Miss Crash and Marilyn Manson

Miss Crash stars in “Born Villain”, the new music video for Marilyn Manson. Oddly enough, the short film is directed by Shia LaBeouf. Or maybe not so oddly.

I want to think this is the awesome-est music video because Crash is in it. The hook suspensions, gun violence, bleeding eye socket, boobs, and vagina mean this will most likely never see MTV rotation. But, as a piece, it kind of comes across like someone who doesn’t get it, working with great materials. I haven’t listened to the album yet, so maybe Marilyn Manson littered the title track with random Shakespeare quotes, like a college freshman. Maybe themes from Macbeth really resonate with either Marilyn Manson or Shia LaBeouf. But having that sort of stuff in there just feels a bit forced and pretentious. The flipping back and forth between spoken word and music sort of takes the viewer out of it. There are a number of individual shots in this, which feel like they would make cool images, even though they don’t quite compel as a video narrative. I hear that there is a companion photo book, published by Shia LaBeouf’s Grassy Slope.

Musically, this is a bit more Portrait of an American Family than Dope Show, which may appeal to some listeners. I loved The Dope Show.

Overall, the video is an interesting watch. I think Marilyn Manson may sometimes suffer as an artist for having to live up to the high expectations he has set over the years.


Posted by on September 1, 2011. Filed under Art, Headline, Music, Personalities, Video. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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