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Autopsy cover
Video by Marilyn Manson
Released November 14, 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre Surrealism
Length 2:13
Label Nothing, Interscope
Director Marilyn Manson, Dave Sardy
Producer Marilyn Manson, Dave Sardy
Marilyn Manson video chronology
God Is in the T.V.
Guns, God and Government World Tour

"Autopsy" is a short, surrealist film by Marilyn Manson. In 2004, the film was re-released as an easter egg on the Lest We Forget – The Best Of bonus DVD, which can be viewed by highlighting Manson's crotch on the Special Features menu.


"Autopsy" is a two minute short film directed by Marilyn Manson and D. Sardy, released online on November 14, 2000 by Interscope Records. It features an instrumental loop of "GodEatGod", from Marilyn Manson's fourth studio album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), which "Autopsy"'s release coincided with. The short film was hosted by Interscope's official website, and was accessed through running the "START.exe" file included on the Holy Wood album, on a personal computer. "Autopsy" is no longer hosted online and as such, this START.exe file leads to a broken link when accessed.

The video features Manson on an autopsy table, having his cranium opened, from which a fetus is extracted. This could be reference to the birth of the Greek goddess Athena, whom had been the result of a tryst that Zeus had with Metis. Out of fear of Metis conceiving children more powerful than he, Zeus swallowed her. His actions were too late however, as Metis had already conceived Athena from within him. Another interpretation of the short film could be the recurring theme of emotionally neglected children throughout Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), and this could be the child theoretically hiding within himself.