A horrifying look at mad scientist Antonio Banderas and his human guinea pig

A tiny taste of Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In will make your skin crawl, which is perfect as it's centered around mad scientist Antonio Banderas and his obsession with creating an indestructible epidermis, no matter what pain he inflicts on his test subject.

The Skin I Live In

The 2011 Cannes Film Festival has released the first twisted video from Pedro Almodovar's (Volver, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down) The Skin I Live In. The footage, while short, should make an impact as it basically depicts a wild, controlling Banderas demonstrating his power over his helpless patient. The film is allegedly based on the novel Tarantula, The Skin I Live In by Thierry Jonquet, but after watching this short preview it looks like Almodovar has taken a few liberties. Here's the official synopsis released by Cannes:

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...

Ronal The Barbarian

Behold the fist full length trailer for Ronal The Barbarian, which appears to be the classic "runt of the litter saves the day" story, but with lots of adult humor and one awesome introduction from a skull belting out Europe's "Final Countdown." So yeah, I'm going to see it.

Ronal is a young barbarian with low self-esteem, the polar opposite of all the muscular barbarians in his village. He's a real wuss. However, as fate would have it, responsibility for the tribe's survival falls on Ronal's scrawny shoulders, when the evil Lord Volcazar raids the village and abducts every living barbarian. With the exception of Ronal, who is forced to go on a perilous quest to save his enslaved clan and thwart Volcazar's plot to rule the world. Along the way, our unlikely hero is joined by Alibert the buttery bard, Zandra the gorgeous shield-maiden and Elric the metrosexual elfin guide. To ultimately vanquish the enemy, the band must overcome awesome challenges.


Path of Blood

Splatter horror for kids! Amazing paper animator Eric Power put together this fantastic short titled Path of Blood - Demon at the Crossroads of Destiny, which adorably chronicles one warrior's bloody, eye-popping journey. Who knew eyeball-munching crows could be so cute!

Rise of the Appliances‬

What if The Brave Little Toaster had a death wish for all of mankind? It might look something like the short "Rise of the Appliances," which has signed with indie film studio Big Rich to be translated into a feature film. Directed by Rob Spracking, we're excited to see how much of this film is actual horror comedy, and how much of that is just the song selected for the teaser trailer. Ten points if you get Emilio Estevez to do a Maximum Overdrive cameo!

The Enemy

Uncovered over at Quiet Earth, this Bosnian war thriller plops the devil right in the middle of a modern day uneasy peace. A week after the Balkan War, a group of traveling soldiers charged with the deadly task of deactivating and dismantling landmines throughout the countryside uncover a mysterious man walled inside a room of a factory. Slowly the group learns that some things are walled in for a reason.

A small engineering squad has welcomed Dayton Agreement in mountains, not far from the ruins of a local factory that was destroyed in combat. In that strange atmosphere, the squad finds a walled-in basement in ruins of the factory – and in it a man, which quietly sits behind a desk, next to an ashtray filled with cigarette buds, as if he was actually waiting for them. Pandora's Box is opening...

The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus

From the mind of the folks behind our beloved The People Vs. George Lucas comes an in-depth look at Paul the Psychic Octopus. Myth or delicious appetizer? The folks behind the camera attempt to uncover the mystery behind the future-predicting cephalopod, but really it feels like some sort of smear campaign against Punxsutawney Phil.

051: Confidential

Another flick for the found footage file, but this one has aliens! Here's the synopsis and first trailer:

The "found footage" science fiction horror film follows the events that befell a group of individuals in August 2001 who awoke to find themselves all stranded in a desolate area surrounding the military base known as "Area 51". That footage was later allegedly used in a Military Training video for new hires at the facility.

As they explore the landscape, attempting to find a way - ANY way - back to civilization, all outgoing transmissions "blocked" and all electrical equipment mysteriously malfunctioning, they come into contact with a mysterious Army Colonel who claims to have survived a "massacre" by extraterrestrials as well as a man named "Lazar", who claims to have been a former employee of Area 51 and had disappeared years prior...


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