In the gory clip, which clocks in at over eight minutes, Gyllenhaal returns to the dark side as a rave-attending, molly-dipping psychopath, donning a fencing mask and rapier, and brutally murdering unsuspecting hipsters and club kids.
The dark visual is half slasher sendup, half 'American Psycho,' (in fact, Bret Easton Ellis tweeted to say that he "really really likes" the video earlier today), a far cry from Gyllenhaal's recent turn in 'Prince of Persia,' or his last video role, playing tennis with Joe Jonas in Vampire Weekend's visual for 'Giving Up the Gun.'
"Jake Gyllenhaal and I had been talking about working together on something, and I got sent 'Time To Dance' by The Shoes, who are my favorite band, so I wanted to bring Jake in on that," explained 'Time to Dance' director Daniel Wolfe, in an interview with Spinner/RPM. "I pitched the idea to him, and he liked it, which was great."
"My brother and I had been chatting about doing a British take on the slasher genre for a while, but as a music video, and instead of seeing it from the victim's perspectives, we wanted to be with the killer, spend some downtime with him," the director continued. "To then be able to work with Jake Gyllenhaal on it was great. The Shoes' music is very cinematic, I had the privilege of working with them before, they're open to ideas, and they gave us the freedom to make 'Time to Dance.'"