Skinamarink – Movie Review: Do you remember when “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity” hit theaters and were the talk of the town? Well, it seems like those days are back with “Marink”, a new horror movie that was shot for only $15,000. Yes, you heard that right – $15,000! And guess what? It’s actually in theaters! I know, I was just as surprised as you are.
The plot of the movie, according to IMDb, is about two kids who wake up in the middle of the night to find their father missing and all the windows and doors in their home have vanished. Sounds spooky, right? Well, that’s just the beginning.
I had the pleasure of watching “Marink” in a theater (yes, people still go to those) about 20 minutes away from my house, and let me tell you, it was an experience. This movie does things that I’ve never seen before in a theater. It’s experimental and doesn’t give you any of the standard things you expect from a movie. No close-ups of actors, no shots of the parents, nothing. All you get is shots of a house – dark hallways, walls, closets, Legos on the ground, and the couch. Oh, and did I mention that the camera is almost always at a low angle? Yeah, it’s like you’re seeing everything from the perspective of a child or an infant. Creepy, right?
The most interesting thing about “Marink” is that it’s essentially what the Creepypasta craze is. For those of you who don’t know, Creepypasta is a term used to describe horror-related legends or images that have been copied and pasted around the Internet. It’s the first movie that I’ve seen actually do it right. The film is purposefully underexposed or overexposed, and there’s obscure dialogue from the two children. You never really get a sense of who these characters are, but that’s kind of the point.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “This sounds terrible. Why would anyone want to watch a movie like this?” Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not terrible. It’s actually pretty damn good. Yes, it’s experimental and unconventional, and it doesn’t have a driving force of a narrative, but it’s still a compelling movie. It’s not for everyone, but for those who like this kind of thing, it’s a must-see.
What I love most about “Marink” is that it proves that you don’t need a ton of money to make a good movie. With just $15,000, the director, Kyle Edward Ball, was able to create something that will undoubtedly make a profit. It’s inspirational, really. It shows that anyone with a camera and a dream can make a movie and get it in theaters. I mean, if this movie can do it, why can’t others?
In conclusion, “Marink” is not your typical horror movie. It’s experimental, unconventional, and doesn’t have a traditional narrative. But it’s still a damn good movie. If you’re a fan of the Creepypasta craze or just like seeing something different, then this is the movie for you. Don’t be one of those people who write it off without even giving it a chance. Trust me, you won’t regret it.