He Took His Skin Off for Me (Short Reviews for Short Films)

    “He Took His Skin Off for Me” is a short film about a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend because they think it will make her happy and how bad of an idea that really is. She’s happy for a time but with bloodstains all over the house and her man’s morale in the shitter it becomes apparent that maybe mistakes were made. Turns out when you have a skinless meat sack lookin like Frank from “Hellraiser” walking around the house your domestic life gets a little more labor intensive. Also, Bloody McNoskin’s career is pretty much fucked which totally puts a drain on the pocketbook.

    Honestly, I think the story is really cool and there’s definitely a message there that I think most people can relate to on one level or another. Who hasn’t given up something important to them to make someone else happy and have that sacrifice slowly kill your soul which causes your relationship implode and then you wake up naked in some godforsaken basement in Iowa at the bottom of a drug fueled downward spiral? Or ya know, whatever. It’s a clever plot is all I’m saying. Really well-written.

    That being said, this is possibly the strangest eleven minutes of cinema I have ever witnessed. Not the most disturbing by far but probably the most bizarre. I mean, the guy is completely skinned and he’s walking around in a suit, carrying a briefcase, and going to work like it ain’t shit. It’s layers upon layers of fucking weird and I enjoyed it to the fullest. I found this little gem by accident and I’m so glad I did. I watched it on Shudder but I’m sure you can find it elsewhere and you totally should. You waste more than the runtime of this movie on social media, you might as well give it a shot. I promise you that “He Took His Skin Off for Me” is way more interesting than your cousin’s selfies and your father-in-law’s incoherent political ramblings.  So go, find this film, share it with your friends, and collectively try not to have nightmares.