Cold Skin (2017)

Director: Xavier Gens

Writer: Jesus Olmo, Eron Sheean (Screenplay) Albert Sanchez Pinol (Novel)

Starring: Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, Aura Garrido, John Benfield

 

Plot: A young man who arrives at a remote island finds himself trapped in a battle for his life.


Tagline – How much horror can the heart endure?

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Isolation Versus Monster Movie

 

Story: Cold Skin starts in 1914 with Friend (Oakes) goes to work on a remote island in a weather station, he only company on this island for the next year should be Gruner (Stevenson) a grumpy lighthouse keeper. This is until the first night when Friend gets visited by sea creatures, planning to defend himself he loses everything, forcing him to move into the lighthouse with Gruner.

Learning the Gruner has kept on of the creatures on the island, Friend starts to communicate with her and naming her Aneris (Garrido), but the onslaught that comes at night is countless numbers of the creatures the two men must work together to fight off, but what is their try reason for targeting this island.

 

Thoughts on Cold Skin

 

Characters – Gruner is the lighthouse keeper on the island, he has been there for a long time (though we don’t get told how long) and just wants to be left alone, he plans his battles against the creatures and knows how to defend himself, he doesn’t like carrying people and is a strict master of Aneris. Friend is the young scientist that has been assigned to the island to record weather, he sees this as a chance to start his life again. He learns the hard where about the creatures and while he will defend himself, he does believe there is more to what the creatures will be searching for. Aneris is the female of the species, she stays on the island with the men calling out for help at night, she doesn’t fight against the men and is treated mostly like a pet to them.

PerformancesRay Stevenson is great in this role, if you ever want someone to play a grumpy figure, you need to never look further than this man. David Oakes is an actor I was unfamiliar with going into this film and he does a good job in this movie. Aura Garrido as the female creature gives us a wonderful body language display.

StoryThe story here follows two men that are in isolation on a remote island, who are under attack from creatures and spend most nights planning their own defence against them. There is a question about what would a scientist do when it comes to meeting a new species, even if there is a deadly side to them too. The story however is reduced to humans versus creatures in overly long battles with both sides knowing what they were fighting for.

Adventure/Horror/Sci-FiThe adventure should be where Friend finds himself going to make what should be his own history. The horror comes from the battle between humans and the creatures who only come at night. While the sci-fi side of the film comes from the idea of a new species being found, unlike anything they human characters would have seen before.

SettingsThe film has the perfect setting for this style of movie, it keeps our characters in complete isolation from the rest of the world, they have no way out of the situation and now we see the weather conditions being just as deadly as the creatures.

Special EffectsThe effects are used very well through the film, most seems practical even with the swarms of the creatures that attack the lighthouse.


Scene of the Movie –
The beach moment.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The battles seem repetitive.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good sci-fi horror that gives us the question of man verses the unknown, something we have seen before, but is such an easy story to be telling.

 

Overall: Good creature feature.

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ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – B – Beast of the Bearing Sea (2013)

Director: Don E FauntLeRoy

Writer: Brook Durham (Screenplay)

Starring: Cassandra Scerbo, Jonathan Lipnicki, Kevin Dobson, Jaqueline Fleming, Brandon Beemer

 

Plot: The brother and sister in this movie are twins, they have a special thing going on.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Best Sea Vampire Movie & the Worst

 

Story: Beast of the Bering Sea starts with the Hunter family, father Glenn (Dobson) and children Joe (Lipnicki) and Donna (Scerbo) leading their latest expedition into the Bering Sea in search for treasure only for Jonas (Papajohn) to be attacked underwater.

Looking to continue their treasure hunting Donna, Joe are joined by deck hand Owen Powers (Beemer) and scientist Megan Arthur (Fleming) as they must learn how to fight sea vampires, a local legend that isn’t so much of legend. Now they must fight these creatures before they spread around the world.

 

Thoughts on Beast of the Bering Sea

 

Characters – Donna is the daughter of the family, she is cold hearted and only trusts family when it comes to conducting business. She does try to stay on top the situation while dealing with an aggressive rival. Joe is the reckless brother of Donna that always enjoys the fun side of the diving never the preparations. Megan Arthur is a scientist that sees this new species as something in need of studying to learn their weaknesses before getting ready to see them as a threat.

PerformancesThis is a low budget Sci-Fi movie, we know the performances are not going to be great, Cassandra Scerbo is the highlight of the cast after being the best thing in the Sharknado movies and brings another strong performance.

StoryThe story follows divers that must take on sea vampires after disturbing their nest and giving them a taste for human blood. While we know the story is never going to be the deepest here, we have enough to let us know what we are up against and giving us enough disposable characters to let the creatures get their fill. We do have random jumps in the story which seem to avoid showing us big moments in the story.

Action/Horror/Sci-FiThe action is fighting off the sea vampires which could be classed as the horror creatures the film needs to keep us interested, the sci-fi side of the film comes from the potential fictional creatures.

SettingsThe film takes place of the coast of the Bering Sea, which works for the title of the film, but he reality it this could be any coastal village.

Special EffectsThe effects are the low budget type, which can look bad, but if you watch with the right mind you should get enough out of them.


Scene of the Movie –
First explosion of Sea Vampire.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The forced character developed slows the pace down too often.

Final ThoughtsThis is a low budget sci-fi movie, you know what you will get, it will be fun enough just don’t take it too seriously.

 

Overall: Simple sci-fi film.

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