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.
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.
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
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.
I like this video because it’s full of atmosphere and the whole time that you’re watching it, you’re just waiting for the world to end.
It kind of reminds me of when I was in Rome, the summer after I graduated high school. It was around 3 in the morning and because I was a hyperactive little insomniac, I was exploring the hallways of our hotel. I figured everyone else in the hotel was asleep but then I turned a corner and there was a dark-haired woman with ashen skin standing in the middle of the hallway, staring at me.
“What are you doing here?” she asked and I immediately noticed that 1) she had a British accent and 2) she was glaring at me with pure hatred in her eyes.
When I didn’t reply, she said, “I own this hotel, what are you doing here?”
I started to back away from her.
“I OWN THIS HOTEL!” she shouted.
And that’s when I took off running and I didn’t stop running until I got back to my room.
What was scary was that I had already met the owner of the hotel and I know it wasn’t that woman. For the rest of my stay in Rome, I was terrified of running into that woman but I never saw her again. Perhaps she was a ghost or maybe she was just an angry sleep walker. Who knows?
Some people will probably claim that this isn’t really a horror-themed video. Or, at the very least, it’s not horror-themed in the same way as some of the other videos that we’ve been sharing this month.
Well, that might be true but this video still gives me nightmares because I have a fear of drowning. And before you say, “Well, gee, Lisa, everyone’s scared of that,” you should understand that my fear goes beyond the normal common sense caution that someone might experience while under water. My fear is so extreme that, when my family went on vacation in Hawaii, I specifically mapped out the beach to make sure that I would never be at risk of getting sucked in by the tide. I knew exactly how far the water would reach.
It’s sad. I look so good in a bikini but you’re still definitely not going to get me out in the water. I’ll pose on the sand or five feet away from the deep end of the pool but that’s it.
Anyway, I’m glad this video has a happy ending, even if it does scare the Hell out of me.