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Under the Skin (2013)

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A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.


Jonathan Glazer
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 25 wins & 103 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Scarlett Johansson ... The Female
Jeremy McWilliams ... The Bad Man
Lynsey Taylor Mackay ... The Dead Woman
Dougie McConnell Dougie McConnell ... Pick-Up Man
Kevin McAlinden Kevin McAlinden ... First Victim
D. Meade D. Meade ... Leering Man
Andrew Gorman Andrew Gorman ... Second Victim
Joe Szula Joe Szula ... Man at Club
Krystof Hádek ... The Swimmer (as Krystof Hadek)
Roy Armstrong Roy Armstrong ... Father at Beach
Alison Chand Alison Chand ... Mother at Beach
Ben Mills ... The Baby
Oscar Mills Oscar Mills ... The Baby
Lee Fanning Lee Fanning ... Motorcyclist #1
Paul Brannigan ... Andrew


An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a young woman who combs the roads and streets of Scotland in search of the human prey she came to plunder. She seduces her isolated and forsaken male victims into an otherworldly dimension where they are stripped and consumed. However, existence in all its complexity begin to change the alien visitor. She begins to discover herself as human with tragic and terrifying consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Switzerland | UK | USA



Release Date:

14 March 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Pod kožom See more »


Box Office


$13,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$133,154, 6 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,605,039, 3 August 2014
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The nightclub that Scarlett Johansson gets pulled into is Club Earth in Livingston, West Lothian. Although the exterior shots and many of the interior shots are of the actual club, her escape route and scene in the toilet corridor seem to have been filmed elsewhere. See more »


Prior to her entering the dance club, Scarlett Johansson's character can be seen driving the wrong way down a one-way street. See more »


[first lines]
Female Voice: [with a mechanical buzz over shadowy morphing orbs] T- D, S- Z- Th, B- T- V, H- T- D- K- G, S- Z- P- B, Ba-Ba- T- T, K- Kuh- Ch, Th- V- Th, Zzz- Sss- Bzz- Ch, B-B-Buh- V-V-Vuh, G-G-Guh D-D-Duh.
Female Voice: [now over a shiney white torus, slowly morphing] B-B-Buh- B-B-Buh, B-B-Beh, B-B-Beh, Bah, N-N-Nuh- N-N-Nuh, N-N-Nuh- No. N-N-Nuh, F- Feel- Field, Fill- Filled- Filts, Foil- Failed- Fell, Felds- Pill- Pills, Pall- Nall.
Female Voice: [now over a watery chestnut-brown eye] Foal- Foals, Fold- Fold, Pool- Pool, ...
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Barnaby Smyth is listed twice as Foley Editor. See more »


Referenced in Nude Muse News: Episode dated 3 July 2014 (2014) See more »


Performed by Soundtree
Written by Luis Almau (as Almau)/Peter Raeburn (as Raeburn)
Published by Soundtree Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Nowever Records
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User Reviews

Absolutely stunning! Too shocking and uncomfortable for some audience members.
31 March 2014 | by TheMovieVlogSee all my reviews

Under The Skin represents a few things in my opinion but most importantly it represents a quality that has been missing from Cinema for quite some time. It marks a return of the eerie horror/Uncomfortable thriller (for want of a better description), something I thought we'd seen the last of after the passing of Kubrick back in the late 90's. It's 'Bodysnatchers', it's 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', it's 'Don't Look Now', it's Kubrick, Roeg and Tarkovsky, it's a bit Wells, Lovecraft and John W. Campbell and....so much more. Enough comparisons though, this is Jonathan Glazer, a very capable and talented director who has made some of the best films (many of them music videos) in the last 20 years. This film is Glazerian. Or should that be Glazeresque? You choose, the man is a genre. This is independent film making at its finest. Every frame is beautiful, the performances are perfect, Scarlett Johansson was a great choice of lead and it was nice to see Adam Pearson proving himself as more than just a Channel 4 freakshow stooge, he is one of the best parts of the film. The music is a huge part of this film and should get just as high a billing as the actors, Mica Levi has produced a truly awe-inspiring soundtrack that will be remembered with the greats. Under The Skin will prove misunderstood on release but will gain following in the years after, I honestly expect to be finding merchandise in all movie memorabilia shops alongside your Pulp Fiction, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Rocky posters very soon. This is a future classic, cult favorite and probably my favorite film of the last 10 years. I'm not sure I could be any more impressed, this is why I love Cinema!

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