A kid who can see dead people. But it’s not The Sixth Sense. The dead rising from their graves to terrorise a small town. But it’s not Night of The Living Dead. A stop-motion feature length film. But it’s not from Aardman. Paranorman is certainly packed full of influences. In telling the story of 10 year old Norman who can see ghosts and is the only one who can save the day from a witches curse, directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell are attempting something ambitious. They’re attempting to take some well known trappings of the horror genre, invert the expectations, change the medium to stop-motion animation, as well as repackage the whole thing for a pre-teen audience. That’s right, it’s a horror movie for kids. The ambition is there, however, the end result is something that left me scratching my head.
George A Romero’s 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead is considered a horror classic. The dead have dug their way out of their graves and are slowly lurching around as horrific zombies. They’re not quite dead. And not quite alive. When done right, zombies are very, very scary.
When I think of claymation, I inevitably think of the Rankin-Bass claymation holiday specials that I used to watch as a kid. There’s just something about the animation style that drags me back to both childhood and the Island of Misfit Toys. It conjures up a sense of innocence and joy. So it’s really just waiting for someone to twist and pervert the medium. To take that innocence and contrast it with the hypocrisy of adulthood and Godless-Christian Religion. Welcome to the sick, sick world of Moral Orel.
Have you ever thought to yourself “If I wrote the Bible, there would be a lot more zombies in there”? Well here’s your chance. Head on over to the Stinque Zombie Bible and put your flesh-eating-walking corpse stamp on the Word of God.
Not that I’m condoning this kind of blasphemy. But if they ever add in pirates and ninjas, I’m not sure I could handle the awesomeness.
Starring Billy Connolly and Carrie-Anne Moss
For a while there, Zombie movies were the in thing. I unintentionally had a Zombie Movie Marathon this week (28 Days Later, Fido and Planet Terror). It wasn’t until after I had watched them that I clicked onto the common theme. Hey, don’t judge me, I was sick and wasn’t paying too much attention. Read More…