Mysterious Skin (2004)

Unrated   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

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  • Gregg Araki at an event for Mysterious Skin (2004)
  • Scott Heim at an event for Mysterious Skin (2004)
  • Brady Corbet in Mysterious Skin (2004)
  • Elisabeth Shue at an event for Mysterious Skin (2004)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet in Mysterious Skin (2004)
  • Scott Heim at an event for Mysterious Skin (2004)

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22 May 2005 | PaulLondon
| A Masterpiece
Araki has abandoned the nihilistic day-glo world of L.A teens to create his first truly great film. Indeed, by any standards, this film is magnificent. It follows two boys; one of whom was abused as a child and the other who believes that he was abducted by aliens' from childhood to their troubled later lives. The film has a visual beauty that pulls the viewer in even though the subject matter is both difficult and painful. The director pulls no punches in confronting the viewer with the horror of the situation but neither does he exploit it for tabloid style sensationalism. From the superb performances, the excellent and intelligent script, through to the inspired direction and stunning 'shoegazer' soundtrack this is a splendid film. I left the cinema deeply moved by what I had seen and can now only hope that Araki continues to work at this level of quality. Something quite special and a work of art

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Night of the Living Dead (1968) Directed by George Romero Originally distributed by the Walter Reade Organization

Alternate Versions

The 2005 film reviews generally list a 99 minute run-time. The British Board of Film Classification,, rated the uncut 105m 19s film as 18 on 5/20/2005. The 3/20/2006 "Unrated Director's Edition" Strand Releasing DVD has a 104m 59s run-time, but its case lists a 99m length; it is also anamorphic 853x479 pixels format (1.78:1 aspect) but the case lists Letterboxed. The Internet Movie Database technical specifications list a 107 min Sundance Channel Library Print, but on Sundance TV lists a 105 minutes run-time.


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