Anyone else notice the major comeback of Alice from Wonderland lately..?
Starting off the year with Coraline which isnt a direct storyline from Alice in Wonderland but is pretty similar and uses a similar concept.
Next we have the live action movie coming later this year being directed by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter (big surprise – Burton + Johnny nowai!) – unfortunately for me I’v no clue what the name of the movie is going to be exactly but I’m assuming “The Nightmare Corpse’s Bride in Wonderland” or “The Demon Barber and the Chocolate Factory in Wonderland (ft. Beetlejuice)” or something along those lines (feel free to try and make your own titles).
Last but not least at the end of year another movie I’m really looking forward to since I found out about it coming out later this year “Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll“, directed and starring Marilyn Manson as Carol Lewis the actual original writer of “Alice in Wonderland” aswell as the sequel “Through the Looking-Glass” and the other stories & nonsense poems within them. The premise of this story, its basically about the life of Carol Lewis cept with a twist – He is being haunted in an isolated castle and being tormented by sleepless nights and visions of a girl named Alice. He soon finds himself becoming a symptom of his own invention. He is Lewis Carroll. Terrified of what waits for him each night. I’m not sure if it’s going to make any refferences to actual events in his life such as the 3 children who were the original inspirations for the stories or if its just going to be a fictional biography of how the books came to be. Eitherway with Marilyn Manson in it… this is sure to be one hell of a weird ass movie! Hell the tagline for the movie’s story: “Now all my nightmares know my name.” HA! How awesome is THAT?!?
I wonder if the Jabberwock will be in either of the two movies? If you don’t have a Vespal Blade, ya might wanna start looking now while you have the chance
I also gotten my hands on “American McGee’s: Alice” recently. This game takes place a short while after the 2nd book (Through the Looking Glass) and has a much darker tone to it. Basically Alice’s parents died in a fire and she was the only survivor. To make things worse she cant get over the fact that she was helpless to save her parents and goes nuts. Because of the guilt, she tries to commit suicide (bandages can be seen on her wrists), and becomes catatonic. She’s put in a mental institution. Years later, the White Rabbit comes and finds her to help save Wonderland which has grown into a even more twisted (that was possible..? o.O?) and darker world than what it was before. She has to stop the Queen of Hearts and reclaim her sanity. I must say this game pretty awesome! XD Not many games out there use playing cards as weapons. But not only that storyline wise the missions are actually fun, the story makes sense on a much deeper level, graphics are gorgeously demonic, gameplay is a nice warped mixture of action/puzzle/story/hack-&-slash(literally). Instead of Health/Mana, you have Health/Sanity and the storylines and characters have all grown to something else altogether. The Cheshire cat is there to give you hints in the form of “cryptic” clues (he just makes things rhyme alot but its still one of my favorite characters in the game sofar). This game came out in 2000 and quite frankly it seems to beat the skirts off of half these games that are out nowadays which are nothing but cool graphics but horrible gameplay.
Theres also an anime that came out which draws on heavy influence from The Alice stories though the name or exact concept I dont recall at the momment. I do know it has somethign to do with highschool students but hell I just decribed 6/10ths of the animes in existence.
Check it out when you can and plan to see these new modernizations of our favorite mushroom-popping-kneelength-dress-wearing little girl who just so happens to be the inventor “Todd’s syndrome“. O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! I wonder what ELSE they have in-store for us?