While, it’s fair to say that music videos don’t get as many opportunities to explore horror themes as I would like, there still is an impressive helping of ones over the years that have visited the horror genre in an interesting way. We owe some of the greater accomplishments to video directors such as Floria Sigismondi, Samuel Bayer and Chris Cunningham. I’ve assembled a pretty eclectic mix of horror themed music videos that have paid homage to the genre in great ways. This certainly is not ALL the videos ever created in this genre, but it is some of the best or more noted.Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without Michael Jackson’s Thriller, a historical accomplishment in the halls of music and horror hall of fame.
Now to be fair, some of these fall into the disturbing category more than straight horror, but then again that’s subjective. A few of these easily fall into the most disturbing music videos of all time
Not in ranking order:
01- Metallica – Until It Sleeps
A great piece of work that pays tribute to the images of famed painted Hieronymus Bosch. To see his painted images come to life in visual form is quite uniquely bizarre and haunting at the same time.
02- Tool – Sober
Tool stands among one of the few acts to have created a single video style that transcends everything in its path. It’s use of clay creepy objects and abstract visuals makes for one of the more dynamic video bands to ever contribute to the music video horror genre.
03- Aphex Twins – Come to Daddy
Chris Cunningham has a knack for stylistic directed videos. This one in particular has stayed on horror music lists since its inception. That “Pulse” looking mouth creature at the end is the stuff of nightmares.
04- Michael Jackson – Thriller
An icon for horror music videos. This music video is closer to a small film. It may echo with that 80’s look, but it made more of an impact than any video in horror history.
05- Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
A long time favorite instilled with nightmare concepts out of the head of Floria Sigismondi. Manson on stilts….pretty creep ass sh*t. A video and style that has been emulated several times since creation.
06- Mushroomhead – Burn
07- Motionless In White – Creatures
Probably the best on this list next to Marilyn Manson. This music video is by far the creepiest around using a modern approach to horror and editing. Fantastic piece of work. I wish they made more like this
08- David Bowie – The Hearts Filthy Lesson
A Samuel Bayer directed release. His vision has always brought a certain surreal approach to music video themes. This one he explores a post apocalyptic environment, that uses the innovative music of Bowie to compliment this surreal tonality of existence.
09- Greg Kihn Band – Jeopardy (HQ)
A classic from the 80’s. Greg Kihn is not someone you usually think “horror” but in this case, this cheesy done creation uses the props, and practical effects from a pre-computer CGI age that is campy and fun to watch. One of my earlier favorites.
10- Impaled – Operating Theater