Watch: Imagine Dragons create creepy mini-movie for ‘Next To Me’

Imagine Dragons took music videos to another level on Tuesday when they released a mini-movie for their single “Next To Me.” You can watch the film by playing the video above and download the single on iTunes.

The “Next To Me” movie is 11 minutes long and definitely isn’t suitable for all music fans. The video stars Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds as a man whose one bad choice lands him on Death Row, facing the end of his life and separated from the woman he loves, played by Reynolds’ real-life wife Aja Volkman. According to a report from Billboard, part of the video was shot inside an actual prison in the band’s hometown of Las Vegas – which was daunting for Reynolds since he suffers from claustrophobia.

“The cells were tiny and I’m extremely claustrophobic because I was locked in a tiny box as a prank by one of my brothers when I was little,” Reynolds told Billboard. “He was doing a magic trick and he kept me in a box too long.”

Needless to say, the mini-movie does not have a happy ending, but it’s a video that will leave fans thinking about it well after it’s over. It’s darker, more intense and more uncomfortable than the ordinary music video, and definitely makes an audience look at the song in a whole different way.

Another interesting fact about the project is that it’s directed by Mark Pellington, who directed multiple episodes of NBC‘s action thriller “Blindspot” including the show’s stellar pilot. But aside from his TV work, Pellington has a lengthy history in the music world. He’s directed short films for Demi Lovato, Natasha Bedingfield, Foo Fighters and Linkin Park, to name only a handful of acts he’s worked with since 1992. Yet Pellington may have outdone himself with “Next To Me,” which is memorable, visually appealing and a little scary all at the same time.

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Want to see Imagine Dragons live? Below are all of Imagine Dragons’ 2018 tour dates, with tickets for select shows available through AXS. Don’t forget to check out AXS Premium seating offers and VIP package options for AXS ticketed events:

June 5 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
June 6 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
June 8 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
June 9 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
June 11 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
June 13 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Budweiser Stage
June 16 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
June 17 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
June 19 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 21 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 22 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
June 24 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
June 26 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
June 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
June 29 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 30 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 2 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
July 3 – Virginia Beach, CA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
July 5 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
July 7 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
July 8 – Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
July 10 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
July 11 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 13 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 14 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center (Click here for tickets)
July 16 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Click here for tickets)
July 18 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
July 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
July 24 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
July 26 – Bozeman, MT – Bobcat Stadium
July 30 – Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena
Aug. 01 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Aug. 02 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Aug. 04 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 05 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Aug. 07 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater
Aug. 09 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

For more on Imagine Dragons, visit their band page at AXS.

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