A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main point of the movie is to recreate the terror of a nightmare, unforgiving and undiscriminating.
Positive Role Models
The only characters are two small children in peril and maybe a monster of some kind, so, no role models.
Violence & Scariness
General feeling of throttling terror throughout. Children in peril. Blood spatters. Dialogue about a child putting a knife in his eye. Dialogue about a child falling down the stairs. Jump scares. Face with no mouth or eyes. Scary noises throughout. Child screaming. Child crying.
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Products & Purchases
Lego blocks appear throughout.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Skinamarink is an experimental horror movie with very little plot about two young siblings who are trapped alone in a scary house from which the doors and windows have vanished. It's the feature writing/directing debut of YouTuber Kyle Edward Ball ("Bitesized Nightmares"). It's definitely not for everyone, but some viewers will find it absolutely terrifying and unforgettable. Characters are almost never fully visible onscreen, but children are unquestionably in peril. There are blood spatters in two scenes, and viewers hear dialogue about a child putting a knife in his eye and about a child falling down the stairs. Children are also heard screaming and crying. There's a general feeling of throttling terror throughout, plus jump-scares, scary noises, and unsettling images such as a face with no mouth or eyes. There's no sex, substance use, or swearing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A truly unique and absolutely terrifying horror movie, this experimental nightmare doesn't follow standard story structures and isn't for everyone, but those who brave it won't soon forget it. The feature writing/directing debut of YouTuber Kyle Edward Ball ("Bitesized Nightmares"), Skinamarink is an truly experimental movie, without much discernible plot, characters who almost never appear on camera, and dialogue that's often unintelligible. (Subtitles sometimes, but not always, pop up to help.) The film seems most interested in creating an unsettling feeling of terror like being trapped in a nightmare, and at that it fully succeeds. Skinamarink resembles an old movie, shot on film, with scratches and grain, while the audio sounds worn-out, bass-heavy, full of hiss, and distorted. Old cartoons play on a TV set, and their cheery chirps warp into horrible noise. Sometimes things are too dark to see clearly, but blurry or indistinct things within the frame may creep you out. Other times the mere act of cutting from one shot to another creates a jolt. At 100 minutes, the movie may be too long to fully sustain its spell, but it's still an incredible work.
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