Clyde is haunted by
the Evil Gnome. He recounts to his
therapist how the Gnome caused
a freak accident killing his girlfriend
and burning him terribly. Through
hypnotherapy, Clyde relives his
first encounter with the Gnome,
symbolically linked to his mother’s
death. After the session, Clyde
is unable to regain his calm. He
disembowels cakes at the pastry
shop; he hallucinates at the park;
he re-experiences the flaming car-
crash at home. Trying to cool down,
he finds refuge at the swimming pool
– but the Gnome jumps him, and he
loses consciousness in the water. A
Wonderful Girl saves him just in time,
and Clyde repays her – by killing her
in the sauna!
He awakes from the terrible
nightmare, finally realizing that the
Gnome is just a projection of his
own homicidal desires. He flees
to a techno party, but the Gnome
presents him with another victim.
Realising the only way out, Clyde
sets himself – and the Gnome – on
fire and leaps majestically from the
penthouse venue to his death.
Amok is a psycho-comedy, a fun, colourful, cartoony addition to the mischievous psycho killer genre (American Psycho, The House that Jack Built, etc). My aim is to take the viewer on a ride through Clyde’s traumas, his hallucinations, nightmares and the caricaturesque unreal reality, to the point where we all understand that Clyde has to choose between homicide and suicide. As in all crime fiction, the viewer has to put in some work, mentally connecting the fragmented scenes to formulate Clyde’s psychological profile and hopefully to sympathise with him and feel some cartoony catharsis during his anti-heroic sacrifice. The exaggerated, cartoony surroundings are meant to evoke the ever-positive, self-promoting, graphical surface-oriented zeitgeist, sprinkled with a constant propagandistic reminder of the Threat of Terror. As populist governments evoke the character of The Terrorist to carry out their political agendas, so does Clyde project his Inner Terrorist in the form of the Gnome.