Antlers are a predominant image in the “Hannibal” television series. It is represented in connection to the Wendigo, a metaphor for Hannibal Lecter himself. The Wendigo is an antlered demonic cannibalistic spirit in Algonquian legend. There is also a mental disorder called the “Wendigo Psychosis” in which the main symptom is a strong craving for human flesh.
The antlers in Hannibal are then used to represent Hannibal’s cravings and killings. Dead bodies displayed on antlers is a consistent visual element which is very striking and even sadistically artistic.
Of course I was bombarded by the internet hype over the “True Detective” series and decided to give it a try. I couldn’t get past the first episode, I found it rather dull. But I found it interesting that the first dead body shown had antlers.
Of course since I wasn’t that enthusiastic about the show in the first place, I merely assumed they were ripping off “Hannibal.” “Hannibal” creator, Brian Fuller, addressed this in an interview at the Television Critics Association winter press tour:
“Anybody who saw Salem’s Lot in 1979 where James Mason impaled that guy on the antlers, it’s probably all coming from that traumatic experience in our childhoods, I imagine they probably saw the same thing that inspired, you know, the imagery in this show.”
via The Wrap
I haven’t watched Salem’s Lot but I will now! Here are some more examples of antlers used in horror:
More surreal than horror but David Lynch always counts…
Of course a horror movie about the Wendigo would have antlers. You can watch the full Wendigo film here:
Are there other examples of antlers used in horror movies and shows, or scenes of death by antlers?
His new album, “The Big Dream”, is now available. I particularly enjoy “Star Dream Girl.”
by Tracy Vanity
“Crazy Clown Time” is still on heavy daily rotation in the Vanity residence. Very excited about this new album!
by Tracy Vanity
As I delve deeper and deeper into The Land of Creepypasta I keep coming across pictures of rabbits. Why rabbits of all things? How could something so cute, fluffy, and harmless be creepy?
Yet time and time again I’d come across these pictures. It was as if Creepypastaland was trying to tell me something…but what?
Was there some Alice in Wonderland/Bizarro connection? Is the rabbit meant lead you somewhere? As I fall further down, I believe the answer is “yes.”
I mean…I do have an obsession with Lewis Carroll and the Alice books to the point where I have the first stanza of the Jabberwocky poem tattooed backwards on my forearm…and I do have the first pressing of Through the Looking Glass from 1871 as well as a huge collection of books, toys, and random shit related to Wonderland….not to mention I know both books by heart and read passages from them at least once a month like the Bible….doesn’t everyone?
Even David Lynch jumped on the creepy bunny train when he made that unsettling bunny sitcom in Inland Empire.
Damn, just the rabbit scenes are 42 minutes long!
“It was much pleasanter at home,” thought poor Alice, “when one wasn’t always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn’t gone down the rabbit-hole–and yet–and yet–…”
6 days until Halloween! Ready or not!
by Tracy Vanity
If you missed my first round of mixvideos for Bizarro you can check those out here.
So for Round 2 the theme is still Bizarro music but unlike last time where I posted some songs that didn’t have actual videos accompanying it, these music videos are all visually cool, weird, creepy, fucked up, or all of the above. So here is my Bizarro music video party mix for the weekend. Enjoy!
1) Sebastien Tellier “Cochonville”
When I first saw this video I was blown away. How can you top a 70’s space cult orgy? You can’t!
2) Misfits vs. Chainsaw Hookers
Nothing gets me into the Halloween spirit like The Misfits and this amazing mashing of “Hollywood Babylon” with cult film Chainsaw Hookers is amazing. If you haven’t watched Chainsaw Hookers, you really aren’t missing much. The best parts of the film are in this video.
3) I Monster vs. Shaun of the Dead
Monster masher VillainsHorror has been paying homage to some of his favorite horror films by making cool music videos for them. This one for Shaun of the Dead is a lot of fun. I hadn’t heard of I Monster before watching this video but I checked out some of their other songs and they are very haunting and pretty.
4) David Lynch “Noah’s Ark”
This is my favorite song off “Crazy Clown Time.” Lynch hasn’t made an official video for this yet but a fan was kind enough to make one using cool vintage footage of what looks like some kind of old Russian film.
5) Tom Waits “Hell Broke Luce”
Tom Waits made a new music video and it’s fucking epic! A great anti-war song with surreal Terry Gilliam-like visuals. I love the animated vultures.
6) Die Antwoord “I Fink U Freeky”
I fucking love Die Antwoord. They’ll like real life Pokemon and Yo-landi’s voice sounds like unicorn semen sliding down my ear canal. This video is beautiful and dark and Yo-landi looks pretty sexy with those all-black demonic eyes.
7) HEALTH “We are Water”
Excellent homage to old slasher films with a cool twist and an incredible cinematic blood splattering scene at the end.
8) Broken Social Scene “Sweetest Kill”
Who knew that watching Bijou Phillips hacking up her boyfriend could be so pretty?
9) Pogo “Living Island (H.R. Pufnstuf Remix)”
Is that little boy saying “Weed can be legalized?” If you haven’t heard of Pogo and you like trippy, electronic, nostalgic videos, definitely check out his other songs. The Alice in Wonderland mix is my favorite.
10) Geto Boys “My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me”
Fuck, this song takes me back. Great old school hip-hop song about being a paranoid motherfucker.
11) Quasimoto “Come on Feet”
Trippy video with fucked up looking puppets!
12) Art of Bleeding “Don’s Foot”
Another song about feet. This video is a beautifully disturbing musical tribute from The Art of Bleeding for Don who wants to turn his amputated foot into a cane. Capital idea even though feet gross me out even when they are still attached to people!
13) Andrew Gold – Spooky Scary Skeletons
A hit on 4chan because it’s so fucking spooky. #13 on my Bizarro playlist had to be something to get you guys hard for Halloween, it’s just around the corner!!!
So what’s on your weekend song playlist Bizarro?
by Tracy Vanity
David Lynch has been sticking to experimenting with digital video and the results are getting epic. I love this man so much. There are no words to explain the giant load I shot while watching this. The cheap Thai rum I’m downing right now does lubricate the excitement but fuck if this isn’t a great video. Enjoy!
by Tracy Vanity
All images courtesy of Crispin Glover
Those who gravitate to that place beyond limitations, where anything and everything can happen, tend to search for others like themselves because as social animals, humans have a primal desire to seek fellow passengers on the same crazy journey.
Crispin Hellion Glover is not merely a passenger but a driving force in that place which he describes as existing “beyond good and evil.”
Best known for his acting roles in major Hollywood pictures such as Willard, Beowulf, Charlie’s Angels, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and yes…Back to the Future…Crispin uses the money and recognition he receives from his mainstream work to fund and promote his personal projects: from a whimsical album of original music with covers of songs by Nancy Sinatra and Charles Manson to modified vintage art books and two brilliant feature-length films which he’s been touring around the world with for 7 years and counting.
With What is it? and It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE!, which he produced and directed himself without the backing of a major studio, Crispin has achieved what few who venture beyond the realm of that which is beyond good and evil ever do: establish a symbiotic relationship between a mainstream Hollywood acting career with an avant-garde art career.
I’ve been fortunate to catch Crispin’s screenings about 4 times when I lived in Los Angeles and was in awe every time. Not only is watching him perform a live dramatic narration of his books entertaining but it adds an organic spirit that can’t be replicated while watching a film in a theater, television set or computer screen. The more we become accustomed to viewing our world through a glowing screen, the more powerful the medium of reality and physically interacting with other human beings becomes. Crispin uses this power to his advantage through his live opening performance and Q&A sessions.
I was very happy that Crispin agreed to an interview for Bizarro Central to help promote his winter tour in the Americas. Along with discussing details of what’s in store for those who attend a Crispin Glover screening, Crispin also describes how David Lynch helped him make his film and also provides details on the forces that influenced him to create such an elaborate vaudeville show in the first place:
Tracy: When I interviewed you back 2007, you mentioned that your interests were with “that which was beyond good and evil”? Is that term still applicable to your interests and your films What is it? and It is fine! Everything is fine!?
Crispin: Yes that description still applies to the films. I generally answer with that description when there is a moral question. Films that are currently financed and distributed by the film corporations and distribution corporations that currently exist must sit within the boundary of that which is considered good and evil.
What this means is if there is a so called “bad thing/evil thing” that sits with in a corporately financed and distributed film it must necessarily pointed at by the filmmaker so that the audience is dictated to that the only way to think about that so called “evil thing” is that one way.
Any other way of think about that so called “evil thing” would be considered wrong and it must be made in such a way that they audience understands that the filmmakers feel that this “evil thing” is only that and no other way of thinking about that “evil thing” could or should be possible.
A film that goes beyond the realm of good and evil may have this same so called “evil thing” but the filmmaker may not necessarily point at that so called “evil thing” so that the audience are not dictated to and therefore can determine and think what for itself as to what this so called “evil thing” really is to them.