Watch: Ben Aston's Haunting Short 'He Took His Skin Off For Me'

January 18, 2015
Source: Vimeo

He Took His Skin Off For Me

"'Is this what you want,' he asked. And I said 'yes.' So he took his skin off for me." Get ready for this. Ben Aston has premiered his short He Took His Skin Off For Me on Vimeo, after its debut at Fantastic Fest and Toronto After Dark Film Festival last year. Aston and his short films were recently profiled at SlashFilm (with a great interview), reminding me that I had been meaning to watch this short, one of his latest and it's so crazy, disgustingly good. Aston's other short, Russian Roulette, is playing at the Sundance Film Festival coming up. But before that, this is the must see - practical SFX make this one extraordinary "fairytale" of sorts. It's a perfect kind of unsettling yet seductively sweet one-of-a-kind creation. Have fun and turn it up.

"Please turn off the lights. Use headphones. Go full screen. It's worth it." Official poster below:

He Took His Skin Off For Me

Synopsis from Vimeo: "The story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn't the best idea…" He Took His Skin Off For Me is directed by Ben Aston, based on the short story by Maria Hummer, written by Maria Hummer & Ben Aston. Jen Cardno was head of SFX and design, cinematography by Yiannis Manolopoulos, and music by Mark Sayfritz. Starring Sebastian Armesto and Anna Maguire. For more on Ben Aston, including an interview and profile on his other short films, head to SlashFilm. For a behind-the-scenes video on He Took His Skin Off For Me, showing how they made the short, head to Vimeo. For more on the film itself, visit their official site. "If I can leave with one pearl of wisdom, though; if you take off your skin just to be with somebody? That’s only ever going to end messy…"

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  • Bruiser
    That made me queasy
    Gross. That skin suit was probably fun to walk around in on-set.
  • Franklin Carpio
    The behind the scenes of this is great. The make up and the sheer scheduling of their shooting schedule was pretty impressive.
  • mooreworthy
    Bravo. We skinless people have far too long been left out of the film industry and hopefully 2015 will see more of us on the big screen.
    • Indeed! Where's the outrage for there not being nearly enough roles for skinless people in films today? Hollywood needs this wake-up call!
      • mooreworthy
        Skinless unite!
  • Steven
    Sick.....and not as in cool.
  • jay
    Really beautifully done, in a sick sort of way!
  • Greg dinskisk
    :) I'm so glad to see this. I've been waiting for this one since its Kickstarter campaign ~2 years ago.
  • ragethorn
    I don't get it.
  • Michael C. Merritt
    Very disappointed. I wanted to see him cut his skin off and scream because he was in excruciating pain. What a waste.




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