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Finally, a Movie Title for Grammar Nazis: The Skin I Live In Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 30, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | August 30, 2011 |

That title is the sort of grammatical nonsense up with which we should not put. But I’ll leave that to the comment thread. The Skin I Live In is a Spanish psychological thriller-horror-something starring Antonio Banderas as a quite insane doctor who has apparently taken to kidnapping people and performing experiments on them. Here’s the plot summary:

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed three more things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…

That sounds like a compelling set up, but director Pedro Almodóvar describes it as “a horror story without screams or frights,” which to me sounds about like pornography without sex. Here’s the trailer:

You know what confuses me? Banderas clearly speaks in English during this trailer a couple of times, although I think that might be the extent of the dialog. But IMDb lists this as Spanish language. So even though it’s getting an October release in America, be warned, I think they’re trying to sneak subtitles at us. I don’t mind subtitles, but this strikes me as an elaborate ruse, which makes me suspicious about what else the filmmakers might be hiding.

Now bear with me for a moment. If this insane doctor teamed up with the one from Human Centipede and the geneticist from The Postmortal we could have immortal human centipedes who were invulnerable to fire. Just saying.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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