Adult Swim has been producing some very weird and interesting video of late. "Unedited Footage of a Bear" is a fine example. It starts off as what the title says - then becomes a drug ad, complete with supporting website. Then the video becomes something else, then something horrific. The site follows suit, if you dig in a little.
Some great surreal stuff on the Claridyl site:
Claridryl opens doors and is not responsible donna for what lies inside. Consult your doctor before stopping, starting, continuing, or never taking Claridryl. You may be at risk of bloodening if you combine Claridryl with other selves. Claridryl is not for pregnant, nursing, expectant, waiting, bereaved, or sleeping mothers. What kind of person were you trying to be?
Claridryl will not guarantee that you will become that person, but a person or persons will result from sustained use of Claridryl.Appropriate dosage of Claridryl varies widely depending on (but not limited to) some of the following factors: eyes, medical history, blood volume, organ weight, presence or absence of bows, piano lessons, phone color, lawn color, number of children, zip code, myrrh, regrets, lessons learned, and diet.
The video offers some classic Gothic features, including the doppelganger, medical horror, and American family horror, not to mention fears of big companies.
Doug Simon offers a nicely done animated version of HP Lovecraft's classic short story "The Statement of Randolph Carter."
It's very short, and you can watch the whole thing below:
Simon et al account for the story's main arc, but they also add two other layers. We see flashbacks to the two characters working together, including a fun lobster-eating scene. There's also a parallel structure concerning the survivor's fate. Very nicely balanced.
"The Strange Ones" (1963) is a short film in the classic genre of stranger-danger movies. It presents a nightmarish world populated by stalking pedophiles (they look like anyone else!) and risk-seeking children.
The film avoids the classic Gothic trope of family horror, instead showing danger as solely the province of strangers. This is statistically weird, since the greatest number of attacks on children come from family members. Naturally it lets the film cast family members in a salvific way... even though the framing plot is based on a girl not heeding her parents' instructions. Unless the parents failed to teach her properly. Bad parents.
The strong arm of the law is a child's best protection in this movie. The plot kicks off with a brief police dragnet, then consists mainly of a policewoman explaining to a child the Gothic hellscape in which she lives. Note the implements of violence literally backing up the officer:
The law will save you!
One intriguingly Gothic part is "Strange Ones"' admonition to avoid "deserted places". This makes for a creepy, Ballardian scene, with a pedophile stalking a boy across a postindustrial zone: