"A little blood never hurt anybody."
That's what I assume The Weeknd told director Grant Singer as they both mapped out the vision for his latest offering.
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, just released a roller coaster of a short film that begins with a mysterious drive down a winding road before turning into a bloody slasher flick.
In other words, this new 12-minute movie-like music video is exactly what you'd expect from the Grammy award-winning Canadian with a passion for horror films.
It's simply titled "Mania."
The masterpiece begins with The Weeknd's angelic vocals floating over the sight of a black leopard named Murphy, according to Mashable.
As the 26-year-old singer's new song "All I Know" plays in the background, the scene quickly flips to show The Weeknd piloting a brand new McLaren bearing a vanity license plate reading, "Starboy."
As he makes his way through the winding, hilly roads, it is unclear where he's going. Finally, he pulls into a sketchy alleyway before making his way through a mysterious backdoor that leads to a nightclub of sorts.
That's when things really start to get interesting. Let's just say things get SO interesting that the short film soon turns into a gruesome, bloody hell at around the 6-minute mark.
Throughout "Mania," viewers are given a peek at the new material The Weeknd has under wraps. New songs featured in the short film include "All I Know," "Party Monster," "I Can Feel It Coming" and "Sidewalks."
While these soothing tracks are clearly designed to unleash a flurry of blissful, euphoric emotions, the visual content throughout the Grant Singer-directed short reminds fans that The Weeknd will always have a dark, mysterious side.
Hey, that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone! Most of his music is inspired by old horror films.
In a past interview with Complex, Tesfaye told reporters,
Something tells me "Starboy" won't be too far off from his past bone-chilling works of art.
Check out the video above!