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Kira feels alone. She seems to hide herself from the world. In fact, the world she chooses to live in feels slightly unreal; it’s as if it exists locked inside a dream. Everything is diffused in a hazy sort of reality . . . and she doesn’t dare scratch at the fibers of it. But, one day, she has no choice but to pull back the curtain and what she discovers will rock not only her real but ours, too.

"Replace, a mind-bending tale about the high price of beauty and immortality, recalls some of the best and earliest forms of literary science fiction"

Replace, a mind-bending tale about the high price of beauty and immortality, recalls some of the best and earliest forms of literary science fiction. I’m talking Nathaniel Hawthorne and his “earthly immortality” here. In fact, for a lot of audiences, this independent tale might unwind in a less than satisfactory manner considering its pacing, but the promise held in this film’s hallucinogenic DNA will win over a lot more audiences who find the spellbinding trip fascinating and are willing to turn the page with its lingering thoughts on immortality.

Co-written by Richard Stanley (The Island of Dr. Moreau, Dust Devil, Hardware) and directed by Norbert Keil (making his feature-length debut here), Replace is the tragic and haunting story of Kira (Rebecca Forsythe, The Bronx Bull) who, for lack of better terminology, awakens one day and discovers that her skin is peeling in weird and extreme ways. Female-fronted and incredibly sleek from beginning to ending, Replace is a film that is consistently rewarding and that extends to its Moog-centered score that is composed and arranged by Franco Tortora (Centipede!) and Tom Batoy (I WitnessBerlin, I Love You). {googleads}

With the knowledge that she is afflicted with a strange dermatological disease, she begins to experiment with ways to fix the damaged skin. There has to be some way to stop this progression; some way to grow new skin. That’s when she discovers that she can “replace” her skin with that of other girls and restore her beauty. But doing it once isn’t enough; she has to keep restoring the skin and so she charts a path toward murder and the risks she takes become more and more extreme; echoing her descent into the skin condition that holds her hostage.Replace

Co-starring Lucie Aron (Berlin Syndrome), Sean Knopp, and genre icon Barbara Crampton, Replace is a trippy film. It is also a very rewarding experience thanks to its blending of horror and science fiction elements into a new breed of body horror. Its visuals linger and so does the themes in its tale of rejuvenation to the extreme because, thanks to her doctor’s added interest in her condition, there seems to be more at stake here than just a weird skin disorder. Soon she’s fainting, having dizzy spells, and all of it leads to a truth that cannot be hidden.

How far would you go to live forever? Replace, now VOD and DVD thanks to Uncork’d Entertainment, has your answer.

4/5 stars



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MPAA Rating: Unrated.
83 mins
: Norbert Keil
Norbert Keil, Richard Stanley
Rebecca Forsythe, Lucie Aron, Barbara Crampton
: Horror
For Kira to live, many must die
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September 1, 2019
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Synopsis: Kira's skin starts to age rapidly, dry out and crumble away. But then she discovers that she can replace her own skin with somebody else's.



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