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'Bleak Coloring Book' Offers Kid-Friendly Riffs on 'The Shining' and 'The Exorcist'

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There's an insane parody of kids' rainy-day activity books making the rounds this week that lets you color scenes from some well-known movies – which doesn't seem at all unusual until you discover that the scenes depicted within its pages aren't taken from the latest Disney/Pixar blockbuster, but from some of the darkest, least kid-friendly classic movies ever made.
 
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Images © Todd Spence
 
Mock-up pages from the aptly titled Bleak Movies Coloring Book by Todd Spence are currently posted at Break.com... and although a full book doesn't actually exist yet, one flip through these samples convinced me that I'd gladly fork over the cash for the real deal, then grab a carton of Crayolas and go to town.
 
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No child's delicate psyche is left un-mangled after browsing through line-drawn panels depicting scenes from The Exorcist, The Shining, Se7en, The Fly, Reservoir Dogs and Requiem for a Dream. But the best part is the way Spence has cleverly and hilariously re-written the scenes as G-rated (or at least PG) versions. 
 
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The grim ultra-violence is now replaced with Se7en's John Doe presenting Detectives Mills and Somerset with a box of adorable bunnies, The Shining's Jack Torrance reconciling with his son Danny, and the “Brundlefly” deciding which yummy snacks to puke on for lunch.
 
You can view the full gallery at Break.com, and keep track of Todd's work by following him on Twitter @Todd_Spence.
 
If you want to see the exact flipside to this project, check out this artist's outrageous and horrifying collection of gory R-rated illustrations based on children's movies and shows!
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