Help Me, I Am in Hell: The Story of the Nine Inch Nails Broken Movie

In 1988, a young musician and janitor in the employ of TVT Records wrote and recorded a stable of songs that would later appear on the smash hit album Pretty Hate Machine. Riding a wave of soaring popularity, Trent Reznor and his backing band, Nine Inch Nails, embarked on a slew of tours, culminating in a disastrous trek opening for Guns ‘N Roses across Europe. Frustrated from the lukewarm reception and slipping into what he would inevitably describe as The Downward Spiral, Reznor wanted to redirect NIN in a more rock-oriented, harder-edged direction reflective of the band’s live output. However, TVT, certain that a second poppy album in the vein of PHM would sell just as many copies, refused to let Reznor pursue his own creative ideas. Reznor then went underground, writing and recording under various pseudonyms to avoid his label handlers, until one of his bandmates pushed him into a partnership with Interscope Records. Interscope, TVT, and Reznor eventually worked out a deal where Reznor could write and record as he wished on his own imprint of Interscope, Nothing Records, while TVT continued to take a cut of the profits and own the rights to NIN’s earliest material. Armed with the creative support of a new label but faced with a much grimmer image of reality, Reznor embarked to Los Angeles to record his next release.

In 1992, Trent Reznor took up residence in a house in Benedict Canyon that was the site of the infamous Manson family murders. There he lived and recorded for years, completing both Broken and The Downward Spiral. In contrast to the synthesized poppiness of Pretty Hate Machine, the Broken EP was an ugly, near-metal outpouring of rage and negativity. A self-destructive, addictive, and nihilistic worldview was in full display across eight tracks of subversive industrial rock. Surprisingly, the album sold extremely well, eventually earning NIN two Grammy’s and inspiring young musicians like Marilyn Manson.

In 1993, Reznor and Peter Christopherson of Throbbing Gristle collaborated to create a long-form music video to extend the misanthropic self-loathing of the audio with a visual presentation. The end product, a 20-minute snuff film stringing together the four music videos produced for Broken, ultimately surpassed the violence that Reznor himself had envisioned, and the two shelved the movie so as not to overshadow the other efforts of the band. However, Reznor distributed VHS copies to several friends, each with a different section of tape blacked out so that distributors could be identified, and the movie itself became an urban legend, circulating through tape-trading and horror circles. Its mystique only grew over the years through cryptic references from the band, and master copies of the film would not surface until the late 2000s.

The film itself, surprisingly, lives up to its grim reputation. Aside from “Wish”, the segments that lack the outright repulsive violence of the transition pieces and the climax of “Gave Up” work to create a foreboding, unpleasant atmosphere. The film begins with images of a deranged killer with a noose around his neck before seguing into grainy personal recorder footage of the killer stalking his victim, a young man in a sleepy little suburb that could be anywhere in the US. The film then transitions to the young man strapped down in a filthy room where he is forced to watch the Broken videos as torture. The first is “Pinion” which you can find below.

The snuff film interlude then mimics the actual music video; the killer, now adorned in a bondage mask, forces the victim to drink some putrid liquid from a gas can. The film then cuts to the video for “Wish”, presented below.

It should be noted that in the actual film, the video is interrupted partway to show that the killer has excreted onto the victim’s face. The killer, after pulling his pants back on, resumes the music video. Interestingly, “Wish” seems almost an oasis of non-violent material in its so-90s-it’s-painful Gothic composition, but even this innocuous segment serves to further the narrative cast by Reznor. As the video winds to a conclusion, the deranged men penetrate Reznor’s cage of security, dragging him and his bandmates off to an unforeseen fate. This visual metaphor perpetuates’s the allegory of violation and helplessness that characterizes the entire film. After the brutes burst through the cage door, the music ends, but the killer is shown repeatedly rewinding to where where Reznor screams “Fist fuck!” The film then transitions into “Help Me I Am In Hell” as the killer rubs his hand.

“Help Me I Am in Hell” hearkens back to “Pinion” with its less musically abrasive and non-violent approach to furthering the film’s disturbing message. The bondage motif is continued, this time paired with symbols of decay and disease, perhaps showing Reznor’s feelings of internally dying as his autonomy is wrested from him. After the music video, the film shows the killer painfully extracting the victim’s teeth, again violating his independence and vitality. The film then transitions to the music video for “Happiness in Slavery”.

Warning, this sequence is very NSFW.

For those not watching the video, it features performance artist Bob Flanagan disrobing and subjecting himself to the mechanisms of an industrial torture machine that simultaneously causes him immense pain and sexual pleasure. It should be noted that the video version contains a slightly different (and shorter) mix of the actual song, with the bass-heavy cyber-instrumental segment extended as Flanagan very audibly screams over the music. It is unknown if the screams are genuine, but given Flanagan’s known affinity for actual bondage and painful sexual activity, it seems entirely plausible. After the ecstatic torture device reduces Flanagan to pulp (used as mulch for the fungus growing in the room), Reznor enters the chamber. The bondage and loss of autonomy imagery is obvious.

The film then transitions to its final sequence. The music for “Gave Up” plays over the culmination of the snuff film sequence. Due to the fact that this sequence is exceptionally graphic, I have been unable to find a video of it online. The music video below appears on Closure and features a young Marilyn Manson playing guitar in the Tate house.

The actual events of this sequence on the film are transcribed below from the NinWiki.

The film ends with a video for “Gave Up”, different to the one on Closure, with the music simply dubbed over the storyline of the movie. At this point in the film, the victim is suspended from the ceiling and is repeatedly attacked by the perpetrator with a blade, and then with a blowtorch; the killer then slices off the victim’s penis with a razor. The camera-work at this part closely resembles that of an amateur snuff film, while there is interspersed footage of the police searching through the basement and finding remains of previous victims. (At one point, a sign that reads “TRESPASSERS WILL BE EATEN” is shown.) Finally, the film cuts back to the victim strapped on the table, as the murderer hacks his limbs off with a chainsaw, proceeds to presumably rape him, and ultimately slices his chest open to consume his heart.
The movie then cuts back to the execution scene shown at the beginning of the film, where the killer is being dropped through the trap door, falling through a seemingly immensely long tunnel, until the rope tightens suddenly. The movie ends with the inverted version of the ‘’Broken’’ album cover, with the background black, and a mirrored “n” character filled with the original orange background texture. After roughly a minute of silence and a black screen, the severed head of the killer is shown flying across the screen.
The movie also includes a copyright notice saying “1993 © Interscope Records”, implying that the movie, at some point, was meant for an actual release.

I have seen the Broken film twice. Both times it left a profound impact on me, though I didn’t necessarily understand why at the time. All that I knew was that I was depressed, and the mind behind the film seemingly understood how I felt. Many years removed, I can now look back and attempt to give an answer as to why the movie is so powerful. That question, though, requires an understanding of art.

Art, in many ways, is a mirror. It reflects the prevailing zeitgeist of the time and culture in which it was created. It reflects the thoughts, fears, and desires of viewers back to them. It reflects the inner reality of an artist’s worldview. It reflects all these at the same time but never reveals the entirety of the puzzle.

As a commentary on the evolving music industry of the early 1990s, the Broken film is a dire, resolute middle finger to the massive record labels controlling the creativity of young artists. Remember that the Nielsen SoundScan began tracking record sales in 1991, and if the upheaval of the metal scene and push for massive sales is any indicator, the music industry was simply assuming its inheritance in a post-modern, post-communist world. The slavery imagery of Broken may seem a bit hyperbolic, but I can understand how a young artist may truly feel that way.

As a commentary on the act of consuming music as a commodity, the Broken film is no less potent. By viewing the film, you are essentially complicit to the rape and torture of an autonomous human. The decision to string the music together as a snuff film was intentional. We, as viewers, take what we want from the artist, critiquing imperfections and claiming ownership to that which was never truly ours in the first place.

As a commentary on Reznor’s own mindset, the Broken film is exceptionally poignant. Was he as bitter as the film’s subject matter would seem to indicate? I cannot say, but given his tumultuous relationship with TVT (a feud that would continue until he successfully won a lawsuit in 2005), his clinical depression and social anxiety, and his drug abuse that spiraled out of control on the tour for The Fragile (when he accidentally overdosed and had to be resuscitated), it seems certain that a fair amount of emotional turmoil was real and present in the creation of the film.

All of these analyses are valid, but it seems that in deconstructing the purpose of the film to these three constituent pieces, we lose something of the overall impact of the film itself. Let’s be completely honest here. Watching the Broken film is not an enjoyable experience. The snuff film sequences are extremely graphic, and the remainder of the scenes, when considered in light of the music and the work as a whole, only enhance the depravity shown. It is, however, a compelling piece of art that should resonate with anyone. The closest any of us will come to seeing hell on Earth is to witness the dehumanizing violation of another person’s agency and autonomy, and the film portrays rape in the stark, ugly light it deserves. The repeated motifs of bondage, slavery, and torture emphasize that this evil is real, and that any of us may be the victim of it. For this reason, I have always found the harrowing portrayal of humanity’s cruel depths in the film far more sickening than any pastiche faux-Satanism in metal. The fingerprints of the devil are clear here.

If you want to watch the film, you can find a high-definition, first generation copy on most torrent sites. I never encourage piracy, but a mysterious post on Reznor’s personal blog (“12/21/06 : Happy Holidays! This one is a guilt-free download. (shhhh – I didn’t say that out loud). If you know what I’m talking about, cool.”) seems to indicate that the man himself is responsible for the film’s recent dissemination and that he encourages you to look upon the face of evil as he has.

[Aside: In a bizarre twist of fate, the United States government would ultimately validate the prophetic nature of this film and demonstrate that life imitates art by using NIN’s music to torture inmates at Guantanamo Bay.]

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  • God

    Never cared for NIN music particularly, but I always appreciated Reznors artistic flair. Will need to watch this when I leave my day job.

    • Pretentious is Kvlt O)))

      God has a day job?

      • more beer

        I`m pretty sure handing out those Old Testament type of fire and brimstone punishments is a full time job.

        • God

          Ever heard of spontaneous human combustion? Boom. This guy.

          • more beer

            Exactly what I was talking about.

          • ME GORAK™

            !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            FIRE HOT!!!!!!!!!!!

          • PIUM!

  • Tyree

    My dad used to watch Pop Up Video or some music video channel in the mid nineties while he was training for triathlons/marathons. I remember I was probably only 7 or 8 at the time and the Closer video came on by NIN and I was legitimately frighted of that video. Years went by after I saw the video but I never forgot about it. It was embedded it my brain. I finally saw that video again probably in high school or middle school during the time I was really into making my own visual artwork and I was completely blown away by the visuals. I may not be a fan of NIN, but goddamn is that Closer video a work of goddamn art. It still gives me chills to this very day.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eROTYeIyJg

    • The W.

      Reznor has always put a ton of care into visual presentation.

      • Tyree

        I recently heard that he is doing another movie score. Do you know which one?

        I really liked his work on the remake of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”. Really added a haunting yet dissonant feeling to the visuals that David Fincher put into that movie.

        Edit: Rooney Mara in that movie >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • The W.

          I’m not sure. Atticus Ross just announced in the last few weeks that they’re working on something together again, but he hasn’t said what yet. That Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack was great.

          • Tyree

            He actually won best score I think for The Social Network which I surprisingly enjoyed.

            Dark film.

          • The W.

            He did the Gone Girl score too.

          • Tyree

            Ah, I still need to see that. That’s the only Fincher film I have not seen.

          • Didn’t knew this one.

          • The W.

            He and Atticus Ross have a good working relationship with Fincher. He also did the soundtrack for the original Quake and did some recordings for the first two Doom games.

          • oh man, you could put the original Quake CD-ROM into a player and listen to the audio tracks
            #NostalgiaBoner

          • I did the same with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

    • The W.

      True story: I HATED Closer the first time I heard it. I don’t think NIN really clicked with me until college actually. I think my love of the band is due to two things: Reznor’s incredible artistry/songwriting abilities, and my own emotional resonance with the music.

  • Kevin Nash & Friends

    Well this is one thing I don’t enjoy of Reznor. It’s extremely disturbing and it doesn’t really do anything but make me sick. This is where violence in music crosses a line that shouldn’t be crossed.

    • God

      You should watch this lovely family flick called A Serbian Film

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        Nope. I don’t speak of that movie. It’s so disturbing that it should have never been made.

      • Tyree
        • Fuck every bit of this.

          • Tyree

            Agreed.

          • The W.

            The Director’s Cut of The Hills Have Eyes remake is pretty messed, from what I remember.

          • Tyree

            Hmm, I don’t think I saw the Directors Cut. There were some pretty fucked up scenes in that movie though.

          • God

            But goddamn when *spoiler* he starts slaughtering the mutants it’s so goddamn satisfying.

          • The W.

            There’s a rape scene that’s really jacked up. Not sure if it’s in the regular.

          • Tyree

            Oh it is. The very beginning of the film I believe. Unless it’s the second one.

          • The W.

            I haven’t seen the second one.

          • Tyree

            It’s the second one.

          • The W.

            Well, now I’m just confused :p

          • Tyree

            Oh wait no! It’s the birth scene at the beginning of the second one which is brutally disturbing. So the rape scene must have been cut from the first one because it’s that final surviving girl.

          • The W.

            Ahhhhhhh okay.

          • Didn’t liked it.

            The first one have it all, to me.

          • Unless the rape scene is edited in the regular version.

            The regular version rape is gross. I can’t imagine is longer.

          • The original or the remake?

            I love both movies, one of my favorite horror films ever.

          • The W.

            The remake.

        • God

          I have not actually. Recommend?

          • Tyree

            Not really. If you want to see a poor under aged girl be sexually and mentally tortured then go right ahead sir.

          • God

            Nah not my style. Unless in the end she takes revenge on her captors. I love me a good vigilante revenge flick

          • Tyree

            Nope. It’s just a pile of smut.

          • God

            Gross. I’ll avoid this one.

          • Scrimm

            Unfortunately not and even more unfortunately it’s based on a true story. One of the saddest and most horrible things I have ever heard of. Look up Sylvia Likens if so inclined. Not pleasant but she deserves to be remembered at least.

          • God

            Holy fuck that’s sad. The depravity of some people is astounding.

          • Scrimm

            It really is. There was another movie about it too. An American Crime I believe.

          • Cargo 200 Tyree, same thing but the girl is legal.

        • Scrimm

          The book is good. Fucking awful story, the reality was i’m sure much worse than the fictionalized account. Have not watched the movie though.

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          If I watched this it would probably break me. I don’t want to be broken. Nick Drake has broken me enough for now.

      • Sir Tapir the Based™

        JJD would probably enjoy 120 Days of Sodom as well.

    • Watch 8MM with Nicholas Cage. Similar subject matter minus NIN.

      • Tyree

        8MM >>>>>>>>>>>>>

        So goddamn bad.

        • Oh man. The roided out gimp dude. Many lolz were had.

          • Tyree

            Some classic terribleness in that film for sure.

        • Nick Cage really is a shitty actor.

          • God

            But I’d be lying if I said he wasn’t one of my favorites

          • Tyree

            Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Raising Arizona, Joe, and Leaving Las Vegas were alright performances. But yes, he is pretty bad in most things.

          • KJM

            Wild At Heart, easily his best movie.

          • Tyree
          • KJM

            Love it.

          • Tyree

            There is some really bizarre shit that happens in that film. Which, is why I like it. So over the top.

          • KJM

            I’M MAKING MY LUNCH!!!!

          • I like Wild At Heart where he moshes in the desert to Powermad.

    • The W.

      I think this is a totally understandable reaction, and that’s why the film was shelved for so long. There’s more artistic intent behind the violence, but I can totally understand someone not making it through.

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    my mom came in right when i was watching this and asked me why i can’t just watch porn like all the other kids.

    -LiveLetDie21, 5 days ago

    • Tyree
    • God

      Because porn is a sin. A sexy sexy sin.

      • ME GORAK™

        GORAK DISCOVER PORN TUBE SITES!!!!!!! GORAK WATCHED UNTIL LOWER CLUB WORE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Shrimp in a Pizza Box™

          A caveman commenting about how he wore out his wee-wee on an article about a film with scenes of bondage and torture on an extreme metal blog. Lord knows what will happen next.

          • God

            I do, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

          • ME GORAK™

            CAVEMEN DISCOVER LSD!!!!!!

            https://youtu.be/2AUOAGlASRQ

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box™

            Now THAT’s a clickbait.

          • KJM

            Just another day here at Toilet Ov Hell.

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          You’re the best.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Excellent article, dubs. I’ve never seen the film; probably never will as it’s not really my thing, but I understand the point you’re making about the art and the audience’s complicity in the rape and murder of an individual being, about the autonomy of a human being taken away. It’s an interesting counterpoint to the idea of an audience being able to separate themselves from the message of the art if they find the message objectionable. By the very merit of engaging the art they are complicit in its message.

    • The W.

      Thanks! The film is confronting a lot of things, and I think the idea to film it as a snuff film instead of just some extended video like a lot of artists do was more than intentional.

      • Guacamole Jim

        Also, keeping it low-profile really added to the mood of the film. Had it been a mainstream release it would have been shocking, for sure, but keeping it underground makes it seem “real,” or at least more authentic.

        • The W.

          I was talking to Christian about this. For some high school kids, torrenting the Broken Film was like a rite of passage. It was this elusive challenge to be conquered.

          • Guacamole Jim

            And I didn’t even know what torrents were until college 🙁

          • Trill, Jive… And Swell?

            I remember spending a couple of days during school holidays tracking down all the parts, even the real Gave Up ending.

            It really messed with me, not so much the violence, but how it threw so many conventions of what I thought music and it’s image should be.

          • The W.

            The first time I saw it was actually after Reznor had seeded the master version, so I watched the whole thing. It really jacked me up, haha. This article helped me sort out exactly why, despite not having watched the film in years. I don’t even know if I still have a copy.

          • Dagon

            Rites of passage for modern communities. It’s funny how different they are from what traditional/primitive folks have.

  • I saw Happiness in Slavery when I was 15 or 16 and had no desire to watch it sense. Br00tal.

    • The W.

      I opted to not watch it again when putting this together. The mood wasn’t right.

  • One has to appreciate all of the lengths Reznor went through to put this together. Like him or not, he made sure that his artistic integrity was preserved. Great write up as well Doc!

    • The W.

      One of the funniest things about all of this was that Reznor knows who distributed all the bootleg copies of the film in the 90s. Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers was the worst offender of the lot.

      • Ryan Cork

        Yeah………I heard he edited each movie he gave to friends so if they gave it out he’d know who did it.

  • I will keep the final paragraphs and I will not see this videos. Sorry, but I had yesterday a good June 24th (holiday in Vzla) and today I’m in good vibes/instrospective mode.

    Great article, and very interesting point of view at the end.

    (Except for the Guantánamo stuff, that’s so sick).

    • God

      Whenever I watch something like this stuff I just hop over to r/eyebleach

    • let this picture of an adorable kitteh keep the good vibes train a’rolling (RFI):

      • Scrimm

        ..

  • Scrimm

    Really good work Dubs, but God I hate NIN.

    • The W.

      Haha, thanks.

      • We’re so blessed by Scrimm presence in this porcelain halls.

        • Scrimm

          I’m so blessed to finally have a day off.

      • Scrimm

        Actually that’s not totally true. Been years since I heard it but I used to really like PHM.

        • The W.

          PHM reminds me of living in Albuquerque and a very specific set of emotions/memories. It’s weird how certain pieces of music create such a strong connection to a certain place/time in a person’s life.

          • Scrimm

            It does the same with me.

    • Virgil the Ghost Poet

      I don’t even know you anymore. I want to go to AZ and give you a beating worthy to be filmed like this.
      Love you.

      • Scrimm

        Bring it on 🙂

  • SYL!’s 7 Year Old Son

    This is like an average day in my basement.

    • Guppusmaximus

      Fuck…he let you out of your cage?!

    • ¡Holaaaa!

  • KJM

    Requiem For A Dream & Eraserhead were enough for me thanks, so was Cannibal Holocaust. I don’t care for movies that are tests of my endurance.

    • God

      They are fun every now and then, but you definitely got to pace it.

    • Tyree

      Eraserhead is fucking genius.

      • Impressive movie. Even when it’s so fucked up, it’s incredible.

        • Tyree

          Very claustrophobic; the fear of having a child and being forced into marriage. Bleak bleak bleak.

        • The W.

          Reznor actually used samples from Eraserhead on The Downward Spiral. On the song Reptile, I believe.

          • Ryan Cork

            I didin’t know that………..thanks for the info.

      • KJM

        Lynch is one of my all-time favorites, but I’ll never sit through that movie again.

        • Ha! I had to watch it for a class on American Independent Cinema and all the kids were bitching that it was “too long”, saying it “should have been a short film”. Kids these days . . .

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    This film is why I find bdsm creepy yet fascinating, and why I’d never let someone talk me into it. I ain’t drinkin’ no gas-gism-strange liquid from no turlet.

    PS: Reznor is a musical and conceptual genius. One of my all time favorite albums:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky8tTrb_dQI

  • KJM

    FFS, Gene Simmons, we heard you the first 1,000 times. You don’t need to keep reminding us that Rock is dead and that the internet is “worse than Hitler”. I’d be willing to bet good money he’s never heard of Bandcamp.

  • Dagon

    I was only able to read this now. I loved this post. Not entirely familiar with NIN’s discography, definitely not as much as you are, but I’m gonna check this out in a bit.

    I wonder how reading what happens beforehand will affect my experience with the film.

    “The closest any of us will come to seeing hell on Earth is to witness the dehumanizing violation of another person’s agency and autonomy, and the film portrays rape in the stark, ugly light it deserves.”

    I’m not trying to compare rape with anything else but this sentence made me think of some of the cancer patients I’ve tended to during surgical rotation. One of the most dehumanizing aspects of malignant tumors is how they can spread locally and sometimes form fistulas (a communication between two hollow organs). Those were usually the most beat down patients in the oncology ward.

    Can you imagine what it’s like for a woman to start losing fecal matter through her vagina or urethra without any control? That kind of loss of autonomy is terrifying and heart-breaking. Sorry about the graphic details but I felt like sharing this.

    • The W.

      That’s totally on point. A loss of autonomy can be felt in a lot of ways, both physically and emotionally.

      • Dagon

        And I guess that’s the real meaning of “dehumanizing”, removing someone’s protagonism in the events of their own lives is to remove the essence of being human.

        Victor Frankl had a similar reasoning behind his work with inmates. The first step of his program was to make them realize they commited crimes and take responsibility for them. Some of those guys were very vocal of how they started caring about what Frankl had to say because he was different from the other psych workers in prison – by making them responsible for their acts, they felt human again. I wish I could find the link to one of those interviews…

        • The W.

          I’d love to hear that

  • Alucard, Fuckmothering Vampire

    My reaction while watching the film (Skip to 0:13)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cDxtJP40Kg

  • CT-12

    Really, really good job here man. I’ve been listening to a lot more industrial stuff lately, but always seem to pass by NIN. That’s changing today man!

    • The W.

      Hurray. Here’s a secret: NIN is easily my favorite non-metal band (and in the top 2 of favorite from any genre).

      • CT-12

        Any album recommendations for a newbie/which is your favorite?

        • The W.

          Broken might be the best point for a metal fan. After that, listen to The Downward Spiral because it is very heavy emotionally, then check out The Fragile. Up until Year Zero, Trent Reznor was basically writing the albums to flow in an actual cycle (which he also called The Downward Spiral) that basically tells a tale of depression sucking you down, then sort of trying to come to grips with reality (which is where With Teeth take you).

          • CT-12

            Thanks for the guide man! I just put a copy of “Pretty Hate Machine” on hold from my library, gonna see if they have Broken. I already have Downward, but I just haven’t sat a lot with it.

  • sweetooth0

    I remember buying Closure on VHS back when it first came out (still have it actually). The music store wouldn’t sell it to me because I was underage at the time so I had to get my dad to buy it for me. His exact words were “this better not be fucking gross”. Second video in is two dude wearing strap on dildos over their pants playing with each other’s blood, and of course you get the aforementioned Happiness in Slavery clip.

    Watched that video so many times I’m amazed the tape didn’t completely wear out. I later found a really shitty bootleg of the broken movie, but hadn’t watched it again until the “official” leak by Reznor himself (where he simultaneously released the long gestating Closure DVD with 90 minutes of extra live footage). Such a sick video. Lots of supposedly hardcore death metal dudes can’t sit through it, so I give it the thumbs up! If you like filth like this check out the August Underground trilogy. Ultra nastiness.

    • The W.

      What’s the August Underground Trilogy?

      • sweetooth0

        Mock snuff films where the killers vieo tape (with a shitty old camcorder) their exploits.

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412467/

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410332/

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0971183/

        My favorite is the sequel “Mordum”. Killjoy from Necrophagia shows up in that one.

        • sweetooth0

          I got the signed “snuff editions” of the first and third ones, but then, I am kinda fucked up. Had a bitch of a time getting the first one through Canada customs.

          • The W.

            That sounds pretty brutal. I haven’t watched any jacked up movies in a while. Not sure if I could do it now.

          • sweetooth0

            I’m eagerly awaiting this one in the mail:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmE1RU-AFWo

          • The W.

            Oof! Ever seen Begotten?

          • sweetooth0

            parts of it at a buddy’s house I think. Tyree had a gif or something from it on here a few days back. It looks cool

          • The W.

            Something about it really disturbed me. I think it was the sound effects, if I’m honest. It’s all just ambient noise with this unnerving clicking. If you like deranged stuff, definitely check it out.

          • sweetooth0

            I’m reading some reviews about it right now and it kinda reminds me of some of the stuff that was in Subconscious Cruelty

          • The W.

            I’m pretty sure the filmmaker conceived the idea while he was in a coma.