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Spooky Tunes: A Murderous Jake Gyllenhaal in The Shoes’ ‘Time to Dance’

Despite the popularity of The Shoes’ upbeat and appropriately named 2012 track “Time to Dance”, the accompanying beautiful and macabre music video has a surprisingly low number of views, even with Jake Gyllenhaal as its leading man. And while half a million views is nothing to sneeze at, the creepy short film deserves to have a lot more eyeballs on it.

Clocking in at almost 10:00, the short illustrates a grisly killing spree through the eyes of a detached-looking Gyllenhaal. And though 10:00 is like two hours in YouTube Time, the video manages to stay captivatingly creepy throughout. We see him take bloody revenge on his hip-looking victims at various parties, then methodically grooming and planning his next attack. Throughout the video, Gyllenhaal keeps a quiet insanity in his eyes that is almost creepier than the murder scenes themselves.

The song itself is an interesting foil to the horror movie like scenes of the short. The French synth-pop duo had been gaining speed remixing already established pop artists, but their album Crack My Bones is their first venture into the spotlight. “Time to Dance” is a rewarding jam with meandering beats reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem.

Sample the entire Crack My Bones album at the band’s Last FM site, and make sure you let me know what you think of the album and what other creepy music videos you like on Twitter!

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  1. Marie says:

    Nope, definitely both stuck in my head all day.

  2. Marie says:

    That was really bizarre. Very creepy though, an I have no doubt that I will have that song stuck in my head all day. Hopefully not the images of Jake Gyllenhaal murdering people though.