Mysterious Skin Spotlight

Welcome to Episode 85 of the Back Lot 605 Podcast! On this week’s show we continue our Pride Month mini-series with the 2004 drama Mysterious Skin from director Gregg Araki. The film was selected by this week’s featured guest Jake Martin, who previously joined us on the John Carpenter Killer Countdown episode. We explore the harsh reality of Mysterious Skin, and upsetting subject matter involved. This is our Mysterious Skin spotlight.


The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Elizabeth Shue, and Michelle Trachtenberg. Mysterious Skin follows two teenage boys on very different paths that soon intersect. Brian (Corbet) believes he was abducted by aliens as a child after being unable to recall large portions of his childhood. Neil (Gordon-Levitt) is an out gay teen who spends his time with his best friend Wendy (Trachtenberg) and earns money by selling his body to older men on the street. The two boys find that their paths have intersected before, and were forever changed.

Also in this episode we discuss the latest films coming soon to streaming and select theaters. These titles include, Eurovision Song Contest, My Spy, Irresistible, Yummy, and Force of Nature. For more information on these titles and more, visit our latest Coming Soon article!

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About the Author
Casey Kelderman found a love for film at a very early age. One of his earliest memories of watching movies was the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. Casey graduated from The University of Sioux Falls in 2017. At USF Casey produced weekly movie reviews and hosted a radio show. He graduated with a degree in Media Studies. Skills he learned in college have allowed him to help create Back Lot 605. He has produced and directed 4 short films. His favorite films include Halloween, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Die Hard.
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