The world of grindhouse has an influence reaching far outside of the dusty basements that once confined the fans of the strange and unusual. Music video directors are always looking for inspiration, and grindhouse films are AWESOME, so it’s no surprise that they’ll occasionally turn to the seedier realms of pop culture for ideas. We’re all for that at Daily Grindhouse, so we’re going to start trying to keep you up to date on the latest music videos with a drive-in edge.
French band Team Ghost delivers a basic genre trope in just over three minutes as a pair of girls driving down a deserter road meet up with a mysterious woman with a knife who seems to be running from something in “Dead Film Star.”
While it starts out looking like a lost LARPer project, Brandon Dermer’s video for metal band Nekrogoblin’s “No One Survives” ends up being a surprisingly funny take on the day to day life of a white collar goblin.
For the video for Bleeding Skull creator Joseph A. Ziemba’s band Beaujolais’s “Where We Came From,” director Josh Johnson and producers Josh, Carolee Mitchell, and Christopher Palmer were inspired from the shot-on-video horror films of the ‘80s, and his love for the subgenre shines through and it genuinely looks like it came from an obscure, unreleased piece of crap in the 555/SLEDGEHAMMER mold, even it’s a bit long for a standard “music video.”
South African band Spoonfeedas look to the likes of both a ‘70s “camping teens in peril” pic and BIRDEMIC for inspiration as the group gets attacked by a ridiculous-looking aerial force on a trip to the woods in their track for “Attack of the Hadedas.”
“The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” the weakest segment of CREEPSHOW, seems to be the reference point for Toon Aerts’ video for The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s “Black Mold” as a guy wandering through a forest touches a questionable object and ends up with an increasingly bad itch.
Using footage from Andrzej ?u?awski’s 1981 film POSSESSION as a jumping point, Ivan Grbin’s hypnotic take on Crystal Castles’ “Plague” just uses footage of Isabelle Adjani from the film, but it ends up capturing the music perfectly so much that the band made it their official video.
Similarly, David Kittridge (PORNOGRAPHY: A THRILLER) edited together clips of PSYCHO to great effect as a perfectly appropriate video for ShyBoy’s “Marion Crane.”
Beautifully animated by master of cyclical cartooning Cyriak, the apocalyptic video for Flying Lotus’s “Putty Boy Strut” features a metallic planet being increasingly destroyed by a Katamari-like presence.
Be back when the jukebox has been restocked,
– Paul Freitag
Paul runs the Pychotronic Netflix page on Facebook and is the weekly author of the Psychotronic Netflix list we publish every week.
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