What’s the most grotesque music video you’ve ever seen? Something by Marilyn Manson, maybe? Or was it something by Slipknot? Whatever your choice, it probably isn’t as weird as the never-officially-released video produced to go along with the Nine Inch Nails EP called Broken.
This film was produced by a guy named Peter Christopherson, a dude with the nickname “Sleazy.” The video depicts the kidnapping and torture and killing of a US marine. When it was finished, it was deemed too violent to release, so the full version has only ever been available as a bootleg.
Only part of it was been released as the “Happiness in Slavery” video–which shows a performance artist named Bob Flanagan getting tortured and raped by a machine. But as Trent Reznor says, “The rest of the video makes that look like Disneyland.”
If you need to see it, I’m sure it exists somewhere online. I ain’t going through seeing that again.