Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and realizing that the people who live with you in your house are suddenly gone. More than that: the doors and windows of the place also disappeared. Sounds downright scary, right? This is more or less what happens in Skinamrink, Canadian horror film released this year that took many fans of the genre by surprise🇧🇷
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In the plot, we follow the drama of two children, Kevin (Lucas Paul) and Kaylee (Dali Rose Tetreault), who wake up in the middle of the night and discover that their parents are simply gone, as well as the doors and windows of the house. As the siblings wander through the house, one thing becomes clear: their parents may be gone, but they are not alone.
Very strange things begin to happen in the place, such as upside down rooms, objects moving and, worst of all: there is a frightening voice that talks to the children, indicating that danger is lurking around all corners.
An experimental and uncomfortable terror
Skinamrink was written and directed by Kyle Edward Ball, a Canadian artist who already had some fame on YouTube for producing some horror shorts based on nightmares. One of them, called Heck, seems to have served as an inspiration for Skinamarink. The video can be seen on the Bitesized Nightmares channel.
As it is possible to attest in the trailer for Skinmarink and in the short film Heck, the film has an experimental tone, betting on a simple plot, but which is told in an intriguing way.
The angles cause some discomfort because they do not completely reveal the scenes and let the spectators’ imaginations flow. The analogue images (similar to those of the found footage genre) also help to create a frightening aesthetic.
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This mix of elements makes the film a unique experience and, as expected, has been the talk of social media. Many users reported that they were shocked by the work, which, despite having a slow pace, surprises a lot when exploring the “unknown”.
Recently, Ball announced that the film, released on July 25, will also be part of Shudder (horror streaming) and will be released in theaters on January 13, 2023 through the company IFC Midnight. We do not know, however, whether this applies only to the United States.
If you go on an adventure with Skinamrink, the tip is: night, lights off, silence. Enjoy, if you dare!