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Top 10 Horror Themed Music Videos

Christopher Horton 6 Comments

There is only one thing I am more fanatical about than horror… Music!

So when an artist decides to blend horror into their music video, I am happier than Rob Schneider when an Adam Sandler script calls for an “antisocial loser”.

It’s probably a tough decision to make a “red band” video as an artist, as you know it will never get any mainstream airplay.

That being said, this was  a tough list to come up with. I did a lot of second guessing, and editing. But I finally came up with my personal definitive list (As of today, anyway. I have the attention span of a gerbil on methamphetamine).

There are so many bands out there that are horror-themed, but I didn’t want to use too many of the obvious artists. There’s a whole slew of Death Metal acts out there that literally will not film a music video without boobs and blood in it. It is written in their contract or something. Boobs and blood=$$$$$. I get it.  AND 16 year old boys LOVE IT.

But there’s only so much one can take, when it comes to inverted crosses and death metal dudes running around the snow covered forest after a naked girl that they want to sacrifice.

I find it infinitely more interesting when say, a country band makes a horror themed music video (like Delta Rae) or someone breaks the molds of animation (Meshuggah).  But you still have some of the brutal stuff here too (Cattle Decapitation) and some tasteless silliness ( Cradle of Filth). Maybe you’ll find a new favorite!

So without further ado, I present to you my favorite horror themed music videos.

I think it goes without saying, but most of these are Not safe for work.

1. Cradle of Filth – “From the Cradle to Enslave”

Long before Alex Chandon was making Indie Horror movies like “Inbred” and “Cradle of Fear”, he was making music videos with his buddies, Cradle of Filth. Do you like your metal tinged with elaborate 19th century-sounding English poetry? Do you like a ludicrous amount of blood spill and gaudy perversion? Then you’re going to love Cradle of Filth! Purposely over-the-top silliness!

2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Y Control”

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs seemed to come out of nowhere in the early 2000′s and immediately took over the indie scene with their punk attitudes and Karen O’s memorable voice. Karen went on to do the soundtrack for the American remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”  with Trent Reznor. This video was banned in several places due to the fact that children are playing out the horror in the video. But they refused to edit the video in any way, which meant it didn’t get any MTV attention.  Frankly, I think people just need to lighten up. Here it is, in all it’s unedited glory.

3. Every Time I Die – “I Suck (Blood)”

Every Time I Die has been a part of the hardcore scene for quite a while, usually flying just under the radar. It seems like the past few years has belonged to them, however. They are by far one of my favorite bands of all time. I’m glad their new found mainstream success has allowed them to make videos, like this one. What happens when the prey becomes the stalker? What if they get off on it? This stalker might want to invest in a new hobby.

4. Aphex Twin – “Come to Daddy”

Who knew that dirty drum and bass, and a spoken line from Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” would make such an impact? This is an oldie, but I figured I would post it for the 8 people that probably haven’t seen it. Directed by Chris Cunningham and shot in the same council estates that Stanley Kubrick shot” A Clockwork Orange” .  Featuring creeptastic children, all sharing Richard’s face. I know one thing for sure: Richard D James (a.k.a Aphex Twin) is one creepy dude.

5. Deftones – “You’ve Seen the Butcher”

Another one of my favorite bands. Everything about this song/video is sexy. Especially with the 300 gallons of blood featured at the end of the video. The rhythm is sexy, the downtuned guitars, the lyrics…and of course the hotties dancing…in blood.  Maybe I should’ve went to those therapy sessions my mother wanted me to go to as a child?

6. Tesseract – Singularity

A great “newish” progressive rock band hailing from the UK. Here we have a girl in a hotel room, having a fantasy that’s not quite human. She discovers its not just a fantasy, at the end. Something is inside her.

7. Meshuggah – “I am Colossus”

Its no secret that Meshuggah is one of the best metal bands in the world, but they very rarely release videos to promote their albums. Here we have one of the most creepy animation films I have ever seen. It’s very difficult to create creepy animation, without ripping off any of Tool’s masterpiece stop-motion efforts. I think they not only made something original, but wholly disturbing as well.

8. Dir En Grey – “Obscure”

Meanwhile, in Japan…WTF???!!!

Im pretty sure the making of this video involved filming what goes on in Takashi Miike’s head. Dir En Grey’s video for “Obscure” is definitely one for the books. If there’s some sort of story-line here, I have missed it completely.

  • Perversion? Check.
  • Blood? Check.
  • Vomit? Check.
  • 1000 WTF moments in under 5 minutes? Check.

Here is it…for better or worse.

9. Delta Rae – “Bottom of The River”

It’s country. It’s a-cappella. Its creepy as hell. Im sure this village will think twice from now on, when they try to drown a witch. That is, if there’s any villagers left! There is some really cool camera work in this one.

10. Cattle Decapitation – “Kingdom of Tyrants”

If you are familiar with this band, you probably saw their name at the beginning of this article and thought “He’s going to post “Forced Gender Reassignment”. While “Forced” is hands-down the most gory and offensive music video of all time, I find this one more artful. If you want to look up the other video, be my guest! BUT its not for the faint of heart, and the video depicts exactly what the title says. “Kingdom of Tyrants” is actually a short film, more so than a music video. It is definitely tame by the band’s usual standards, but amazing nonetheless.

What are some of your favorites?

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      1. Tiago July 25, 2013 at 4:00 am

        There is a 20min video clip of Nine Inch Nails Ep’s Broken. That is one of the sickest things i’ve seen.

      2. raoul July 25, 2013 at 5:51 am

        Ahah, cool article.
        I”m not willing to make publicitiy, but here are three horror-based video clips that you may enjoy watching: http://www.horroronscreen.com/2013/06/27/freaky-modern-music-clip/

      3. Tiffy July 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

        I’ve often thought that ‘Deeper Underground’ by Jamiroquai is very horror inspired if not directly horror. There’s quite a number of elements within it and I’ve always believed a particular moment is a direct reference to the ‘helicopter through the roof’ scene from Demons. But even without that – there’s plenty of horror reference and it even bears some resemblance to Cloverfield – more-so than the Godzilla film that it was made for. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIUAC03YMlA

      4. Bassbait October 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

        Wow, I am surprised you ended the list with Cattle Decapitation’s Kingdom of Tyrants and not Forced Gender Reassignment. I was hoping for FGR but Kingdom of Tyrants is definitely the better music video of the two.

        I’m surprised you didn’t include Cephalic Carnage’s “Ohrwurm” which is pretty messed up.

      5. Stephanie Mireille Chan November 20, 2013 at 4:32 am

        One of my favorite horror-themed music videos is A Little Piece of Heaven by Avenged Sevenfold. Brings out the sadist in me :P I really like the story though.

      6. FTWSE April 19, 2014 at 11:21 am

        Nice list! Another favorite of mine is the video for Aesop Rock’s “Coffee”

        In case you’re interested, here’s another horror themed music video I made (inspired 70s horror and of course werewolves).