After Only Four Days in Theatres, “Skinamarink” Has Already Made Back Nearly 60 Times Its Production Budget

When it was released in theatres on January 13, the analog horror film Skinamarink quickly became a financial success, earning sixty times its budget. Uproxx says that Kyle Edward Ball’s directorial debut, Skinamarink, has earned $890,000. In the film, two small kids are left alone at home without their parents.

Although Skinamarink’s $890,000 profit pales in comparison to the nearly $2 billion earned by Avatar: The Way of Water and other top-grossing box office pictures, the number nevertheless causes for celebration given that it represents a 60-fold return on the film’s initial investment of $15,000. The director shot his experimental horror film in the same house he grew up in Edmonton, Canada, using his own childhood toys in some of the scenes.


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Ball claimed in a Fangoria interview that the usage of the toys his mother had collected from his youth made the filming more meaningful to him. He also mentioned how kind his parents were to him and the film crew. The success of Skinamarink is comparable to the success tale of the underdog hero who triumphs despite not having the same opportunities as his rivals.

Skinamarink, a low-budget horror film with a straightforward set, will be renowned in horror film history. Ball acknowledged the influence of experimentalists like Stan Brakhage and Maya Deren, as well as David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, and others while describing the film as a masterpiece.

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If you haven’t seen the film, it is a horror tale about two young children named Kevin (Lucas Paul) and Kaylee (Dali Rose Tetreault) who wake up one night to discover that they are alone at home and that their parents have vanished. Additionally, they learn that supernatural forces have imprisoned them within their home with no way to leave and no adult nearby to take command of the issue.


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The youngsters escape the frightening circumstance by hiding out with one another while engaging in games and watching cartoons. However, as they begin to hear voices echoing around the home and beckoning them into the darkness, their efforts to escape their tragic situation are unsuccessful.

Every scene in the movie feels like a nightmare coming to life since it was digitally shot in low light with everything captured in blurry static. When seeing Skinamarink, viewers can be brought back to their childhood fears of the dark and the nightmares that a child might imagine in a dark room at home.


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