"Pretty Amazing" | Perfect Skin
“In Perfect Skin, directed by Kevin Chicken, genre actor Richard Brake plays Bob Reid, an American tattoo artist living in London with a reverence for his craft. Bob has a secret desire to leave his mark on the world and, soon after meeting young Polish woman Katia (Natalia Kostrzewa), believes he has found the perfect canvas. Cue kidnapping and carnage.
Opening with a beautiful credit sequence, set to some excellent dance beats, Perfect Skin instantly captures the attention. Those beats are provided by The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett so you know already that the score to this film is going to be pretty amazing. The true star of Perfect Skin though is the acting, with Richard Brake especially strong.
Richard Brake is one of those rare actors that you can put into practically any film and he’ll excel. Best suited to films of a darker nature, with Perfect SkinBrake gives one of the best performances of his career. Despite how it may sound, Bob isn’t your typical horror villain. There is a reason, a particularly tragic one, for Bob’s bad behaviour. Brake manages to make him completely human and, despite the questionable choices, he elicits empathy from the audience. Vastly different from his previous standout role of Doom-Head in Rob Zombie’s 31, Brake’s turn here is simply superb.”