevenson living out the (overworked) opening Nietzsche quote (you know the one) by looking into the abyss and becoming the monster. It’s a bleak, rather thoughtful film with bursts of exciting, but grim action and Gens’ best to date.” The Kim Newman Web Site

Main cast:

  • David Oakes
  • Aura Garrido
  • Ray Stevenson
  • John Benfield
  • Iván González
  • Ben Temple
  • Winslow Iwaki

Production companies:

Kinology/Kanzaman France/Babieka Films

Filming locations:

Spain and the Canary Islands

Trivia:

Director David Slade (30 Days of Night) was originally slated to direct.

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