Jim Minton Design presents
This exciting new experiment in horror cinema assembles the twisted imaginations of surrealist directors, underground animators, and fantastic multimedia artists from around the world. Each artist had one simple task: to create their own unique interpretation of the shockingly short work of Michael Arnzen, the award-winning horror author of such ground-breaking books as “Gorelets: Unpleasant Poetry,” “Freakcidents” and “100 Jolts.” The remarkable result is a compilation film you won’t soon forget — an exquisitely twisted patchwork of disturbing and delightful cinematic poetry that frightens and thrills in hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable ways.
If film were flesh, this would be its Frankenstein monster. An Exquisite Corpse.
Text from the DVD Case…
Few people would ever call a corpse “exquisite,” save for serial killers, necrophiliacs, morticians…and artists with a taste for the dark side.
The phrase “Exquisite Corpse” is actually the name of a particular approach used by artists and poets — and now these filmmakers — to describe a sort of “blind collaboration.” It happens when one creator doesn’t entirely know what the other one has done, but they combine and continue each other’s work anyway, just to see what “accidentally” happens between them.
Usually, folded paper is used to accomplish this, where only a portion of one artist’s work is visible — a thin sliver of color or a few lines of poetry — and this is passed on to the next creator, who expands on that sliver until they reach the next fold. The art piece or poem is passed from one creator to the next, to construct a very bizarre assemblage. The end result is usually quite an uncanny patchwork: each segment is radically dissimilar, and yet also haunting connected together into a unique whole.
This experimental short film project is an “Exquisite Corpse” of the visual imagination that takes it’s own unique and horrifying approach. In this film, directors, animators, and new media artists from around the world have come together to create their own exquisitely twisted compilation of image and text. Each has contributed a dark short-short film, based on a short-short poem by award-winning horror author Michael Arnzen, in order to create a dark, funny, and scary chain of cinema that is something like a Frankenstein of film.
You’ll see. From subtly haunting to laughably grotesque, this Exquisite Corpse is everything that all horror movies have been and should be, wrapped up in one very exquisite piece of film that you’ll never forget.
Here’s the original trailer, edited by producer and director Jim Minton:
Writer Michael Arnzen USA
Narrator Christopher Hackett Ireland/Australia/ USA
Narrator Marina Johnson Sweden/USA
Music Michael Mouracade USA
Producer Jim Minton USA
Editor Jerry Cappa USA
Audio Editing Pickett Productions USA
Filmmakers Mike Bohatch USA
Jerry Cappa USA
Julian Hanby United Kingdom
Jim Minton USA
Nick Montgomery Canada
Jeff Pomeroy USA
Domenic Shaw United Kingdom
Lucas Tripodi Chile
Lorelinde Verhees Holland
Can Yildirim Turkey
Awards: “Best Animated Horror Short” (The Scab): 2007 Tabloid Witch Award; “Best Visual Effects”: 2007 Sansevieria Film Festival.
“Dark Poetic Horror at its finest. We are being presented with a variety of cinematic visions that include claymation, video photography and photographic collages…Poetry can be dark, can be demonic and can be lovely. And in this sense, we have a new way to appreciate horror.” — Obscure Horror
“The work is an aggregation of short horror films from an international cast of directors, based on the flash fiction and poetry of genre writer Michael Arnzen, and set to composer Michael Mouracade’s exquisitely (sorry) serine and patient score. What results is analogous to a cinematic hand grenade. Once the seemingly innocuous package arrives, you stare it innately wondering to yourself, ‘Okay . . . . And . . .’ only to be the naive victim to the cinematic explosion 17 minutes later as surrealistic horror shrapnel sits lodged in your brain. … the films of Exquisite Corpse masterfully meet their genre itinerary in that, only afterward does the viewer find that an image or a sound from one of the handful of films is adamantly gnawing away at one’s psyche.” — The Horror Review
“…the individual fragments are joined together to create a stream of imagery that ranges from comical to downright disturbing. I found some of it to be quite absurd; yet, the pieces I enjoyed, I enjoyed with great zeal.” — Dread Central
Amputating the Phantom (dir., Mike Bohatch)
Artistic License (dir., Jerry Cappa)
The Suckling (dir., Can Yildirim)
Velcro (dir., Jeff Pomeroy)
Gasp (dir., Lorelinde Verhees)
Beyond Undead (dir., Julian Hanby)
In the Balance (dir., Can Yildirim)
Stretch (dir., Dominick Shaw)
The Scab (dir., Jim Minton)
Nightmare Junkie (dir., Lucas Tripodi)
Taking Care of Baby (dir., Nick Montgomery)
Antimatter Underground Art Festival (2007), Victoria BC, CANADA; Presaro Film Festival (2007), ITALY; San Antonio Underground Film Festival (2007), TX; Sansevieria Film Festival (2007), Toledo OH; Dallas Video Festival (2007), Dallas, TX; Loscon SF Convention (2007), Los Angeles, CA; Santa Monica Public Library (2007), CA; International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (2007), FL; World Horror Convention (2007), Toronto, CANADA; Context SF Convention (2007), Columbus, OH; Confluence Science Fiction Convention (2007), PA; Seton Hill University (2007), PA; DV8 Gallery (2007), PA; Manatee Community College (2007), Sarasota, FL; Tabloid Witch Awards (2007), Santa Monica, CA; The 2007 Spooky Movie Film Festival (2007), Washington DC; World Horror Convention (2008), Salt Lake City, UT; HorrorFind Weekend (2008), Baltimore, MD.
“The Scab,” directed by Jim Minton. (Poem originally published in Freakcidents).
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