Shia Labeouf Directs Music Video For Marilyn Manson

By Joseph Giannone 2011-09-03 15:11:47
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Forever evolving yet still one of the most infamous musicians in America, shock rocker Marilyn Manson is a guy who simply won’t stop getting progressively weirder. His past endeavors have proven to society that he will continue to push the limits of decency while attempting to make every person squirm at the very sight of him. The music he’s produced over the years is just as bizarre as his persona, with albums like Antichrist Superstar and Eat Me, Drink Me that show off his wild metal music that provides his fans with angst and a truly eccentric sound. His followers love him and society despises him, but Manson wouldn’t have it any other way.

His latest album Born Villain is said to delve into Punk Rock which is a far cry from his earlier work. The "Putting Holes in Happiness" hit-maker's latest music video for the title track off his new album is crazier than ever. “Born Villain” is a spectacle of dark material that only a man of his capacity could accomplish. Yet, there is another man behind this short video that'll rock your very existence. Shia LaBeouf directed "Villain" for Manson, and I doubt any of us will look at him the same. Watch “Born Villain” from Marilyn Manson and directed by Shia LeBeouf here. This video is absolutely NSFW.

What happened to Even Stevens? Seriously, the video is not only cringe worthy, but women are being strapped to horrific devices, people are having sex in a glass box and to make matters worse, Manson is sticking a spike through—his wife’s?—cheek. The video is not only creepy, but it’s a depiction of some fairly grotesque stuff. Though the film is disgusting at parts, I am not completely against it. The video is shot well and it’s unique enough, with some awesome references to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 film The Holy Mountain and to filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s work. Yet, I still find it a left turn from what I would expect from the Transformers star. I can imagine though that this is exactly what Manson and LeBeouf wanted.

The former child star has taken a large chance by directing a video for Manson like this, yet it's already getting a lot of attention. It's obvious that the film is gross, creepy, and dark, but I'm happy to see that LaBeouf is continuing to break away from his roots in acting and grounding himself as a talented filmmaker. Maybe this is the next step in Shia’s career that shows he’s not simply an actor anymore, but a force to be reckoned with? The video still gives me the creeps, but I’m glad that it was Sam Witwicky who took me on that ride.
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