Aside from its initial release in California, Broken has never been made available to the public in an official form--it was quickly removed from shelves because it looked too much like a snuff film. And, indeed, it does--it is a brutal and disturbing piece of cinema and a brilliant fusion of film and music that few artists would ever attempt. To explain, The Broken Movie is a film that was made to accompany NIN's Broken EP (their second major release). Broken consists of a frame story about a man who has been kidnapped by a maniac and is torture while being forced to watch NIN videos. The film features videos for each of the first five songs on the EP (Pinion, Wish, Last, Help Me I am in Hell, and Happiness in Slavery). Of the videos only Wish was ever released to MTV. Probably the most memorable of the videos is Happiness in Slavery which features a man strapped to a device that is slowly dismembered and ground into meat to feed flowers. Reznor makes sure to graphically and unflinchingly depict the man's castration. Yet it is none of these videos that has kept the film from being released, for all five of them are available on Closure. Instead, it is the frame story and the film's final scene which is set to the last song on the EP (except for the two secret songs, an original song entitled Suck and a cover of Soft Cell's Memorabilia). Set to the EP's final song, Gave Up, the final scene depicts the ultimate torture and murder of the kidnapped man in the frame story. Gritty and brutally depicted for the entire length of the song, it is this disturbing video for Gave Up that ultimately kept the film from ever reaches fans' hands through official channels. But for those who love NIN and appreciate Reznor's older, more experimental period, The Broken Movie will no doubt be a treat, if such a word can be applied to such a gory, disgusting, and brilliant little film.