Music Video of the Day: The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden (1982, directed by David Mallet)


Today’s music video of the day is for the song that convinced an entire generation of parents that heavy metal was Satan’s music.  Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris wrote The Number of the Beast after watching the second Omen film and a careful listen to the lyrics will reveal that the song is not meant to be taken seriously.  Of course, religious groups across America took it very seriously and spent 1982 protesting Iron Maiden.

It all seems a little silly now.

The video was also controversial, even though it was really just clips of old horror movies mixed with footage of Iron Maiden performing.  With Lisa Marie’s help, I think I have correctly identified the source of almost every clip featured in the video:

0:10 — The video starts with a scene from 1944’s The Return of the Vampire.  Contrary to popular belief, that is not Vincent Price providing the voice over.  Originally, the band wanted Price but, when they discovered they couldn’t afford him, they hired an actor named Barry Clayton instead.

0:30 — The Goatman who first appears here and then reappears throughout the video is taken from 1968’s The Devil Rides Out.

0:36 — This clip is from 1922’s Nosferatu.

0:42 — This is the star of 1957’s I Was A Teenage Frankenstein.

0:50 — The fighting dinosaurs are from 1940’s One Million Years B.C.

1:12 — This is from 1958’s The Screaming Skull.

1:19 — The Godzilla footage is taken from 1964’s Mothra vs. Godzilla.

2:15 — I’m not totally sure but I think this is from 1946’s The Crimson Ghost.

2:19 — The exploding Goatman is, again, from The Devil Rides Out.

2:30 — This is from 1958’s How To Make A Monster, which was a sequel to I Was A Teenage Frankenstein.

2:38 — This is either another clip from How To Make A Monster or a clip from 1957’s I Was A Teenage Werewolf.

2:41 — This scene is from The Crimson Ghost.

3:21 — The scarred giant is from 1958’s War of the Colossal Beast.

3:24 — I like this way this part of the video was edited to make it appear as if Godzilla was reacting to the Colossal Beast.

3:51 — The big spider is from 1959’s The Angry Red Planet.

4:00 — This is another clip from The Crimson Ghost.

4:13 — Of course, everyone knows Eddie.

4:32 — I Was a Teenage Werewolf, again.

Can you believe people took this seriously?

2 responses to “Music Video of the Day: The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden (1982, directed by David Mallet)

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