Under the Skin trailer
Visually stunning and deeply disturbing: very freaky, very scary and very erotic. ★★★★★ – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
It’s an intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime: it combines sci-fi ideas, gloriously unusual special effects and a sharp atmosphere of horror. ★★★★★ – Dave Calhoun, Time Out
One of Sight & Sound’s best films of 2014.
Visually and aurally audacious and as slippery in form as its central character, Jonathan Glazer’s (Sexy Beast, Birth) Under the Skin is an elliptical sci-fi about an alien creature (Scarlett Johansson) who stalks down human prey, in a brilliant amalgam of fantasy and reality.
In a stunning early sequence of metamorphosis, the naked femme fatale dons the attire of her predecessor and goes out on the prowl in a non-descript van, effortlessly procuring lads from the backstreets of Glasgow and local highways and luring them into an unimaginable void.
The cycle mutates when a routine pick-up unexpectedly kindles an empathetic response, infecting her with humanness and illuminating the fate of the one who came before.
Vividly heightened by Mica Levi’s (of Micachu and the Shapes) discordant string and synth score, Glazer has created an entirely distinctive film, both creepy and luminous in its metaphysical precision.
Under the Skin screened in the Official Competition of the 58th BFI London Film Festival. From 14 July, it will be available to stream on the BFI Player, on desktop, android devices, iPad and iPhone.
Film notes by Clare Stewart