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Marilyn Manson film reportedly on hold for being too disturbing

By | Published on Thursday 16 September 2010

The Lewis Carroll-inspired film being directed by Marilyn Manson has reportedly been canned because of punter reaction to a trailer posted online.

Called ‘The Phantasmagoria: The Visions Of Lewis Carroll’, the film features 22 year old Lily Cole playing Alice Liddell, one of the children of the Liddell family befriended by Carroll and the inspiration for his iconic Alice character. The nature of the relationship between Carroll and the then pre-teen Alice Liddell has been the subject of much speculation over the years.

According to the Mail, some viewers were so shocked by the “disturbing clips” that appeared in the online preview of Manson’s movie that the studio making it have put the project on indefinite hold. The tabloid quotes a source thus: “The trailer caused such a backlash that a decision was made to close down the project. It’s unlikely it will ever see the light of day”.

Assuming the rumours are true, and not just some elaborate marketing stunt, quite how a film studio can hire Marilyn Manson to lead a project and then be surprised when the results are a bit disturbing or shocking isn’t entirely clear.

If you want to be disturbed and/or shocked, the offending trailer is here.