When you’re in a famous band and have a bunch of famous friends, what do you do? You make a completely nonsensical video to celebrate Halloween, of course. Arcade Fire gathered a group of their pals together to create Festi; a short “horror film” that features James Murphy, Fleet Foxes and The National. “Slash” and “ZZ Top” are supposedly playing themselves and there might be a brief appearance from Andrew Garfield in there. (And Peter Gabriel too.)
It was written and directed by Noreen Bauble, one of the band’s pseudonyms. (Neon Bible, get it?)
During the course of the film, Tim Kingsbury drinks a haunted bottle of wine and becomes possessed by the ghost of Jim Morrison. Then he gets a little freaky with a knife and has an unfortunate encounter with Régine Chassagne. Members of the band and their management also meet their doom at Kingbury’s hands. This is all while Will Butler tries to escape the curse of turning 27.
Best line? “Their first album Funeral is their best, but their third one won a Grammy.”