I don't even know where to begin with this one. Have you ever sat through a movie and undergone an experience that you find nearly impossible to explain? This might be the epitome of the phrase "WTF did I just watch?" From the get-go, I will recommend this to anyone looking for a good way not to sleep tonight. The imagery here is a strange mixture of fascinating, terrifying, and often even pretty disgusting.
This movie is just a nightmare on-screen, unfolding in front of your eyes. The way I described it over Facebook was that it was "like a Tool music video - but more disturbing". Anyone who has sat through a Tool music video gets what I'm talking about. If not, check out such videos as 'Schism', 'Sober' and 'Prison Sex'. Anyway, I'm going to see (with the help of Wiki) if I can actually tell you what this is all about. All I got was that some guy needs to plant a bomb in what looks like Hell and then it just gets nuts from there. According to Wiki, I did have the first part right. But for me, after that, it's pure confusion.
What follows seems to be a series of unnecessary, torturous procedures that produces a weird worm baby thing and... honestly, I just can't figure it all out, so here's this link. Call me lazy, but quite honestly to me, all this is, is a morbid nightmare on-screen created by stop-motion. This is the kind of thing you might show someone you didn't like after they just took some shrooms or some other mind-altering substance. In my eyes, this one was created for those dark, morbid, but completely imaginative minds out there, and I think maybe I'm not quite as dark as this in my mind. When I finally did finish it, indeed, it was a "what the hell was that?" moment.
Okay, so despite a lot of imaginative content and solid, effective use of stop-motion animation (which is otherworldly as it is), this wasn't for me. But that's not to say that others won't get something out of it. Incredibly, this one has ranked up a Rotten Tomato average of 78%, with critics giving far more praise than the audience. That said, it's also not based on many votes. This one has an incredibly niche audience, and I think this audience likely largely consists of hardcore Phil Tippet fans. This is his full-feature directorial debut, but he's worked on basically everything you can name from the past with his visual effect magic.
Tippet has credits for movies ranging from the 'RoboCop' series to the 'Twilight Saga', from 'Empire Strikes Back' to 'Jurassic Park', from 'Willow' to 'Starship Troopers'. The guy is a pretty famous and well-known name as far as visual effects go. So the biggest credit I can give this is that Tippet, despite my opinion on his film, did make this film his own - and it took him 30 years of production work to make it happen. So I give him full credit for taking the time to create his "baby" - even if I thought it was a very ugly baby that was possessed by a demon from the moment of birth. But hey, if you have the mind-set (and the stomach) give it a whirl. And bear in mind my final rating is just my opinion on the final product - not so much the effort Tippet put into it all, which I'd honestly give a solid 5/5 to.
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