“You coming to the pub, Chainsaw Phil?”
“I can’t – I’m going to a horror talk on animation at The Horse Hospital.”
“Look, man, if you don’t want to join us, just say so.”
It’s my first full season as a proper pass-holder, and my third lecture of this year’s winter semester of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. And not only was it on animation, but the venerable Robert Morgan (creator of the amazing The Cat With Hands), was there!
Ah, Robert Morgan. Ever since your magically creepy tale The Cat with Hands, I’ve made it a point to keep an eye out for your stuff. And the BAFTA-winning The Separation, more ‘wtf’ than ‘wtfairytale’, is no exception to that rule, as we watch events unfold after a pair of conjoined twins are freed from each other.
By turns both gruesome, disturbing, poignant and sweet (in… a way…), I have to wonder what goes on in Morgan’s head. This is more than just fucking weird. It is fucking weird and unforgettable.
My word, this 4-minute short is charmingly creepy! Beginning with a bit of intense, Cockney-ish singing around a well, we’re told – via the magic of stop-motion animation – about the titular handed cat.
It’s by turns gruesome, shocking and fairytale-like. The animated interlude works perfectly, and the score and dialogue definitely up the creepy-yet-cute factor. A must watch!