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Tetsuo's final scene from Akira + Mardi Gras
March 7, 2012 8:01 PM   Subscribe

This is the most gorgeous body horror you'll ever watch.

By Andrew Thomas Huang. Making of. Previously.
posted by Saxon Kane (45 comments total) 56 users marked this as a favorite

 
I totally got a Holy Mountain feel from that video.
Whether that is a compliment or an insult, even I don't know.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 8:13 PM on March 7, 2012


This is what would have happened if Galadriel had accepted the One Ring from Frodo and used it to pursue fiber arts.
posted by mindsound at 8:16 PM on March 7, 2012 [21 favorites]


Filing under "Things that would not be possible if Björk had never existed."
posted by hermitosis at 8:20 PM on March 7, 2012 [7 favorites]


Nice photography and effects. Reminds me of Matthew Barney's Cremaster movies. Don't know if I would call it body horror, though. It's weird, but missing the "horror" part.
posted by zardoz at 8:23 PM on March 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Trypophobia trigger warning.
posted by cgk at 8:24 PM on March 7, 2012


I don't really get how this is a body horror. It is just what happens if someone you love takes up knitting art yarn.
posted by TwelveTwo at 8:25 PM on March 7, 2012 [4 favorites]


I am in awe. So amazing.

Please watch this in full screen with headphones on.

The sound design is brilliant.

Also, whatever drugs these kids are on, I would like some.
posted by empath at 8:29 PM on March 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Cirque du Soleil got even weirder? Wow.
posted by Smedleyman at 8:36 PM on March 7, 2012


Clumsy me.

I seem to have dropped my acid.
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 8:45 PM on March 7, 2012 [15 favorites]


Love this. Hope to see more from this guy, especially if he makes it to the big screen.

I don't see the "horror," though. These all appear to be nonviolent, natural processes.
posted by Countess Elena at 8:45 PM on March 7, 2012


The "horror" description comes from the io9 post. Maybe a better description would be "the uncanny baroque body" or something.
posted by Saxon Kane at 8:50 PM on March 7, 2012


Jim Henson lives!
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:51 PM on March 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't see the "horror," though. These all appear to be nonviolent, natural processes.

Some people don't like the squishy things.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 8:58 PM on March 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


orange + blue = ♥
posted by egypturnash at 9:05 PM on March 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


I thought it was beautiful, but I also found it immensely creepy. The stuff slowly covering the two girls' faces almost made me hyperventilate. So yea. Horror. For me, anyway.
posted by gemmy at 9:06 PM on March 7, 2012


Very beautiful, but, whose the genius at io9 who thinks it's a good idea to to have the website logo covering part of the screen?
posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 9:08 PM on March 7, 2012


Now I know there is something called body horror. That was gorgeous, but I am thankful that I am not stoned.
posted by Dodecadermaldenticles at 9:15 PM on March 7, 2012


I also had flashbacks to Matthew Barney's Cremaster series.
Something about odd, slow paced unexplained phenomena.
posted by quazichimp at 9:18 PM on March 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm so glad I saw that. It was beautiful. I agree with empath about listening with headphones. Man, that was nice sound!
posted by heyho at 9:22 PM on March 7, 2012


Jim Henson lives!

Had a Henson/Mummenschanz flavor. Sound is pretty nice.
posted by 2N2222 at 9:45 PM on March 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Lovely. Just lovely.
posted by maxwelton at 9:58 PM on March 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


I suppose when they finished filming, somebody said "That's a wrap!"
posted by Quasimike at 10:17 PM on March 7, 2012


When the woman's face got covered by those finger thingies (technical art term, people) I had to exit fullscreen. But my momentary discomfort was absolutely worth it. Thanks for the link, Saxon Kane. It makes me so grateful that I live in a world where things like this can be created and shared. I need reminding, sometimes.
posted by Mizu at 10:25 PM on March 7, 2012


I liked this very much - the explosion of sand reminded me of footage of coral reef spawns.
posted by kavasa at 12:02 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Or to be more accurate, it reminds me of a gestural interpretation of what's happening during coral reef spawns.
posted by kavasa at 12:03 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah the framing by that blog post doesn't really add anything; "body horror" is misleading and "Akira + Mardi Gras" kinda belittles the work. Maybe better to just link directly to the piece on vimeo.
posted by churl at 12:05 AM on March 8, 2012


The yarn monster reminded me of Zazu the ("friendly") hairmonster from Orc Stain. Nice lady.
posted by anotherbrick at 1:03 AM on March 8, 2012


The "horror" description comes from the io9 post.

Then again it's a site where if you use NoScript, the only thing you can see is the logo and the words 'We come from the future'.
posted by ersatz at 3:17 AM on March 8, 2012


That was an interesting film to watch, first thing in the morning.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:28 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow, not having the ability to watch this atm, I am trying and failing to visualize what the heck this will be a video of.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 4:00 AM on March 8, 2012


I liked the deep sea hippy sperm sequence the most. It seemed to me the soundscape of that part owes a lot to the Episode-I-superfluous-Pod-Racer scenes and it does a lot to give the furry creatures a kind of micro-subjectivity (the same it does for R2D2 or those little bug-like flooring robots). The emergent circle-being (?) was rather underwhelming though.
posted by quoquo at 4:27 AM on March 8, 2012


I totally get the horror in this. Aside from disconcerting imagery (tentacle-finger things on faces, faces collapsing and imploding), it's not a personal horror. There's no antagonist, nothing out to get you. It's more of a Lovecraftian horror: here are these beautiful, incomprehensible, probably not nice but certainly not malevolent (apathetic at best) things that don't and can't know what you are, and wouldn't care if they could because they're having too much fun being something you don't and can't identify with.

It's the horror of watching a nature documentary from another planet. It's quite beautiful, but there's a sense of genuine otherness.
posted by byanyothername at 4:35 AM on March 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


ALSO, great film to have a bug unexpectedly land on your finger to.
posted by byanyothername at 4:35 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Parts of this evoked that slug mating video linked to a few threads back. Lovely, graceful, weird.

I felt claustrophobic when those thingies covered their faces. Eeeeek.

Am I the only one who now wants to head to my nearest yarn store so I can pick up a few skeins of funky fiber to play with?
posted by kinnakeet at 5:18 AM on March 8, 2012


Beautiful and horrifying. I got through it OK until the scene depicting the faces disintegrating into sand funnels.... That was a bit unnerving.

(Hm. Maybe this is a little like what H. P. Lovecraft might have put up on Etsy.)
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 5:58 AM on March 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


You know, some preacher declared a few millennia ago that there was nothing new under the sun. And then something like this comes along to make you realize that just maybe he was wrong.
posted by drlith at 7:12 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Filing under "Things that would not be possible if Björk and Matthew Barney had never collaborated".
posted by doublesix at 8:19 AM on March 8, 2012


Trypophobia trigger warning.
posted by cgk at 11:24 PM


What's the opposite of trypophobia? I have that.
posted by orme at 9:27 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Trypophilia. And, no, I'm not looking for any links.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 9:35 AM on March 8, 2012 [3 favorites]


Did the director also do the music & sound design on this? Impressive.
posted by yoHighness at 11:36 AM on March 8, 2012


rad
posted by juv3nal at 11:38 AM on March 8, 2012


Wow, not having the ability to watch this atm, I am trying and failing to visualize what the heck this will be a video of.

Salvor Hardin, it starts with two women sitting back-to-back, who slowly "sprout" flowers (especially around their backs/interface). The flowers send out very sea-anenome-like tendrils across their faces...

... some sea wave scenes... beach sand...

Two men walk towards each other, with faces and bellies painted with concentric rings of color (and colored yarn edging). Holes appear in their faces (nose tips) and bellies (belly buttons), as they stand with backs facing some 20' apart, and the "sand" they are "made of" disintegrates, falls into the holes, and streams through the air to the oncoming stream of the other man.

The streams reverse, blowing the heads off the men.

The End.

(Only much, much more beautiful and visceral than I can describe.)
posted by IAmBroom at 11:57 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of this film version of a Stephen King short story.
posted by Mental Wimp at 12:33 PM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


HOLY CRAP I just had the most vivid synaesthetic moment - when the sand-faces start imploding from the nose, that is the EXACT SAME SENSATION as when you've been sucking on a malted milk ball and you finally breach the chocolate in one spot and the malted milk part underneath starts collapsing.

Man I want a malted milk ball now.
posted by FatherDagon at 1:53 PM on March 8, 2012 [2 favorites]


Very funny, FatherDagon :D

But I may never be able to eat malted milk balls again....

posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 7:35 PM on March 8, 2012


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