'I knew right away it would have massive appeal because I enjoyed the hell out of it,' singer/director Ilya Naishuller tells MTV News about 'Bad Motherf---er.'
You know you're on to something when Frank Ocean, Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky and notorious film badass Samuel L. Jackson offer unsolicited props for your viral music video. It helps, of course, when that video has more blood geysers than a Quentin Tarantino/ Robert Rodriguez highlight reel and the look and feel of the most terrifying/exhilarating first-person shooter video game ever made.
Welcome to the world of "Bad Motherf---er," (Editor's note: clip contains violent imagery) the music video by Russian indie punk band Biting Elbows, which has racked up nearly 10 million views since it was posted on YouTube on March 18. "My friends have been waking me up in the middle of the night with screenshots from Twitter," singer/ video director Ilya Naishuller told MTV News via phone this week about the "so well done" props from the "Black Swan" director. "I set out to do something good, but you don't expect Darren Aronofsky to say it's good."
The five-minute clip follows the travails of an unseen man who is kidnapped by gangsters, who sic an attack dog on him before he exacts his revenge. Over the next four minutes, he blows his enemies away with machine guns, all while hopping and falling down elevator shafts, leaping over and between moving cars and otherwise kicking some serious ass. His goal? To get his hands on a glowing vial that appears to have teleportation powers.
The dizzying action takes place to the pulse of the song's driving electro-punk squall, which, Naishuller said, the band basically wrote to go along with a concept he had for a sequel to their popular 2011 prequel "Stampede." That 2011 clip was shot on a $500 budget, most of which went to rent the prop shotgun and pay for blank rounds (and pizza for the crew).