This time on Grindhouse Grooves, we’ve got a dating Jason Voorhees, wild animation, a REAR WINDOW homage and a hell of a lot more!
Dir. Arche Noir
Noir, whose head Jan Schulze Beckendorf we interviewed here, shows off his giallo influences to great effect in this promo clip for Umberto’s similarly Goblin-esque track that gives off the required retro vibe without feeling dated.
Dir. Grandson & Son
REAR WINDOW is a clear influence on this CGI-animated, and incredibly detailed, video for the Darcys’ track, as a young bedridden boy views the vast number of stories outside of his window.
Dir. Joel Kefali
Inspired by the likes of “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” Kefali creates a world that’s just as vivid, wild and random as the tUnE-yArDs track it accompanies.
I DON’T WANNA BE AN ASSHOLE ANYMORE
Dir. Whitey McConnaughy
Everyone’s favorite camp counselor slaughterer Jason Voorhees decides that he’d rather be known as a likeable guy instead in McConnaughy’s fun short that finally gives you the FRIDAY THE 13th/SAY ANYTHING crossover you’ve always wanted.
THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER
Dir. Rich Ragsdale
Jodorsowsky’s THE HOLY MOUNTAIN is certainly no stranger to being an influence on music videos (like last Grooves’ “Born to Die” and these previous tracks), but only a few really push the envelope – thankfully, Rich Ragsdale’s NSFW video for the Sean Lennon-fronted band doesn’t suffer from Jodorowsky fatigue, and instead feels like the cult favorite remixed by Jim VanBebber. Great stuff.
ADDICTED TO YOU
There’s a whole action story going on in this video for Avicii’s EDM track, with a prison escape, a stash of weapons, a police state, a rescue, and loads of gunplay – and all in Lego form. But that’s not even the official video!
ADDICTED TO YOU
Dir. Sebastian Ringler
The “real” video is just as entertaining, with a gangster era robbery, a lesbian romance, more gunplay and a little NSFW flesh (if your work abhors the human butt).
SHEEP DOG AND WOLF
The sun conquers all in this beautifully apocalyptic video (that appears to be composed entirely of three shots) for Sheep Dog and Wolf’s low-key, moody track that’s perfect for the period of night just before dawn. (Again, mildly NSFW due to mild rear nudity)
Dir. Kevin Davis
Wall of Voodoo singer Stan Ridgway has pushed the idea of music videos integrating with films before (like his “Holiday in Dirt” album – and the score for the Don “The Dragon” Wilson flick FUTURE KICK! ), but for last year’s “Roadblock” (which we missed until now), he went full grindhouse, with a CGI-heavy (but very vibrant) take of a small town with a big problem.
Dir. Alex Brinkman
A little boy believes there’s a monster in his room, one that takes a very real form in Brinkman’s creepy video that works well with Moon Bounce’s unsettling track.
Dir. Dustin Mills
EASTER CASKET director Dustin Mills (we talked to him here) gets buggy with this fun animated video for the Neomythics’ first track off of their new album.
Dir. Sofia Garza-Barba
With a look akin the visual styles of early nerd rock videos from the likes of Thomas Dolby, Devo or the Buggles, you might think Garza-Barba’s short would seem dated, but it feels fresh, vibrant and fun, much like the Evangenitals’ catchy track itself.
Dir. Eric Wareheim
Wareheim takes you on a seriously messed-up (and NSFW – we’re not just talking a brief ass shot here) ride of batshit proportions through a massage parlor in this video from Black Moth Super Rainbow’s frontman.
RED WHITE AND BLACK
Dir. The Admiral
“Kids in the Hall”’s Dave Foley is a Nazi who just wants reassurance from his assistant (Brian Posehn) that his fascist meeting will go well – it doesn’t, of course, as a black biker gang has issues with them in this entertaining video for punk band Off!.
Dir. Wim Steytler
South African EDM band Haezer gets an appropriately dramatic video in Steytler’s very cinematic tale involving a rescue, magic, and rats, shot in abandoned buildings of Johannesburg.
Dir. Thomas Tyman
The upbeat dance pop song by I.V. gets some solid visuals in the form of Tyman’s short that follows a DeLorean-owning young man in a video game world.
Dir. Mirai Mizue and Yukie Nakauchi
Some playfully surreal animation lends visual form to Poker’s equally playful, upbeat track in a video that reminds me a little of the work of Sally Cruikshank.
Dir. Oliver Clegg
The lead vocalist for New York EDM band Brazilian Girls goes her own way in this inventive animated video, featuring hand-drawn sketch work and a little bit of NSFW-ness, drawing-style.
If the animated stylings of HEAVY METAL are more your speed, Germany’s Edguy is happy to help – the animation is a little rough, but it’s still fun and works nicely with the suitably metal track.
Dir. Ehsan B
A misshapen, fruit-faced monster can’t help but resort to violence in this well-shot short that pairs will with the dance track.
DEFIANT THE LION
Dir. Bryce Olenjniczak
A young man discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see the aliens around him in this music video homage to John Carpenter’s THEY LIVE.
WE MUST BE CRAZY
Dir. Norman Bates
Milow’s mild-mannered track gets a particularly unsettling music video in this tale of a young childless couple who go to great efforts in order to be parents. I’m honestly not sure if it’s supposed to be creepy or not.
I WAS AFRAID TO LOVE YOU
(LOVE THEME FROM GODZILLA 1985)
Our retro video this time should get you all revved up for the new GODZILLA pic, as clips from GODZILLA 1985 accompanied by an upbeat romantic piece of pop are bound to get you in the theater! Nothing says romance like Dr. Pepper and random shots of Raymond Burr reacting to things.
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