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Skinned Deep

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Movie description Special effects artist Gabriel Bartalos makes his directorial debut with the purposely campy, low-budget gorefest SKINNED DEEP. When a vacationing family on a cross-country trip get a flat tire in a backwoods hamlet, they are offered help by a local woman whose kin turn out to be a pack of demented killers. As the unsuspecting visitors are brutally murdered by the likes of a plate-throwing dwarf (LEPRECHAUN's Warwick Davis) and a disfigured boy (Jay Dugre) with an enlarged brain on the outside of his head, the sole surviving daughter (Karoline Brandt) struggles to escape before she becomes the psychos' next victim. Paying homage to horror classics TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and THE HILLS HAVE EYES, Bartalos's cult classic in-the-making offers ample doses of gory special effects and tongue-in-cheek humor. Credits Producer: Gabe Bartalos Cast: Linda Weinrib, Liz Little, Peter Iasillo, Warwick Davis

While traveling through the back woods, a family road trip turns into a horrifying nightmare. Sound familiar? It should--after all, it's the basic storyline of such seminal horror films as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes. A loony matriarch and her clan of mutants hold off on doing away with pretty teenager (Tina) optimistic that she'll succumb to the charms of sensitive son Brain (he's the one with the head the size of a microwave) who desperately wants a girlfriend. Alternating between horror and humor, Skinned Deep offers up generous servings of bad acting, out-of-synch dubbing, and an outrageous storyline that is simply too unbelievable to explain (think John Waters meets John Carpenter). Still, there are some well-deserved chuckles, fun set pieces, and surprisingly creative special effects. Proudly boasts cast member Warwick Davis (Willow, Harry Potter) playing a dinner plate-wielding maniac. --Matt Wold

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Product Details

  • Actors: Les Pollack, Aaron Sims, Kurt Carley, Linda Weinrib, Eric Bennett
  • Directors: Gabriel Bartalos
  • Writers: Gabriel Bartalos
  • Producers: Gabriel Bartalos
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Virgil Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007R4TJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Skinned Deep" on IMDb

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Z. Larkin on May 29, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Me and my friends are really into terrible horror movies, and this one had us rolling on the floor, our sides splitting open in pure, unadulterrated glee. This is one of the worst written, filmed, edited and acted movies i've ever seen, but what makes this movie spectacular is that through some fluke, all of this bad multiplies itself into a wonderful piece of comedy. In my opinion, the film climaxes when Brian, a lonely member of a sick family, has a day dream about running through new york city, completely naked save his large brain and work boots. We watched that scene through seven times and could not stop laughing. I highly recommend this film to anyone who has a sense of humor and an afternoon or evening to waste. Your life will never be the same.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matthew King on May 23, 2005
Format: DVD
The Rockwell family of four board their minivan and head cross-country through the desert for a family vacation. All is well until they get a flat tire and are forced to stop and find help. They end up in this little roadside diner where Southern hospitality prevails. The old pleasant lady working at the diner invites them over to her house for supper and the family accept. Big mistake. The house is occupied by a bunch of homicidal freakshows. Within minutes they slay the entire family leaving only teenaged Tina alive. They trap her in a small square room, making Tina wonder why she is being spared her life. Simple: They want to make her a part of their family.

Make no mistake about it: Skinned Deep is dirt cheap. The acting for the most part is horrendous, the audio quality is awful and the special effects are laughable at best. To illustrate how cheap the effects are: early in the movie there is a scene where a madman uses a jackhammer to smash through what is meant to be a car’s windshield. Closer inspection however shows that the jackhammer is really tearing through a sheen of cellophane wrap, you know the type we use to pack lunch sandwiches with! But director Gabriel Bartalos is clearly onto something bigger here. I’m not sure where or how he thinks up these things, but there is enough oddities and twisted situations to make anyone shake their head in disbelief. His house of horrors puts Rob Zombie’s to shame as do his freaks. We get a guy with a gigantic 2-foot-high brain on top of his head, a carnivore-like freak with hooks for hands, 3-foot-tall Warwick Davis and a mild-mannered grandma.

It’s not like we haven’t seen this kind of stuff before.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CreepyT on June 13, 2005
Format: DVD
After reading several reviews praising this film, both here and elsewhere, I had to check it out. Luckily for me, I only rented this flick. However, I still feel the cost of the rental was a total waste.

Skinned Deep opens with a grisly death scene involving an older gentleman in his car on a dark, desolate road. From there, we cut to an entirely different scene and meet the Rockwell family of four, off on their vacation. When they get a flat tire and are forced to seek the help of some of the all-too-willing-to-help locals, things take a turn for the worst. As it turns out, the locals are one large family of mutants with a taste for blood and vengeance. Three of the four family members are quickly disposed of. When Brain, or Brian, a boy with a grotesquely large and exposed brain, takes pity on Tina, a teenage girl, the family decides that he can keep her. Brian begins to fall head over heels for Tina, and the family decides to incorporate her into their twisted, blood-thirsty clan. It's up to Tina to find a way out alive.

Skinned Deep comes off as a poorly done, bizarrely twisted Texas Chainsaw Massacre rip-off with a lot more gore. However, the mutants are extremely far-fetched, to the point of being laughable, and the effects and gore are as well. The acting is simply atrocious, with the exception of the part of Tina, Warwick Davis, and some of the smaller roles. The audio is positively horrible, and the script is no better. Though some of the ideas seemed somewhat original, the plot was too convoluted in places, and several tangents detracted from the uniqueness.

I've always loved a good horror film, even many low-budget ones, but this has to be one of the worst films I've ever seen. If you really must see this for yourself, then rent it, because Skinned Deep is certainly not worth the purchase cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 26, 2009
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Skinned Deep (Gabriel Bartalos, 2003)

Gabriel Bartalos is usually a special effects guy. Gabriel Bartalos is usually a very good special effects guy. A roster of the films on which he's worked reads like a who's who of cult film, including Brain Dead, From Beyond, two of the Cremaster films, and Darkman, among many others. For all that, Bartalos has only made one attempt, to date, to jump over into the chair of writer/producer/director. Submitted for your approval is that attempt, the comedy Skinned Deep. To give you an idea, the movie starts out with what is, anecdotally, an actual scene of self-mutilation. It does get funnier from there.

Skinned Deep is the story of the weirdest family since The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Most all of them are hideously deformed and pretty badly socialized. This is not necessarily a bad thing, so long as they keep to themselves and only the odd traveller disappears now and then. But things get complicated when Brain (Jay Dugre), one of the family, falls for one of the kidnap victims.

This movie is awful to the bone, but it's awful in so many wonderful, wonderful ways. Bad acting, worthless script, terrible pace, the works. But all of these things somehow come together to make for an absolutely hilarious experience a la Kingdom of the Spiders or Shriek of the Mutilated, except that this one was never meant to be taken seriously in the first place. As long as you're willing to not take it too seriously, you'll have a ball watching this. ** ½
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