Skeleton Crew (film)

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Skeleton Crew
DVD released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Directed byTero Molin
Tommi Lepola
Produced byIlkka Niemi
Written byTero Molin
Story byTero Molin
Teemu Molin
StarringSteve Porter
David Yoken
Anna Alkiomaa
Jonathan Rankle
Rita Suomalainen
Music byTuomas Kantelinen
CinematographyTero Molin
Tommi Lepola
Edited byPetri Kyttälä
Juha Kuoppala
Timeless Films
Northern Discipline Pictures
Distributed byAnchor Bay Entertainment
Release date
  • May 1, 2009 (2009-05-01) (Weekend of Fear Festival, Germany)
Running time
93 minutes

Skeleton Crew is a 2009 Finnish horror film directed by Tero Molin and Tommi Lepola, and written by Tero Molin and Teemu Molin.


In the 1970s, a mental institution near the Finland–Russia border was shut down when it was discovered that main administrator Doctor Andersson (who had taken to calling himself "The Auteur") had filmed himself torturing patients to death. Most of the doctor's films were confiscated, though the rooms in which they were developed and screened were never found.

Around thirty years later, the asylum is being used as the set of Silent Creek, a film based on the murders committed in it. While doing recordings, two soundmen hear disembodied voices, and find a hidden room. The chamber contains Andersson's undiscovered work, and while the bulk of the cast and crew of Silent Creek are disgusted by the snuff films, they decide not to call the police, since doing so would shut down production. Steven, the director of Silent Creek, becomes obsessed with Andersson's films (which he is drawn to one night by an apparition) and begins acting deranged, claiming that Silent Creek is "not real enough".

After finding Andersson's camera among the snuff films, Steve tricks Bruce (the actor playing Andersson) into killing an actress with a drill (which he said was just a prop) while he films it. The next day, the rest of the cast and crew find a note on Andersson's projector telling them to turn it on. The projector shows Steven (dressed like Andersson) disemboweling Mari while ranting about how he is "The Auteur". Steven then cuts a restrained Bruce in half with a chainsaw, which is shown through a television in the break room. Since the telephones and vehicles all fail to work, the remaining employees decide to make a run for it, after they look for the missing Mike. During the search, Klasu is taken after drinking drugged liquor.

In the previously sealed attic the rest of the group find a Moviola showing Skeleton Crew itself, everything up until that very moment. As everyone theorizes that it is like reality itself has become blurred and they are inside a horror film, the machinery shows Klasu in a pit with Mike. Steven throws two spiked clubs into the hole, and has Klasu and Mike fight for their freedom. The former wins, but Steven goes back on his word, and burns Klasu to death with spotlights. The next to die is Erno, who is locked in the attic and bombarded with sound, causing a fatal aneurysm.

While he, Lisa, and Anna are looking for another way out due to the main doors being sealed, Darius is captured, strung up, and impaled by a spear attached to a camera set on a dolly. Steven then takes Anna, severs her right arm and left leg, and leaves her for Lisa to find. Anna begs for death, and Lisa comes close to mercy killing her, but upon realizing that this scenario is almost an exact recreation of the opening of Silent Creek, fakes passing out. When an angered Steven approaches her, Lisa shoots him several times with a dead crew member's gun. Steven survives being shot, and upon realizing he cannot be killed due to the supernatural presence in the asylum, Lisa shoots herself in the mouth to spite Steve and ruin his film. However, Lisa survives the suicide attempt, and wakes up tied to chair, with Steven about to torture her with a blowtorch.

In a post-credits scene, Steven is shown watching Skeleton Crew in a theatre. A viewer yells out "Ah, mate, that really sucked. Weren't even any fucking tits!"


  • Rita Suomalainen as Lisa
  • Steve Porter as Steven S./Sanders
  • Anna Alkiomaa as Anna
  • Jonathan Rankle as Darius K.
  • Jani Lahtinen as Klasu
  • Ville Arasalo as Erno
  • David Yoken as Bruce
  • Riikka Niemi as Mari
  • John J. Lenick as Mike
  • Ramo Kalupala as Pete
  • Eija Koskimaa as Nurse 1
  • Jukka Toivonen as Nurse 2
  • Wiley Cousins as Jerry
  • Markku Peltola as Doctor Andersson
  • Karoliina Blackburn as Nurse in Snuff Films


Lightning Media released Skeleton Crew on DVD 21 July 2009.[1]


David Johnon of DVD Verdict wrote that it was well put together and "different and cool".[2] Bill Gibron of DVD Talk rated the film 1.5/5 stars and called it "a crime, the kind of waste of effort affront that makes you rethink your love of the genre in the first place."[3]


  1. ^ Miska, Brad (25 March 2009). "Trailer and DVD Date For 'Skeleton Crew'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  2. ^ Johnson, David (1 May 2009). "Skeleton Crew". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  3. ^ Gibron, Bill (5 May 2009). "Skeleton Crew". DVD Talk. Retrieved 14 January 2014.

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