Music videos are a tough game – it’s impossible to get anyone but the core fan base to watch them, and just about all the ideas have already been done.
(In that sense, making a video is a lot like running for president, though slightly less expensive and way less embarrassing.)
So when Australian hardcore combo the Death Set decided to put together a video for their song “They Come For Us,” they went all in: “They Come For Us” includes just about everything in a jumbled pop-culture junkie’s skull – appropriate, since the song will run over the closing credits to the upcoming found-footage horror anthology film V/H/S, which screens at South By Southwest next week and will be on demand in August.
It begins as a simple homage to a famous scene from Back to the Future, but then quickly ups the ante, trotting out nods to The Simpsons, Batman, Troll 2, and a bevy of other ephemera. Give the clip a spin below, and see how many references you can pick up.
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Did you get all that? Even among the minds at EW, there were still some gaps, and we had to watch it a handful of times before we could even grab out that cavalcade in the beginning that includes Marge Simpson and Spider-Man. And we’re not entirely sure whether or not the oil is a nod to The X-Files or some other thing we’re missing.
How many did you spot? Let’s see if we can’t get a complete list in the comments.