Scariest Music Videos

To celebrate Halloween, we picked out 10 spooky videos ranging from the daft to the extreme. Pop your Dracula teeth in, sit back, and enjoy.

Ultimate Guitar

Happy Halloween!

It's one of our favourite times of year, with many rockstars joining in the celebrations with their usual dramatic personas and flair for dressing up like ghouls.

In celebration, we dug through the YouTube archives for the scariest videos ever.

We didn't want to just post nasty, grizzly special effects.

This holiday is about having fun.

As a result, we found a range between "so bad it's good", to ones with a good dollop of artistic integrity.

We stretched beyond the rock realm a little too, but for a good reason - the videos were ace.

So pop your Dracula teeth in, sit back, and enjoy the show. Ready?

Rob Zombie "Dragula"

The former White Zombie singer honed his director cap with his solo music videos. There's nothing cheesy about this clip -- Zombie balances satire with attitude like a master, and cuts in plenty of shots from old films. Well worth watching twice, such is his performance. It could be the ultimate Halloween headbanging anthem.

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The Cure "Lullaby"

For a fairly mainstream act (in their era), The Cure have always had an edge of odd about them. But this video embraced a fear of the night like no other -- and if there's one thing worse than seeing a ghost, it's being devoured by a giant spider. Here's an idea: show it to a kid and list their increasing personality disorders as they age. Actually, don't.

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Ozzy Osbourne "Bark At The Moon"

One of those videos that are so old and bad that they're good. Ozzy plays the part of a werewolf and dead man, but there's one way he could have really been scary -- playing himself as the stuttering, stumbling rocker who bites the head from animals.

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Rockwell "Somebody's Watching Me"

The last thing you want when you're at home alone is a sense of deflating paranoia. So why does Rockwell start hanging out in graveyards and letting black-veiled ghosts into his shower? Sort out your priorities, chap. Mind you, we don't mind the idea that the ghost of Michael Jackson is chipping in with the chorus.

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Daft Punk "Prime Time Of Your Life"

We know you're probably not into the French dance duo, but this video was too creepy to leave out. Taking a holiday with a skeleton is weird, but not as much as a small girl peeling the skin from her own face.


30 Seconds To Mars "The Kill (Bury Me)"

You can always trust Jared Leto to be overly dramatic when it suits him. True to horror tradition a'la The Shining, there's blood in the corridors and a sense of overbearing fear. Worst of all (if you don't like the band), you'll be really worried to see the entire band cloned. As in, there's two of them. It could be too much for you to bear.

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Fever Ray "If I Had A Heart"

It's not immediately obvious that this high-art video charts the mass murder of the rich and wealthy by a primitive tribe, but even if you didn't notice, you'd still find it freaky. As Karin Dreijer Andersson's first solo record is from outside the rock realm, you might have missed that it was one of the real artistic achievements of 2009.

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Aphex Twin "Come To Daddy"

The electronic production Jesus once insisted he could make better heavy music than rock artists. He was wrong (it's one of his worst tracks), but it didn't stop the video of a hoarde of little girls with Richard D. James' face running through a desolate city or a skeletal figure screaming into the face of an old woman being an absolute spectacle.

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Tool "Sober"

You know a Tool video is going to be worth a Halloween viewing. We could have picked any of their releases, but there's something about the melting faces and terrifying alternate dimension on Sober that we couldn't ignore. Guitarist Adam Jones used his skills as a former Hollywood animation artist to make the video, giving it a sense of impressive hand-crafted charm under all the horror.

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Skinny Puppy "Worlock"

Considered by some to be the most disgusting video ever, and for good reason. There seems to be genuine hand stabbings, knife-grabbing, whipping and blood. The special effects of heads being cut and scooped out are so rough that anyone who enjoys it is officially sick. But it's Halloween, so treat yourself.

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We'd love to see your suggestions for great Halloween viewing, so add links to your Halloween favorites and we'll check them out in the UG office. Happy holidays!

By Tom Davenport

87 comments sorted by best / new / date

    MisterMushroom wrote: None of them are even scary :')
    Sober is quite freaky if you're up at 5 in the morning in a dark room alone
    Oh... and Black Hole Sun used to creep me out when I was a kid.
    You've forgot about Silencer - Death - Pierce Me music video.The scariest video and song that I've seen in my life.
    If you like Dir En Grey (or don't mind videos that aren't in English), DeG's "Obscure" is one of the most gory, f-d up videos I've ever seen.
    EpsilonJSTC wrote: A list of scary music videos with no Mr. Bungle?
    Sir, you won a cookie.
    wait wait wait wait wait... wait... a list of scary videos... and ... there's no Misfits... WTF!!?!???!?!?!?!?
    pinheadslts75 wrote: Speckled_Hen wrote: Nine inch Nails, Happiness in slavery. Literally the nastiest music video I've ever seen. Gave Up (the one from the Broken movie) is so much worse.
    Oh yeah, isn't that one basically Guinea Pig set to music?
    Butt Rayge
    Aphex Twin is really creepy. None of the others come close, nor do any mentioned in the comments.
    Most "scary" videos are weird gore and very rarely creepy. In terms of weird gore, Dir en Grey should be up there; Agitated Screams of Maggot, Saku and the heavily mentioned Obscure. My friend showed me Avenged Sevenfold's Little Piece of Heaven and I think it should be up there too, fits the mood.
    rob904 wrote: what aboot Call of the Wintermoon?
    beat me to it haha. I'd say Bleed by meshuggah. thats a pretty ****ed up video.
    Check out Black n1 by Type O Negative ! Creepy, funny, classic ! Dig that contrabass and harpsichord !
    Where is Avenged Sevenfold-A Little Piece Of Heaven?! That vid gave me nightmares for weeks... strangely addictive though...
    Why assume an entire community of music fans wouldn't like Daft Punk? Its almost insulting. Actually it is because it implies all we listen to is rock and metal.
    When I saw Metallica's One and Until it Sleeps I had nightmares.....But I was 6, so its okay. But seriousley, wheres Marilyn Manson and Misfits!?!?!?!?!?
    BMTH - Pray For Plagues Chelsea Grin - Recreant Rebecca Black - Friday (thats the scariest ) yeeah i dont care if you enjoy bring me or chelsea grin, i really couldnt care less.