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Mad God

Mad God

2022
Fantasy
Horror
1h 23m
A corroded diving bell descends amidst a ruined city and the Assassin emerges from it to explore a labyrinth of bizarre landscapes inhabited by freakish denizens. (imdb)
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Mad God

2022
Fantasy
Horror
1h 23m
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Avg Percentile 55.94% from 282 total ratings

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Rated 18 Jun 2022
60
34th
Entire thing looks like a music video to a cd you weren't allowed to listen to as a kid.
Rated 03 Nov 2021
85
80th
No real characters to invest in but in this case the world was the character so I forgave it. Drenched in grotesque design, darkness and danger, Tippett created really vivid and memorable environments and things to encounter. The plot was shrouded in mystery because of a lack of dialogue, but I still found it mostly engaging as it unraveled, with a few brief moments of tedium. Also broke my heart to see how almost every living thing was treated, so that's where emotion came in.
Rated 12 Oct 2021
45
25th
No doubt a visual spectacle and impressive stop-motion affair from Phil Tippett, but Mad God has essentially zero plot or reason to care for anything that’s going on. Some unknown guy wanders around a machinery place seeing weird stuff, and that’s pretty much it. There’s no dialogue at all. If visual mindfuck-ery stuff and style over substance is your cup of tea, then you might love it. As for me, I needed more than that.
Rated 01 Jul 2022
60
46th
The film took 30 years to complete and that didn't do the project any good as it resulted in something inconsistent. The first 30 minutes are a masterpiece. But what comes after feels more like a filler that doesn't match the atmosphere established earlier.
Rated 07 Dec 2022
38
16th
The animation and design were truly original, disturbing, stunning, and sometimes darkly funny. I felt like I was watching a mental patient's nightmare. My mind ended up wandering quite a bit as the movie found its repetitive groove. I don't want to be too harsh on this nihilistic hallucination, as it has to be in the top-ten most unknowable movies I have ever seen, but I will say that the lack of narrative drive killed it. It was a piece of animated art to hang on the wall more than a movie.
Rated 22 Feb 2022
65
33rd
Visually mesmerizing, but the lack of a clear/coherent story ultimately made me loose a bit of interest.
Rated 22 Jun 2022
39
12th
No coherent story or even themes (life and death?) to unify what feels like a series of disjointed vignettes.
Rated 13 Feb 2023
78
53rd
If Hieronymus Bosch decided to alchemically combine a Tool music video with Brazil and Canterbury Tales, you might get something close to this. The film boasts a pretty singular aesthetic, but the lack of any semblance of a coherent plot--not to mention its glacial pace--detracts from any sense of profoundity this film always seems on the verge of uncovering. A good film, but ultimately toothless.
Rated 10 Apr 2023
25
11th
(THE DIVING BELL & THE BOMBER FLY)
Rated 03 Jul 2022
83
93rd
A virtually plotless fantasy-horror mood piece set in a surreal hellscape presumably ruled by an imaginatively sadistic insane deity. The most frequently recurring character looks like an NCR ranger from the Fallout franchise. Many mediums are utilized, prominently stop-motion and live puppetry. Comic-book gore meets Svankmajer, Brakhage, Cosmatos. Instant cult classic for lovers of the aesthetic; a story would probably have ruined this, so for that do look elsewhere.
Rated 31 Jul 2022
80
83rd
OK, so where do I join this church? I assume I'll have to tithe in some form of human effluvia? Fine with me, just as long as I get more of this.
Rated 21 Sep 2023
85
92nd
The first fourth minutes or so was an easy 100 in my book: like a living Hieronymus Bosch painting soaked in that special kind of visceral texture only stop motion can create. From thereon it was a bumpy road, with some questionable green screen, poorly aged 90s aesthetics and meandering “plot” pulling it down. But regardless, Mad God is a wonderful endeavor and one of the most unique films I’ve seen in ages.
Rated 30 Jul 2022
80
73rd
This is difficult to grasp onto as there is little to no plot, but I was just in awe of the visuals. It is a mix between various nightmares and something related to Eraserhead. There is so much detail on screen that it begs for a rewatch, but I just wish it had more of a coherent story.
Rated 28 Aug 2022
90
85th
Amazing feat that's almost perfect if not for a few parts that just drag the thing down. A must-see for any horror or stop motion fan, the most nightmarish vision of hell put to film yet.
Rated 29 Sep 2023
27
46th
Like walking through a haunted house designed by somebody that's actually been to hell.
Rated 06 Aug 2022
60
47th
It certainly is mad. The ending could have been more satisfying.
Rated 06 Oct 2022
60
35th
This movie is very difficult to rate. It's got a world that's very deep, disturbing, ugly and fascinating. You can see the passion and work that has been put into building it and the monster design is just crazy. I appreciated it for the art and the dedication put into it, and the visuals are crazy, but it's not something I would watch again.
Rated 03 Apr 2024
75
53rd
God dam.
Rated 02 Dec 2022
84
93rd
"But does it have the goop?!" Yes. Yes it does.
Rated 04 Sep 2023
80
69th
Such a tremendous undertaking, that came out outrageously impressive visually. There is a plot and purpose down there as well, you just need to descend deep enough.
Rated 22 Sep 2022
75
35th
Daaaaaamn!!!!! As a work of pure craft this is incredible, with so many phenomenal designs and unbelievably impressive shots that are also wildly creepy and terrifying, accompanied by fantastic, atmospheric sound design (albeit with way too many crying babies). The overall tone and story (what story there is) isn’t really my thing but it’s still hella cool and a truly impressive achievement from a real legend.
Rated 28 Jun 2022
22
1st
F**k this was s oooo boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rated 28 Feb 2023
50
9th
Lotsofcoolshit+hardtopayattention/followanythingifiwassuppsoedtolol+thenprettymuchdidntpayattentionlol+alotremindedmeofmatrixrealworldmixedwithbioshockkinda-endwascallbacktothecurseddesolationnuclearholocaustetc
Rated 31 Jul 2023
75
27th
This actually needed a plot, I enjoyed the visuals and most of it is a really long music video.
Rated 05 Feb 2022
50
14th
Incredible visuals though
Rated 02 Nov 2022
81
81st
A visual feast for the eyes and a real accomplishment in stop-motion animation. Tons of wonderful grotesque visuals, but I was less into the more juvenile gross-out visuals that the film indulges in semi-frequently, and I think I would have preferred if there was no live-action footage incorporated at all, it always stuck out and looked inferior to the animation work.
Rated 24 Jul 2022
61
81st
Rated 13 Dec 2022
70
54th
That was hard to watch. It was terrifyingly gruesome, but amazing and a great work of art on the other hand. Very difficult to rate a movie without a storyline or clear main characters. The characters were just a perspective on the scary hellish world around them where there is no 'fair' or 'safe', it's all doom and torture. Loved the high quality stop motion and the plague doctor was just amazingly floaty.
Rated 23 Aug 2022
90
97th
I watched this dead sober, and that might have been a mistake. If I had been intoxicated under some kind of substance, I might have been able to write off parts of the movie as a hallucination or false memory. It's godly animation of the most ungodly things imaginable. Disgusting, horrifying... More than any other movie, this made me feel like I was staring into hell. I had nightmares for a straight two weeks after seeing it.
Rated 20 Jun 2022
75
75th
a vision of that 'special place in Hell' everyone talks about
Rated 07 Aug 2023
90
62nd
wow. couldn't look away, couldn't stop talking about it or thinking about it. what a feat. this movie is the culmination of the power of an artist's subconscious
Rated 29 Jul 2022
65
36th
Echoes of Maddin, Jodorowsky, Brakhage, Lang in this hellish descent of puppets. Will only get stronger on later revisits with a custom soundtrack.
Rated 02 Apr 2023
90
94th
Totally astounding, run don’t walk, etc. Would love to read anything about the editing/music process.
Rated 27 Aug 2022
8
76th
Looks great, sounds great, just a bit long.
Rated 09 Mar 2023
7
47th
"Mad God" is not for everyone, but for those who appreciate the artistry of stop-motion animation and are willing to endure the unsettling and disturbing visuals, it is a must-see. While the lack of a clear narrative may detract from the overall experience for some, the sheer craftsmanship on display is enough to make this film worth watching.
Rated 03 Sep 2023
83
84th
Phil Tippett is a master of his craft and that craft is stygian, fleshy, wet and goopy stop-motion puppet animation. The closest to this is Jan Svankmajer's fleshy short films like "meat love". Endless cycles of reproduction, exploitation, slavery, destruction, mindlessly missions for mad gods and creation.
Rated 28 Mar 2024
85
85th
I wouldn't want to be Phil Tippett's therapist or run into him in a dark alley, but as artistic achievement this is pretty astounding. There is essentially no plot or dialogue, so go in knowing that, but it's not really like anything I've seen before and it is absolutely worth seeing. Oddly beautiful despite the horrifying content.
Rated 05 Feb 2023
72
66th
Amazing stop-motion animation gives us a glimpse into a Hellscape that's resembles Fallout by way of Lovecraft.
Rated 24 Sep 2023
97
99th
Stupendous.

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