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He first journeyed to America in the 70's to study at the New York City School of Visual Arts before forming seminal horror punk-performance band, The Mad, whose gore-strewn sets loaded with prosthetic appendages—including self-disemboweling and cannibal babies—helped pave the way for a Hollywood gig on Predator.
Irrational, SMG's post-Mad group from 1983.George describes his style as “anti-realism,” an outlet to free associate nightmarish dreamscapes onto the screen with a thin veneer of fantasy that insulates against the shock of real world violence. His mantra drowns out the critics who peg gore hounds as psychopaths. To quote, “you can enjoy fake violence even if it's a really, really horrible thing. But I don't like violence when it's real. I don't like anything that is real.”
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The gameplay and environmental hazards are straight out of a Dali painting—if Dali had been a gutter punk from the 80's. Dirty syringes spring up from the floor to jab the skeletal flippers. Flocks of vitreous-sucking Vampfish swoop in to steal your flaming brain pinball. The stage select screen is a pizza of death topped with melted ears and giggling cancer cells. George never fails to put on an entertaining show.
His final act plucks you out of the familiar POV hallways and drops you into an overhead maze infested with cardboard zombies. You command a mannequin grafted onto a wheelchair, a failed alchemy experiment straight out of a Brothers Quay feature, in navigating the crypt to unite the spirits of the king and queen so they can create a new form of life. Behold, the first ever pinball concept album.
Psychosis, than an actual video game. Regardless of how precisely you time the flippers, they only launch the ball in one direction—the one you don't want. It's best to simply set it to infinite credits, sit back, and enjoy the twisted ride.
The Mad 7"s available for download:
Monster Maker's Contest 1986
A grotesque parade of the best in creature effects, curated by Screaming Mad George.
Longplay of Paranoiascape on Niko Niko Douga.