Skinamarink may be Kyle Edward Ball’s first foray into feature-length filmmaking, but he’s already adept at scaring viewers. He started behind the Bitesized Nightmares YouTube channel. The premise behind the channel is that people can comment on nightmares they’ve had, and Ball would recreate the nightmare on film and present it for all to see.
Dozens of videos are available online if you have trouble falling asleep at night. He even released a 30-minute proof-of-concept film titled Heck on YouTube, which would eventually become Skinamarink. It follows the same basic premise as the upcoming movie in which a kid wakes up at night and can’t find his parents. And what is most frightening is that there is no way to escape the dwelling.
Interestingly, when he was making YouTube videos, Ball noticed patterns in the nightmares people were describing to him. It’s almost as if there are universal experiences that people have in their dreams and live through unconsciously. Speaking to RogerEbert.com, Ball spoke about this phenomenon: “People kept commenting on my videos with exactly the same dream they had: ‘I’m between six and 10 years old, I’m at my house, at my parents’ house either dead or missing, and there’s a monster.” With that in mind, it’s clear that Skinamarink has the potential to unlock something primal for a large part of the population and evoke the same nightmares for adults.