Parents' Guide to

Skinamarink

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Absolutely terrifying, nightmarish experimental horror pic.

Movie NR 2023 100 minutes
Skinamarink Movie: Poster: An upside-down picture of a child sitting with his back to us, in front of a door

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Slow, Moody, Frightening

This is the scariest film I have ever seen. It is slow and seemingly pointless so I completely understand if people are turned off by it, yet I find it uses those things to its advantage. You must be in the right atmosphere for this one, watching in the daytime or on a computer will likely not yield a rewarding viewing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (7 ):

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.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate