The Horror Honeys: Saturday Morning Horror Cartoon ~ 'Malice in Wonderland'

Saturday Morning Horror Cartoon ~ 'Malice in Wonderland'

"Oh! I've had such a curious dream!"

When you're a film student, you have a tendency to see a lot of a fucked up shit. Your options are either to embrace it, or run screaming in the opposite direction to a degree in math where everything is orderly and makes sense. Personally, I embraced the hell out of it, and quickly found myself entranced by the world of surrealist cinema. From Maya Deren to Luis Buñuel, I fell in love with all things abstract and non-sensical. One of my favorite surrealist films that I discovered in college was this week's Saturday Morning Horror Cartoon: Vince Collins's Malice in Wonderland (1982).

Buckle your seat belts kids, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

It's widely agreed that Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is loaded with the kind of subtext that would make the average bible-belt PTA mom blush, but it's always chapped my ass when people dismiss Alice as an "acid trip" or just the results of a drug-addicted (questionable) pedophile. I find this analysis of Alice's journey down the rabbit hole to be lazy, at best. It is Vince Collins's short animated take on Carroll's classic story that truly plumbs the depth of Alice's deeper meaning, and succinctly sums it up both horrifyingly, and beautifully.

On first watch, Malice will inevitably make you feel as if you are watching someone else's bad trip. There is no getting around that. But after multiple viewings, you are left with the kind of psychosexual analysis one rarely finds of Alice in Wonderland, and certainly not in animated form. Disney, this is not. But if you are brave enough to watch Malice in Wonderland all the way to the end, you will definitely be left with some heady queries on the nature of developing human sexuality.

And you'll probably never look at Alice in Wonderland the same way again... ~RH