|SKINNER (director: Ivan Nagy; screenwriter: Paul Hart-Wilden; cinematographer: Greg Littlewood; editors: Fred Roth/Peter Schenk; music: Keith Arum/Contagion; cast: Ted Raimi (Dennis Skinner), Traci Lords (Heidi), Ricki Lake (Kerry Tate), David Warshofsky (Geoff Tate), Richard Schiff (Eddie), Blaire Baron (Gloria); Runtime: 81; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Brad Wyman/Jeff Pollon; A-Pix; 1993)|
tasteless serial killer flick."
by Dennis Schwartz
lurid and tasteless serial killer flick competently
directed by the Hungarian born Ivan Nagy ("A
Gun in the House"/"Jane Doe"/"Deadly Hero"). He's the
infamous boyfriend of the scandalous Hollywood madame
to the stars of the 1990's, Heidi Fleiss.
It's insanely written by Paul
Raimi always smiles playing the
janitor psychopath serial killer named Dennis
Skinner, whose thing is prowling the streets at
night to kill prostitutes. The handsome lad
skins them and wears their hair. The psycho rents a
room in an old house owned by Kerry (Ricki
Lake) and her frequently absentee
trucker hubby Geoff Tate (David Warshofsky),
and falls in love with Kerry. Porn star Traci Lords
plays Heidi, a loner dwelling in a seedy hotel room.
The depressed morphine addict is
deformed, with half her face scarred, and
is a pissed victim of Skinner's who is now obsessed
with killing him.
are many gross-out sicko scenes to keep things
always disturbing. The topper was Skinner skinning a
corpse. In another gross scene, our boy skins a
co-worker black man (Richard Schiff )
and struts around in his skin.
is a low-budget exploitation film, with great FX
work and plenty of weirdo entertainment. It maybe
can take solace that a masterpiece horror classic
like Eyes Without a Face (1959) also employed the
same slasher methods.
REVIEWED ON 4/28/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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