Anyway, so I commented on her blog that I had to peel myself from the ceiling after watching Week 3 because, dude, seriously, a little kid voice reading that rhyme? It's supposed to be chilling and yes yes yes I totally buy it. Just call this place FunkyBlueCowardlylion. The Lizzie Borden jump rope rhyme has the same effect on me.
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.
Actually that one's even worse since it's more or less true. That juxtaposition of innocence and malevolence is, well, creepy as hell which is why Damien: The Omen and The Exorcist raised the hair on the backs of everyone's necks at the same time it raised hackles about using children in roles like that (at least in my household). Film makers are aware of how it creeps people out which is why they do it.
Someone else who knew how to use children in creepy situations was the Eddie up there in the title. If you've watched PBS's Mystery! at all you should be familiar with his style.
Gorey wasn't the animator there (though that work is frequently attributed to him) but it is based on his work. It's not the only cultural shout out to him. My favorite is this one. And, yeah, I know, it's Nine Inch Nails. What can I say, Trent Reznor is hot.
Anyway, kids in creepy malevolent vignettes. Gorey has that covered. Uh, I'm gonna go turn another light on.