DregNog Video Advent Calendar, Day #10: 'Tis the Season to Lose Your Sanity, City of Lost Children-style

The City of Lost Children is the stuff of Christmas nightmares -- and regular ones as well. This dark fairy tale co-directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director of Amelie and A Very Long Engagement) tells the story of a mad scientist who can't dream, so he kidnaps children and tries to seal theirs. The crowd of scary Santas in this scene pales in comparison to the rest of the oddities in this beautiful, bizarre, fantastical film. I was lucky enough to catch this movie at a mega-plex a few centuries before the apocalypse; and if you've never seen The City of Lost Children on the big screen, you owe it to yourself to do so -- its macabrely hallucinogenic visuals and mind-bending story are best appreciated in a darkened theater full of strangers and film students.

And if you've never experienced the trippy grandeur of this film, you're in luck: The City of Lost Children is playing tonight at the Brattle Theatre at 9:30, as part of their "Alt-Xmas" series.


Infinite Santa 8000 is the star of an animated web series, in which he must kill hordes of mutants in order to survive a post-apocalyptic wasteland. There are 13 webisodes in all, with a new one every week until Christmas. Each webisode is three minutes or less, and can be found at, where you can also get gory Christmas cards, DVDs, and other holiday merch. And subscribe to the YouTube channel here: Get in the holiday spirit of blood-soaked mayhem!

The DregNog Video Advent Calendar is Laser Orgy's annual celebration of all things strange and festive. Click here to see last year's DregNog archives.   

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