365 Days of Horror, Day 32: Escargore (short) (2015)

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This quirkily-titled, immensely-coloured 5-minute short was by each turn disturbing, violent, funny and adorable. A group of snails try to make their way through/out of a stranger’s house, but each meet their demise in increasingly grisly ways. And this isn’t some Tom & Jerry cartoon violence, either -this shit doesn’t hold back. And the most crushing thing is that they each have their own personalities, expressive eyes, and genuine heartbreak and horror each time their group is thinned out (kudos to the voice-actors, by the way, who squeal and gasp their way through the largely wordless terror).

At this point, I should probably mention that these are stop-motion-animated snails, which means that, while this is arguably harder to pull off cinematically, that no crustaceans were actually harmed during the making of this short.

Don’t let the Wallace & Gromit-esque twee character design fool you, though. You’ll feel awful for having laughed at some of the deaths, because, let’s face it, they’re easy victims. I mean, it’s not like we’re watching “Cheetahfore“.

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