Ratz Rool!

¥o-Landi Vi$$er (circa 2012)A friend of mine is a big fan of the South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord, and frequently shares images and videos of the delightfully disreputable duo (technically a trio, if you include their producer “God”?). I can’t say their music is really my cup-of-tea, but I do admire their in-ur-face attitude, scrappy “zef”-punk style, and insane promo clips… all of which inspired writer/director Neill Blomkamp to produce the 2015 sci-fi flick Chappie, just to speculate on what would happen if the pair ever got their inky fingers on a military-grade battle-bot! They were also the stars of a short (NSFW) film by Harmony Korine called Umshini Wam (2011), in which they played onesie-wearing wannabe-gangsters who choose to travel everywhere in wonky wheelchairs, for no apparent reason. It’s actually a lot darker/sadder/funnier than that description might suggest, and is currently rocking an audience approval rating of 81% at Rotten Tomatoes!

Their most recent audio-visual release is a (NSFW) horror-comedy-skit, titled “Tommy Can’t Sleep”, starring their own 12-year-old daughter Sixteen Jones as a sweary young boy whose bedroom is infested with sleazy, scheming rats. The joint is directed by the duo’s fairer half, ¥o-Landi Vi$$er (aka Anri du Toit), who also cameos as the vermin’s anthropomorphic pitch-woman, luring the feisty lad down their rrrat-hole, into an orgy of nightmarish depravity. Sixteen Jones as ‘Tommy’ in “Tommy Can't Sleep”It plays like the trailer for an insomnia-fuelled mash-up of David Lynch and John Waters, with excessive f-bombs, and a nonsensical “ending”… and much like their previous promos, it bitch-slaps your eye-balls, and burrows under your brain-skin, with its disorienting intensity/oddity. I shudder to think what would happen if they were allowed/encouraged to adapt it into a full-length feature film… but it’s a shudder of excitement, as much as fear…

About Dee CrowSeer

A comic book writer with an interest in feminism, philosophy, and affirmative action. He/him.
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