Friday, September 16, 2011

Listening Post



Just in time for Halloween, Marilyn Manson is back with what may honestly be the most viscerally disturbing video of his or anyone else's career. Directed by Shia LaBeouf -- who's apparently a hell of a lot sicker and more twisted than any of us thought -- this hypnotic, six-and-a-half minute descent into hyper-literate hell is absolutely NSFW.

Credit where credit is due: If Manson set out to prove that he can still shock once in a while, he did it.

Happy Friday, kids -- here's Born Villain.

7 comments:

IrishGirl said...

I actually find this video laughable. Its as if they sat down and brainstormed as many offensive themes as possible and threw them in the video. There's no narrative or real story told--not that there has to be, I suppose but it helps when you're trying to present themes that might be offensive. It's not particularly well shot and the lighting sucked. They could have done much, much more with lighting and spot color than they did. Just ridiculous, really.

VOTAR said...

I dunno maybe it's me, maybe I'm getting old, but I find this kind of gratuitous and obvious. It's like the Linnea Quigley shower scene of music videos: contractually obligated inappropriateness. I know what a viscerally engaging video should look like, and Shia Leboef is no David Fincher.

Chez said...

No, he's not Mark Romanek or Chris Cunningham either. But it's got some pretty hellacious imagery in it. One thing it's not is subtlely unnerving, which is what good creepy videos are -- but I found myself surprised at the lengths it went to.

LaBoeuf is also directing Kid Cudi's new video and the teasers for that one are nicely creepy. I'll give the kid this: he may not be one of the greats, but he obviously has an appreciation for them and that's admirable.

Donal said...

Manson sings a lot better than he recites lines.

FabMax said...

Okay, I'll give you that. He gets an A for effort, but apart from that, it's not that interesting. Manson has never been subtle (or interesting), so the video fits.

And the music sucks.

Benoit from Ottawa said...

I tend to agree with all of you.

Nick said...

Have never cared for his music, but I found the vid interesting in a 'day late, dollar short' fashion: man's general inhumanity has never been in question.

I've a single query about this as I'm so far removed from the 'rock' scene as to be risable - who is the intended audience?