Danish synth band REX gives us an existentialist, elevated horror short with its video for the song “FORWARD.” The narrative of the video suggests a young woman struggles with abuse both emotional and physical when a mysterious figure with glowing eyes steps out of the fog enshrouded countryside to guide her to take drastic actions of revenge and self-liberation. Musically the song is reminiscent of what S U R V I V E did for Stranger Things or a less dance music oriented version of the kind of music Boy Harsher did for its own long-form music video/horror movie The Runner. But paired together the music and video directed by Jonatan Egholm Keis works powerfully well in an elegantly executed fusion of the two art forms. Though a dark story of the catharsis of abuse and the purging of the amplified anxiety of PTSD, the mystical, hooded figure ultimately seems benevolent the way a visually similar figure does in the 2010 film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives where there is no question of the figure’s benevolence even if its image is visually ominous. Watch the video for “FORWARD” on YouTube and connect with REX at the links below.
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