In a case of life imitating art, students protesting for education reform in the capital of Chile found a creative way to express their struggle–by acting out as the Spoonkiller from Richard Gale’s viral horror-comedy “The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon.”
The video, filmed July 28, 2011, shows a young man at the protest march dressed in Spoonkiller makeup and costume, attacking an armored Special Forces tear gas vehicle with a spoon, as onlookers cheer him on. Heavily-armed military personnel in full riot gear stand nearby, but do not interfere with the Ginosaji’s inefficient spoon assault. The video appears to have struck a chord among several in the student movement, as hundreds have commented on the video at the Richard Gale Films Facebook page.
The relentless Spoonkiller character appears to be an inspirational mascot for some in the student’s struggle against the Chilean government for affordable and equal education.
Richard Gale’s “The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon” has developed a worldwide cult following, receiving more than 15 Million views on YouTube, and ranked as YouTube’s #5 Top Favorited Video of All Time in the Film & Animation category. Thousands of fans have been photographed in homemade Spoonkiller costumes in 37 countries.