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HERE'S PHILIP RIDLEY'S RARE 1990 FILM "THE REFLECTING SKIN" STARRING VIGGO MORTENSEN IN A GORGEOUS IMPORTED LETTERBOXED PRINT. THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT ONE OF THE SICKEST STUDIO FILMS RELEASED SINCE "BLUE VELVET". A FILM UTTERLY BARREN OF HOPE, WHICH OFFERS US CHILDHOOD AT IT'S MOST FUCKED UP AND FOUL. ON THE SURFACE, IT LOOKS LIKE A SWEET LITTLE RURAL TALE ABOUT A BOY, COMPLETE WITH LUSH HEARTLAND LOCALES. BUT DIRECTOR PHILIP RIDLEY IS ONE GRIM BASTARD, EXPOSING THE INSANITY AND DEATH LINGERING JUST UNDER THE SURFACE OF ADOLESCENT LIFE. IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT YOUNG SETH IS UNSTABLE....HIS MOM IS CERTIFIABLY NUTS, DAD DOUSES HIMSELF WITH GASOLINE AND TORCHES UP, AND AN OMINOUS CARLOAD OF GREASERS CRUISES THE BACKROADS, KIDNAPPING BOYS AND LEAVING THEIR CORPSES STASHED AROUND TOWN, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WHEN HIS OLDER BROTHER CAMERON (VIGGO MORTENSEN) RETURNS HOME FROM A TOUR OF DUTY IN THE PACIFIC, THINGS GET EVEN WORSE, WITH SETH CONVINCED THAT HIS FEMALE NEIGHBOR IS A VAMPIRE, WHILE STASHING A MUMMIFIED BABY UNDER HIS BED, BELIEVEING THAT IT'S AN ANGEL. A MOVIE SO GHOULISH AND UNCOMPROMISING, IT STICKS WITH YOU LONG AFTERWARD.dvd ships in a plain sleeve with no artwork.