In the nascent days of internet culture, the first batch of would-be viral videos found their way into the collective hearts of a public hungry for memes before we really even knew what a “meme” was. One of the strangest and most oddly endearing of the bunch was Salad Fingers, a macabre bit of dark comedy from British animator David Firth using the strange new program “Flash.” The first five episodes dropped in 2004, then episodes six-through-ten dropped sporadically between 2005 and 2013. UNTIL TODAY! That’s right, on Wednesday, Jan 30, Firth and company released the long-awaited episode 11 of Salad Fingers and it’s…well, it’s terrifying, of course.It’s a good ol’ 15-minute number with Salad Fingers in the middle of a desolate nowhere talking to his longtime finger-puppet companions, Jeremy Fisher, Marjory Stewart-Baxter, and of course Hubert Cumberdale, the latter of which gets a supremely unpleasant rebirth using some kind of organic matter. Hubert can talk now and even do a jig and I’m gonna die because it’s the scariest thing I’ve ever seen.Or was, until we spend some time with the episode’s titular character, “Glass Brother,” meaning just Salad Fingers’ reflection in the mirror. That’s not so bad, but then a ghostly version of Salad Finger’s dead mom–aka “Glass Mother”–appears in the reflection and demands some porridge. We find out Salad Fingers is actually trapped in the mirror world, not the other way around, and his Glass Brother is the one who’s “real.” Andrew Hands, guys. Salad Fingers’ real name is Andrew Hands.It just gets more and more upsetting as it goes along. “Puddle meddling is punishable by a stern rasping. Rasp. Rasp.”As many nightmares as we’re going to have now, we’re happy to see another adventure of Mr. Fingers again, and hope the next isn’t a further five years away.
Image: David Firth