Directed Jeremy Power Regimbal
Written by Joshua Close
Starring: Selma Blair, Joshua Close, James D’Arcy, and Rachel Miner
The Hughes cottage vacation is violently interrupted by a family on a murderous and identity stealing journey, in search of the “perfect” life.
I’m not a huge fan of the standard home invasion films. A bunch of nuts show up and before you know it, a lengthy game of cat and mouse plays out, and the wife is tied up with a shotgun in her face. A sudden distraction causes the bad guys to get a fork to the eye and the tide shifts, etc. In Their Skin isn’t a groundbreaking departure from that template, but the angle and technical skill make it an enjoyable but predictable flick. Of course, the family is mourning the loss of a daughter and decide to regroup and recharge at the vacation home. The cliches pile up quickly, but there’s still some fight left in this dog.
The Hughes are abruptly introduced to a strange family and with minor hesitation, they invites the crazies over for dinner. My short time on this earth has taught me the valuable lesson of discernment, something that would have been overwhelmingly obvious the second I spoke to someone like Bobby (D’Arcy) and Mary (Rachel Miner, Meg from Supernatural) Both Close and Blair are great in their roles, but the scene stealing in the film comes from D’Arcy and Miner. The reasons for a bunch of crazies to violently invade your home are many; this film finds another angle and it’s deeply disturbing, terrifying. This couple are fucking ten types of mental. The title of the film alludes to the possible reason behind the assault. Be ready for rape at gunpoint and a series of intensely filmed and acted scenes – this movie is unrelenting at times.
Overall, it’s worth the rent. You won’t add it to your Blu Ray collection, but the insanity is worth seeing. First time director, Jeremy Power Regimbal, has a great artistic vision and I hope we can expect some quality work in the future. Great acting and direction, just a little stale in the style. If anything else, it reminds you to stop wondering if the grass really is greener. You might not want to find out.
Selma Blair shows her boobs, so, there’s that.