Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s the time of year where we dress up like idiots, eat teeth-rotting candy, and gleefully scare the crap out of ourselves. In an effort to help with that last bit, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most scary, nightmare-inducing music videos of all time.

Some caveats: We could make a whole scary list devoted to Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, Die Antwoord, and so on and so forth. But that would be boring! So we limited it to one song per artist. Also, keep in mind that while there are plenty of make-you-feel-weird-inside videos out there, we tried to pick legitimately scary ones.

OK, now that that’s out of the way… plug in your night-light and let’s get started.

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

The quintessential scary music video. This video is what instilled in me my fear of zombies. And Michael Jackson.

“I Fink U Freeky” by Die Antwoord

OK, so basically every video by this band is at least slightly unsettling. But this one may take the cake.

“Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum

This video is terrifying because it inter-splices visuals of babies being kidnapped and tweens being forced into prostitution with images of ACTUAL MISSING PEOPLE.

“Breathe” by The Prodigy

Prodigy is an amazing band with some absolutely terrifying videos. This is one of them.

“Born Villian” by Marilyn Manson

I don’t know what’s scariest about this video–Marilyn Manson in general, the fact that he is ACTUALLY piercing women’s faces, or that it’s directed by Shia LeBeouf.

“Closer” by NIN

The carnival-meets-BDSM vibe of this video is made a little less scary through the help of Trent Reznor’s good looks.

“Born Free” by M.I.A.

Hide ya’ gingers, hide ya’ wives.

“Come to Daddy” by Aphex Twin

It wouldn’t be a scary music video list if we didn’t include this classic by Aphex Twin. The vocals are enough to give anybody a heart attack; the video takes it over the edge.


(Scared yet? Click here to see our picks for the 10 most unintentionally terrifying songs of all time!)