On Halloween day, yesterday (Oct. 31), rapper Kid Cudi released "Maniac," his short horror film collaboration with fellow lyricist Cage and actor/director Shia LaBeouf. With intensely dark imagery, relentless violence, and clear sadism, "Maniac" is 10 minutes of chilling murder sequences and senseless killing.
Although the film was inspired by the track "Maniac" off Cudi's sophmore album "Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager," the clip features little music and no rapping from either artist. Instead, "Maniac" imagines Cudi and Cage as French serial killers set on murdering eight people each, shadowed by a camera crew to document their rampage. Over the course of the film, Mr. Rager and Mr. Palko individually assault and stab an innocent woman walking alone, strangle a man as his small dog observes, shoot up an apartment and a convenience store, and even throw a Molotov cocktail into a couple's car as the unfortunate lovers share a romantic moment in the snowy night.
Dramatic black and white shots help inject terror and confusion into an already unsettling concept and -- spoiler alert! -- by film's end, the killers turn on their director LaBeouf and add him to their overall body count.
LaBeouf has been high on creepy clips recently, also lending his directorial hand a few months ago to Marilyn Manson's video for "Born Villain," while Cudi recently quelled his beef with rapper Wale, appearing on the DC MC's new song, "Focused."