‘The Skin I Live In’ US Trailer and Poster

Reviews out of Cannes might have been mixed at best, but the images and footage we’ve seen so far from The Skin I Live In, aka the reunion of Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas, are just too weird to allow me to write the film off completely. The film is about experimentation, control, and sex, and at the very least it looks as visually lush as you’d hope to see from a deliberately genre-informed outing from Almodovar.

We saw an international teaser for the movie not long ago that made it appear to have an unusually sexy/creepy/cool vibe. And now the US trailer has made its way online. It comes complete with the same strange/sexy tone, thanks in part to an infectious and bouncy music track. But then Antonio Banderas turns a hose on some poor guy and you have to wonder what’s really happening. Check it out below. Read More »

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Reviews at Cannes painted Pedro Almodovar‘s new film, The Skin I Live In, as a muddled but sometimes effective thriller. A new international teaser for the movie has landed, and it certainly hypes up the ‘effective’ part, even while suggesting the same all over the map tone of which some complained at Cannes.

I got a kick out of this teaser because it makes the film look like it has the camp playfulness and style of Mario Bava’s wild comic book classic Danger: Diabolik, only filtered through the more intensely psycho-sexual and self-aware viewpoint of Peddro Almodovar. If I saw this without knowing anything else of the film I’d walk away pretty keen to see the film. See what you think, after the break. Read More »

‘Kidnapped’ Trailer [Updated]

We’ve run two trailers for the home invasion film Kidnapped in the past, but it’s possible that you’ve passed over them. In the past few weeks, however, the buzz among horror enthusiasts has risen steadily in relation to the film — it seems like every time I hit a site that covers films like Kidnapped there is someone writing with gusto about their reaction to the movie. It’s a pretty simple setup: a small family’s evening is violently disrupted when masked men invade their home. There are a couple of unique things about the movie, and it evidently builds to an insane conclusion.

IFC is releasing it in June, and there is a new trailer to accompany that release. But be warned: the Spanish-language film is not subtitled, but dubbed in this trailer. I don’t understand that at all — the dubbing is simply awful. So you may want to watch the last Spanish trailer that was released, which I’ve also embedded after the break.

UPDATE: IFC wrote me this morning to say that the original dubbed trailer posted to Apple was a mistake, and that it has been replaced with the proper dubbed one. Read More »

The working team of director Pedro Almodovar and actor Antonio Banderas was once potent, and while Mr. Almodovar has continued to make excellent films since their last pairing (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! in 1990), Antonio Banderas has been slowly defanged over many years. So their reunion was reason enough to celebrate. The fact that their first film together in 20 years, The Skin I Live In, is a very messed-up sounding story about a surgeon and his… unusual… relationships with women make it even more tantalizing.

The film premieres very soon in Cannes and has a November release date planned via Sony Pictures Classics in the US. Now there is a wildly creepy teaser, which you can see after the break. This one is either going to significantly increase your interest in seeing the film, or help that interest dissipate altogether. Read More »

Pedro Almodovar‘s new film, The Skin I Live In, has been picked up by Sony Classics and will play in competition at Cannes next month. The movie is definitely one of my most anticipated of the year, in part because it seems to be an excursion into new territory for the director. An adaptation of Thierry Jonque‘s novel Tarantula, it is in part about the revenge a plastic surgeon (played by Antonio Banderas) seeks against the man who raped his daughter. But the surgeon is also sort of a psycho whose home life with his wife is, to say the very least,a bit deviant, and not quite to her taste. Intense stuff, it seems.

We’ve seen some fake posters for the film, a few early stills and a real poster. Now there are a few new legit stills, which you can check out below. Read More »

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