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Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)



In theaters January 13 and coming to Shudder later in 2023

Two children wake up in the middle of the night to find their father is missing, and all the windows and doors in their home have vanished. To cope with the strange situation, the two bring pillows & blankets to the living room and settle into a quiet slumber party. They play well worn videotapes of cartoons to fill the silence of the house and distract from the frightening and inexplicable situation. All the while in the hopes that eventually some grown-ups will come to rescue them. However, after a while it becomes clear that something is watching over them.
This premiered at Fantasia Fest last year to positive reviews: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/skinamarink

It was made for only $15k.

It is getting limited release starting this weekend. I was surprised to see it will be playing at my local AMC theatres, but mostly evening times. I think they're hoping for the horror crowds to show up like they did for Terrifier 2.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

Totally disappointed this is not a Sharon, Louis and Bram biopic.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

Originally Posted by ViewAskewbian
Totally disappointed this is not a Sharon, Louis and Bram biopic.
Yea, I forgot to put a warning to all Canadians to not get too excited.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

Originally Posted by ViewAskewbian
Totally disappointed this is not a Sharon, Louis and Bram biopic.
Who says it isn't?!
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

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Who says it isn't?!
If there's an dude in an elephant costume on the other side of that door that would be awesome AND terrifying!
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"Skinamarink" (Kyle Edward Ball, Canadian horror on a budget)

Skinamarink was filmed over seven days in August 2021 with a budget of $15,000. The film has grossed more than $1.5 million since its premiere Jan. 13.

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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

Now available to stream on Shudder and AMC+.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

This is probably best watched alone and with subtitles on.

I applaud them for doing something different on a tiny budget.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

For anyone curious, this is now streaming on Shudder.

Saw it last month during its short theatrical run.

I've read a lot of reviews that absolutely love this film but I did not.

While I fully appreciate how much dense atmosphere Director/Writer Kyle Edward Ball was able to shove into a film with a $15,000 budget, the film was incredibly dull and overtly long.

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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

Apparently this film is an expanded version of Director/Writer Kyle Edward Ball's short Heck (2020)

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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

Seems the more positive reviews come from people who mention they had bad childhood nightmares and this movie triggered that feeling.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

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For anyone curious, this is now streaming on Shudder.

Saw it last month during its short theatrical run.

I've read a lot of films that absolutely love this film but I did not.

While I fully appreciate how much dense atmosphere Director/Writer Kyle Edward Ball was able to shove into a film with a $15,000 budget, the film was incredibly dull and overtly long.
Saw in theatres too and I completely agree. I canít even fathom how someone would say it is terrifying. But as TomOpus said, those who had childhood nightmares seem to be the ones who are connected with it most.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

You definitely have to give yourself over to it completely.

I made the mistake of watching Heck first, which is much more concise and I felt sold the concept better.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

I just watched this on Shudder. Interesting atmosphere, but holy hell was it long and boring.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

Fucking laughable mess of a movie.

I guess if I was still scared of the dark, maybe Iíd find this unsettling on some level. I donít know about others, but some of the sound effects were a step away from using a slide whistle. The only thing scary is the director made $2 million off this.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

Ya know, it's such a shame that the director decided to go the experimental route as this could have been a breakthrough really creepy horror film. Once you learn what's going on it, it's really sadistic what the "skinamarink" is doing.

Oh well, maybe we'll get something much better on his next effort.
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Re: Skinamarink (2023, D: Kyle Edward Ball)

This one was not for me.

After sleeping on it, I think I'll add why. This movie is way too long. It would play much better as a Twilight Zone episode, something like that. The amount of staring into the grain to search for faces and movement or whatever is way too much. Violence with kids is awful, but I was too bored to even care. The one jump scare seems cheap and out of place from the rest of the movie. I read the Wikipedia plot summary to know what was actually happening. Even then I thought, it doesn't mention all of the long scenes of nothing in-between these "plot points."

I get why it invokes those childhood memories of going downstairs and watching TV in the dark and seeing stuff move. I've been there, I get it. But this was way too long and just not for me.

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