Katy Perry Is a Man-Zapping Cleopatra in Superpowered 'Dark Horse' Video

Juicy J emerges from a sarcophagus in clip for 'Prism' hit

Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Katy Perry borrowed Cleopatra's look for her performance at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday night, and now we know why: The official video for her trap-minded Juicy J team-up "Dark Horse" takes place in "Memphis, Egypt, a crazy long time ago." So says the title card at the start of the colorful new clip, but the theme is more than apparent in the elaborate stagecraft and costume, the dancing cat gods and the weird genie dudes, and also that gigantic CG pyramid that our heroine climbs toward the end. As for narrative, Perry plays a living goddess who's brought various fineries by would-be suitors — diamonds, gold, Hot Cheetos... you get the idea.

"Dark Horse," which hails from Prism, no doubt looks to extend its four-week run on the top of the Hot 100.

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