“We wanted to create a space that felt alien, but in the knowledge that you’re limited by the fact that you’re doing it using human imagination… So then you’re kind of in dream space, or nightmare… You’re trying to get to places that are more felt than thought.”–Jonathan Glazer
FEATURING: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Michael Moreland, Adam Pearson
PLOT: An alien comes to Earth and assumes the form of a human woman. She drives around Scotland in a van, picking up unattached single men with no families and taking them back to her lair, where she performs a bizarre ritual that eventually consumes them. After an encounter with a deformed man, she decides to go rogue and flees to the countryside, pursued by an overseer on a motorcycle.
- Under the Skin was based on a novel of the same name by Michel Faber, although the screen treatment does not follow the original very closely.
- The movie was in development for more than a decade.
- Many of the scenes were filmed documentary style, with Johansson (unrecognizable in a wig with sunglasses) walking around Scottish streets and shopping malls. Some of the men who entered the van were not actors, but were being filmed without their knowledge. It’s been reported that the team shot over 270 hours of total footage.
- Included in Steven Schneider’s “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
- Selected by 366 Weird Movies readers as one of two winners of our penultimate readers’ choice poll.
INDELIBLE IMAGE: The black goo, especially seen from the victim’s submerged perspective. (We wouldn’t want to spoil it too much).
THREE WEIRD THINGS: Discarded skin; gore sluice; neurofibromatic empathy
WHAT MAKES IT WEIRD: Under the Skin‘s structure is almost skeletal. But as an experience, the film is all about its own weirdness: humanity as seen in a newly formed alien eye.
Original trailer for Under the Skin
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