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.