Cold Skin (2017) Ending Explained

Cold Skin ending explained

Last updated on April 5th, 2024 at 10:05 pm

Cold Skin (2017) is a science fiction horror movie directed by Xavier Gens. The movie is based on Albert Sánchez Piñol’s novel Cold Skin which is published in 2002. The plot story & humor makes many viewers confused, which makes the movie more enjoyable. Here is the Cold Skin ending explained.

Cold Skin Ending Explanation and Plot Story in Details

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The movie starts in 1914 with a young weather observer who travels to a remote island to work for one year. Soon he finds the previous weather observer is missing. There remains only the caretaker of the lighthouse named Gruner.

The captain suggests the newcomer leave with him, but he decides to stay. Like so, the captain left him for one year.

On the first day on the island, he discovers a diary of a former meteorologist in his cabin. In the diary, he wrote about some unknown creatures. At night the man is attacked by those mysterious blue-skinned creatures. They come from the sea. But luckily, he survived by hiding under the ground cellar. As soon as daylight dawn, they flee.

The next day, he goes to Gruner to allow him inside the lighthouse, but he refuses. Therefore, he returns to the cabin and prepares for the creatures.

At night the creatures again attack his cabin, and he also starts protesting on behalf of saving a life. Middle of these his only shelter burnt in fire and he hides in a cave.

The next day, he encounters a feminine creature. The man almost goes attacking her but suddenly Gruner comes into the place and introduces the creature, named Tame. Gruner explains that once he saved her life, Tame accepted him as master. No matter how cruel he becomes, Tame never protests nor even leaves. At night when Tame screams, other creatures come to redeem her. Next Gruner executed them and later consume them as food. According to Gruner, these creatures endure nothing but fish.

Under those circumstances, Gruner introduces him as ‘Friend’ to Tame and allows him to live inside the lighthouse.

Day by day Friend discovers Gruner is not only cruel but also physically & sexually abusive to Tame. The creatures are also civilized as a human under the sea and they try to ensure their rising generation is safe. That’s why they want to prevent humans.

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At first, Friend does not like to kill them but later for surviving on the awkward island he becomes used to killing the creatures & eat them.

Friend grows to attract Tame and names her Aneris. They become physically involved and Gruner discovers that.

One day Friend sights a ship in the sea, and he goes shooting a rescue flare but Gruner prevents him. Gruner becomes furiously angry with Friend and is about to dispatch him. But Aneris releases him. Therefore, Aneris starts gaining confidence, and the revolution begins.

One night they kill many creatures at night. The following day Gruner goes outside the lighthouse and starts slaying the rest of the injured creatures. On this spot, Gruner exposes that he found Aneris trapped in a net in the sea. He practically wrecked her, but she thought Gruner saved her life, and after that Aneris stayed with him.

After hearing this Gruner & Friend both hear a loud weeping and Aneris disappears.

Later at night Friend finds a creature child at sea beach. He tries comforting him and wants to end up the rebellion. Aneris recovers the place. She looks more confident & matured.

Suddenly Gruner approaches and kills the child by shooting. This triggers the ultimate chaos. They attack Gruner altogether and literally shredded his body.

The scene cuts to a few days later when the weather observers’ duty ended and the ship comes to the island.

The captain mistakenly addresses Friend the lighthouse keeper Gruner. But Friend does not correct him. Therefore, Friend now decides to stay on the island as Gruner did in the past and the cycle continues.

What Is the Creature in The Film Cold Skin?

The movie Cold Skin (2017) is a fantasy science fiction film and the creature has shown are also fictional. They have grey latex bodies with human shapes. They live underwater in the sea, and they are civilized as humans. That means they have friends, family & society. They try to protect each other even if sacrificing their own life. As we see, the creature attacks Gruner many times losing their uncountable family members but never stops.

What Represents the Meaning of The Movie?

The movie is based on a metaphor for mortal life. Humans constantly want a favor from others and hunger for power. We human desires a world where he remains the sole ruler, as Gruner finds himself on the island.

On the other side, the creatures are the ‘positiveness’ that we need. Hundreds & thousands of ‘good works’ die for our selfish mentality. But in the end, white hands always win. In the movie we see, the creatures finally executed Gruner.

Who is Aneris in Cold Skin?

Aneris is one of the vital characters in the movie Cold Skin (2017) played by Aura Garrido. She uses a brown lavish costume in the movie as a lady creature. Plus, she represents the wife of Gruner (or former morphologist) in the photo, found by Friend.

Official Synopsis

On the edge of the Antarctic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steamship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. Onboard is a young man, on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But onshore, he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is a forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall…

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Original Title Cold Skin

Other Titles La piel fría (Mexico), La piel fría (Spain)

Genre Horror/ Sci-fi

Runtime 01hr 48min

Original Language English

Directed by Xavier Gens

Written by Jesús Olmo, Eron Sheean

Tagline How much horror can the heart endure?

Release date September 7, 2018 (USA)

Origin Country United States, France, Spain

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Cast of Characters

Actor/Actress Name Characters Name
Aura Garrido Aneris
Ray Stevenson Gruner
David Oakes Friend

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