The title speaks for itself, and may include some backtracking over past posts or topics, given I don't think this one's been consolidated properly yet. Better late than never though, eh...?
Imagery, motifs, mottos, backdrops, everything and anything from the Born Villain
touring schedule and performance you wish to analyse, please submit here.
Like many of you, I've noticed the thematic has turned up a notch each stage (pun intended) of the tour; stripped and sloppy to begin with (seeming to deliberately coincide with the live, down-under atmosphere), then transferring to a more streamline, balls-out approach when it surfaced back in America and Europe.
Now there's the Twins Of Evil extension, and straight off the bat I thought about THIS
(feel free to continue it through here), and then this:-
For those unfamiliar the second comparison is between Manson's current backdrop of his own visage, and the 'Big Brother' banner present during the 'Two Minute Hate', seen in the 1984 film adaptation of, well... Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell's seminal dystopia novel.
I know Manson has spoken recently about the new tour design evoking films with a dark-future theme, - Blade Runner springs immediately to mind - so given the direct references to Orwell in both literary and cinematic form during his career, I'd say this was a strong contender.
These next cinematic links aren't quite so easy to confirm, but it's what I noted first-off so I'll share. The comparisons are between Manson's Void Of Course skull mask - worn onstage - and lead antagonists the Kurgan [Highlander, 1986], and General Kael [Willow, 1988]. Both male characters are sword-wielding warriors (recall if you will Manson's rapier from the Revolver Dean Karr shoot), featuring in fantasy adventures, and whose names begin with a 'K'.