“”Comforting Skin” is a decent movie, yet why do I feel gyped?”
Derek Franson‘s Comforting Skin is actually a pretty decent thriller, though its biggest problem is that it advertises itself as one thing, when in actuality it’s something else.
If you look at the trailer, it feels to me like a horror movie in the vein of Psycho or Magic (or some other movie where someone loses their mind, and goes on a killing spree). As if that weren’t interesting enough, her tattoo talks to her (voiced by Victoria Bidewell, who also plays ‘Koffie’).
In theory it sounds like a great movie, that is till you actually see it, when it becomes fairly obvious that Comforting Skin, while a thriller, isn’t a horror movie. Horror-adjacent maybe, but a horror movie? Not at all.
Koffie is a single woman who who lives with a friend, Nathan (Tygh Runyan) whom she appears attracted to, though she doesn’t let on. Nathan is an actor, which is fitting because his hair looked like he was in an Off-Broadway production of Streets Of Fire (which is a bit unfair though it was distracting as hell).
Bidewell is a pretty actress, though not incredibly so. She makes up for being somewhat conventionally attractive by being very bold, and unafraid of nudity in service of the story. It was refreshing to see, especially for a woman that has a few curves and doesn’t look anorexic.
Koffie was feeling a bit insecure, after going to clubs night after night, yet having no one to show for her efforts. Seeking to shake things up, she gets a tattoo and hopes that it’s the beginning of a change.
And it is, though not of the sort she expected; which leads to the biggest problem with Comfortable Skin–besides not being a horror film, despite coming off as one in the trailer and the poster–namely that the whole tattoo subplot is unnecessary to the movie. You could excise it like an unwanted growth, and things would unfold pretty much the same.
Which is a pity because the last thing that I recall seeing about tattoos that drove people to murder was the X-Files episode, Never Again.
So if want to see some killer tattoos, I guess I’ll have to watch it again.
Comfortable Skin is currently on Netflix.