A three-part depiction of various forms of communication. 'Factual Discussion' depicts three heads (made up of fruit, kitchen utensils and writing implements respectively) endlessly ... See full summary »
In this animated version of Edgar Allan Poe's story, a traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants are living under a mysterious family curse: The brother's ... See full summary »
BREAKFAST: After eating breakfast, a man is transformed into an elaborate dumb-waiter-style breakfast dispenser - and the same fate befalls the man who obtains breakfast from him. LUNCH: ... See full summary »
A bust of Stalin is cut open on an operating table, leading to an elaborate animated depiction of Czech history from 1948 (the Communist takeover) to 1989 (the Velvet Revolution). Some ... See full summary »
A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways. The players then leave the football pitch and invade ... See full summary »
In this horror masterpiece, Svankmajer utilizes his surreal filmmaking style to adapt the Gothic Edgar Allan Poe classic "The Pit and the Pendulum". Svankmajer definitely shows the audience that he is a master of his craft, which isn't only animation, but filmmaking itself. He is one of the true, underrated geniuses in all cinema, and this film proves it perfectly.
This is a flawless adaptation that is true to the source but unique in its own way. It has the ability to shock, haunt, and surprise due to its surrealistic and legitimately terrifying atmosphere and style. Few films have had the power to actually scare me, and this is one of them. It may only be about 15 minutes in length, but it is still one of the most effective horror films I have ever seen, and ever will see! I was on the edge of my seat throughout, my stomach filled with butterflies. This is a work of superb brilliance, a genuinely perfect film.
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