Halloween music video countdown 2019: Rob Zombie conjures German Expressionism for "Living Dead Girl"

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      Rob Zombie is well-known to be a student of horror-movie history. His band White Zombie was, in fact, named after a 1932 fright flick starring Bela Lugosi. Zombie, you may recall, also made a remake of John Carpenter's seminal 1978 slasher movie Halloween. (He followed that up with Halloween II, which, confusingly, was not a remake of the first Halloween II.)

      For the video for "Living Dead Girl", Zombie went even further back for the inspiration—all the way to 1920. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is considered the epitome of German Expressionist cinema, and Zombie (and codirector Joseph Kahn) drew heavily on its imagery. As for the song itself, it opens by sampling two horror-movie trailers: the ones for Lady Frankenstein and Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left.

      Oh, and for the sake of comparison, check out the original movie below, brought to you by the public domain: