Video Review: Kix “Don’t Close Your Eyes”

In black-and-white, the waves crash into the ocean while a few cars drive by the mountains. A small tree with only a few leaves stands. A young woman stares out her window as she sits in her bedroom. Lit in cardinal red, Steve sings into a microphone on stage while Ronnie, Brian, Donnie and Jimmy play their instruments.

The young woman watches the blood red trees sway by the window. A door closes. She lies on the bed and puts the bottle of blue-coated pills on the table. Her eyes wide, she remains motionless. A gasp of air jerks her awake. She stares at a photo of her boyfriend in the frame as she holds the phone. A person on a bicycle rides over the tree in the sand as she hangs up the phone. She gets up in bed and opens the bottle of pills. The young woman hangs from a tree. She stares at the pills on the table.

Rating: 1/5

The young woman slumps in the chair and says her life is ruined. Her mom sits next to her and her boyfriend loves her. She folds her arms and mutters, “not enough.” The young woman says he was talking to a group of young women in class and they weren’t even popular. He was probably interested in one of them. Her mom says he was just being nice. The young woman replies it’s not like him to be that nice.

She takes the pills out of the medicine cabinet. In the family, she puts a hand on her forehead and says she has a horrible headache. Her mom says for her to lie down for an hour or so. The young woman lies on her bed and swallows several pills. It knocks her out.

As she paces her room, she thinks of her boyfriend with someone else and her friends laughing at her. She can’t face them. In her closet, she searches for old bikini tops. She takes her keys and tells her mom she’s going to the beach. At around 10 p.m., a young man says it was her and he doesn’t understand. Her mom, with her hand on her mouth, says “no, no, no” over and over again. It couldn’t be true.

Director: N/A Year: 1988

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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 poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.