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Broken (1993)

| Short, Music | Video 1993
Trent Reznor presents his dark vision of the EP 'Broken' by telling the story of a man kidnapped and forced to watch Nine Inch Nails videos, disturbing in their own right, while being ... See full summary »

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Trent Reznor presents his dark vision of the EP 'Broken' by telling the story of a man kidnapped and forced to watch Nine Inch Nails videos, disturbing in their own right, while being tortured. Written by Alan Eisinger <aeisinger@macalester.edu>

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Apart from the music videos for "Wish" and "Happiness In Slavery" that can be found on Nine Inch Nails' video compilation/documentary Closure (1997), the movie has never seen an official release, mainly due to the fear of the public mistaking the realistic violence for an actual snuff film. The videos for "Help Me I Am In Hell" and "Gave Up" on Closure (1997) were actually not included in the movie, but are alternate versions. It is a common misconception that the entire movie can be found on Closure (1997). Trent Reznor has hinted heavily that the movie will make it's way onto the DVD release of Closure, and clips from it were shown on the official promotional 'Collected' DVD released in May, 2005. See more »


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Written and Produced by Trent Reznor
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Not for the squeamish
17 May 2000 | by (Colorado Springs, CO) – See all my reviews

I actually own a bootleg of this video, and I can tell you that when my friend handed me the copy he'd made, being the loyal NIN fan that I was (and still am), I rushed home, not knowing what I was in store for. Two of my friends and I sat there as the "Happiness in Slavery" video unfolded in front of us, and, while as sick as we were from that, the finale set to the music of "Gave Up" left us in a state of utter shock. We sat there, mouths gaping open, skin pale, looking at each other blankly.

Alas, I've forced myself to watch the video time and time again, mostly while watching it with people who haven't seen it (it usually comes up in one of those "you ain't seen gross, man" conversations). Although extremely graphic, there is a subtle (and i use the term loosely) eroticism in the acts, both in the "H.I.S." video and in the finale of the series....it disgusts you, yet some morbid curiosity about the nature of torture and death keeps you glued to the set. Relief comes when the "killer" is finally hanged, but the viewer is still left pondering the authenticity of the video...IT JUST LOOKS TOO REAL!!!

In other words....after seeing this video, you'll swear off of Italian food and red meat for a solid week at the very least.


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