Quick Reviews #3 – Random Things I watched Recently.

And once again here we are delving into the weird and the obscure things that I find when I aimlessly scroll through IMDB for inspiration. This week we have:

  • An interesting Found Footage Style Horror Short
  • A completely trippy animation
  • The First (Surviving) Animated short from 1892
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#1915House Dir: Justin DiPego

A century of secrets are hidden behind the fresh paint and modern additions. Peeling back the layers is letting something escape, and he might not see it till it’s too late. – From IMDB

Shot in the style of a Youtube-esque renovation vlog, this is a very amateur film, directed, produced, shot and acted by one man. And yet the story is pretty engaging. It starts off pretty innocuous, and because of that, you wait around to see how and why everything goes wrong.

There is some genuinely great atmosphere and dread built up and although I am not sure I entirely grasped the ending, I still had a great time watching it. Check it out for yourself here:

https://youtu.be/qBCJ3BSoH9A

#42 Dream: Always Carry a Guest Toothbrush Dir: Alvin Sexton

A dreamer has to survive Hell in order to get to Heaven. – From IMDB

I have no freaking idea what I just saw, but I was entertained and slightly creeped out the entire time. This has to be based on a real dream, otherwise the plot and visuals in this are just too weird. The animation and art style are pretty basic, but you don’t watch it for that. The plot is a total trip and at only 12 minutes long, there are way, way worse things you could do with that time then check out this weird little animated short. Check it out here:

#42 Dream- Always Carry a Guest Toothbrush (720p screener) on Vimeo

Poor Pierrot (1892)

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This is the first known animated short film that had a plot and characters and all the trapping that make a movie. Before this, ‘films’ were a series of still frames strung together to show a technical skill, they weren’t really made to entertain.

This was made in the 1890s, so is silent, but if you read the quick synopsis, the film is only 4 minutes long, and you should get along just fine without any dialogue. The animation itself is delightful, absolutely beautifully drawn. For being over 100 years old, the restoration I saw was in pretty good condition.

I think Pierrot is a character that recurrs a lot in French cinema/pop culture, so will keep my eye out for more of him.

Check this out for yourself here: Pauvre Pierrot 1892 Poor Pierrot – World’s 1st Animated Cartoon – Charles-Émile Reynaud – YouTube

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