15 supremely cinematic music videos that could (and should) be feature films

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“The Kill (Bury Me)” – 30 Seconds To Mars

This video definitely has something that most of these other videos don’t: an Oscar winner. (Except for “Telephone” because Lady Gaga is an Oscar winner now, too!) Jared Leto took his love of film and his love of music and merged them together to make a cinematic music video for the Thirty Seconds To Mars single “The Kill.”

It may be only five and a half minutes long, but it feels like it spans the length of an entire movie. The visuals were inspired by the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining. Leto and his bandmates are staying in an empty hotel to relax and take some time off from their hectic life when strange things start to happen.

There are many scenes from the iconic horror film that the band recreated, like when drummer Shannon Leto walks into Room 6277 and sees a beautiful woman in the bathroom, the man in a bear costume, and Leto writing on a typewriter.

The band members all start going crazy after a week in the hotel, witnessing twin versions of themselves all over the building and other things that aren’t really there. The video ends with them performing in tuxedos in the ballroom in a room filled with twins, likely a reference to the terrifying twin girls in The Shining.