BY CYRIAQUE LAMAR
When your mind turns to body horror, you generally think of tentacles and geysers of bloods, not garlands and bursts of twinkling confetti. But indeed, that is what precipitates in director Andrew Thomas Huang’s experimental fantasy film Solipsist. Human flesh evolves into living dreamcatchers and eddies of colored sand. It is equal parts stunning and utterly bizarre.
Solipsist, which was funded via Kickstarter, won the Special Jury Prize for Experimental Short at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. You can also watch a making-of reel if the flamboyant effects have piqued your interest. Here’s the synopsis, but “Tetsuo’s final scene from Akira + Mardi Gras” may be just as apt:
A three part psychedelic fantasy short film about otherworldly beings whose minds and bodies converge into one entity. Filled with elaborate costumes, visual effects, and underwater puppets, the film is a non-narrative experience designed to transport viewers through a hypnotic, dream-like journey.
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