With its synth-like rattlesnake hiss, Billie Eilish’s five-time platinum on the ARIA Charts—is that even a no-brainer with how many dangerous animals hide out in Australia’s summer?—hit ‘bury a friend’ is the perfect Halloween staple.
For one, its music video, directed by The Nun II director Michael Chaves, starts with a jump-scare akin to something taken out of The Exorcist. Calvin Adrian Parkinson leaps out of bed, uttering an auto-tuned zapped, “Billie.” She’s in her blue hair era below him on the bottom bunk. Her eyes are black, giving us our first noticeable clue that she’s somewhat of a demon.
If you’re following this time capsule to 2019 along with us, then we do have to warn you that it’s not for the faint of heart. There’s a needle warning.
Flicker the lights three times, and Billie Eilish appears
However, DP (that’s director of photography for those who didn’t attend film school) Tristan Nyby also plays with lightning extraordinarily. We first see his work when Eilish enters the hallway, dancing in synchronization with the techno beat. Every drum beat clash means a play with the light switch. That then spirals into a mid-shot of Eilish’s face, watching the contacts in her eyes flicker to a reptilian green.
Yeah, there’s a reason we started by mentioning cold-blooded animals. Although the tarantula is actually in the vertical video for ‘you should see me in a crown,’ this was the second foray into Billie Eilish symbolically using these creatures to explain her mindset.
With more sounds of a scream, the uncomfortable crack in a straightened neck, and even the going off of a timer, it's the perfect example of how brother FINNEAS helps soundboard Eilish’s tunes.
Since we’re more falling into the trick than the delectable treat, this is what you need to leave your friend frightened.