DVD: The Skin I Live In (15)


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Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein are firmly booted into the gothic shade by Pedro Almodóvar's fantastically bonkers plastic-surgery horror.

Antonio Banderas plays the skin slicer, Dr Robert Ledgard, who keeps the beautiful Vera (Elena Anaya) captive in his mansion. His wild-eyed mother (Marisa Paredes) stands guard while the doc nips and tucks at Vera's synthetic skin.

Robert has issues, clearly, the main one being the death of his wife in a car crash. Is Vera being moulded into the spitting image of his dead wife? There are plenty of twisted twists in this ludicrous, but immaculately mounted slice of hokum.