Stop Motion has been on the watchlist for some time. Check out the trailer and release information below.
I am happy to announce that I have received the official press release for Stop-Motion. It was featured on a recent list of upcoming horror movies to watch out for. There was very little information available at the time so I am happy to share the press release with you all. As you all know, I am not the biggest fan of killer doll horror but I love the concept of a stop-motion artist at war with her nightmarish creations.
Photo Credit: Stop-Motion Courtesy of IFC Films and Shudder. An IFC Films and Shudder Release.
According to IMDb, this is the feature-length debut from writer-director Robert Morgan (who is also an animator). His list of credits as a short film director on IMDb is almost endless, so this man has a lot of experience behind the camera as well as animation experience. The perfect candidate to bring this sort of tale of terror to life.
I am looking forward d to diving into the dark mind of a stop-motion artist. If you imagine the amount of work that has to go into even the smallest sequence of stop-motion film. Everything is moved at the tiniest of fractions at a time. The work must be extremely tedious and tiring. As well as that, you would imagine that your mind would become warped with your creations. Look at Mad God, for example, I am sure Tippett had some serious moments of psychological despair from creating the masterpiece that became Mad God. Mad God was also a labour of love for Tippett. It took over 30 years to complete…that is just insane, isn’t it? I am sure no studio would give that amount of time for a production development. If Tippett didn’t create Mad God in his spare time, it’s pure and simple…it wouldn’t exist. If you haven’t checked out Phil Tippett’s Mad God then you really should. It is a Shudder exclusive and can be streamed right now!
So, a film focusing on the mind fragile mind of a stop-motion artist sounds like a unique approach to psychological horror. I am hoping it also sheds light on the hard work and determination of a stop-motion artist.
Official Plot (Press Release)
Ella Blake is a stop-motion animator who is struggling to control her demons after the loss of her overbearing mother. Suddenly alone in the world, she embarks upon the creation of a macabre new puppet film, which soon becomes the battleground for her sanity. As Ella’s mind starts to fracture, the characters in her animated film take on a terrifying life of their own, and the unleashed power of her imagination threatens to destroy her.
What The Critics Have Been Saying about Stop-Motion
aside from just being a good old fashioned horror movie, there is an intelligence and ferocity at play here that speaks to much grander things than just simple genre thrills”Alexandra Heller-Nicholas/AWFJ
“Effectively explores the often-toxic relationship between art and artist.”Nikki Baughan/SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
Director: Robert Morgan
Cast: Aisling Franciosi, Stella Gonet, and Tom York
Total Run Time: 93 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Release Date: February 23, 2023 (Theatrical)
Check Out the Official Trailer
Stop-Motion will be released on February 23, 2023 (in select theatres via IFC Films). A worldwide release will then follow on Shudder.
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