By MICHAEL GINGOLD
It’s an expressionistic trip into the dark side of childhood.
Variety reports that IFC Midnight and Shudder will distribute SKINAMARINK, a microbudget fright feature from writer/director/producer Kyle Edward Ball. Since its premiere at this past summer’s Fantasia International Film Festival, the movie has received quite a bit of attention on social media platforms such as Letterboxd, Reddit and TikTok. IFC will bring it to select theaters January 13, followed by a Shudder debut later in 2023. Lucas Paul, Dali Rose Tetreault, Ross Paul and Jaime Hill star; the synopsis: “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.”
“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,” Ball says in a statement.