Mysterious Skin

Synopsis: Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Gregg Araki
Production: Tartan Films/TLA Releasing
  5 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

The summer I was

from my life.


Gone without a trace.

Last thing I remember I was

sitting on the bench...

at my Little League game.

It started to rain.

What happened after that

remains a pitch black void.



You, dork.

What the heck are

you doing in there?


You're bleeding.

Whew! It is

terrible out there.


Hello, sweetheart.

What happened to you?

Brian got a bloody nose

hiding in the cellar.

Whatever on Earth were

you doing down there?

Are you okay, sweetheart?

You poor little baby.

They had me cooped up all

night in that awful mailroom.

I didn't even know it was

raining till I got off work.

Hold still.


Did one of the other moms

give you a ride home?

- I'm going to bed.

- I hope you're happy.

I knew he'd get hurt playing

sports out there in the field.

You know, when I was a kid, I wasn't

exactly a star player either.

But at least I gave it my all,

I wasn't a quitter.

Sorry, Dad.

- Good night.

- Good night.

I told your father that

Little League thing...

was a stupid idea.

Hold your nose.

Mom made me quit baseball

the very next day.

This was when

the nightmares began...

...and the nose bleeds.

I wet the bed several times...

...and then there

were the blackouts.

I'd feel my eyes

roll back in my head.

I'd crumple to the floor

like a dropped puppet.

The darn thing's not

even a year old yet.

Maybe it's screwed up from

all the lighting last week.

Oh, your father's going to be

overjoyed about this.

What time's Dad getting home?

Not for another hour,

at least, honey.

Mom. Deborah.

Come look!

It's a UFO!

Oh please, it's just a

weather balloon or something.

No, look what it's doing to the TV.

It's flying over the house!

Let's go up on the roof.

No, wait!

Children, be careful!

That summer, those were the

two things I'd never forget.

The cramped, stale

darkness of the crawlspace.

And, equal in power

and mystery...that UFO,

out there somewhere traveling

across the universe.

The summer I was 8 years old,

I came for the first time.

I was watching my Mom going at it

with her boyfriend of the moment,

Alfred, in my old swing set.

Alfred was all Marlboro man,

dumb as a f***ing rock.

What I would, years later,

come to call "my type".

And only the most boring,

stupid things...

have ever come out of his mouth.

But seeing him like this,

whimpering and grunting...

like a helpless animal, I

couldn't take my eyes off of him.

I'd been masturbating for

years, but it wasn't till...

that summer that jizz actually

squirted out my dick when I came.

Couldn't wait to show Coach.

Oh, maybe I should start

at the beginning.

Back in June, my Mom signed

me up for Little League.

It was Alfred's idea, a way

for them to f*** freely,

without the expense

of a sitter.

Are you excited?

Coach Heider?

Desire sledgehammered me.

He looked like the lifeguards,

cowboys and firemen,

I'd seen in the Playgirls that my

mom kept stashed under her bed.

Back then, I didn't know

what to do with my feelings.

They were like, a gift I had

to open in front of a crowd.

- Hello.

- Hello.

I'm Ellen McCormick.

And this is my son, Neil.

Hello, Neil.

Honey, don't you want to

say hello to your new coach?

Don't worry, it takes him a

while to warm up to strangers.

I quickly became the

team's star player.

Which wasn't saying much

considering the other kids...

were a bunch of

hopeless spazzes.

Our first game,

bottom of the eighth,

I whacked a triple

with the bases loaded.

The crowd went f***in' nuts.

But I didn't care about that.

All that mattered was

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Gregg Araki

Gregg Araki (born December 17, 1959) is an American filmmaker involved heavily with New Queer Cinema. His film Kaboom was the first winner of the Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm awarded in 2010. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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