"Born Villain", the new video from Marilyn Manson, can be seen at the shock-rocker's official Vimeo page. The not-safe-for-work short film was directed by "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf and draws heavily from very intense, graphic imagery, specifically a famous French surrealist short film, Shakespeare and theology.
"The song has all these references to 'Macbeth' and all this Shakespeare and heavy theology, so we tried to make Manson's 'Un Chien Andalou' macabre 'Macbeth' that's sort of what that became," LaBeouf told MTV News.
"Marilyn Manson to me is an indelible figure," the actor said. "He's a big deal to me, and in my childhood, I don't know of a scarier figure in art. He, in my teenage years, was the scariest thing in the world, so part of me has always been intrigued."
To celebrate the LaBeouf-directed video, LaBeouf and Manson will make a joint appearance at a one-time-only book signing and screening Thursday, September 1 at Hennessey + Ingalls bookstore in Los Angeles from 8 to 10 p.m. The 18-and-up event is private and limited to 150 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to receive tickets, those who wish to attend must purchase the limited-edition "Born Villain" photo book at the Hennessey + Ingalls web site, which also comes with a copy of the short film.
LaBeouf previously directed Cage's "I Never Knew You" video. He appears in the third "Transformers" movie, "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon", which opened on June 29.
Manson's eighth studio album is expected before the end of the year through Cooking Vinyl Records.
Drummer Ginger Fish (real name: Kenneth Robert Wilson) quit MARILYN MANSON in February and has since joined ROB ZOMBIE.
MARILYN MANSON in 2009 parted ways with longtime record label Interscope following the disappointing sales performance of the shock-rocker's latest album, entitled "The High End Of Low".
"The High End Of Low" was Manson's first album with longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez since 2000's "Holy Wood".