In this painting the Necromancer (a sorcerer who can summon the dead) has successfully used "Mosrael" the bell (swaps your life for that of the 'dead'), and in order to spare himself from the death using the bell causes, he has attempted to sacrifice a sewer rat as his replacement (will this work? he will find out the hard way). The skull is captured in this painting just coming to life with enough breath to blow out the candle...and finish what "Mosrael" requires....eeek!
Music: Halloween of Bloody Nightmares Song: Koshmari. (nightmares) by Messer fur Frau Muller (Russian lyrics)
The background music is from Audio Swap and it is a Russian Halloween song.
Parts used in the set up: The books are a stack of 3 Harry Potter books because the hardcover ones are a nice size. The actual bell was an upside down coffee cup with a magic marker for the handle. The sewer rat was a piece of brown wool felting taped to the back wall, I referenced several rat photos. The plastic skull is an anatomy skull with a spring attached jaw and removable cranium top to see the chambers. I photographed my setup, which you see in the left side of the video.
The bell, "book", and candle depicted reference 12th century Catholic exorcism, adding an unexpected level to the images. The Harry Potter books reference Christianity. So, while we take the Necromancer's vantage point on the scene, we are watching the necromancer calling upon himself his own demise (or healing as it were) by creating his own exorcism which we are watching unfold.