Nine Inch Nails: The Broken Movie


Main Details
Premiere Date 1993
Category Promotional Video
Director Peter Christopherson
Notes Unofficially released in 1993 as a promotional device for the Nine Inch Nails album "Broken". The film contains music videos for all the songs on the album, linked by a plot involving a man being kidnapped, tortured and forced to watch NIN videos, whose kidnapper eventually gets apprehended and executed (the video for "Gave Up" appearing in the film shows police breaking into the kidnapper's hideout while he kills his victim).

Most bootleg copies of the video circulated between 1993 and 2006 omitted the video for "Help Me I Am in Hell", only playing the audio during that part. On 30 December 2006, however, an account called "seed0", believed by many to be NIN bandleader Trent Reznor, uploaded an ISO image of a high-quality DVD version, including the video for "Help Me I Am in Hell", to The Pirate Bay. Reznor also posted to NIN's official forums, saying "This is a guilt-free download - if you know what I'm talking about, cool". "seed0" had previously uploaded ISO files for an unreleased DVD edition of the band's VHS "Closure".

It is believed that musician Gibby Haynes (formerly of the Butthole Surfers) leaked his copy, according to a Q&A with Reznor where he explains he blacked out certain parts of the video on copies of the VHS he handed out to his friends, so he could identify whose copy got out there if it was leaked.


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