Dead Beats: "Scream" by The Misfits
New Jersey horror punk meets George A. Romero.
When the powers that be here at Dead Entertainment approached me to see how I would feel about doing an article on The Misfits’ “Scream” music video, they didn’t have to say any more. The video for the song “Scream” was directed by none other than George A. Romero himself in return for The Misfits appearing in his film Bruiser which was released in 2000. Best. Deal. Ever. You just don’t see this kind of gruesomely-perfected art anymore in music videos.
The 1999 album Famous Monsters features “Scream” an amazing 2:33 of horror punk at its best. The video portrays the band, during the Graves Era, having been infected and infecting a hospital’s emergency room area. In true Romero fashion, the band proceeds to rip out throats, bite into skulls, and rip faces off - all while scenes from their set within Bruiser spliced in. As a huge fan of both The Misfits and Mr. Romero’s work I am definitely biased, but watch the music video and you’ll definitely agree it’s a work of art.
Also, fun fact, Bruiser features not only The Misfits but also Tom fucking Atkins. Thrilled? Yes, yes, I was.