Her Blood is Poison


In director Justin Zaharczuk’s dark video for Otto Von Shcirach’s song, “Her Blood is Poison,” two officers attempt to arrest a very small, but very aggressive, man beneath a blunt techno beat and evil-sounding, distorted robot vocals. Then there's a small figurine, reminiscent of Big Boy, to offset the paranoid image of a man huddled in a shadowed corner of an empty room, bent over on a park bench or illuminated behind ambiguous bars. The effect of the compilation is like a twisted art house depiction of Cops. The mostly black-and-white raw imagery receives occasional hits of bright red, yellow and green highlights–but not nearly enough to banish the video’s pervasive nightmarish feeling. Lulu McAllister