Pop music and horror? You wouldn’t think that those two combined would work very well, but oh how wrong you’d be! Put the two together and it makes for iconic music videos to be remembered for decades. We have put together a list of our favourite horror themed music videos, specifically from pop artists, for you to play loud at your Halloween parties!
Billie Eilish’s track ‘Bury a Friend’ from her debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’, was already a spooky bop, with her whispering tones and creepy lyrics. But the addition of the video made it so much better. In the video, we see Billie doing a variety of sinister things, such as hiding under beds and watching over someone sleeping.
The dancing in the video is interpretive, but to us tells the story of possession by a demon. That terrifying message is relayed in the video by showing us scenes of Billie being stabbed with needles, levitating and her eyes changing to a jet-black colour. Scary stuff but beautifully done!
This whole video isn’t horror themed, but with the spooky opening scenes of a graveyard and the reveal of a terrifying corpse Taylor bursting out from the ground, means it had to be included on our list!
The video is actually quite comical, but Taylor uses subtle nightmarish scenes to trigger anyone, depending on your fear. These scenes include, snakes, a car crash, being kept in a cage, violence, unnerving cat masks, creepy robot girls, fire, and the use of a chainsaw. It’s a horror themed music video for sure but executed in the most subtle way. Well, except for corpse Taylor, she’s there to scare the life out of you from the offset!
“I’m sorry the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, cause she’s dead!” Iconic.
Bad Habits is the perfect mix of horror meets glamour. It’s starts with Ed Sheeran sitting in a beauty salon, with perfectly manicured acrylic nails and sharp vampire-like fangs. But that glittered smoky eye, and the gorgeous pink suit, makes the fashion lover in us forget to be frightened.
Ed then takes to the streets, with the addition of other frightening beings (all of which can fly), while the town is in madness and people are being crushed to death. There is one scene, where he causes a car to crash, and the normal version of him comes flying out of it. He then catches normal Ed, who then melts into nothing. Bizarre.
It’s chaotic, manic, and confusing but at the same time, very, very good. It’s unlike anything Ed has ever done before, and we are living for it!
Backstreet Boys had some good music videos in their time, but this one has to be the best one they’ve ever done. In fact, it may be the best music video any boyband has ever done.
In the video, the Backstreet Boys have to stay in a haunted mansion, after their bus breaks down. When they wake in the night, they have transformed into scary characters. The scary alter egos include; a werewolf, a vampire, a mummy, a phantom of the opera character and a Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde character. The costumes and the make-up are absolutely amazing.
If you listen to the lyrics, the song isn’t actually scary at all. Yet, it fits so well with the video, and we think that’s also partly due to the remarkable choreography from the boyband and the dancers. It seems like the budget for this video was very high, as the production and the finished product is to such a high standard. Amazing.
Now, this wouldn’t be a horror themed music video list, without the OG, Thriller! This 14-minute video was the inspiration behind future fearsome music videos. Directed by John Landis, it’s almost like a mini movie in a way and is still too scary for some to view to this day.
After gifting his girlfriend with a ring, Michael delivers the line “I’m not like other guys” and then proceeds to turn into a werewolf. Horrific viewing. Oh, but don’t worry it’s just a film in the cinema. Michael and his girlfriend walk home, as he taunts her about being scared of the film. If you thought the werewolf scene was awful, brace yourself, because zombie Michael and his clan of fellow ghouls is so much worse. They deliver the classic, epic dance we all know, and you know the rest.
No music video will ever be able to beat the absolute nightmare-inducing content that this one provides, and for that reason it is still viewed as one of the greatest music videos of all time, nearly 40 years later.
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