Rubber Johnny

This is far from new, but yesterday I was thinking about how awesome Chris Cunningham’s Rubber Johnny was, so I figured I’d post it because I’m sure some of you out there haven’t seen it. The video/short film came out in 2005 and features Johnny, a creepy naked guy in a wheelchair who bends, stretches and generally freaks out while his chihuahua watches. The whole thing is really weird but amazing at the same time, especially if you enjoy good special effects and amazing editing.

That being said, this might not be for everyone. It’s got sort-of-nudity and a crazy Aphex Twin soundtrack, nor does it really make any sense. It’s also kind of disturbing, especially the beginning. I wouldn’t suggest watching this at night time alone, in fact this video sort of freaks me out.

But that’s sort of the fun of it!


8 Comments Rubber Johnny

  1. maxjue April 27, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    that is a piece of shit disclaimer.
    a proper disclaimer would be “this is freaky ass shit”
    well, maybe if you were a frat boy.

  2. Bobby April 27, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    I watched that one as well, it didn’t quite hit me the same way, haha…

  3. Ariel April 28, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    What’s with the dancing? I was really liking it for its creepyness and then johnny starts dancing… pfffff no like it.

  4. mikeperez23 April 28, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    This is one of my favorite videos of Cunningham’s – it captures that perfect combo of dark humor, technology and sombre isolation that David Lynch explores in his films.

    I remember when Warp Records released Rubber Johnny on DvD they also had a bonus pack where you could get a coffee table hardcover book of images (stills) from the RJ video. It was a limited edition and I haven’t seen the book – but I do remember reading somewhere that when they were publishing the book the actual printer (some Italian book printing company) had women who were so turned off by the images in the book they wouldn’t work on the binding. It was THAT disturbing.

    I love the beginning montage, where the title of the video is written on a rather phallic looking balloon with magic marker and then rolled up with air and popped. Simple and brilliant!

  5. Bobby April 28, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Seriously Mike, this is the best comment anyone has left me in a really long time, haha… Please comment more!

    And I totally agree, I love the part with the broken eggs and the raw meat, such an obvious but amazing idea. I first saw Come To Daddy back when 120 Minutes was still on the air and it blew my mind.

    And yeah, the title on the ween is pretty hysterical, I think you can see it between in the video, like he has some giant member, haha…

  6. Benedipbak April 30, 2008 at 5:13 AM

    Wow, I think that it is SO AMAZING! I love the video…

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