SATURDAY, May 29th 2013, 12 pm, Künstlerhaus Kino, 67 min
Horror films remind me a bit of Freud’s id, ego and super-ego. In this case, the ego are those campy horror films inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, demons, monsters, vampires, zombies, aliens and other assorted unworldly creatures. Often these films (Night of the Living Dead, Invasion of the Body Snatcher etc…) are modified reflections of their society’s deeper fears, anxieties and desires. Difficult, uncomfortable issues (consumerism, race, sexuality, politics, war) are often (re)-presented in a more palatable, symbolic, and marketable manner. Like a quick, forgettable fuck, there’s a momentary bang then a whimper.
The real studs of horror films are the id/super ego films. These psychologically motivated works intimately seduce; subtly, slowly entering us like a gentle, passionate lover, leaving a lingering permeation of shivering uneasiness that occasionally shakes us like the daily crack of a bone.
Animation, as these films demonstrate, is particularly adept at unmasking the invisible, unwelcome, everyday monsters that stroll around inside the most terrifying and real horror: the human mind.
(Program and text by Chris Robinson with Thomas Renoldner)
Presented by VICE
United Kingdom / 2011 / 23 min
Bobby Yeah is a petty thug who lightens his miserable existence by brawling and stealing stuff. One day, he steals the favourite pet of some very dangerous individuals and finds himself in deep trouble. He really should learn, but he just can't help it.
Director: Robert Morgan
United Kingdom / 2012 / 7 min
Lovesick teenager Nigel still mourns the death of his beautiful girlfriend Felicity. But when he accidentally brings her back from the dead on a lonely Valentine’s Eve – along with a few extras – their undying love comes under strain. And what will his wicked stepmother Barbara make of his cadaverous companion?
Director: Anna Humphries