Xavier Gens’ (Frontier(s) and The Divide) newest film, Cold Skin, seems inspired by the works of the great horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft. First, it’s set in Antarctica. Second, it involves some matter of unknown marine beast with a degree of intelligence. On top of that, these beasts are attacking the few people trying to make it in such a desolate environment. Sounds straight out Lovecraft lore, right?
In the newest clip from Cold Skin, titled ‘Midnight Attack!’, we see two weather observers, Gruner (Ray Stevenson) and Friend (David Oakes), watching and waiting for something. As the light sweeps over the barren landscape, we see a horde of aquatic creatures storming up from the sea. One of these creatures is being kept captive by Gruner and as it seems to call to the horde. The monster design in this film is on point, with the creatures looking like a primitive version of Abe Sapien from the Hellboy series.
On a remote island in the Antarctic circle, a young man finds himself trapped in a battle for his life against nightly invasions of unknown creatures that emerge from the ocean.
Nightmare on Film Street was able to catch a screening of Cold Skin earlier this year at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. Our own Kimberley Elizabeth said, “Films have explored the theme of beasts, man and morality before, and they will continue as long as man dominates the earth with pollution, destruction, and ignorance to the very real and non-mythical beings that also inhabit it. Cold Skin doesn’t verge into undiscovered territory because we haven’t headed the warning of the stories that came before it. The message is still relevant. The journal is left for us. The beasts come at night. What will we do?”. You can read her full review HERE.
Cold Skin comes to select theaters and digital platforms on September 7th. Samuel Goldwyn Films will distribute the film in the United States. What do you think of the latest clip? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!