Shudder | Brand New Trailer for Phil Tippett’s Mad God

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Nightmarish stop-motion masterpiece Mad God is directed by the Oscar and Emmy Award-Winning creative mind behind the visual effects of Jurassic Park, Robocop, Starship Troopers and Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back – Phil Tippett.

An inspiration and trailblazer in his field, Tippett’s work has been praised by Steven Spielberg, Paul Verhoeven, Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy, and many more, and continues to this day to push the boundaries of the animation genre.

Every set, creature and effigy in this Shudder Original sci-animated horror is hand-crafted and painstakingly animated using traditional stop-motion techniques. A labour of love, a testament to the power of creative grit, and an homage to the timeless art of stop-motion animation, Mad God is an experimental animated film set in a world of monsters, mad scientists and war pigs. 

A corroded diving bell descends amidst a ruined city, settling down upon an ominous fortress guarded by zombie-like sentries. The Assassin emerges to explore a labyrinth of bizarre, desolate landscapes inhabited by freakish denizens. Through unexpected twists and turns, he experiences an evolution beyond his wildest comprehension.

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– Mad God – Photo Credit: Shudder

Phil Tippett had the idea for Mad God during a lull in his schedule after Robocop 2. He suspended work on the project after receiving the call to supervise the dinosaurs for Jurassic Park, which proved to be a watershed moment in the evolution of visual effects. With a shift from handmade visual effects, the likes of which Tippett was best known for, to computer generated graphics and imagery (CGI), Phil saw the writing on the wall and thought the kind of work he was doing with MAD GOD had gone extinct overnight. Some 20 years later, several of his key artists and supervisors stumbled across original puppets and sets and Phil revived his long-since abandoned film. Together with a volunteer crew, Phil taught a new generation of artists and craftspeople as they brought his labour of love to life. In 2020, while the world sheltered through a global pandemic, Phil completed the final scenes of what is now a feature length, experimental mostly-animated adult-oriented cinematic masterpiece.

Mad God was the winner of Most Groundbreaking Film at Fantasia International Film Festival, the José Luis Guarner Critics Award – Best Film & Best Visual Effects at Sitges Film Festival and the Nocturno Nuove Visioni Award – Best Film at Trieste Science+Fiction Festival. 

Written, directed and produced by Tippett, Mad God premieres on Shudder on Thursday, June 16. Check out the chilling new trailer below!