A Halloween Grimoire – Cannibal Corpse – Devoured By Vermin

There are other grisly Cannibal Corpse videos I could’ve picked but I’ve chosen this one (taken from 1996’s ‘Vile’) from the memories of first seeing it. And watching it back, it’s delightfully creepy, kooky and brutal in more ways than one. Filmed mostly in black and white, it’s gleefully unsettling throughout – Corpsegrinder pictured with blood dripping from his mouth, a brief yet brutal scene featured someone haplessly having their head smashed into the ground again and again by their killer, and that scene where the hands come from the abyss to drag the unsuspecting victim into the darkness. Yes, yes and yes! And that’s before we even get to the song itself, which just plain fucking kills.
Granted, Cannibal Corpse’s videos aren’t half as gruesome as the lyrics they pen, but this one had just the right amount of everything for me. The mostly black and white visuals and constant shroud of darkness gives the video the grim and nasty B-movie sheen that it needs. I do wish they delivered more in this vein – the crushing albums they deliver time and time again deserve it.
Peter Clegg
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