Get ready for the creepiest night of the year and HARD Day Of The Dead with some disturbing promos.
It’s that time of the year again when uninvited kids knock on your door and blackmail you for candy and when thousands of face-painted crazies descend upon Los Angeles to lose their minds. That’s right, the monstrous double-whammy of Halloween and HARD Day Of The Dead is here, so what better way to test your mettle for the fear-fest ahead than with our selection of creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky music videos?
Skrillex – First Of The Year (Equinox)
This 2011 video from the HARD Day Of The Dead headliner starts out creepy and ends up just plain weird. A lone man with very bad intentions follows a young girl from a children’s playground to an abandoned warehouse, only to have the tables turned in a very surprising fashion. Skrillex’s bone-wobbling beats coupled with screaming samples and the disturbing visuals make for a very unsettling watch.
Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
This gruesome offering sees the former Take That member trying to impress a gaggle of roller-skating models with his moves. They ignore, so he strips off. They ignore him still, so he starts ripping off his skin, muscles and organs - ew! A gory allegory about getting a pound of celebrity flesh, this is perhaps the closest we’ll ever get to a pop promo directed by George A. Romero.
Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy
Filmed on the same council estate where Stanley Kubrick shot scenes for A Clockwork Orange and populated by evil demons and mutant children intent on doing very bad things, this Chris Cunningham-directed clip is undeniably the stuff of nightmares. Little wonder then that it has been hailed as one of the most terrifying music videos of all time. Do not watch with the lights off.
Daft Punk – Technologic
Imagine the one-eyed pink bear from Breaking Bad had an affair with Chucky the demon doll. Now imagine what their offspring would look like. That right there is why Technologic – the third music video to be directed by Daft Punk themselves – is such a discomforting watch.
MGMT – Kids
For such a radio-friendly track, the video for MGMT's Kids is really quite a shocker. A cute little toddler is terrorised by monsters and zombies while his inattentive mother (played by Joanna Newsom) ignores his cries for help. The uncomfortable watch is ramped up even further by a nightmarish animated scene and the sight of the band in skin-tight silver spandex. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Childish Gambino – Bonfire
Donald Glover sees dead people – in fact, he might even be one of them in this suitably spooky video. With hints of The Sixth Sense and Friday The 13th, Childish Gambino wakes up in the middle of a forest with a rope around his neck and clearly no idea how he got there – just as a weapon-wielding weirdo is stalking a group sat around a campfire. Can he warn the campers in time? Watch and see.
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
White picket fences meet the apocalypse as wholesome American types are twisted and contorted with bulging eyes and rictus grins in this classic from the mid-90s. The SFX may have dated but the effect is still as uncomfortable as ever.