New horror film is 'scariest EVER made' as it leaves viewers 'paralysed with fear' – here's how to watch it | The Sun

A NEW horror film documenting a waking nightmare has been dubbed the "scariest ever made" after spooking viewers.

The terrifying new flick Skinamarink has left audiences "paralysed with fear."

The experimental art film – created by Canadian director Kyle Edward Ball – has awoken many adults' childhood fear of the dark.

It tells the story of brother and sister, Kevin, four, and Kaylee, six, who wake up to find their parents have disappeared.

The duo swiftly realise all the windows and doors in their home have vanished – before things start to go bump in the night.

They camp out in the living room to comfort each other, bringing pillows and blankets.


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A description explains: "They play well-worn videotapes of cartoons to fill the silence of the house and distract from the frightening and inexplicable situation.

"All the while in the hopes that eventually some grown-ups will come to rescue them.

"However, after a while it becomes clear that something is watching over them."

The horror movie then takes a dark turn as terror ensues for the two children.

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Furniture disappears and reappears, toys move on their own, and the siblings even start to hear voices – leaving the audience shrinking into their younger selves.

It becomes difficult for the characters and viewers to decipher what is real and what is not.

The kids are then given a string of horrific instructions by a chilling voice who begins to converse with them.

It instructs little Kevin to gouge out his own eye with a knife in one horrifying scene.

The unnerving film transports viewers back to their childhood, powerless to the monsters lurking in the dark.

Skinamarink premiered on January 13 this year and is currently still being shown in cinemas in the US.

It has already grossed a whopping $1.5m (£1.2m) at the box office – despite being rumoured to have cost just $15,000 (£12,000) to make.

For Brits who feel brave enough to endure the movie, you can also stream it on the website Shudder.

It was described as a "waking nightmare" by the Independent, who said it evoked an "atmosphere of dread".

Inverse echoed the comments, while boldly crowning it as the "scariest movie of all time."

"The most sinister and downright malevolent story put to film in a long time.

"It will put a spell on you, paralyze you, and invade your very soul in a way no other film can or has even tried to.

"It is without question one of the best horror movies ever made, period," the review concluded.

They praised the director's carefully selected jump scares, saying they "are the most effective in recent memory."

"Ball is calculated about when he actually places horrors for us to find in the shadows, but he knows when to pack on the scares and when to use restraint," Inverse said.

The director was previously a popular YouTube creator who produced short films inspired by nightmares that his subscribers shared with him.

He based Skinamarink on a recurring dream he has had and filmed the petrifying movie in his childhood home in Edmonton, Canada.

Ball borrowed vintage cameras from a local film organisation and managed to wrap up the entire shoot in just seven days.

He's pleased with its reception too, saying: "Everything that a filmmaker dreams would happen to them, except for winning an Oscar, has happened to me in the span of just a couple of months."

According to Variety, the horror film "invites us to get back in touch with every childhood fear you ever had about some midnight monster lurking in the shadows."

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Vulture gushed that it "forgoes standard storytelling to instead try to re-create the sensation of being scared."

And the New York Times described Skinamarink's ability to "ingeniously evoke a child's response to the inexplicable" as "mesmerising".

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