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Down the Rabbit Hole

Puppet Film by Mark Dickinson & William Westwater.

A Short story told in eight poems. Based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Alice slips into deep and dark despair after being adopted by an uncaring Uncle following her family's sudden and tragic death. After a nervous breakdown, several attempts to end her torment, and the Uncle not wanting to deal with her, Alice is sent to Bethlem Hospital in London (also known as Bedlam Asylum for the Insane) for her safety. But things are not as they are perceived. Besides the ungodly conditions, she is under the care of a cruel and sadistic nurse. Alice attempts to escape from her ever loosening grasp on reality by fleeing to the only place that she feels safe, Wonderland. To her horror, she discovers that all is not well in her beloved retreat. Wonderland has become a smoldering, bleak, barren wasteland.

She soon discovers that the King is dead! The Queen has become a ruthless monster, deranged with power-lust, and has infected Wonderland with her twisted, diseased magic. She reigns unchecked, ruling with an iron fist and a sharpened ax as the body count (and headcount!) rises. The familiar faces Alice once knew are gone, all but a few who fear for their very lives; Wonderland is a living hell.

Alice must fight for not only her sanity but for her life, as the line between existence frays. The nightmares become real, and she descends closer to madness down the rabbit hole.

1950s Walt Disney "Alice in Wonderland" Marionettes by Peter Puppet

2021 Horror Of It All Productions

  • Mark Dickinson
    Ghost of Weatherton Hall, The Saga of the Vampire DeBlood Series
  • William Westwater
  • Mark Dickinson
  • William Westwater
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    26 minutes 27 seconds
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    May 14, 2021
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    300 USD
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    United States
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Director Biography - Mark Dickinson

Mark currently resides in Binghamton, N.Y. with his wife Jessiy and their 5 cats. He is the former host of the web series "The Horror Of It All" for What's Goin' On Binghamton? The series highlighted all of the ghoulish things that go on in Binghamton NY and the surrounding area. Highlighting, events, haunts and the people behind them. Topping it off with a "Special Halloween Special! He also covered All things horror including artists, musicians, film makers and writers that have a flare for the dark side.

He fronted the Gothic horror metal band "Others" and he also used to play in the Death Rock band "Lugosi's Morphine" out of Scranton PA. Mark was a founding member of Binghamton punk legends, Abalienation. He has released over 50 albums. Mark writes horror novelettes, dark poetry and has published several books including, the collections, "Revenants in the Manor", The Bloodstained Ossuary", "A Tragedy Unfolds. The stories, "The Last Vampyr", "King of Terror" and the poetry collections - "Embrace the Darkness" and "Blood Soaked Moon" to name a few. He also scored a couple of independent films. Mark enjoys history, reading, writing music, watching Sherlock Holmes, Expedition Unknown, and Murder Mysteries. He loves classic horror movies and things that go bump in the night. He also stared in the local films "Demon Messenger" (2013) and "House on Ghost Hill Road" from I Am Horror Productions.

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Director Statement

I started making puppet films in 2020 inspired by the short films by Kevin McTurk / The Spirit Cabinet amongst others and haven't looked back. I'm also an amature writer, musician, film maker. I love the 19th century, everything dark, ghostly, vampiric and gothic.