Halloween is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to dig out the spookiest music videos we can find to scare ourselves silly.
Some artists have created videos that are truly bone-chilling and, in some cases, stomach-churning. Seriously, these videos will scar your brain and give you nightmares.
You’ve been warned!
Aphex Twin, ‘Rubber Johnny’
Electronica artist Aphex Twin has worked with director Chris Cunningham to create some of the creepiest, bat-sh*t scary music videos out there.
‘Come to Daddy’ is the one that often gets mentioned as his most disturbing but we think ‘Rubber Johnny’ is even more terrifying.
It focuses on the lonely life of a deformed, wheelchair-bound teenager who’s locked in a basement with only his pet Chihuahua for company.
Skrillex, ‘First of the Year (Equinox)’
The video for Skrillex’s ‘First of the Year (Equinox)’ tackles the horror of real-life monsters – paedophiles – but with a wicked twist.
A predatory old man on the hunt for young victims soon becomes the hunted after an encounter with a girl with special dubstep powers.
Broken Social Scene, ‘Sweetest Kill’
Canadian music collective Broken Social Scene make twee indie pop. So this gory video about a woman who bludgeons her lover to death in graphic detail was a bit shocking to say the least.
Nine Inch Nails, ‘Happiness In Slavery’
Nine Inch Nails’ bondage video for ‘Happiness In Slavery’ was banned upon its release for its extreme scenes of torture.
It shows performance artist Bob Flanagan strapping himself into a machine which goes on to impale, drill and tear apart his skin – and, yes, he’s enjoying every single moment.
Marilyn Manson, ‘Sweet Dreams’
There’ll be no sweet dreams for anyone who watches the video for Manson’s cover of Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’.
The singer can be seen tearing around an abandoned building wearing a wedding dress, dressed up in a tutu and even riding a pig.
Dave Stewart once said ‘the video was one of the scariest things I’d seen at the time’. We agree.
Dizzee Rascal, ‘Couple Of Stacks’
The rapper got into the Halloween spirit with this gruesome music video for his grime track ‘Couple Of Stacks’.
Dizzee plays a murderer who disembowels, mutilates and beheads his victims in scenes inspired by several ’80s horror movies.
Flying Lotus, ‘Ready Err Not’
A bloody bathtub full of decapitated heads, babies wolfing down intestines and eyeballs growing spider legs are just some of the many disturbing images in Flying Lotus’ video for ‘Ready Err Not’.
The video, directed by David Firth, may be animated but we’re still traumatised.
Die Antwoord, ‘Evil Boy’
South African hip hop band Die Antwoord’s track is all about tribal circumcision so of course they fill the video with loads of penises. You can marvel (and shudder) at the sight of rapper Ninja using his as a microphone, Yolandi’s nipples being replaced with eyeballs and Diplo being chained up.
Fever Ray, ‘If I Had A Heart’
Swedish musician Fever Ray collaborated with Andreas Nilsson to create a quiet sense of menace in the video for ‘If I Had A Heart’.
It starts off with a couple of kids carrying a torch and taking a boat down a river which leads them to a mansion littered with dead bodies.
As if that’s not creepy enough, singer Karin Dreijer Andersson appears in skeleton face paint.
Robbie Williams, ‘Rock DJ’
OK, this one isn’t scary – but the bit where Robbie Williams strips off his skin and starts ripping off chunks of himself (butt cheeks included) to feed the models around him is super gross.
VIXX, ‘Voodoo Doll’
K-pop videos are usually too slick to feature full-on gore but boyband VIXX’s video for ‘Voodoo Doll’ is another level of creepy.
The bandmates play the ex-lovers of a woman who is determined to get revenge of them via a voodoo doll.
Cue lots of shots of skin being pierced and mutilated. Ew.