The thought of director Chris Cunningham freaking the hell out of people is nothing new. His video for Aphex Twin’s “Come To Daddy” set the bar for disturbing short films. With his latest short film, Rubber Johnny, he has raised that bar once again. Set for DVD release on June 6th via Warp Films, this is one short film that will fuck up your dreams for years. In fact, its initial release was delayed because the original company hired to print the film deemed its images too offensive and refused to subject their employees to the movie. Bring on the controversy!
Here is the synopsis of the film taken from Warp Film’s official website: “Johnny is a hyperactive, shape-shifting mutant child, kept locked away in a basement. With only his feverish imagination and his terrified dog for company, he finds ways to amuse himself in the dark.”
The film’s music marked yet another collaboration between Cunningham and legendary electronic composer Aphex Twin. The DVD release also includes a 42-page booklet of drawings and photographs, which marks the first published release of Cunningham’s artwork. Click here to watch the trailer, which is posted on the Rubber Johnny website. The trailer is creepy enough, but once you look at the images on the Warp Films site, you can tell this film will make you sleep with the lights on for a few nights.