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Skin Baby – A Lesson on PTSD Hidden in a Horror Film

Skin Baby – A Lesson on PTSD Hidden in a Horror Film

As I sit down to write my review for Skin Baby, I realized that I wasn’t really sure how to describe it. This is not horror, in the traditional sense, nor is it really a thriller. In all honesty, this is almost just a short peek into a traumatized woman’s PTSD driven breakdown. By which I mean that is the exact impression I was left with. While the actions that a person commits when suffering from PTSD can be horrific, I still wouldn’t classify them as horror. I’m not saying that’s bad. Hell, I wish there were more films for people to connect to that touched on this subject matter but it still goes past the definition of horror, so to speak. This is definitely a film that touches on something horrific rather than being straight horror and it’s all the better for it.

So, how about some tech stuff? Well, there’s one thing that could use some spit and polish, it was shot without a dolly. That’s a problem on my own shoots and overall it’s really a minor issue. Low budget indie horror films, any low budget indie film for that matter, tend to work within a very tight amount of money. The first thing to go is usually the dolly. The steadier the person carrying the camera, the less likely you’re going to need one. Again, it’s something I’ve dealt with plenty of times but has never been a deal breaker. Otherwise the film looked great. The color work was well done, the actors did a great job, and the special FX were awesome. Taken all together this is an excellent film with a premise that really isn’t touched on enough.

Skin Baby, while still feeling more horrific than straight horror, is an excellent film. It deals with a very difficult subject in a way that most shy away from. The lashing out, depression, anxiety, and self harm are absolutely realities for thousands of people. To make a film that accurately portrays what so many people go through is incredibly challenging. To do it well is that much more so. Skin Baby manages this in a way that still connects with the broader horror community and that’s something which we truly don’t see enough.



About The Author


Andrew H. was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, which he moved away from the first day he was allowed to in the hopes that he could leave behind a life of incredibly petty crime. Most of his immediate family has worked in the film industry since the 1930's, a career path he swore he would avoid at all costs. Having exactly as much willpower as a small goat he became involved in the film industry shortly after his 32nd birthday. In the following years since he has worked on both feature and short films. He has now written and directed two short films with his wife and filmmaking partner, Kynda Laufmann, with whom he has two sons. He has worked as director of photography, editor, sound department, writer, and director on several other short films and feature films. Andrew has even been wrangled into acting on three separate occasions, despite his desperate begging to do literally any other job on those films. Andrew’s passion and focus lie in making independent horror films, convincing people that hot drinks are rubbish, and owning all of the comic books.


  1. Acadia

    I have begun calling people Skin Baby

  2. Christy Stevens

    I love the plot of this! So completely bizarre!


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