So, keeping up with the tradition of the Halloween specials everywhere, we decided to make our special list of scary music videos. Some of them may not be that scary, but we found them somehow creepy (besides the fact of the good music) and that’s why we decided to include them in this halloween top 10! Being the #1 the most creepiest for us. Check them out!
10 – Michael Jackson’s Ghosts!
While everybody keeps remembering the classic “Thriller” (which seems to be the Halloween hymn every year), we decided to keep looking in Michael Jackson’s repertory and we found the second “Thriller” of his career! Yeap, do you remember the song “Ghosts”? This was a short film or sort of a long music video, filmed and first screened in 1996, starring Michael Jackson and co-written by the great Stephen King. The story of the film is based on the life of a scary Maestro with some kind of supernatural powers, forced out of a small town by its own mayor. The video features some dance routines performed by the Michael, in a big effort to be… “Michael Jackson”!
9 – Oomph!
Here we found a great German rock band, being good at what Germans best do “Industrial Metal”. With a peculiar name and often compared to the famous band Rammstein, the band Oomph! is one of the pioneers of the Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness) movement. Now, “Augen auf!” is one of the most known songs of the band and its music video is partially inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”.
8 – Hard! Rock! Hallelujah!
In 1992, a Finnish special effect make-up artist known as Mr. Lordi decided to start a heavy metal/hard rock band called Lordi. The Finnish rock band is best known for their melodic rock sound and they are characterized for wearing some creepy costumes with monster masks and for using horror elements with pyrotechnics during their concerts and in their music videos. Here, Mr. Lordi is the responsible one for the songwriting of the band and for creating all the masks, costumes, graphics and stage props.
7 – The “Salvation”of the Cranberries
The Cranberries is one of the most famous Irish rock bands with a big commercial success that rose to international fame in the 90’s. As part of their third studio album To the Faithful Departed, they produced the music video for the song “Salvation” in 1996. This is one of their most admired videos, showing a really bizarre scenario to represent the effects of drugs use and abuse. About the song, Dolores O’Riordan said that it wasn’t supposed to tell people what to do, but it was rather a personal reflection.
6 – Die Antwoord’s Pitbull Terrier!
Die Antwoord was born in 2008 in the city of Cape Town in South Africa basing their image on a counterculture movement created in South Africa, known as Zef; described by Yolandi as “you’re poor but you’re fancy. You’re poor but you’re sexy, you’ve got style”. So, the South African Zef ambassadors released the song “Pitbull Terrier” last year on their third studio album Donker Mag and the music video produced by their frontman Ninja, follows around a grotesque, surreal and violent Pitbull, who terrorises members of the general public.
5 – Getting “Closer” to NIN
This one is another classic for all the halloween top lists, featuring by one of the biggest representatives of the American Industrial Rock, led by its mastermind Trent Reznor. Of course, we are talking about Nine Inch Nails. The song “closer” is featured in their album The Downward Spiral and the video directed by Mark Romanek, shows a scenery that seems to be like a 19th-century mad-scientist’s laboratory and tries to represent some kind of meditation about religion, sexuality, animal cruelty, politics, and terror.
4 – Just “Tool”!
An American rock band with many labels: Alternative metal, progressive metal, progressive rock, psychedelic rock and art rock, among others. That is what characterizes the band Tool, described by Patrick Donovan (The Age Newspaper) as “the thinking person’s metal band. Cerebral and visceral, soft and heavy, melodic and abrasive, tender and brutal, familiar and strange, western and eastern, beautiful and ugly, taut yet sprawling and epic, they are a tangle of contradictions”. The music video for the song “Stinkfist”, created with stop-motion animation techniques, was directed by its guitarist Adam Jones and was placed at number 1 on list of the “Top 10 Most F*ckedUp Videos” of Scuzz TV channel.
3 – The Cure’s Lullaby
The Cure is definitely one of the most renowned and famous British rock bands and main representatives of the post-punk and new wave movements, getting their international fame between the 80’s and early 90’s. The song “Lullaby” is a single from their album Disintegration, first released in 1989. The music video was directed by Tim Pope and features a whole dream (Nightmare) sequence, featuring Robert Smith as both, the cannibalistic spider and the victim.
2 – Marilyn Manson’s Tourniquet
Here we find the controversial king of the grotesque and the one character impossible to ignore in a list like this one. We are talking about the American musician, actor, painter, multimedia artist and also former music journalist, Mr. Marilyn Manson. “Tourniquet” is the second single of the album Antichrist Superstar and its musical video,directed by Floria Sigismondi, features a character of an odd humanoid which is set up on wheels in order to move.
1 – And finally, a closure with a Japanese “Feast of Blood”
Malice Mizer, which means “Malice and Misery”, is the name of this Japanese rock band and one of the biggest representatives of the Visual Kei movement in Japan. The band was characterized first by a French romanticism and classical influences, but later they integrated some Gothic-Victorian features that would mark their identity in future works. The band was also famous for their live shows that usually included historical costumes, stage sets and short theater pieces preluding their songs. Definitely, another creepy band that can’t be ignored in this list!
Hoping you don’t get too much nightmares in this halloween night, stay tuned for more interesting music posts soon.1