Dead Beats: "Scream" by The Misfits

New Jersey horror punk meets George A. Romero.

By Joe Antonucci

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.

“A chill runs up your spine and crawls into your brain. A freezing touch of fear, it’s driving me insane. Although you tried to fight - dragged from the silence where you hide. Until you scream.”

About the Author

Joe Antonucci

Joe’s love for “terrible” B-horror/sci-fi films started way back when he was young. When he isn’t watching the classics like Chopping Mall, Ice Spiders, or Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf, he spends his time gaming, playing with his Yorkie-Poo, and traveling with his wife. Joe always tackles life in the way that a grizzly bear, his favorite animal, would: with a loud roar, a raging charge, and a good night’s sleep.

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