Psychoville, Qu’est-ce que c’est?

What. the. hell. I stumbled across this completely incomprehensible, but still weird enough that I’m intrigued show (?) thing (?) creation (?) performance art (?) called Psychoville on BBC today.

I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be horror or comedy or drama or fantasy or WHAT. I watched two full episodes and the only thing I came away with was feeling incredibly disturbed and icky, but still wondering what’s going to happen next.

The plot (???) involves a telekinetic dwarf/former porn star, a disgruntled children’s entertainer with a missing hand (Mr. Jelly, shown above), a Kathy Bates-esque nurse who thinks her babydoll is alive, a creeptastic mother and son duo who’s obsessed with serial killers, an eyeless dude who competes against Ebay “witches” to earn millions selling beanie baby-like stuffed animals, and the mysterious stranger who is trying to call them out for murdering someone.

Lost yet? Yeah, me too. The link between them is apparently that they were all in the same mental institution together. The crazy sets and comic-booky costumes and makeup, and the fact that one guy plays several parts really add to the fucked-up atmosphere. I don’t know where it’s going…but I’m along for the ride.

Also, one of the best tie-ins to this show is the “Best Murders” character site. I can’t explain why, but it makes me happy.

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