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“Cold Skin” is a 2017 science fiction horror film directed by , based on the novel by Albert Sánchez Piñol. The film stars , , and . Set in 1914, it follows a young weather observer, known only as Friend (), who travels to a remote island in the South Atlantic for a year-long assignment. He soon discovers that the island is besieged by nocturnal, amphibious humanoid creatures.


In 1914, a young man called Friend arrives on a remote island in the South Atlantic to take over the job of weather observer. He finds the lighthouse on the island manned by the grizzled Gruner (), who warns him about the nightly attacks by strange, amphibious creatures. As night falls, Friend experiences his first attack and barely survives.

Friend learns that Gruner has captured one of the creatures, Aneris (), and uses her as a servant. Despite Gruner's hostility and brutality, Friend begins to form a bond with Aneris, seeing her as more than just a creature. As the attacks intensify, Friend and Gruner must work together to fend off the creatures and uncover the mysteries of the island.

The film explores themes of isolation, survival, and the thin line between humanity and monstrosity. The tension between Friend's empathy and Gruner's cruelty culminates in a dramatic confrontation with the creatures and the revelation of deeper truths about the island and its inhabitants.


“Cold Skin” received mixed reviews from critics. The film was praised for its atmospheric setting, strong performances, particularly by and , and its thought-provoking exploration of human nature and survival. However, some critics found the pacing uneven and the plot predictable.

The film's eerie cinematography and special effects effectively create a sense of isolation and dread, immersing viewers in the desolate and hostile environment. The relationship dynamics between the main characters add depth to the narrative, elevating it above a typical creature feature.


“Cold Skin” did not receive major awards, but it garnered attention at various film festivals, particularly for its unique take on the horror and sci-fi genres.


“Cold Skin” has gained a cult following among fans of horror and science fiction for its atmospheric storytelling and intriguing premise. While not a mainstream hit, it continues to be appreciated for its blend of psychological horror and creature feature elements, making it a notable entry in the genre.


Spanish La piel fría
Directed by
Written by Jesús Olmo
Based on Cold Skin
by Albert Sánchez Piñol
Produced by
  • Denise O'Dell
  • Mark Albela
  • Denis Pedregosa
  • Orlando Pedregosa
  • Frederic Bovis
  • Lucette Legot
  • Anna Soler Pont
  • Ricard Domingo
Edited by Guillermo de la Cal
Music by Víctor Reyes
Distributed by Diamond Films (Spain)
Release dates
  • 10 September 2017 (L'Étrange Festival [fr])
  • 20 October 2017 (Spain)
Running time
103 min
  • France
  • Spain
Language English


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