The freakiest tales, rumors and theories ever to catch fire on the web often begin with mysterious video footage (previous examples we’ve covered here include the nightmarish “Agamemnon Counterpart,” the eerie “Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv” and the notorious “Barbie Interview”).
One of the earliest videos to spark the imaginations of countless social media users is a deeply disturbing YouTube clip entitled “I Feel Fantastic.”
First uploaded in 2009 by user Creepyblog (who has not posted any other clips), and racking up over 6 million views since then, the video is centered entirely on a pale, mannequin-like character known as “Tara the Android,” who sings the title song through a primitive voice-simulator program while bizarre, atonal synthesizer music noodles in the background:
There’s not much more going on in the clip; the camera is locked down and Tara doesn’t move anything but her head, hands and mouth. That’s spooky enough as it is… but the video’s haunting reputation originates with just two brief moments.
First, between shots of Tara in different outfits and poses, we are shown a brief shot of an outdoor location — possibly the edge of a grove of trees, or maybe just someone’s backyard — during which the camera zooms in on a pile of sticks, leaves and dirt.
Second, one of the song’s “lyrics” (if you can call them that) includes the phrase “Please leave,” followed by the repeated words “Run, run, run, run…”
Those two odd diversions from the otherwise repetitive theme led some viewers to suspect that the video’s creator — who goes by the name John Bergeron — had committed murder, that the outdoor shot shows where the victim’s body is buried, and that “Tara” is wearing the victim’s clothes.
The description accompanying the first YouTube post includes a cryptic reference to the Greek legend of Pygmalion — a sculptor from ancient Cyprus who believed that all women were tainted and unworthy of love.
According to this myth, the artist decided to sculpt the ideal woman from ivory, and instantly fell in love with her. Upon discovering this, the love goddess Aphrodite pitied Pygmalion and brought the statue to life.
“Consider the mind-scape of the creator,” the description continues. “In whose mind does this appear beautiful? In whose mind is this pure, near worshipful? Are we missing out on his perspective?”
That mythical reference gave birth to the rumor that Bergeron had murdered a woman named Tara, who had, for reasons unknown, failed to live up to his standard of perfection. Bergeron had then constructed a crude robot in Tara’s image, dressed it in her clothes and programmed it to sing to him — perhaps a first step toward bringing her to life… or maybe to chase away the memory of his victim’s screams.
It was then suggested that Bergeron’s video was either taunting viewers with obtuse clues about the real Tara’s fate, or that he was later tormented by the horrible deed, and subconsciously wanted to be caught.
While those horrific tales certainly compounded the mystery, it doesn’t take much digging to uncover a more practical explanation for the nightmarish footage.
The answer is most likely tied to the antiquated robot-builders information page AndroidWorld.com, which credits Bergeron (or whatever his real name is) as the creator of the Tara robot. The site also contains a link to a collection of five Tara videos (presumably including the “I Feel Fantastic” clip), but those links are dead.
The titles of the five clips are “Electricity (Metal Version),” “Brutal Metal,” “Please,” “Electricity” and “Brutal1.”
In November 2015, Russian YouTube user Brand-Smetana uploaded what they claim to be the “full” version, which is nearly 15 minutes in length (which corresponds to the website’s description of a DVD/download compilation of Tara videos), but it has since been removed from YouTube.
According to what little information can be culled from the site, Bergeron built Tara from roughly $2000 worth of materials (allegedly including a dental training mannequin) with the ultimate goal of promoting her as the world’s first android music star.
His plan was to take Tara’s act on the road for live shows, once certain “hardware updates” had been completed. Bergeron never explained what those updates would be.
For reasons unknown, there have been no updates on Bergeron’s project since 2006, and no further news about Tara is available (apart from the creepypastas mentioned above). This decade-long absence set off a new web legend: that Tara had somehow achieved self-awareness and killed her creator.
So far, no solid evidence has been found to confirm any of these rumors, or Bergeron’s true identity and whereabouts. Even if the website’s info is legit, it still fails to explain much at all.
Especially that eerie shot of the woods, which seems uncomfortably out of place…