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Two children find their father missing and all doors and windows vanished, as they try to survive the night with cartoons and toys, they realize something is watching over them.


Why watch this film?

There are countless horror movies. But how many movies are about the horror itself? "Skinamarink," the debut feature film by Kyle Edward Ball, is an experimental minimalist approach to storytelling: two kids wake up in the middle of the night, can't find their father, and discover that all the windows and doors of the house have disappeared, so they decide to take refuge in the living room with video cartoons and toys. However, it seems that there is something in the darkness stalking them. With this bare premise, Ball doesn't focus on telling us a story but rather on creating an atmosphere of primordial fear: the doubt that something brutal and incomprehensible is lurking in the darkness of the closet, at the end of the stairs or under the bed. That's why "Skinamarink" may seem repetitive and even tiresome, so the experiment is not entirely successful. Nevertheless, one thing is certain: it's quite an experience that will make you feel like a child again, huddled in your bed, wondering if what you see on the wall is just a wall, or a monster ready to finish you off. Read more in our full review of Skinamarink.



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Plot summary

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. 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.

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Available at home