And you thought Tiny Tim’s original rendition of “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” was horrifying?
Birthed from a place of nightmares, “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” captivated modern horror audiences when Rose Byrne heard the eerie track echoing through her home in the first Insidious. A small child runs from room to room, Rose follows, and we get a usual jump scare – but the addition of Tiny Tim’s high-pitched serenading adds a level of unsettling dread. It’s a song that’s otherwise innocent, yet when paired with the right circumstance, the inner hellishness of Tiny Tim’s true satanic nature is unlocked and revealed to the world.
Fine – Tiny Tim isn’t a demon-loving satanist, but dammit that man is creepy!
Well, here we are five years and two Insidious films later, and that damn song is still threatening to haunt our dreams – this time in support of the upcoming release of Insidious: Chapter 3.
Brought to you by the guys who made Smiley, directed by Michael Gallagher (YouTube channel Totally Sketch), this viral music video stars a host of YouTube/Vine stars who collectively boast over 20 million followers across the interwebs. The video features a cover of Tiny Tim’s iconic song, played by alt-rock trio Cherry Glazerr, who supply a modern rendition of the same haunting rhythms. The song begins with a similar whispered croon from lead singer Clementine Creevy, but as the tune progresses, Creevy’s intensity heightens while the love story on screen turns into a paranormal disaster. Kudos to Cherry Glazerr, who heighten every element that makes “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” so freakishly unsettling.
At this point, we all know that Insidious: Chapter 3 hits theaters June 5th, and stars the likes of Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell – right?! I’ve been a fan of the franchise ever since its red-faced demon first emerged from The Further, and with the reigns now completely handed over to Whannell, I can’t wait to see how the film comes together under the guidance of a new directorial vision. I’m ready for another trip back into The Further, but are you?