The Reflecting Skin (1990)

UK, Canada, 1990
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.37:1 (negative ratio), 1.85:1 (intended ratio)
Dolby, English

A British horror film directed by Philip Ridley.

Plot Summary

A young boy in 1950s rural America, abused by his parents and alienated from his peers, comes to believe that a neighbouring widow is a vampire and is terrified that his brother, who has fallen for her, will become her victim.


Director: Philip Ridley
BBC, Bialystock and Bloom Limited, British Screen, Fugitive Features, National Film Trustees, Ontario Film Development Corporation, Téléfilm Canada, Zenith
Executive Producer: Jim Beach
Producers: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis
Co-producer: Di Roberts
Script: Philip Ridley
Director of Photography: Dick Pope
Editor: Scott Thomas
Music: Nick BicÂt
Sound Mixer: Aad Wirtz
Costumer: B.J. Elliott
Make-up: Al Magallon
Hair: Iloe Flewelling
Special Effects: Lee Routly
Art Director: Rick Roberts

Viggo Mortensen (Cameron Dove)
Lindsay Duncan (Dolphin Blue)
Jeremy Cooper (Seth Dove)
Sheila Moore (Ruth Dove)
Duncan Fraser (Luke Dove)
David Longworth (Joshua)
Robert Koons (Sheriff Ticker)
David Bloom (Deputy)
Evan Hall (Kim)
Codie Lucas Wilbee (Eben)
Sherry Bie (Cassie)
Jason Wolfe (Cadillac driver)
Dean Hass, Guy Buller, Jason Brownlow (Cadillac passengers)
Jeff Walker (Adam Blue)
Joyce Robbins, Jacqueline Robbins (twins)
Debi Greenawdt (1st woman)
Sandra Redmond (2nd woman)
Walt Healy (old man)

Alternative Titles

L’Enfant miroir – Canada (French)
Krzyk ciszy – Poland
La piel que brilla – Spain
Reflecting Skin – lapsuuden loppu – Finland
Riflessi sulla pelle – Italy
Schrei in der Stille – West German title



  • Première December 1990 p.23 – review (by Richard Cannavo)
  • Psychotronic Video no.15 p.48 – review
  • Starburst no.143 p.4 – review
  • Studio December 1990 p.14 – review (by Denis Parent)


  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.285
  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.452
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.175-176
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.130 – credits, review