Over a decade since its release, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream remains a visceral and disturbing piece of modern cinema. The filmmaker’s gnawing portrayal of drug addiction coupled with a hyper stylized aesthetic can make even the most tough-stomached person squirm in their seat.

You’d think seeing the same images with puppets would soften the blow, but Brendan James Boyd‘s 60 -econd film for the 2012 Vancouver Fake Film Fest proves likewise. Hearing puppets say “tail to tail” in place of another famous line, watching a fuzzy arm get chopped off or puppet electroshock therapy is almost more disturbing when it’s non-humans. Check it out after the jump.

Thanks to Vulture for the heads up via Reddit.

Obviously I was exaggurating just a little when I suggested this video isdisturbing as the original film but what it does do, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is prove Aronofsky’s directorial choices were the true star of Requiem for a Dream. That’s not a knock on Jennifer Connolly, Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans or especially not Ellen Burstyn, who is absolute magic in the film. They’re certainly the glue the holds everything together. But Aronofsky got into the audience’s head with the sound design, Kronos Quartet, repetition, split screens, alternating lenses and every other trick he pulled out, most of which are duplicated here to almost the same effect.

If you like this video, on the YouTube page, the filmmakers urge that people vote for it here. I did and I think you should too.

Do you still remember the first time you saw Requiem for a Dream? Did this video bring back memories or was it just funny?

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