With its nod to Georges Franju’s classic ‘Eyes Without a Face’ (1960) and featuring more than a few nods to Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ (1958), Pedro Almodóvar’s entry into the world of horror is another sophisticated exploration of obsession.
Ever since his beloved wife was horribly burned in an auto accident, skilled plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) has tried to develop a new skin that could save the lives of burn victims. Finally, after 12 years, Ledgard has created a skin that guards the body, but is still sensitive to touch. With the aid of his faithful housekeeper (Marisa Paredes), Ledgard tests his creation on Vera (Elena Anaya), who is held prisoner against her will in the doctor's mansion.
Collaborating with Antonio Banderas for the first time in over a decade (and showcasing one of the actor’s finest performances), Almodóvar’s thriller is a brilliant foray into genre filmmaking, with twists that unsettle and surprise.
★★★★ "High-level filmmaking. The year's classiest horror movie." - Kim Newman, Empire
★★★★ "I can only say that it kept me gripped from first to last." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian