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The Bloody Man was Ted Phillips' first short to use panoramic backgrounds and also to feature his brother Nick Phillips in an actual role. It also made use of stop-motion animation. It was recorded on VHS-C format media on or about February 27, 1993, but was not edited or released to the public until November 14, 2008.

History

When viewing the archival footage, a narrator's error implies that the title of The Bloody Man is MonsterVision. MonsterVision was a television series that ran from 1991 - 2000 and that Ted Phillips watched frequently. He wrote The Bloody Man as if it were one of the films featured on the television show, which is why MonsterVision was mentioned at all. The original footage also includes a complainant groan from Ted when it is implied that the title is MonsterVision during the end credits.

For many years it was believed that this short was produced in late 1992, but in 2008 scholars dated it to April 1993 due to the reference to MonsterVision and a misunderstanding of its premiere date. However, further analysis in mid-April 2022 revealed that its location on Ted's Movies places The Bloody Man in late February 1993.

The Two-Headed King Rex figure was part of a prop loan from Rich Falantano back in 1992. According to the opening titles of The Bloody Man, Ted Phillips had already created T.J.'s Cracked Egg Productions, because he used it to oversee the production. This action caused some confusion over the parties responsible for the loan, so Ted still had possession of the figures and was able to make this short.

The Bloody Man became one of Cracked Egg Studios' most famous productions amongst cult fans who had access to the archival footage. Its popularity was due in large part to the fact that it followed King Kong vs. Roboman on the VHS-C media, so it was able to leech off the popularity of that short. Unlike King Kong vs. Roboman, The Bloody Man contained numerous one-liners and obscure cultural references.

Cultural References

I'm leaving this section to someone like Nick, who's a pro at locating such references.

Trivia

  • When applying to film school, Ted Phillips described The Bloody Man in his portfolio:
    Ted Phillips said:
    An unsuspecting man is brutally assaulted and killed by a dual-headed dinosaur.
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