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December 3, 2012 2:14 PM   Subscribe

Trevenge depicts Christmas from the perspective of sentient Christmas trees. After being hacked down and shipped to homes, they are subject to "humiliation" by humans, who decorated them and make them stand in their living rooms. The Christmas trees have had enough, and go on to massacre and kill an entire town as part of their uprising.
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posted by Blasdelb (26 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
As a Christmas-hater, I found that utterly delightful.
posted by Egg Shen at 2:21 PM on December 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


After being hacked down and shipped to homes, they are subject to "humiliation" by humans, who decorated them and make them stand in their living rooms.

A. Whitney Brown had a routine about that.
posted by George_Spiggott at 2:23 PM on December 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


This and Gremlins are my two annual Christmas movie ritual watches.
posted by mannequito at 2:25 PM on December 3, 2012


If only there were some kind of symbol I could put on my door to indicate that I don't take part in the annual tree-killing ...
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:29 PM on December 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


This is by the fellow who made the -- I'm going to go ahead and say incredibly brilliant -- film Hobo With a Shotgun.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:32 PM on December 3, 2012 [7 favorites]


That tree speaks Ewok.
posted by graventy at 2:39 PM on December 3, 2012


they also got Sonny Bono
posted by warbaby at 2:39 PM on December 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


You know, now I feel like I should back that up. So here's a review I did explaining why I like Hobo With a Shotgun so much.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:40 PM on December 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


That tree speaks Ewok.

I thought it was Jawa. UTINI!
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:52 PM on December 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey it's Sarah and J-Roc!

It's awesome! Merry Christmas!
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 2:53 PM on December 3, 2012


Of course the symbology of the the evergreen came to Christianity from much earlier pagan winter rites. The evergreen, unaffected by winter, was seen as symbolic of eternal life. The cutting down, or ritual sacrifice, and ultimate destruction of the symbolic tree came later. It is both literally and figuratively an assertion of man's mastery over nature as well as a Christian negation of early pagan rites.

The movie is a good exploration of evergreen qua nature, exacting revenge upon despoilers, as well as evergreen as symbol of the eternal and the futility of the works of man.

Also, fuck those trees, they killed a kitty.
posted by Ad hominem at 2:58 PM on December 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


must. see. Hobo with a Shotgun. Help Me, Hobo-wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 2:59 PM on December 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Here it is in much better resolution
posted by buggzzee23 at 5:22 PM on December 3, 2012


No it's definitely a dolphin.
posted by Brocktoon at 5:26 PM on December 3, 2012


If only there were some kind of symbol I could put on my door to indicate that I don't take part in the annual tree-killing ...

*Scooby confusion sound*
posted by DU at 6:06 PM on December 3, 2012


Hey Riz Ortolani's theme from Cannibal Holocaust!
posted by Snyder at 8:04 PM on December 3, 2012


If only there were some kind of symbol I could put on my door to indicate that I don't take part in the annual tree-killing ...

*Scooby confusion sound*


Reference is to lambs blood on the door and the 10th plague of the Angel of Death coming to kill the firstborn sons.

I'd go with a branch off a synthetic tree.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 8:18 PM on December 3, 2012


Magnificent Giant Tree: Sequoia in a Snowstorm
posted by homunculus at 12:25 AM on December 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Magnificent Giant Tree: Sequoia in a Snowstorm"

Wow would I not want that thing storming my fortress were I an industrially inclined wizard.
posted by Blasdelb at 2:46 AM on December 4, 2012


I know the Angel of Death story, but I never heard ancient Hebrew enslavement in Egypt connected with pine trees at Christmas before.
posted by DU at 4:02 AM on December 4, 2012


That was great. I love absurd, anthropomorphized horror like this. Reminds me a bit of Rubber.
posted by schleppo at 6:19 AM on December 4, 2012


I know the Angel of Death story, but I never heard ancient Hebrew enslavement in Egypt connected with pine trees at Christmas before.

Early edits of the book had the 10th plague as ass-kicking Cedars of Lebanon come to life and marching south to fuck shit up, and 11 was gonna be AoD. That's why the Wise Guys brought Brian the Frankensense and Myrrh. Vengeance-mad trees hate the smell of that shit and people remembered the old-school version of the story.

Rumor has it one of the original scribes had an extra finger so he wrote in an 11th plague, but it got nixed in favor of round numbers, and the "Lev-Ents" were eventually all cut down, because nobody wants walking trees with attitude. This is why Lebanon hasn't been known for its grand forests for quite some time.

Yes, the Yuletide pines are a Northern Yurpeen thing, but trees communicate through mycelium networks that can spread for thousands of miles and connect varied species. So the story has been passed on.

Note: there are no stories about pagans going out to a living tree, celebrating it's liveliness at the center of the season of death, then holding a debauched orgy in celebration, old school Yuletide-style.

Because Pines love to watch a human Yuletide orgy, they just hate to be killed and propped up in the corner while the orgy is going on.

I'm pretty sure all this is in an appendix in the Nag Hammadi scrolls somewhere.

Ah, holiday traditions.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 7:57 AM on December 4, 2012


No stories about trees killing pagan worshippers at Yule, that is...
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 8:53 AM on December 4, 2012


If you like your christmas weird Ed Shepp this guy never fails to amuse at work. A bit of a firesign theater experience.
From your friends at WFMU.
posted by boilermonster at 11:07 AM on December 4, 2012


MY TREES ARE FAKE! ALL OF MINE ARE FAKE! LEAVE ME ALONE!

But seriously now, I feel guilt-free for no longer participating in tree slaughter.
posted by jenfullmoon at 12:32 PM on December 5, 2012


Loss of ancient, big trees becoming a global issue: Big trees are vanishing around the world and often are not being replaced. The loss of these trees can be devastating to other species.

No wonder they're pissed.
posted by homunculus at 10:51 AM on December 11, 2012


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