The 21 Most Surprisingly Creepy Music Videos in Rock 'n' Roll History
There are plenty of scary music videos out there, but many of them are from artists you'd expect to go the horror route: Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, etc. But there are also many videos that are even more unsettling and off-putting, simply because it's unexpected. Whether it's possessed children starring in the clip of an '80s ballad, pop rockers tearing off their skin or indie bands setting their music to disembowelments, we present to you this list of 21 surprisingly creepy music videos. Enjoy our picks, don't watch while eating, and good luck sleeping.
1. 'Thriller,' Michael Jackson
The greatest music video of all time begins with the devout MJ's shocking disclaimer -- "Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult" -- and doesn't let up with the surprises for 14 minutes. Many have tried to top it; none have succeeded.
2. 'Total Eclipse of the Heart,' Bonnie Tyler
Apparently when Bonnie sang, "Turn around, bright eyes," she actually meant this: "Turn around, you freakily bright-eyed children, because you're scaring the crap out of me." Maybe it's the fault of 'Old School' that we forgot how twisted this video is.
3. 'Y Control,' Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Considering its predecessor -- the video for 'Maps,' in which Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O earnestly cries in front of apathetic high school ingrates -- the 'Y Control' clip was rather jarring. Granted, the sight of young children chopping off each others' hands