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Old 12-16-2014, 08:05 PM
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"Unedited Footage of a Bear" was freaking terrifying!

After "Too Many Cooks" I had noticed Adult Swim would put weird stuff at 4 am on Tuesday mornings so I started to DVR it. Most show up as Infomercials" and are comedy bits. This week's was called "Unedited footage of a Bear" and it starts out as a Commercial parody but turns...darker. It was freaking scary. The imagery, make up, everything. I had to turn it off because it freaked me out. It is on Youtube here. If you like horror, watch it. It is really well done.

In a way it is darkly humorous because the commercial parody continues through the horror which I admit made me laugh but man, this is disturbing.
Old 12-16-2014, 08:49 PM
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I tried three times to watch this, but within the first minute the ads took over and "Skip This Ad" just opened a new tab with the advertisement while the original video went on permanent pause. So I gave up.

I have adblock installed, too.
Old 12-16-2014, 08:51 PM
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The ad is part of the video.

Eh, I thought it was okay. Vaguely creepy, but it went on too long. Felt like a long video to basically say, "She's having a psychotic break."
Old 12-16-2014, 08:59 PM
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Can't watch at work, but I'm intrigued. A lot of the Informercial slot stuff has been amazing. "Too Many Cooks" is uniquely a masterpiece, but I think the Broomshakalaka and Alpha Dog bits are amazing, too.
Old 12-16-2014, 09:02 PM
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What was the point of the bear stuff in the beginning?
Old 12-16-2014, 09:13 PM
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OK, finally sat through the ad. Nothing to do with bears, as it turns out.

Too long and silly. In the end it's just an infomercial for Clarydil, Claridyl, or whatever the spelling is, antihistamine?

Meh.
Old 12-16-2014, 09:20 PM
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That was more weird and violent than interesting.
Old 12-16-2014, 09:31 PM
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What the fucking fuck? Stupid.
Old 12-17-2014, 12:38 AM
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I think terrifying isn't a good word for it. It was pretty funny.

I liked how it kept insisting it was a commercial well after it had gone into depicting horrifying side effects.
Old 12-17-2014, 01:21 PM
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I think terrifying isn't a good word for it. It was pretty funny.

I liked how it kept insisting it was a commercial well after it had gone into depicting horrifying side effects.
Aye, the juxtaposition of the funny ad copy and the tone of everything else onscreen was kinda amusing, but the lack of resolution at the end made this, ultimately, unsatisfying.

Is it meant to be self-contained or is a part of a longer story somehow?

I thought the production values were excellent, but without a resolution of some kind, this falls short of the mark, IMO.
Old 12-17-2014, 01:41 PM
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Yeah I did laugh at how the fine-print for the drug kept showing up but there were just certain images that pushed my "Creep factor" buttons I guess. Certain close ups of her bloody face and the clip of her staring in the window at the kids especially

The bear in the beginning, however, was adorable. I want him for my very own.
Old 12-18-2014, 01:29 AM
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Aye, the juxtaposition of the funny ad copy and the tone of everything else onscreen was kinda amusing, but the lack of resolution at the end made this, ultimately, unsatisfying.

Is it meant to be self-contained or is a part of a longer story somehow?

I thought the production values were excellent, but without a resolution of some kind, this falls short of the mark, IMO.
I'm pretty sure it's self-contained. I agree that the lack of a way to tie it up isn't the best way to do it. Adult Swim's programming does this a lot these days. Sometimes I like that the credits are my only sign that the gag is over (sometimes it's because the feeling or concept of a gag was the only thing that was there), but it is sometimes jarring, even if the show is just 10 minutes long. I know I'm most comfy with it when there's a theme behind it, such as their Off The Air series.

Monty Python did the same thing, but they were able to cut or nonsensically lead the skit which lacked an ending into another skit. At the end of the show they came up with a conclusion, but it didn't usually resolve anything other than the running gag in the show. They were masters at jokes with no resolution.
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Monty Python did the same thing, but they were able to cut or nonsensically lead the skit which lacked an ending into another skit. At the end of the show they came up with a conclusion, but it didn't usually resolve anything other than the running gag in the show. They were masters at jokes with no resolution.
Well yeah, but absurdist humor lends itself to that kind of thing. Robot Chicken did it very well in it's first season, I thought.

But this clip wasn't absurdist, it was just weird.
Old 12-18-2014, 09:40 AM
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I found that easier to sit through than "Too Many Cooks," mostly because the never ending theme song made that one feel twice as long as it was. This one at least seemed to have a kind of story, until the end, when it just, well...ends.

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Old 12-18-2014, 10:31 AM
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I'm really glad you shared this. I thought it was brilliant. It does go a long way, for a long time, to make its point (or to play with its premise, rather), but I've gotten used to that being part of the gag for a lot of AS's stuff, so it didn't turn me off.

I felt it was simultaneously disturbing and humorous in a way that left me feeling like it had been orchestrated by a deft hand, despite the lack of resolution (actually, the lack of resolution was clearly a part of the effect they were going for, but very predictably so). Compared with many attempts I've seen of late to be funny and edgy, this one stands out as effective and memorable, IMO.
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Not terrifying. Not even scary.

Weird for the sake of weird doesn't interest me at all, without a resolution this just becomes a waste of time.
Old 12-19-2014, 11:50 AM
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"Without a resolution..." "No resolution..."

Really? With the police lights and such, I thought the resolution was that pretty much the same thing happened here as happened at the crime scene house in the beginning. Seems like none of you would be happy unless it ends with a shot of a cop saying "Damn it, Lou, it happened again." I can't think of specific examples, but the closing shot of the character standing at the scene as the police arrive, fade to black, seems like a highly recognizable common (or classic) trope to me.

The point of the bear is to set up the "ad" that is the basis of the whole rest of it.

Not "terrifying," really, but yeah I also like the juxtaposition of weird/disturbing and funny ("call your doctor if symptoms worsen" THUMP THUMP), and it's reasonably well-executed (didn't like the way the blood was done). Well-directed for what they were going for, with the framing and that weird zoom/depth of field effect during the street fight amping up the anxiety. I liked it. But of course I watch a LOT of "bad" horror movies.
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Just saw this. I liked it. It's a story that's been told many times, but this was a well-done telling.

I think it's more about middle class family pressures than about drug abuse...

It definitely had a resolution. It's ambiguous whether she actually killed her kids or not, but the point of the resolution is her devastated inner state, not a physical fact about what actually happened. (I tend to think it's probably saying she actually did do the deed, though, hence her horrified pleading screaming at herself on the phone towards the very end.)

If anyone's curious and couldn't read it, the text at the bottom said:

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"Some side effects effects may may occur. If side effects occur occur please form a second opinion. Your inside affects your outside side effects; Claridryl affects your insides effects on your outside. Please choose sides before consulting Claridryl. Claridryl is not responsible for switched sides, insides or out. What were you thinking? Claridryl is not related to that.

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."

"Claridryl is not responsible for the world around you. We are limited in what we offer as solutions to sickness and pain. if you feel far off from the world it is because the engine inside you has stopped turning. a cleansing flood may be needed. This is an opportunity.<br><br>You are not the same as yourself. Find the self within yourself. This is necessary, this is right. We are not responsible for what you may find inside yourself - Claridryl is responsible. Take control. Control your breathing. Stop blinking. Your shortness of breath, your shortness of blinking, find a dark place to hide. This is not the first time this has happened to you. What are you going to do"

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