A Hyper-Gothic Badtime Halloween Horror Story: The Mascot

A Hyper-Gothic Badtime Halloween Horror Story: The Mascot

Since we’re just a week away from Halloween, let’s take a moment here, since watching movies is what many of us do on Halloween, to view this classic Middle-European badtime puppet-animated short film, complete with a fake forest awash in fake dry ice mist harboring fake subhuman atrociousness. Yes, this little film summons forth a frightening return to the dark corners of childhood, to a time of being that young kid shivering before, yet utterly fascinated by old-timey horror cobwebbiness.

The Mascot (Fetiche Mascotte) (1934) is a surreal old-school Goth-horror stop-motion puppet-animated short film created by Ladislaw Starewicz, a Lithuanian-born animator. Starewicz’ childhood passion for entomology led him to began producing short documentaries in Moscow around 1909-1910, beginning with a documentary about insects in Lithuania. In his spare time, he experimented with stop-action films using beetles, which led to his big breakthrough,The Battle of the Stag Beetles,said to be  the first puppet-animated film. The Russian Revolution caused Ladislaw to emigrate; he fled to France in 1920, where he spent the rest of his life producing surreal, lyrical animations.

The Mascot, also known as The Devil’s Ball or Puppy Love, was created using toys and demonic vegetables. The film tells a long and very strange story about a loving dog puppet, who practically goes through Hell trying to get an orange to a little girl who is dying of scurvy. The Mascot follows the adventures of errant toys lost in the frightening shadows of a dark city, climaxing with a windblown, Satan-haunted oratorio that is sure to get right under your skin.

A Hyper-Gothic Badtime Halloween Horror Story: The Mascot

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Monster Roll: Heroic Chefs Battle Sea Creatures in Epic Sushi Horror

Monster Roll: Heroic Chefs Battle Sea Creatures in Epic Sushi Horror

Monster Roll is a wildly imaginative, comedic short action film by Daniel Blank, where heroic sushi chefs face off against giant sea monsters in an epic battle with plenty of tentacle action. The ridiculously entertaining film provides a good balance of spectacular knife-wielding heroes, mixed with strong environmental themes.

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A Twisted, Psychopathic Bloody-Evil Tale Wins 2012 Vimeo Film Festival Award

Blinky™: A Twisted, Psychopathic Full-Evil Bloody Robot

Soon every home will have a robot helper. Don’t worry. It’s perfectly safe.”

Blinky™, a wickedly evil 3D-CG animated short horror film by the Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson, won The Best Narrative Film/Video Award (live-action narrative fiction told through the medium of film/video) last week at The 2012 Vimeo Festival +Awards. Previously, Robinson broke through to great acclaim with his 3D short film, Fifty Percent Grey, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2002 and followed it up in 2006 with The Silent City, a post-apocalyptic short film starring Cillian Murphy.

Blinky™ is shot with visual execution that is truly masterful, and the story is as bloody creepy as it gets. The amazing thirteen-minute short film stars Max Records from Where The Wild Things Are and tells the story of an angst-ridden young boy, who is trapped in a well-to-do, yet toxic home environment where his parents are constantly fighting. For Christmas he requests and gets Blinky™, the latest robot friend/home helper. But will the twisted and increasingly sinister Blinky™ actually turn out to be the true friend the distraught boy desperately wants and needs? Well, so sadly, very probably not….

Blinky™: A Twisted, Psychopathic Full-Evil Bloody Robot

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Blinky™: A Twisted, Psychopathic Full-Evil Bloody Robot

Blinky™: A Twisted, Psychopathic Full-Evil Bloody Robot

Soon every home will have a robot helper. Don’t worry. It’s perfectly safe.”

Blinky™ is a wickedly evil 3D-CG animated short horror film by the Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson, which has been nominated for Best Narrative Film/Video, live-action narrative fiction told through the medium of film/video, at the 2012 Vimeo Festival +Awards. Robinson broke through to great acclaim with his 3D short film, Fifty Percent Grey, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2002 and followed it up with The Silent City, a post-apocalyptic short film starring Cillian Murphy.

Blinky™ is shot with visual execution that is truly masterful, and the story is as bloody creepy as it gets. The amazing thirteen-minute short film stars Max Records from Where The Wild Things Are and tells the story of an angst-ridden young boy, who is trapped in a well-to-do, yet toxic home environment where his parents are constantly fighting. For Christmas he requests and gets Blinky™, the latest robot friend/home helper. But will the twisted and increasingly sinister Blinky™ actually turn out to be the true friend the distraught boy desperately wants and needs? Well, so sadly, very probably not….

Blinky™: A Twisted, Psychopathic Full-Evil Bloody Robot

(Best Viewed in HD Full-Screen Mode)

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Pencilface: A Girl Falls Victim to Her Greedy Desires

 

Pencilface: A Girl Falls Victim to Her Greedy Desires

 

He’ll help you draw,
He’ll help you erase;
Waste not want not,
He’s Pencil Face.

Pencilface is a very creepy short film by Christian Simmons, which was an Official Selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Pencilface is a film that is so creepy it will burrow deep into your brain and lurk there for years, waiting to creep you out whenever it once again flits across your conscious mind.

The film tells the story of a bored girl playing in the scrub grass of some unknown, nowhere place, who encounters Pencilface, a giant, maniacal-looking yellow pencil with the ability to transform drawings into reality. The girl takes advantage of Pencilface’s unique ability, but things soon go terribly bad for the girl when her greed takes hold, and she ultimately falls victim to her own desires.

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I Live in the Woods: A Warped Little Fairy Tale

I Live in the Woods: A Warped Little Fairy Tale

I Live in the Woods is a gleefully bloody, high energy stop motion animated short film by Max Winston, which has picked up numerous awards and kudos as it burns through the animation festival circuit. The feast of colors and colorful characters is an absurdly warped little fairy tale about a woodsman’s frantic journey through the forest, driven by happiness, gory slaughter and an ultimate confrontation with much bigger prey. The purple-bearded woodsman maniacally runs and jumps throughout the woods, singing of his joys and freedom. His freedom just happens to consist of a lot of bloody butchering of hapless woodland critters; that is, until he sets his sights on…America’s God!

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Vicenta: A Spine-Tingling Tale of Lusty Betrayal and Bloodthirsty Revenge

Vicenta: A Spine-Tingling Tale of Lusty Betrayal and Bloodthirsty Revenge

Vicenta is an awesome stop-motion animated short film directed by Sam Orti at the Spanish studio Conflictivos Productions. This plasticine/claymation movie turns out to be an epic little horror-film, with scenes of hot sex, bloody corpses and intense violence. The film tells the story of a woman in search of her husband’s lottery winnings, whose rich but miserly husband is having a steamy liaison with the scheming floozy who lives in the flat next door. If you’ve ever wondered what a hardcore claymation sex scene might look like, then you’ve absolutely got to check this one out!

Vicenta: A Spine-Tingling Tale of Lusty Betrayal and Bloodthirsty Revenge

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