Dear Aunt John and Lancifer,
John Crye from Fewdio here!
Not too long ago, the rest of the Fewdio guys and I dropped in and recounted some of the things that scared the bejinkies out of us as kids and, all too likely, influenced our films. It was a highly therapeutic exercise, I must say. We all learned so much about each other… and ourselves….
And I stirred up a doozy of a latent memory. What’s more, in retrospect I can see a direct influence of this kindertrauma on my work with Fewdio, specifically on a film that I wrote and directed called THE TAP.
I grew up attending a Southern Baptist church, which is a very conservative and certainly fundamentalist faith. At least the congregation my family was part of would fit that description. In the front lobby of the church there was a literature rack that was filled with proselytizing brochures, as well as brochures that teach one how to proselytize. Among them were a line of comic strip-style tracts featuring black and white line art depicting horrifying little morality plays. The work was by a man named Jack Chick.
My favorites include SOMEBODY GOOFED, SOMEBODY LOVES ME, IT’S YOUR LIFE, THE BEAST and TRUST ME. But believe me, each one is a masterwork of emotional terror tactics precisely crafted to inform you that you are a horrible shit-stain of a being, completely unworthy of the love that your God gives you. Failure to return said love is punishable by being thrown into a lake of fire. This last image recurs in most of the tracts and DAMN it’s a wig-flipper when you’re eight years old.
Once you’ve digested a few of those wonderful little hate pellets, take a look at THE TAP, a Fewdio film that was banned from You Tube (though it played Fantastic Fest without injuring anyone). I think you’ll see the parallels:
Since recovering this lost memory, I have purchased the entire tract collection from www.chick.com so I can fully relive the fear.
Thank you, Kindertrauma, for bringing back a terror from my past and forcing me to re-analyze my present and future. Yeah. Thanks.
UNK SEZ: Thanks for the traumafession John. I remember those books and I think I still have a couple around the castle here somewhere. My favorites are the ones that warn you about the dangers of Halloween and are sometimes handed out to trick-or-treaters. I would much rather get a scary comic than a dreaded Mary Jane candy in my trick-or-treat bag. Thanks too for bringing our attention to your movie THE TAP. I’m not sure Mr.Chick would approve, but I think you Fewdio dudes get scarier all the time.