Shudder announced today a theatrical run for the highly-anticipated paranormal thriller Skinamarink beginning Friday, January 13, 2023, ahead of the film’s streaming debut on Shudder. Written, directed, and produced by Kyle Edward Ball, making his feature directorial debut, the film had its premiere at Fantasia Fest. Since then, the film has taken social media by storm creating an unprecedented viral sensation for an independently produced horror film.
Said Ball: “I’m thrilled that after months of keeping it secret, I can finally tell everyone that my weird movie is going to be in theaters and on Shudder!”
Skinamarink is based on Ball’s short film Heck, which played on the festival circuit in 2020.
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In Skinamarink, 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 and blankets to the living room and settle into a quiet slumber party situation. 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.
In his review of the film out of Fantasia, Dread Central’s Josh Korngut wrote:
Many of us who seek the help of a counselor have been asked to transport ourselves back to a similar space represented here. To find our child selves and to offer them the comfort and support they were never granted when they needed it the most. Skinamarink does the opposite. The horror of this film is the power it has to transport you back to your most vulnerable place and then leave you there. Unattended, abandoned, and lost
Lucas Paul, Dali Rose Tetreault, Ross Paul, and Jaime Hill star in Skinamarink. and is executive produced by Edmon Rotea, Ava Karvonen, Bonnie Lewis, Alan Lewis, Josh Doke, and Jonathan Barkan all executive produced the film.
The acquisition deal was negotiated by Emily Gotto, VP of Global Acquisitions & Co-Productions on behalf of Shudder and Peter Castro of BayView Entertainment on behalf of the filmmaker.