We discuss the ending of the 2023 Shudder horror film Skinamarink, which will contain spoilers.
Skinamarink is a horror film directed by Kyle Edward Ball that is streaming on Shudder, Roku, and Sling. Despite having a budget of just $15,000, the analog horror flick became a box-office success. With the creepy cinematography and obscure plot points, many viewers are wondering what the ending could mean.
Skinamarink opens with a father calling someone, saying that his son Kevin fell down the stairs and hit his head. The rest of the film then follows Kevin and his older sister Kaylee, who wake up in the middle of the night and discover that their parents are missing. In addition, all of the windows and doors have mysteriously vanished.
The kids wander through the house to figure out what happened, but they encounter strange things along the way. They see odd things in the rooms, like a doll on the ceiling and objects stuck against a wall.
To cope with the frightening situation, the siblings sleep in the living room together and put on some old cartoons. Then, Kaylee experiences a strange voice calling to her. It orders her to come upstairs and look under the bed, only to find nothing there. She also sees her mother and father in their bedroom, but they don’t seem like themselves.
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The mysterious voice leads Kevin to his sister, who he discovers no longer has eyes or a mouth. The voice also tells Kevin to put a knife in his eye. Kevin complies and calls the police after. However, he drops the phone in the middle of the conversation, and it turns into a toy telephone because the voice made it do so.
Skinamarink Ending Explained
At the end of the film, there’s a text that reads, “572 days.” Kevin cries and calls out for his mother, but he is met with an odd figure that has an indistinguishable face. When Kevin asks who it is, he receives no answer. He ends up alone, unable to find his parents or be reunited with Kaylee.
Who is the strange voice?
Most things in Skinamarink can be left up to interpretation, so no theory can be proven. However, after Kevin fell down the stairs before the events of the film played out, he could have fallen into a coma. This would explain the indistinct images he sees and the unexplainable events happening around him. The mysterious voice could be the entity that accompanies him while he suffers through the coma. Or, he could have actually died from the fall and is now in hell, where he experiences his worst nightmares, like his family disappearing and an evil presence controlling him.
The voice probably belongs to the strange figure Kevin sees at the end of the film. It refuses to speak to him face-to-face, but it likes controlling him behind the scenes and making him feel scared because he doesn’t know who is talking to him.
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When the voice took away Kaylee’s eyes and mouth, it claimed that it had the power to do so. It hurt Kaylee because she begged for her parents. It probably instructed Kevin to stab himself in the eye because he was also looking for their parents and a way to escape. The voice became angry that the kids didn’t want to listen to it, so it used its powers to make them suffer more.
What does “572 days” mean at the end of Skinamarink?
The text “572 days” probably means there was a time jump at the end of the film. It could be 572 days since the voice started terrorizing the children, and the film is showing that Kevin is still stuck in this eternal nightmare. Or, it could be 572 days since Kevin fell into his coma before he sees that final face and dies. The entity meets him with silence when he asks for his name because he wants Kevin to be scared and confused about what’s been happening all this time.
Why were people disappearing in Skinamarink?
Again, Skinamarink was meant to be questioned, and fans are rightfully speculating about what all the weirdness is about. Specifically, the parents and Kaylee disappearing could mean a lot of things. The whole film seems to be a giant nightmare that Kevin is living in, whether in real life or in a coma.
His family disappeared because the voice was able to control them and do whatever it wanted. It specifically targeted Kevin, the youngest member of the family, because he is the most vulnerable. The voice made everyone vanish from his sight for the same reason it made objects float in the air and Kevin walk on the ceiling: to terrorize him.
Kaylee disappeared in the middle of the film because the voice separated her from her brother with its commands. When Kaylee expressed her dissent from the voice’s control, it punished her by removing her eyes and mouth. The voice then told Kevin to go to the basement, where he would find her and become entrenched in an even deeper nightmare.
If Kevin is really about to die after being in a coma for 572 days, his family disappearing could symbolize that his time has come to an end and he will now be alone for his death.
What did you think of the ending of the 2023 Shudder horror film Skinamarink? Comment below.
2 thoughts on “Skinamarink Ending Explained – who is the strange voice?”
The movie really sucked!!! The trailer was really scary. Made me really excited to see it. When I did OMG!!! Really ?
It did not make sense but alot of suspense