14 legitimately disturbing music videos to make your Halloween less vanilla-flavored

The thing about rounding up scary music videos for Halloween is that so rarely are they actually scary; Michael Jackson as a zombie/werewolf/come hither teenager? Meh. Alice Cooper, GWAR, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Insane Clown Posse...NOT SCARY. Predictable and funny maybe, but goosefleshing? Disturbing? Meh.

Here are 14 videos that are legitimately scary, creepy, unsettling, violent, offensive, and not safe for most work places. Happy Halloween!

Gorgoroth, "Carving a Giant"

Just another day at the office for Gorgoroth; a lot of this is for real, used in their regular stage show (if that's ever to happen again).

Henry Rollins, "Liar"

I remember seeing this when I was a kid and thinking "awesome." That doesn't mean it's not scary (if you've ever seen the video of Rollins punching a Black Flag fan in the head you'll know what I mean).

HEALTH, "We Are Water"

Eric Wareheim used to be a bassist in a gothic hardcore band from Pennsylvania called Ink & Dagger. Now he stars in the weirdest show on television and makes little pieces of cinematic fuckery for great bands. The payoff here is pure revenge camp.

Aphex Twin, "Windowlicker"

Between Aphex Twin's brilliant, bizarre sensibilities and Chris Cunningham's askew take on compelling beauty you get one of the best videos of the last twenty years.

Pearl Jam, "Do The Evolution"

What's scarier than the truth?

Yeah Yeah Yeah, "Y Control"

The juxtaposition of Karen O's enthusiasm and the grey, bloodshot little school children makes for a fun-damentally creepy video.

Grateful Dead, "Touch of Grey"


Genesis, "Land of Confusion"


Tool, "Sober"

All children of the eighties got the bottom of their spine tickled by this video (and most of Tool's others). Poor little clay man.

Gravediggaz, "Diary of a Madman"

They were trying to.

Salem, "Piggyhog"


Interpol, "Evil"

Again with the puppets, but this time with black-clad Manhattan gadflies providing the soundtrack.

Daft Punk, "Technologic"

It's not easy having our digireality refracted back at us, is it? Hits a little too close to home?

Pumpkin Dance!

In one million years, after the evolution of dance into purely psychological expression, they will still look back at Pumpkin Man and get confused. Moves for the ages.

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