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Broken (1993)

Nine Inch Nails: Broken (original title)
| 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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English

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1993 (USA) See more »

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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 »

Alternate Versions

Most bootleg versions (the only way to get the video) leave out "Help Me I Am In Hell", as this was only a black screen with the track as background music in the original. A recent fan-made remaster corrects this and includes the sequence like the filmmakers intended it. An alternate video for the track is included on the Closure-videotape (see trivia). See more »


Soundtracks

Gave Up
Produced by Flood and Trent Reznor
Written by Trent Reznor
Performed by Nine Inch Nails
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Really Cool Short Film
5 March 2002 | by ChriserSee all my reviews

I loved this movie. I recently got a copy of this unrealesed gem and have watched it at least 5 times. The movie is very shocking, and I don't think that anybody with a weak stomach should view this movie. It actually comes off looking like a 'snuff-film' because of its grainy film quality. The thing that gives it away is the dramatic camera angles, as another reviewer pointed out.

The music videos on here are very well done, and it has all of the videos from the Broken e.p. Happiness in Slavery is disturbing, but not as bad as some people make it out to be. The finalie set to Gave Up is by far the most disturbing part you'll find on this video, because of the footage of the killer killing the victim with knives, a blowtorch, his hands, and finally, a chainsaw. In my opinion it is one of the most shocking events to be put on film. It has no more gore than you would find in a good slasher movie, but it is delivered with a gritty, true to life, feeling and that is what makes it disturbing.

So if you hunt for a copy, and you find one, by all means get this movie. You will not be disappointed.


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