Skin Baby Permanent As A Tattoo
Skin Baby. Film Details.
Director: Ken Cohen
Writer: Ken Cohen
May 25th, 2018 (Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival)
June 2nd, 2018 (ConCarolinas Short Film Festival)
Release Format: Film Festivals
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 9 mins
A tattoo helps Rosie cope with a terrible loss, but after it comes to life, her mental state takes a turn for the worse.
Skin Baby is a short film written and directed by Ken Cohen and it will premiere at Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival this May 25th. If you’re around, take a look.
Phyllis Jackson as Rosie
Haydn Haring as Kayla
Michael James Daly as Dylan
Skin Baby drives a twisted dark fable about a mother who desperately wishes to tattoo on her tummy a symbolic ultrasound of her lost pregnancy… things go south when the tattoo comes alive and breaks out loose on Rosie’s mind.
Skin Baby is a low-budget straightforward horror tale that even though is shot on a minimal budget and has a bunch of editing problems and amateur-ish cinematography, it doesn’t get on the way of viewing it. It possesses a dominant theme which is reproduced perfectly on screen and the performances are overall very good. The lead played by Jackson is desperate, macabre, twisted and disturbed and you can see that in her eyes and her gestures. She is proper for the role which helps since the story is very much revolved around her and her cope to recover.
The use of practical effects is marvelous here, a revelation even when you look at how the short is edited. There are two eerie, disgusting scenes which turned out to be graphic and fundamental that are glorious and really well done.
There is a harmony where Cohen knows how to tell a story by bringing the emotional and deep subject to life and shifting it to be visually disturbing by separating the psychological thriller and the gore apart. It’s pretty impressive because I was uneasy during the whole viewing and not merely when the gore appears. That’s why I think the short works flawlessly even though its limitations.
With great story arcs, dialogues and a powerful representation of dealing with the loss of a baby, Skin Baby is rough, strong and an accomplishment. Definitely worth a watch.