I don’t know what the hell I was expecting from a short titled He Took His Skin Off For Me, but I sure wasn’t expecting this. A love story that is a horror nightmare that is a metaphor of certain relationships. Or vice versa. All with with excellent 100-per cent practical special effects. It is hard to watch, but you should. It’s worth it.
‘He Took His Skin Off For Me’ is a practical SFX fairytale. No CGI whatsoever. Based on the short story by Maria Hummer it is my grad film from the London Film School. It took us 2 years, 217 Kickstarter backers and a whole lot of fake blood to pull off. SFX legend Colin Arthur (NeverEnding Story, 2001: A Space Odyssey) helped us achieve the impossible, allowing SFX Supervisor Jen Cardno and her team set a new standard for anatomical practical effects. Actor Sebastian Armesto (Anonymous, Pirates of the Caribbean) spent as long as 8hrs in makeup each day to bring this story to life. Alongside Anna Maguire (Saving Private Ryan, Parade’s End) they both give us something wonderful, horrible and completely unique. I don’t want to tell people what the film should be. Even finding a genre to describe it is difficult. I want people to come to this film just like I came to the original story, completely unprepared.
If I can leave with one pearl of wisdom, though; if you take off your skin just to be with somebody? That’s only ever going to end messy…
If you need to clean your palate after this, watch the perfectly honest love story of Kismet Diner. You are welcome.