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Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

There’s something uniquely satisfying about claymation gore. The thick, mealy texture of it rips, peels, bubbles, and spews in ways that evoke the best work of Italian horror icons like Lucio Fulci. Lee Hardcastle, a U.K. filmmaker and “one-stop-shop claymation studio,” has made this kind of exploitation his bread and butter, having previously captured our attention with his bizarre, violent Rick And Morty shorts.


Now, Hardcastle is back to slaughter more of your favorite cartoon characters. Against a lilting, trip-hop rendition of “Where Is My Mind,” Hardcastle loosely recreates the heist from Reservoir Dogs in the Simpsons universe, with Krusty the Clown (or someone in a Krusty mask?) leading a pack of masked thieves into a bank. Inside, the likes of Principal Skinner, Hans Moleman, Kirk Van Houten, and Snowball II find themselves caught in a hail of crossfire. By the end, nearly all of them are strewn along a sea of gore and splattered organs.

This isn’t the first time Hardcastle has sought to decimate the Matt Groening’s timeless creations. Back in 2015, he sicced the masked murderers of You’re Next on Homer and the gang. If you need to cleanse your palate after all that cartoon carnage, please enjoy a slightly more heartwarming Simpsons moment below.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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