Watch The Weeknd's Short Film 'Mania' with New Music from 'Starboy'

Watch The Weeknd's Short Film 'Mania' with New Music from 'Starboy'

Bloody bathrooms, sportscars, black panthers—the Weeknd's dark new short film has it all.

Bloody bathrooms, sportscars, black panthers—the Weeknd's dark new short film has it all.

Text: Ian David Monroe

After teasing it last week, The Weeknd has released his short film Mania, which follows a wild (and bloody) night out. Four tracks appear in the 12-minute video: “All I Know” featuring Future, “Sidewalks” with Kendrick Lamar, “Party Monster” with Lana Del Rey, and “I Feel It Coming” featuring Daft Punk.

The film stars Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd), model Anais Mali, and John Holland (of witch-house trio SALEM), and was directed by frequent collaborator Grant Singer. The visual image maker has also worked on “Starboy,” “Tell Your Friends,” “I Can’t Feel My Face,” and “The Hills.”

Mania follows in the cinematic, violent, and gloomy aesthetic that Tesfaye has cultivated well over his discography: a bloody bathroom murder, a sportscar drive through the Hills, and a cat upon a futuristic pedestal. There is, of course, also the element of the male gaze, which permeates The Weeknd's music.

While Mania is an impressive watch, it is not exactly exceptional: Singer and Tesfaye now have a consistent track record of producing silver screen level visuals with storylines to match.

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