Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll has been languishing in production hell for about six years now. Directed by and starring none other than Brian Warner — you may know him as Marilyn Manson — it’s simply never really found a home. It’s still as-yet incomplete, but Manson claims to once again be determined to get it back on track. A few years ago, in an effort to get production moving again, a trailer and poster were made, but they never made it out of the studio.
Now, we have both for your viewing… erm… pleasure. Let’s not place too much weight on that word. The trailer is very Manson — lots of creepy imagery, weird, static cuts, strange costume design — that sort of thing. He stars as Lewis Carroll, and it co-stars model Lily Cole and ex-wife and burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, along with a spooky-assed pair of twins doing some shit that sisters should probably not be doing. Because of the plentiful nudity and some general ickiness, the trailer is unquestionably NSFW, folks.
With the word that Manson wants to get the project running again, one would have to guess that at least some of the film would need to be recast, considering he’s divorced from Von Teese and is now squicking the shit out of people with his relationship with Evan Rachel Wood.
Regardless, the trailer does look kind of cool, in a low-rent kind of way. Personally, I’d like to see him finish the project out of sheer curiosity, if nothing else. I’m a big fan of Manson’s music, as silly and overwrought as it sometimes is, and I’d like to see if he can, at the very least, do something better than Rob Zombie.