Phatasmagoria: Alice/Marilyn Manson?

January 19, 2010 at 1:59 am (Uncategorized)

Holy Damn, Batman. And I call myself an Alice in Wonderland freak fanatic? Then why did I have no idea about this project?

First of all, how did I come across this? I was reading up on model/actress Lily Cole, who starred as the lovely Valentina in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. On her page listing her upcoming films, Phatasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll popped up. (A few articles on the subject are here, here, and here). It has apparently been in the works for several years. Written and directed by Marilyn Manson, the film is supposed to be a Hitchcock-esque psychological thriller that provides an in-depth look into the psyche of author Lewis Carroll. Carroll, in the late 1860s England, is apparently locked into a tower and is frequently visited/tormented by visions of a girl named Alice.

According to wikipedia, the film was to start production in 2007, but due to the writer’s strike the start date was pushed back to March 2008. IMDB categorizes the film as “in-production,” and I haven’t been able to find news on current progress. The cast includes Manson as Lewis Carroll, Cole as Alice, Evan Rachel Wood as Alice’s alter-ego, Tilda Swinton as Carroll’s wife, and other fantastics such as Alan Cummings and Angelina Jolie.

Marilyn Manson has broken all the rules when it comes to music, fashion, and self-perception, and his perspective on Alice could quite possibly break rules the world of film didn’t even know it had. As I said before, Manson intends for the film to be deeply psychological, feeding on the roots of evil at the base of all of Carroll’s metaphors for life, childhood, etc. He’s been quoted as saying that horror films should be more than just slasher movies, but a narrative about a person’s personal, lonely hell. He apparently plans to push the boundaries of sexuality as well–again, according to wikipedia, Tweedledee and Tweedledum might be twin lesbians…and not like Tegan and Sarah are twin lesbians. Add to that his portrayal of Carroll as a haunted man who has a penchant for photographing young girls, and this will definitely live up to Manson’s reputation for excess in all areas–not necessarily in a good way. But films that have portrayed worse have done well at the box office before.

Aside from his odd sexual perception, I think this movie could really be something. A cult classic at the least, or even higher status right up there with A Clockwork Orange. Only time will tell. In the meantime, enjoy these photos that I scalped from google image search for you.

Marilyn Manson and Lily Cole



  1. Litso said,

    Unfortunately, it’s been postponed so many times now a lot of Manson fans are afraid this is just another project that’ll never be released. I’d really like to see it happen, but it wouldn’t be the first time he blew of a project..

    Let’s just keep hoping 🙂

  2. dom said,

    I have become slightly obsessed with this new project. I really, really, really hope it’ll get released. The plot is just… perfect!

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