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Tim Burton directs the Killers’ new ‘Here With Me’ video

The Killers, here performing at the Hollywood Bowl in 2009, have released a video for the song "Here With Me" that was directed by Tim Burton.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The Killers’ new single, “Here With Me,” gets a sweetly morbid boost from director Tim Burton, who shot his second video for the Las Vegas band.

In the video, actor Craig Roberts, affecting his best Bud Cort-meets-Tony Perkins alienated young man, becomes fascinated with a freak show mannequin that occasionally morphs into -- who else? -- Winona Ryder, complete with backstage autograph hounds.

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With lots of signature black-and-white imagery from Burton, the visuals reportedly were inspired by the 1935 film “Mad Love” to amplify the sentiment expressed by singer Brandon Flowers that “I don’t want your picture…. I want you here with me.” Burton also offers a nod or two to suspense master Alfred Hitchcock.

The denouement is a touchingly ambiguous celebration of two kindred spirits finding one another -- perhaps.

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In 2006, Burton also worked with the band on its “Bones” video. The “Here With Me” clip, which premiered today on Vevo, can be seen here:

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