Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we delight in Alice Cooper’s shenanigans and hi-jinks before he became born-again, wonder who IS in the house with us, get inappropriate with claymation, watch an oil rig become the center of the universe, watch a woman have sexy time with a wolf and talk digital currency.
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Lee Hardcastle does some great things with clay, and has used the pliable stuff to animate some great movie homages (his remakes of The Raid and The Thing quickly come to mind) and some memorable comedy as well as a few gross-out gags.

His most notable bit of nastiness might be T Is for Toilet, which was Hardcastle’s submission in the ABCs of Death director contest, and which won the open spot in the film. Now the animator has released  a longer piece, called Ghost Burger. This is a sequel to T Is for Toilet, which shows that the kid from the short didn’t die, but that he is certainly damaged both physically and mentally. But while things haven’t gone well for the kid, he is able to see ghosts, and that turns out to be an ability with a surprising side benefit.

Ghost Burger feels like the sort of film you’d discover on a dusty VHS shelf — it’s got the appeal of some of the stranger horror produced in the ’80s, with a collision of action, supernatural weirdness, and plain old strange stuff.

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Every year, it seems like Christmas creeps up a little bit earlier. Though the day after Thanksgiving is widely considered the “official” start of the season (at least here in the U.S.), in reality we hardly get a chance to sort through our Halloween candy before the store racks fill up with tinsel and candy canes.

So why not just embrace the calendar creep with a new short that’s perfect for both holidays at once? Lee Hardcastle, the animator behind those Claymation remakes of The Raid and The Thing, has just directed a music video titled “Mr. Frosty Man” for a track of the same name from Sufjan Stevens‘ upcoming holiday album. Minute for minute, it may be one of the most gleefully gory films you’ll see all year. Watch the NSFW video after the jump.

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You might recall many months ago that we posted a short recreation of John Carpenter’s The Thing, animated in stop-motion with clay, and characters re-done as penguins. Now the same artist, Lee Hardcastle, has given the stop-motion remake treatment to Gareth Evans‘ film The Raid. Instead of penguins he used the prime currency of the internet: cats. The result is cute and gory in equal measure, and easily worth a few minutes of your time. Read More »