In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bite-Sized Treats.

I came across a great link on Twitter that I wanted to share with you all today. Over at their website, The National Film Board of Canada put together a collection of shorts to regale you this Halloween.

The first is the 1988 short, The Wanderer by George Ungar. Anytime I see sand animation, it reminds me of my childhood, as many old NFB joints employed this visual style. I could almost hear the old classroom projector clacking away in the distance, as I watched this.

As a kid, I loved Richard Condie. His 1985 short The Big Snit would make my brother & I laugh everytime we watched it on TV. The short below, The Apprentice from 1991, is just as hilariously absurd.

Here’s one I hadn’t seen before, Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski’s stop-motion short from 2007, Madame Tutli-Putli.

This short blew my mind. I’ve never seen such life in an inanimate objects before and I think the thing that really got me were the eyes. Halfway through this short, I thought to myself, ‘this MUST have been at least nominated for an Oscar.’ I then looked it up and sure enough; it was. Just fuckin’ stellar work, guys!

Here’s a highly creative work from a gentleman named Patrick Bouchard called The Brainwashers.

You can also see a later work of his called Subservience by clicking here.

Lastly, is a hand-drawn animated short by Peter Fold├Ęs from 1973 called Hunger about greed and gluttony. It seems somehow appropriate since we’ll all likely be stuffing our faces with candy this weekend. I also really dig the music in this one.

These were just a few of the great titles offered up by the NFB. To go to the full list, click here.

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