Second Skin

When his older brother is drawn into the neighbouring woods one night, a young boy suspects that the person who returns is no longer his brother.

  • Gary Davies
    Labyrinth Rocks, Whites Beach, Look Out
  • Project Type:
    Short Script
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  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
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  • Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition

Writer Biography - Gary Davies


With a distinct interest in belief systems, Buddhist philosophy, and the uncanny, Gary is an award-winning New Zealand filmmaker who loves creating nightmares and dreamscapes to provoke and entertain; scary, cerebral horror films that explore the modern human condition.

Gary jumped in at the deep end - writing, directing, shooting, producing and editing the horror-comedy feature FLATMATES WANTED which, despite having no budget, obtained NZ-wide DVD release via Vendetta Films in 2007.

He has developed his original horror feature script PSYCHOMANTEUM with UK and NZ producers, and was represented by Atchity Entertainment International for his horror-thriller feature script IN THE MOONLIGHT prior to the project receiving NZ Film Commission Early Development Funding.

Gary has been short-listed for numerous NZFC funding schemes, and his short films and feature screenplays have taken part in and won accolades at festivals and competitions around the world. SECOND SKIN was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2020 Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition out of 765 entries, and COULROPHOBIA won Best Feature Script at the 2020 Independent Horror Movie Awards.

Gary's recent short horror film BE QUIET has picked up a number of awards on the festival circuit.

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Writer Statement

Right from its opening moments, with the words uttered by our young protagonist, SECOND SKIN is a provocative, and evocative, piece of surreal cinematic story-telling. It takes risks and challenges its audience, taking them on a dark, psychological journey to experience something thought-provoking and bizarre – yet still emotive and rooted very much in the human condition.

A journey into ‘the uncanny’, the film is a dark take on the coming-of-age tale - where pubescence collides with the ‘call of the wild’ in a remote setting.

Finding himself very much ‘home alone’, our protagonist experiences something sinister and unknown when something mysterious calls to his thirteen year old brother...

...and changes him...