Video Review: Halsey “Nightmare”

In black-and-white, sections of a newspaper flies over a littered New York City, New York street.

Halsey, wearing a leopard print bodysuit, brushes herself off inside a home. She vacuums and puts her hands on her hips.

Back in black-and-white, she sings in the middle of street within a crowd of women. Crows sit  on the ledges on the apartment building.

She spits blood out  from her mouth.

In black-and-white, she sits with Cara Delevigne and Suki Waterhouse on the stoop of an apartment building.

Wearing a black bodysuit, she licks the glass in a room outlined with aqua lasers.

Back in black-and-white, Halsey holds up her sign identifying her as she gets mugshot taken. She puts measuring tape over her stomach, the surgical cuts in drawn with a marker. She pulls her underwear while being booked. Microphones are aimed towards her.

In her home, she holds up a sign stating “You Smile, Asshole.”

Wearing a pantsuit, she walks in the city as it burns. She pushes up her breasts in the leopard print bodysuit.

Sitting in a white and gold painted apartment. she reads the Manic paper with the headline stating “It’s My Turn.” Women in white corsets and fishnet stockings sit on couches beside her. Two women circle one another in the street and fight.

Lit in faded red, she dances against a screen.

Back in black-and-white, she stands by a school bus while 8-year-old girls stand next to her.

Wearing a scarlet dress, she grips the spiderweb. Debbie Harry reads the newspaper during a protest.

Back in black-and-white, Harry stands for her mugshot.

Halsey, in her business suit, sits in the street.

Rating: 1/5

Halsey rubs her fingers together, the ink fading within the lines. She calls her brother and tells him she was arrested. He sighs on the telephone and tells her he’ll scrounge up the money for her bail in the morning. A young woman in a miniskirt and stained top snores next to her. She paces back and forth. She sees Cara Delevigne, Suki Waterhouse and Debbie Harry led to their cells.

Her lawyer tells the state wants to make an example of her. She tells them she was standing up for her rights. Her lawyer says those rights no longer exist. She asked what can be done. Her lawyer says he can fight it. However, a trial would be a formality. The opinion has already been made. She and her friends are refusing to adhere to the status quo.

In the cafeteria, she talks with Debbie Harry. Harry says she’s lived a good life. She’s prepared to be the martyr for the movement. She says her work can’t be for nothing. Halsey her work inspired to speak up. However, the world has changed. Harry says she wants to be alive to see it change back. But Halsey needs to be the one to take over.

In court, the jury sentences her to a life in prison. She shouts that it’s not only her. They can’t suppress an entire generation of women again. The women will rise up again. The judge points to the bailiff. She screams “no!” at the needle as she sees it injected into her shoulder.

Harry visits her and tells her to continue to fight. She has hired lawyers to help with appeals and look into parole. Halsey says they won’t ever let her out. Harry tells her they will find a way and that Halsey has sparked a revolution.

Director: Hannah Lux Davis Year: 2019

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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