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Skinner - Blu-ray Review

Sometimes it takes Time itself to catch up with a movie.  This is the case with director Ivan Nagy’s Skinner.  Hailing from the beginning of the 1990s and twisted as hell, this film is responsible for many a late night in my younger and wilder days.  This is an odd tale of serial killing and revenge and its execution is both disturbing and exciting.

Grab the one you love and hold them tight!  Personally, there probably is no better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a viewing of this slasher.  Meet the new definition of skin on skin!

"responsible for many a late night in my younger and wilder days. This is an odd tale of serial killing and revenge and its execution is both disturbing and exciting."

Starring the always brilliant Ted Raimi as a psychopath named Dennis Skinner and featuring performances from Rikki Lake and Traci Lords, Skinner is a horror movie that both scares and dares its audience to look the other way.  And thanks to the human “skin” costume that Raimi wears as he wanders the neon streets, that’s just not possible.  This outfit is practically “dripping” with a whole lot of bad vibes.

Skinner is truly a skin flick.  After all, Raimi spends a large part of the movie wearing someone else’s flesh.  The easily grossed-out need not bother with this cult film.  It is nihilistic, hilarious, and, in the film’s second half, full of some of the nastiest effects thanks to the KNB EFX Group.  Gorehounds might be whining a bit due to the lack of blood, but the overall effect of this serial killing asshole is this intense, there’s just not a case to be made here. {googleads}

Co-starring Richard Schiff, Skinner really satisfies the beast within us all.

The movie spins its web of crazy like a nonstop carnival ride.  It also, thanks to Raimi’s wide-grinning performance, is out of its knife-wielding skull.  Raimi indeed makes this movie work far better than it ought to and, as Lords is playing a bit of mystery character here, cloaked in neon colors and shadows, easily is missed when he is not on the screen, chewing up the scenery as only he can.

Mr. Skinner is being hunted by one of his victims (Lords, looking oh so very “Where in the World is Carmen Santiago-like”) and hunts for new targets while wearing a black man’s skin.  He is renting a room from Lake, posing as a mild-mannered nerd, but his weird bloodlust is bound to get him in trouble.

Skinner - Blu-ray Review

Thanks to Severin Films, Skinner makes its debut on blu-ray with an exclusive limited-edition slipcase and a recent remaster in 4K.  This release features brand new interviews with Ted Raimi, Director Ivan Nagy, Paul-Hart-Wilden and Editor Jeremy Kasten, as well as extended scenes and outtakes.

Skinner, now uncut and fully restored, and his stunning collection of knives and meat cleavers will be available in February!

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Skinner (1993) - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
90 mins
: Ivan Nagy
Paul Hart-Wilden
Ted Raimi, Ricki Lake, David Warshofsky
: Horror
He'll get under your skin.
Memorable Movie Quote: "This really is the clothing... for a divine soul..."
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Release Date:
July 12, 1995
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
February 19, 2019
Synopsis: Ted Raimi (XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS) delivers an unnerving performance as psycho drifter Dennis Skinner who wears flesh-suits he slices from doomed prostitutes, falls for a lonely young housewife (Ricki Lake of HAIRSPRAY fame), and is himself hunted by a horribly scarred survivor (an equally unhinged performance by Traci Lords)



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Skinner - Blu-ray Review


Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Severin Films
Available on Blu-ray
- February 19, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
: English SDH
English: 2.0 Stereo
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

The newly transferred 4K High Definition Blu-ray presentation of Skinner is on point. While it takes place mainly in a neon soaked city and an apartment, this 1080p transfer captures crisp details in clothing and in locations that are textured and fine. Loaded with juicy details, this is an atmospheric release that doesn’t shy away from the sunlight either. It has dark layers, yes, and those shadows are well-defined and crisp but the new transfer does not disappoint. The brand new HD master is detailed and looks better than ever. Some shots, due to the era of the day, are fuzzier than others but the image is reasonably well defined with crisp contrasts and solid textures. Colors are solid, with reds being a standout. Blacks are, too. Surprisingly, there's enough fine detail on display to make this seem revelatory. The era-ready color palette looks terrific, too. The disc comes with the original 2.0 Stereo Audio.



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Special Features:

  • Loaded with some great interviews, this release is sure to make fans of Raimi happy!
  • A Touch of Scandal – Interview with Director Ivan Nagy
  • Under His Skin – Interview with Star Ted Raimi
  • Bargain Bin VHS For A Buck — Interview with Screenwriter Paul Hart-Wilden
  • Cutting Skinner – Interview with Editor Jeremy Kasten
  • Flaying Sequence Out-takes & Extended Takes
  • Trailer



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Skinner (1993) - Blu-ray Review