It’s been nearly a decade since music video director-turned-filmmaker Jonathan Glazer delivered his third and most recent effort behind the camera, and yet Under the skin continues to live up to its moniker by digging into the hearts, minds, and psyches of sci-fi and horror fans everywhere.
Indeed, the idiosyncratic, offbeat, existential, and hair-raising journey into interdimensional terror and bloody murder has embarked on a major streaming renaissance. According to FlixPatrol, the haunting and harrowing story that follows Scarlett Johansson’s unnamed alien who travels across Scotland in a van to lure unsuspecting victims to their doom can currently be found as the 10th most-watched title on the HBO Max charts at the United States.
Under the skin has proven surprisingly polarizing among critics and fans alike, with an 84 percent score on Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes that’s barely reflected in the decidedly lukewarm 55 percent user rating. It’s not an easy movie to accept if you’re not exactly on the same wavelength, and the thematic background can often be mysterious to the point of being impenetrable, but the people who love it Really I’m lovin ‘it.
Johansson’s The Female uses her feminine wiles in pursuit of human prey, catapulting her victims into a terrifying alternate reality where they are literally devoured. However, nascent humanity throws a monkey wrench into her work as a cosmic killing machine, leading to an opinion-dividing journey that hypnotizes, hypnotizes, and confuses in equal measure, with Under the skin ready to generate a completely new wave of reactions.