Spooky Things: Halloween Video Collection

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Well, would you look at that. Halloween is here! Every Friday for the last three weeks, I’ve been taking a look at some creepy pieces of art (a graphic novel, a video game and a music band), that are perfect to look into for the holiday. And I thought I’d wind this series down with a handful of fun little short films and animations from around the internet.

Happy Halloween – Amador Valenzuela 

Starting us off is a trippy blend of live-action and animation, as we see a man swallow some candy and, uh… Well, let’s just say he has a really good time.

Pumpkin Scrap – Graham Annable 

A quick little treat from the animator know as grickle, this animation gives us a glimpse at a new method of neighborhood rivalry.

MEOW! – Cyriak Harris and Sarah Brown

This one’s a few years old, but it’s worth a look if you haven’t seen it yet. Animator Cyriak and illustrator Sarah Brown take us to a city overrun by the cutest little zombie kittens you’ve ever seen. By the by, if you’re looking for more twisted and disturbing animations, Cyriak’s channel is pretty much all about that.

(Warning: Don’t let the cuteness fool you! There is plenty of blood, brains, intestines and other gruesome stuff in this video. So, you know, NSFW, and all that jazz.)

Invasion – Olivier Patté

Seemingly using the technique of redrawing and animating a series of real photographs, this animation sees civilization crumbling in the presence of some kind of demonic force… from space! Hey, it’s dark, unnerving and it looks cool. That’s all I need.

(Warning: this video does contain a brief sex scene in the middle. Barely anything is shown, but this is probably NSFW, anyway.)

Ready Err Not – Flying Lotus and David Firth

This one was released just today! Some of you may remember that I had talked about Flying Lotus’ new album You’re Dead! a little over a week ago. Well, now David Firth has directed an insane music video for the track from the album, “Ready Err Not”. It’s a very twisted, intricately detailed and creative video, however…

(WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!: This is, far and away, the most violent, disturbing, gross and DEFINITELY NSFW video in this post. Honestly, as cool as the video is, I had to seriously question whether or not I should show something like this in a blog post. But, for this Halloween, I chose to make an exception. Again, this is Not Safe For Work! Watch at your own risk!)

Halloween! – Daniel Cordero

And finally, as a palate cleanser for the nightmare you may have just witnessed, a brief and adorable animation primed and ready for e-card status.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Whether you’re partying, looting for candy, or sitting at home watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, make sure you have a good one!

Spooky Things: “Anya’s Ghost”

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All Hallow’s Eve is a-coming, and whether you’re planning on partying this year, trick-or-treating at the age of 27, or sitting it out all-together, it’s always fun to take a look at the creepier-crawlier side of things. So that’s just what I plan to do. On every remaining Friday in this October, I’ll be taking a look at anything regarding a more supernatural subject then our standard affair. Starting us off is a wonderful graphic novel that I just recently discovered: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol.

Anya’s Ghost tells the tale of a teenage girl named (you guessed it,) Anya, a Russian immigrant who sees herself as the sort of black sheep of her private school. Her best friend is kind of a jerk, she can’t seem to get the attention of her crush and she’s rather self-conscious about her look. One day, just as it’s all starting to overwhelm her, she ends up falling down a large hole in the middle of the forest.

It’s there that she encounters the titular ghost. A friendly-looking woman who’s been dead for over ninety years. After Anya is rescued, the ghost decides to tag along, developing a friendship with Anya while trying to help her improve her everyday life.

This is one really well told story. The dialogue is intelligent and witty, the main character is easy to root for and the story is charming, even while building up to a genuinely creepy third-act. The artwork is also top-notch. The black-and-white coloring suits the story well, and each character is well designed, while sporting an impressive range of expression.

Since the book was published in 2011, it’s won an Eisner Award and a Harvey Award, and it definitely deserves them both. Smart, eerie, charming and funny, Anya’s Ghost is an engaging read. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend you seek it out.