Music Video of the Day: American Horror by Speedy Ortiz (2014, dir by Peter Binswanger)

Needless to say, the part with the dancer being controlled and then transformed into something else totally freaked me out, mostly because I’ve had nightmares like that.

And then, of course, you have the tentacles and the graffiti, which feels like something that H.P. Lovecraft would have come up with if he had lived in New York City in the 1970s and had to travel on the subway everyday.  It’s easy to imagine old Howard Lovecraft, heading to an accounting job while staring at the graffiti all around him and wondering what type of monster was responsible for it.  Cthulhu tags his territory.

As for the wizard with the eyes — well, glowing eyes are always freaky.


Music Video of the Day: First Date by Danko Jones (2006, dir by Micah Meisner)

Today’s music video of the day brings us a little more vampire action.  I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised.  Vampires always seem to inspire musicians in a way that werewolves don’t.  This video came out two years before Twilight and it basically tells a less romanticized version of the same story….

Still, there is an odd romance to vampirism, though that might not be obvious from this video.  In this video, the vampire just comes across as being a pervy stalker but, in the popular imagination, there’s usually nothing sexier than a centuries-old vampire.  Maybe it’s all the ennui.

To be honest, I just like the bottles of blood in the refrigerator.  That makes me laugh every time I see it.


Music Video Of The Day: Life As A Vampire by 8-Bit Heroes (2018, dir by ????)

Wow.  Apparently, life as a vampire is not all that it’s cracked up to be.

This video reminds me of the classic Andrew Parkinson film, I, Zombie.  That film followed a young man who is forced to deal with the fact that he’s slowly turning into a zombie.  Apparently, being a vampire is just as depressing as becoming a zombie.  Maybe it would be best to avoid fraternizing with the living dead all together.


Music Video of The Day: Written in Blood by She Wants Revenge (2007, dir by Justin Warfield)

Oh my God, I love this video.

Everything — from the atmosphere of ominous decadence to the dark cinematography to the wonderfully sordid art direction — just works perfectly.  Fortunately, this is one of those videos where we actually have the names of some of the people who worked behind the scenes so here they are:

Director — Justin Warfield
Director of Photography — Simon Thirlaway
Production Design — Ariana Nakata, Production Designer
Costume and Wardrobe — Brooke Dulien and Stefanie King Warfield, Wardrobe Stylists

Great work by all!  Jean Rollin would be proud.


Music Video Of The Day: Fate by Boy Harsher (2018, dir by Bryan M. Ferguson)

I’m not sure if the main character in this video is an actual vampire or just someone with an addiction for raw meat and blood.  Either way, it’s obviously not an easy life.

This video was shot in Glasgow, Scotland and the atmospheric cinematography was credited to George Harwood.  It’s like a filmed nightmare, which is my favorite type of nightmare.


Music Video of The Day: Ghost by ERAAS (2013, dir by ????)


Seriously, this video is dark but it’s so good!

The message appears to be that you should be careful who you murder because he might have a bunch of friends who will all form a drum circle and bring his ghost back to life to get revenge.  That’s actually a pretty important message.  There would be a lot less violence in the world if everyone took it to heart.