In today’s post, I will be discussing five music videos that explore the darker side of filmmaking. These are some of my favorite music video but more specifically, videos that go great with the upcoming holiday. Maybe you’ve seen some of them before, and if so then you know how great they are. Good for you!
JJAMZ – Heartbeat
I am a huge fan of the horror genre. This video is an amazing tribute to horror films of 70’s and 80’s, specifically the slasher subgenre. It does a great job of referencing classic directors such as Dario Argento, Brian De Palma, John Carpenter, etc. Eddie O’Keefe did an incredible job making the video seem as if it came straight from a low-budget film of that era, literally one of the best jobs I’ve ever seen. Also, Z Berg plays a very convincing heroine from a film of that time. She has that beautiful and innocent charm that many female horror leads possess. I honestly hope the continue the story of this video. I must know what happens next.
Cage the Elephant – Around My Head
Representing more of a comedy/horror fusion, “Around My Head” describes a love that not even death can tear asunder. Think Weekend at Bernie’s meets Lars and the Real Girl (but more decomposition). The video is gross, disturbing, and hilarious. It is beautifully shot and has never failed to bring a smile to my face. Chris Marrs Pillero did a great job on this video. Shout out to a band from Kentucky!
Nekrogoblikon – No One Survives
I’ll be honest, I am not a fan of this particular genre of music. However, I absolutely love this music video. Taking a goblin out of the typical habitat we expect to see (yes, I know goblins aren’t real) and placing him in modern-day society is an odd and unique concept, and yet this video made it hilarious and fun. You really find yourself cheering for the monster. I mean, who hasn’t felt like a goblin every now and then? Brandon Dermer, my hat is off to you sir.
Childish Gambino – Bonfire
Childish Gambino is awesome. I expect nothing less from the extremely talented Donald Glover. This video is an homage to the sleep-away camp films of the early 80’s. It does an exceptional job of capturing the tension of Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp, etc. A mass murder stalking and preying upon small, innocent youths is a classic, haunting story that has been done and redone many times. Bonfire does the model justice! It even finishes strong with the necessary twist ending. Dan Eckman directed this music video; he has proven to be a talented director with this video, Mystery Team, and a Community episode under his belt. 6 season and a movie!
Soulja Boy ft. Matt & Kim, Andrew W.K. – I’m a Goner (Converse)
This is a song that Soulja Boy, Matt & Kim, and Andrew W.K. collaborated on for a series of unlikely mash-ups created by a Converse Shoes campaign. Rarely do corporate funded songs like this turn out well, yet this one has proved to be the exception. Actually, a lot of songs from the project did. The video is great! Who wouldn’t want to party with a bunch of zombies in a morgue? Well, probably a non-dead person. But still, if you are dead, you should hit that up. I love this song, I love this video. It’s the number one most played currently in my iTunes because it make me so happy.
Well, I hope you enjoyed these videos. If not, you may have poor taste. Goodbye.