There was method to the tension seen in the slow-burn horror feature, and Kyle Edward Ball wasn’t shy about revealing his master plan for how he was able to create this unforgettable experience. “I made rules that I wasn’t allowed to break. We never see anyone’s face. We avoid keeping people on screen for too long. Whatever dialogue is delivered is always delivered off-screen. We never go outside. We never leave the house. We’re always in the house,” the director said in an interview with RogerEbert.com. “There’s also no music in the film.” Ball went as far as explaining that this process started earlier than one might expect, saying, “I have these Set up rules before I even got the script going, just so I would have one [foundation] Build on something. I actually found it liberating to work within a set framework.”
Overall, the plan appears to have been a success, as “Skinamarink” received impressive Rotten Tomatoes scores and critical acclaim. Variety called the film “Terrifying,” and Rue Morgue wrote in its review that it “takes you back to a little kid lying in bed in the middle of the night, listening to strange noises coming from elsewhere in the house and wondering what.” they’re terrible sources could be.” The film hits theaters on January 13, 2023 before making its way to the Shudder. With extensive preparation and excellent execution, not to mention the wide range of acclaim, “Skinamarink ‘ to be a solid contender for the list of horror movies to watch in 2023 and sure to be another fine addition to the lineup. Shudder has something to offer true horror fans.