By Amanda Wicks
The Weeknd continues exploring his aggressive side in the new short film “M A N I A.” The video brings together snippets of songs that appear on the pop star’s newest album Starboy, and shows off the more violent side that defined his last video “False Alarm.”
Directed by Grant Singer, the roving, nearly 12-minute long video takes The Weeknd on quite a journey. It begins as he drives along the coast, soon arriving at a nightclub where he attracts the attention of a beautiful young woman dancing on a raised platform. But the connection they share angers a man—possibly the club’s owner—who feels someone has usurped his place. He and The Weeknd get into a quick but bloody fight in the bathroom before the nightclub transforms from cool blue to fiery red.
In between all this activity, shots of a black panther sitting starkly against a white background and later running intercut the scenes, and draw a connection between the animal and The Weeknd. He is sleek and cool until someone crosses him, and then watch out.