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Halo Boy And the Village Of Death
a village on the edge of a forest. all the parents are extremely nasty to their children. Ma Geddon, the baker punishes her son by forcing him into the oven. Gulman, the hunter uses his daughter as a sexual plaything. Kaletsky, the bird catcher has twins and is particularly horrid to his daughter - forcing dead birds into her mouth. Pastor Pzarov beats his son constantly. In the village is one boy who has no parents and lives alone his name is Renwick and he has a halo. at church each Sunday the children have to say what good deeds they have done in the past week. the children usually only have one or two things to report - but Renwick always has a long list of good deeds - which he reads out - not realising how much he is resented for this. One day the Pastor instead of beating his son poisons him and he dies. Renwick using powers he did not realise he had brings him back to life. the parents are most concerned - because if he can give life - he could also take it - so they resolve to do something. they attack Renwick and cut off his halo. With the halo gone Renwick runs through the forest - and no longer good - he kills evey animal he happens across. then he meets the vagrant that he had helped and the vagrant gives him a Bible and says if he reads it he will find some way of revenging himself. the Pastor had his own version of the Bible and he had been using it to bolster the parents in their evil ways - so it is all new to Renwick. He finds what he wants in Revaltions. He places a horned lamb on the alter - but the parents throw it away. He gives a white stone to each of the children - because those witj a white stone will be saved - but the parents take them and keep them for themselves. He then dresses up as the Devil - thinking that this will frighten the parents and they will confess their wrong doing. But instead they start worshipping him. When he reveals that he is not the Devil the parents attack and eat him. Howver, the children revolt. the children are now in charge and they treat their parents in the same way that they were treated.
incidental/background music composed by Jonny Field
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