October 13, 2016


'False Alarm' Video: The Weeknd Dies Again, With a Twist

The Weeknd's been going full tilt since announcing his new album Starboy a few weeks ago. "Starboy," featuring Daft Punk, came almost right away, quickly followed by the big-budget video, succeeded by the punky track "False Alarm." And now that one's got a video, and, good god, is it disturbing.

Styled like a first-person shooter game, the "False Alarm" video depicts the gory aftermath of a bank robbery. On the escape, heads and cars are exploded, bullets fly like rain and a captured woman is treated horribly.

Spoiler: As with "Starboy" and last year's "Tell Your Friends," The Weeknd actually ends up killing The Weeknd. But while those videos depicted two versions of Abel Tesfaye, one offing the other, this one is just Abel plain shooting himself in the head at the end.

Like we said, fun video.

"False Alarm" was directed by Russia's Ilya Naishuller, an admitted Quentin Tarantino fanatic. He made his feature writing/directing debut in 2015 with Hardcore Henry, starring Tim Roth and Sharlto Copley. Naishuller's 2013 video for Biting Elbows' "Bad Motherfucker" is basically a low-budget version of "False Alarm":

Starboy drops Nov. 25. Listen to Fuse's Back of the Class podcast break down both The Weeknd's "Starboy" video and Drake's short film Please Forgive Me in the episode below: