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Rubber Johnny

Bizarre night-vision video documents the lonely existence of a teenage mutant named 'Rubber Johnny.'

Published Jul 15, 2005


Claim:   Night-vision video documents the bizarre existence of a teenage mutant known as "Rubber Johnny."

Status:   False.

Examples:   [Collected via e-mail, 2005]

Saw this and was just wondering what exactly it is. I'm tempted to think the entire thing is a hoax, maybe some home-movie-horror film. It sounds like sound effects were added towards the end.

Origins:   The "Rubber Johnny" video which can be found on various sites around the Internet is an abstract short film created by Chris Cunningham.

The film itself is difficult to describe in ordinary terms, but it is commonly summarized as follows:

Rubber Johnny documents a 16-year-old, inbred mutant's solitary existence, locked in a pitch-black basement by his ashamed parents. They are TV addict rednecks who occasionally feed Johnny and yell at him for making noise. Johnny's only company in the basement is his little dog. His dog's I.Q. far outstrips Johnny's, who is a completely insane, bi-polar imbecile.

Featuring music by Aphex Twin

Last updated:   15 July 2005

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