Music Video Review: Panic! At the Disco – ‘Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time’

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In true Panic! style, their latest music video release for 'Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time' is a daring dip into the world of horror, gore and some pretty shocking special effects.

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Special Effects! Blood and gore! A quick-step dance number! Brendon Urie as a shapeshifting, tentacled monster…?

It has to be another Panic! At the Disco music video release.

With the recent release of their fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor, Panic have caused a stir once again with the release of the new music video for ‘Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time’. The video, shot entirely in point-of-view perspective, is a three-and-a-half-minute horror-show which, save for spoilers, sees founding member Urie be ‘consumed’ in the party life, be ‘transformed’ into a dancing-pro, and ‘throw himself’ into his usual Panic quirks.

The video opens with a woman getting ready for a night-out as the opening bass-line builds into Urie’s vocals, pouting in the mirror before heading out into the night where she bumps into a sleazy-looking Urie. Apparently nervous, Urie keeps her fed with various glasses, pints and shots until we hit the anthem-like chorus and they hit the dancefloor. In a multitude of impressive jump-cuts, the dance sequence is particularly striking – director Tim Hendrix must be commended.

And just as we think we’re going to be treated to another sleazy night-club video featuring Brendon as the ladies-man who can take any girl home he likes, Urie falls back in shock as the woman’s foot (“What are these footprints? They don’t look very human-like”) has, somehow, gone rather eel-like.

And the realm of the eel-like is where we stay for the remainder of the video; with eye-brows slightly raised, and mouths slightly upturned. It’s difficult to take the video too seriously when the special effects are slightly less than par, slightly less than those used in modern-cinema. And although it adds to the video’s charm – which by this point is heavily reminiscent of those cheesy horror films of the 1960s – it more seems to shoot and miss, in terms of pure thrill-factor at least.

Nevertheless, it’s a video more thrilling than most music-videos of today. And more than a week after its release, it’s a video which doesn’t lose its impact – or its creativity. In fact, it’s a video I could only expect from a band like Panic, and would expect nothing less from.

‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’ is out now via Fueled by Raman, with the video available to watch below.

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