Blood Tea and Red String

January 8th, 2008 by exolstice

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I was going to write a review for “I Am Legend” the latest Will Smith, by the numbers, Hollywood blockbuster, but I couldn’t think of a damn thing to say about it. Other than complaining about inconsistencies and plot holes, that review would’ve been pretty vapid. On the other hand, “Blood Tea and Red String,” which I saw yesterday, just begs to be written about. I’d go as far as to say that it was a lot more creepy and disturbing than Mr. Smith’s effort. So what is this movie you’ve never heard about? It’s a stop-motion nightmarish fairytale with no dialog that took its creator, Christiane Cegavske, 13 years to make!

The plot involves a quartet of woodland creatures, which look like beaked furry creatures, who are commissioned by a trio of evil looking mice to produce a life-size doll in the likeness of a painting. Once the doll is finished, the creatures refuse to sell it, so the mice steal it during the night. And so, three of the creatures set out on a “quest” to recover the doll. It gets weirder, a lot weirder, but you’ll have to see it to find out what happens next.

Considering the movie is the work of one person, the animation is pretty damn amazing. I couldn’t help but stare in wonder as the events unfolded on screen. While it isn’t always clear what’s happening, the images never fail to capture your imagination. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, look no further. Just keep children away from it, it can get pretty disturbing. I know if I’d seen this at a child I would’ve had nightmares. In fact, I probably still will!

****

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