Monday, June 13, 2011

Red Mist

(This is a sequel to Squidward's Suicide, so if you haven't read that yet, read it!)

Red Mist is a controversial real-life bootleg tape featuring an unaired episode of Spongebob Squarepants. Like the long-lost but recently discovered "Suicide Mouse" tape, Red Mist was purportedly created by a now imprisoned Scottish animator for the series who intended to pass the tape off as the season four premiere episode and featured the death of Squidward.


Red Mist begins with Squidward preparing to practice his clarinet in his room as Spongebob and Patrick play merrily outside. Squidward wraps his mouth around the clarinet and is only able to play one note before being interrupted by someone knocking on the door. He walks down and opens the door and discovers that a traveling salesman is at his door.

The salesman, a giant Scottish fish, asks if he could have a moment of Squidward's time. Squidward tells him that he isn't interested and slams the door in the man's face, walking back to his room. The salesman begins knocking again, and Squidward opens the door angrily. The salesman, looking very upset, tells Squidward that "the red mist is coming" and precedes to walk off, confusing Squidward. Squidward walks back to his room and finally begins playing the clarinet.

After performing several off-key notes, Spongebob and Patrick begin laughing outside, interrupting Squidward yet again. Squidward walks over to the window and shouts at the two, telling them he needs to practice for a concert he will be performing at. Spongebob and Patrick apologize with tears in their eyes and walk back to their houses. Squidward, unsure of himself, walks back over and begins playing his clarinet again, this time uninterrupted. The scene then fades to red over the course of twelve seconds.

Perhaps by glitch, the same scene is repeated once more which is somewhat common in rough cuts of animation. However, this time, the eyes have been replaced with new, more realistic eyes with red pupils, clearly not real but more realistic than CGI or animated. The audio is also completely absent from this scene, save for occasional clicks.


After the repeat of the previous scene, a new scene begins with the same red eyes, but at the theater where Squidward is playing his clarinet. The frames in the animation skip every four seconds, but the sound remains synced. After an unruly performance of a song he dubbed "Red Mist", Spongebob and Patrick are seen in the crowd booing Squidward, very uncommon for them.

The scene pans to reveal the same Scottish salesman sitting next to them, also booing, as Squidward walks back to his home with his head in his tentacles. What's odd is that the scene actually shows him walking to his house, with nothing happening in the background, for three minutes and fifty seconds before abruptly cutting to red for another twenty seconds, just as he arrives at his house.

A new scene appears, back to the original cartoon eyes, with Squidward sitting in a chair in his room that night, with a blank look on his face for roughly thirty seconds before starting to sob softly. Again, the audio is completely missing for most of the scene, until the sobbing begins. This is when the sound of a slight breeze through a forest can be heard in the background. It also begins very mildly zooming in on Squidward's face, only noticeable if you compare ten seconds of frames side by side. The sound of him sobbing can suddenly be heard, very loudly and severe as the screen twitches in on itself briefly. The salesman's laughing can also be heard echoing in the background.

After another thirty seconds, the screen blurs and twitches violently and a single frame flashes over the screen. Upon pausing it exactly on the frame, the viewer can see a real-life photo of a deceased six year-old boy laying in the forest in his underwear, whose face has been mangled, eye has been popped, and stomach cut open with entrails laying beside him. Next to him, the shadow of the photographer is clearly visible with part of the photographer's hand appearing to the right of the screen.

After this photograph is seen, it cuts back to Squidward sobbing, much louder than before with what appears to be blood running from his eyes instead of tears and the sound of the salesman still heard. The sound of the wind in the forest is also played at a much louder volume, but now with the sound of branches snapping and the screams of a young boy heard. After twenty more seconds, another single frame appears, this time of an eight year-old girl in the forest laying on her stomach in a pool of blood, with her back cut open and entrails piled on top. The shadow of the photographer is also visible.

The scene reverts back to Squidward, now with the same realistic red eyes from before, completely silent and no longer sobbing. The sound of the forest can no longer be heard. Another three seconds later and it cuts back to the sobbing, this time piercing loud and with the sound of the forest heard. The screams of both a young boy and young girl can be heard mixed together as the song "Amazing Grace" plays on both the clarinet and the bagpipes. During this, seven frames are seen in black and white of the boy from the first photograph laying in the woods. Over the course of the seven frames, the hand of the photographer reaches in and grabs the boy's entrails, as his remaining eye focuses on the man's hand and even blinks once.

This cuts back to Squidward again, this time staring at the viewer as the sound of the salesman echoes "DO IT" and "the red mist is coming" repeatedly. After forty seconds of this, the camera quickly pans out to reveal Squidward holding a realistic gun, looking as though it were Photoshopped into the scene. Squidward lifts the barrel into his mouth and fires, with blood shooting out from his head and then the screen cut to static.

On November 7, 2004, after the initial animation of the storyboards were completed in Fife, Scotland, the tape was delivered to the lead animators and sound editors at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California during the middle of the night. The tape was taken into the editing room where it was watched by said animators and editors, as well as two sixteen year-old interns. The tape, which was supposed to feature the rough cut of "Fear of a Krabby Patty", instead began with a title card using the name "Red Mist". While thrown off at first, the animators continued watching, discovering the tape had been heavily tampered with as some sort of cruel joke.

As a result, three animators (Barry O'Neill, Grant Kirkland, Jr. and Alyssa Simpson) were sent to the hospital, one editor retired (Fernando de la Peña) and one intern (Jackie McMullen) committed suicide. The tape was sent to the police, who determined that it had been made by Andrew Skinner, a disgruntled animator from Fife, Scotland, who has since been charged with nine counts of murder, including the murder of the two children seen in the tape. Oddly enough, after going through the data on the VHS, police discovered that the last edit to the tape had been made exactly twenty four seconds before it was watched by the Spongebob staff.


One copy of the tape was made (before police confiscated the original) by Chaz Agnew, writer of this article and the sole surviving intern from that night. Agnew has made various attempts to distribute copies of Skinner's tape and hopes to secure clearance rights to release it on several online auction websites soon.

The video below is to a snippet from the pentultimate scene of the episode. It shouldn't be watched by children or the faint of heart.



(There's another video on the same channel (here) that shows the actual Red Mist tape, and another scene from the tape here.)

43 comments:

  1. VHS tapes don't record mtime; how the crap would you know the 'last edit occurred 24 seconds before watching'?

    Also, would anyone happen to know what an actual production master tape of that era would look like? Fear of a Krabby Patty is a fairly old episode and I wouldn't doubt that the animation studio wasn't using digital mastering just yet.

    That being said, why is the thought of Squidward committing suicide considered scary? There's several times in the series where he contemplates or requests some form of death... for comedy. As a joke. It's part of his character - he's a highly cynical, vaguely artistic man in a dead-end job with no life whatsoever.

    If Squidward were to commit suicide, it wouldn't be a long, drawn out episode like this. It would be at the end of a completely normal episode, after Squidward had been hit with some really harsh mishap, where he would simply pull out a pistol and kill himself in one fluid motion. That would make a lot more sense for a 'dark' Spongebob episode than this.

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    1. Your right!
      I honsley woulnt be supeised if squidward commited suside hes just that type of charcter like queot"i wonder if a drop from this high would be enough to kill me"
      Hes just that type of charcter but honsly i would think twice about watchin spongebob agein if this WAS real

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    2. An animator put the eyes of the victims he killed in gruesome ways into the stuff he animated. That's what's supposed to be the scary part.

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    3. dont fucking analyze it. its a made up story. your just ruining it for other people asshole.

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    4. You're missing the point. This could be the work of a psychotic serial killer. The sole reason why it is scary,is because its not quick,its drawn out. There are errie flicks,no sounds but animation,and the images of two mutliated kids,not to mention the demented laughter of the salesman. Along with spongebob and patricks unusual behavior. The point of this,is that it was made by someone who's insane,who's not trying to just make a dark episode of spongebob,but to show what he's done,to frighten anyone who discovers it,and a way to stalk his would be victims. I had my doubts too,but I believe its real. People often doubt first and speculate in order to protect their normality and sanity.

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    5. I also believe it's real. Sometimes I think that the reason that people don't belive it is real is just, as you said, to protect their normality and sanity. I mean things like this don't happen in the "real world" right?

      Some people believe that for every occurence there must alway be a rational and logical explanation. That's why people are so afraid of the unkown, because they can't explain it. When something like this happens, People may deny it just because of the lack of hard evidence because in society we're taught that for something to be true it must be explainable. For example some people belive that ghosts and aliens aren't real just because science hasn't "discovered" or agreed on them being real. But they are. To acknowledge that this is true, would mean acknowledging that so many other unexplained phenomena that they might have thought not to be true might actually be true, because this is just as far fetched as the other phenomena. And if this was true couldn't all the other frightening stories they've heard also be true, could monsters be real, etc.? That would mean that anything is possible, even the most irrational things that exist out of our comfort zones as humans. And knowing thay, how would they feel safe? They probably would no longer feel comfortable, knowing what lurks in the shadows. Therefore they settle, on comforting themselves by denying anything they don't have an explanation for, giving lame excuses as to why it can't possibly be real. Until, they've seen or witnessed it for themselves, they'll remain as non-belivers.

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  2. This isn't much of a sequel to Squidward's Suicide as it is a retelling.

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  3. nickelodeonsundays: Actually, it's both a sequel and a retelling, because it tells what happens afterwards to the tape that held the footage in uqestion.

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  4. [i]"However, this time, the eyes have been replaced with new, more realistic eyes with red pupils, clearly not real but more realistic than CGI or animated" [/i]

    gave up on it right there... the cliche, more realistic than it should have been (usually blood in videogame pasta) is a big problem... adds nothing to your story and makes the reader think "oh... that again..."

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  5. I was freaking out from this but after reading comments, they were right. Squidward would simply commit a quick suicide in the episode without the maddening noises and whatnot and not make a big deal of it. He does comedic acts of suicide in many episodes but never actually dies, so while I am not scared now, I won't be able to sleep tonight.

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    1. yup after reading comments, even if this is true, idgaf because i know its unrealistic. the creepiness comes from thinking of it drawn out but squidward wud never do that. that real horrifying thin is if it were to be true, then that wud mean actual footage of a sociopathic rampage
      http://www.booksie.com/horror/short_story/thewalkingcreepypasta/the-origin-behind-squidwards-suicide-red-mist

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  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldnWyy-nnOU&feature=related

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  7. >Implying that there is a right way for a children's cartoon character to kill himself.
    Really doubt that any of us know anything about this at all.

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  8. The children being murdered seems to be an excerpt from a previous story called cry baby lane.

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  9. OH MAH GAWD, DIS WON TIEM, I WAS WETCHIN DIS EPISOD OF SPENGBAB SQERPINTS AND IT WAS REELISTIK AND SKWIDWERD KILT HISSELF AND CHILLINS WAZ DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!111!!!!!111!!!!1ELEVEN!!!!

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  10. ooo you've got a vhs labeled Red Mist

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  11. I have 1 just like that.... *writes red mist on it* 300 bucks!

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  12. I actually really liked this one... in comparison to the original Squidward's Suicide, this one is a lot more interesting and feels like a "polished" version of the first one.

    Of course there are many spots that are open for criticism. I think one of the things that did it for me was the "disgruntled animator." That's been done so many times. Elaborate! Why was he disgruntled? Who was he and what did he have to do with Spongebob?

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    1. http://www.booksie.com/horror/short_story/thewalkingcreepypasta/the-origin-behind-squidwards-suicide-red-mist
      that makes the story much better it adds a completely horrific backstory like something out of a horror film

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  13. The second image is a screenshot from the Spongebob Squarepants movie, lol

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  14. This retelling can't compare to the original Squidward's Suicide.

    Also, the disturbing subliminal footage was a LOT creepier when there was no indication of where it came from. Tying it to a serial killer alone kills the mystery. Casually mentioning that it was a serial killer/deranged animator up front and moving on with no further details is inexcusable.

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  15. THE RED MIST IS CUMING ON YOUR CHEST

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  16. SQUIDWARD IS SEES YOU!!!

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  17. I would love to actually see the real so called footage that apparently hasn't been released yet that you speak of, it sounds really interesting :O

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  18. The quick text in the vid says "SQUIDWARD WILL DESTROY YOUR FUCKING PLANET" Which is kind of irrelevant to the rest of the story and is kind of hilarious.

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  19. You don't really bump here it's found or not found.

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  20. this is not really as scary as squidwards suicide to me.

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  21. In the words of spongebob,
    HOLY SHRIMP!
    Anyway, this is messed up! I reallllly want to know if it's real, someone seriously needs to ask Stephen hillenburg or Rodger bumpass in an interview or something! ( easier said than done, I know)
    I'm disturbed
    But interested

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    1. Yeah, all copypasta is real.
      Are you retarded?

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  22. its real the guy is in jail for 9 murders in total 2 of them the girl and boy in the movie

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  23. if its real then why are you harboring it from the world?

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  24. Just saying, i saw part of the video. i got one of the shots to show. it's not pretty. it happens. they have the pictures of the dead children in there. and i will never be able to watch spongebob the same way again.

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    1. I looked at just the picture of the vid, and I feel sick. I am shivering, and I am in danger of shitting my jeans. Oh. My. Fuck. I will never sleep again.. and my childhood has been completely fucked up.. ("o.o) I'm going to go barf and then look at pictures of puppies and rainbows... and then lock myself in my room and cover the doorways and windows with salt while reading the Bible.

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  25. Putang inang yan ! hanap ako ng hanap wala akong nakikita ! but what is the picture in the last scene ?

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  26. I would like to see the footage I mean if it's real y r they hiding it I mean come on people see worse stuff everyday

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  27. Im just a kid but OMG REALLY?!? made by a serial killer?
    I will never beable to sleep AGAIN IM FREAKING out right now!

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  28. I looked him up, he is not real.

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  29. Yay.....more bad copypasta......

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  30. WHO WAS SQUID????

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  31. He got a gun?
    YOU CANT SHOOT GUNS UNDERWATER!

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