Let dance-pop artist Bonnie McKee be the first to usher in the forthcoming Halloween season with her brand new music video "Sleepwalker". The 29-year-old singer fights off zombies in the six-minute clip, which director Patrick Hoelck fashioned after Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" video complete with '80s horror movie graphics.
But the plot has somehow been updated to the present time, with the romantic pair in the story being McKee and the other lead character, young actress Kelsey Chow, who share a kiss just before they are about to fend off zombie invaders with hockey sticks. After the pair successfully flee from the bloodied house party, the clip ends with McKee's eyes suspiciously and eerily lighting up like how the King of Pop did with co-star Ola Ray in "Thriller".
By fittingly premiering the creepy visuals of "Sleepwalkers" a couple of weeks before Halloween comes around, McKee may be onto a clever strategy in promoting her music. Last July, she unveiled the video of her patriotic song "American Girl", the lead single to her forthcoming sophomore album that comes out next year, a week before the Fourth of July celebrations were to break out.
Although it follows the July-released "American Girl", McKee says "Sleepwalkers" is not a follow-up single but rather an "in betwingle," or the track in between two official singles. The electro-pop tune was co-created by McKee's boyfriend, Oliver "Oligee" Goldstein, with German producer Boys Noize and L.A. DJ U-Tern.
Bonnie McKee's "Sleepwalker" music video