I am a major horror movie fan. Sure, not many of them manage to actually scare me anymore. But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t just as enjoyable, all the same. Sometimes, I find myself laughing at the jumps, or hiding my eyes in disgust at the graphics of a film. Occasionally, I get a slight shiver from something near the beginning.
One of my favorite topics of a horror movie is skincare. No, really…it can actually bring up some really cool ideas from some even better films. Below are examples, and I am sure you will agree that they managed to highlight the subject well.
Antonia Banderas is not the first person who comes to mind when I think of the mad doctor motif. Then again, he wasn’t the first person I would have thought of to voice a sword wielding animated cat, either, so maybe I lack imagination. In any case, he managed to get the part down pretty well in this film. He plays a plastic surgeon obsessed with creating the ‘perfect’ synthetic skin. This skin would be used to bring eternal youth to anyone, crafted in his underground lab away from prying eyes (much like here: lifecell-anti-aging.com but in a scary way!). His guinea pig for this skin is a woman named Vera, who he keeps locked away in his home, devoid of any human contact but from him. Creepy, weird and interesting, this was a good film.
The squeamish will want to avoid this film by legendary director Fruit Chan, as it is rather gross. But it is also amazingly made, and definitely a modern classic. A former actress with a cheating husband seeks out a cook known for making dumplings that give anyone back their youth and beauty. Obsessed with finding both, the woman begins to do horrible things to make the dumplings herself, and so capture what she once lost at the cost of being rather ugly on the inside.
Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis of the same name, American Psycho is the story of Patrick Bateman, a banking executive who has it all. A large fortune, a cushy job, handsome looks, and a taste for torture and murder that leads him to slaughter dozens. Ultra violent and a little silly in its extremes, you might be wondering what it has to do with skincare? Nothing, in itself. But Bateman has an obsessive skincare regimen for keeping himself looking young (via genf20plus.com).
This classic sci-fi/horror movie from 1959 is about a woman obsessed with both her looks and the cosmetic factory she owns. When sales at the factory drop significantly, she is desperate to boost sales. She meets a scientist who offers her the secret of youth through a serum he has created using wasp enzymes. Seeing amazing results through her own tests, she begins accelerating the process by taking additional (ill advised) injections. I am sure you can figure out the rest.
“It puts the lotion on the skin, or it gets the hose again!” We all remember this famous lines, right? Uttered by psychopath Buffalo Bill, a character based loosely on serial killer Ed Gein, he is obsessed with making a ‘woman suit’. All from the skin of girls he has kidnapped from parking lots at night. FBI Agent Clarice Starling must save the latest victim and catch the killer. But first she needs the help of notorious cannibal Hannibal Lector, to gain insight into the mind of the fiend.
Do you know of any good horror movies with creepy skincare products, regimes or focus? Let us know in the comments!