If you’re a cinephile, you’re bound to have heard of Phil Tippett. He has worked on movies like Star Wars, Temple of Doom, Robocop, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, and Twilight to name just a few. His animation is among the best in the business. His directorial debut is Mad God.
Now, this movie is not for everyone. If you have been watching the series myself and Shawn have been doing on Extreme Cinema, you will know that I like a bit of the weird and wonderful, non-Hollywood type movies.
I love the work of Chris Cunningham. He works with Aphex Twin a lot and makes some truly bizarre visuals, like Rubber Johnny for example.
You don’t’ see that every day. The visuals and editing in this are amazing. It’s probably weirdest thing you’ll ever see, but I find it fascinating. Mad God is very much like this. Not in the editing, but in the visuals of the entire thing. The story is:
“A corroded diving bell descends amidst a ruined city and the Assassin emerges from it to explore a labyrinth of bizarre landscapes inhabited by freakish denizens.”
There is no talking during the movie. It’s all simply done on the visuals and sound effects. The story itself probably has a much deeper meaning and represents something very personal to Tippett. I haven’t looked into it that much, but I will now. I was just interested in seeing what he made.
It was a pet project that was in the making for over 30 years. According to IMDb, Tippett and others would work on it over the weekends when they were working on major movies like Jurassic Park.
The entire thing is nightmare fuel. It’s weird, it’s wonderful and, as I said, it’s not going to be for everyone. Personally, I loved it and will watch it again to pick up on things I missed the first time around.
There’s not much else to say about Mad God really, there is kind of a story, but it’s one of those movies where you can come to your own conclusions about it. Some people would give this 2 minutes and turn it off, and I get why you would. If you’re into the weird and wonderful, try it, otherwise, you can probably miss it.
I give Mad God a high score, but then I’m the kind of twisted weirdo that likes this kind of stuff. It’s now streaming on Shudder.
Side note: on the subject of curios like Rubber Johnny, if you know of anything else I should check out, let me know in the comments.