Horror hides in darkness


Isaac Valenzuela, Reporter

Skinamarink is a slow-paced horror movie. It is the story of things that children fear, things covered by the darkness, fearing something  that may be stalking, waiting. The protagonists are placed in a hopeless situation.

 Directed by Kyle Edward Bell the cast includes Lucas Paul who plays 4-year-old Kevin and Dail Rose Tetreault 6-year-old plays Kaylee. They wake up in the middle of the night to find their father missing and all the doors and windows of the house gone. The house is dark and feels like a cage.

 The entity stalks the children to entertain itself while hiding in the darkness. Edward immerses the viewer in both fear and uncanny levels of anxiety. The purpose is more nefarious. 

Skinamarink makes the viewer feel like a child trapped in their bed. Darkness fills the movie with terror. The house feels different, like something terribly wrong is going on.   The house no longer feels safe as it is invaded by an unrecognizable creature. The film released this January was a box office success grossing over $2 million on a $15,000 budget. 

The movie creates more questions than it answers. It is about a broken family with an absent mother. The movie is streaming on Youtube, Shudder, Roku, Vudu and Apple Tv for a fee ranging from $13.99 to $14.99.