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Depending on your perspective and tolerance for experimental horror, “Skinamarink” is either painfully boring or unshakably horrifying.

This week, it’s Will’s choice, and he went with one of the more polarizing movies of 2023, “Skinamarink”!


Skinamarink is a 2022 Canadian experimental supernatural horror film written and directed by Kyle Edward Ball in his feature-length directorial debut. The film follows a young brother and sister who wake up during the night to discover that they cannot find their father and that the windows, doors, and other objects in their house are disappearing.

Before the production of Skinamarink, Ball ran a YouTube channel where he would upload videos based on nightmares recounted by commenters. His short film Heck (2020) was developed as a proof of concept for Skinamarink. It was shot on digital video at Ball’s childhood home in Edmonton and premiered at the 26th Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on July 25, 2022, before going on to screen at other film festivals, including some that offered at-home viewing options. Copies of the film leaked online, after which it garnered attention and word-of-mouth acclaim on social media.

It received a theatrical release in the United States and Canada via IFC Midnight on January 13, 2023, and was released on the horror streaming service Shudder on February 2. The film was a box office success, grossing $2 million against a $15,000 budget. Though audiences were split on this extremely non-traditional horror film, critics praised it for the way it drew upon experiences of childhood fear to create a truly unnerving viewing experience.


Tiana’s picked Phantasm II (1988) for us to chat about.  This sequel to Phantasm (1979) was written and directed by Don Coscarelli. It stars Angus Scrimm, James LeGros and Reggie Bannister. The first film’s protagonist, Mike, recently released from a mental institution, recruits Reggie and some new friends in an effort to defeat the villain Tall Man. The film caused controversy among fans by recasting main character Mike with LeGros, a studio demand to include a working actor. Brad Pitt auditioned for the role of Mike Pearson.

Coscarelli stated that he had been under pressure to film a sequel but could not come up with a story. He had considered the first film’s ending to be conclusive, and did not feel knowledgeable about writing sequels. Yet, he had what he described as a breakthrough when he realized he could start the film immediately after the previous film’s final scene. He also added a road movie element. Universal Studios allocated three million dollars; this was the lowest budget of any of their films in the 1980s, but it was the highest budget of any Phantasm film. The studio exerted much control over the film, and they did not allow Coscarelli to include any dream sequences or ambiguity.

Greg Nicotero and Robert Kurtzman, later of K.N.B. EFX, were recruited for special effects.


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