I have a Halloween themed playlist that I’ll usually start listening to in August much to my wife’s dismay. Although “Thriller” and “Somebody Watching Me” are forever horror music video bops, I wanted to highlight some of the lesser known horror movie inspired spooktaculars of music videos.
10. Robbie Williams – “Rock DJ”
Unlike many of the music videos on this list that start with a horror aesthetic before gradually moving away from it, most of this music video is utterly normal till it takes a memorable turn for the Hellraiser at the tail end.
9. LMFAO Ft. Natalia Kills – “Champagne Showers”
Everyone gravitates towards the zombie shuffling of the “Party Rock Anthem”, but I’m partial to the From Dusk to Dawn-esque fun of this music video where Redfoo and SkyBlu inadvertently end up nearly becoming prey to a post-apocalypse vampire dance club where they must create holy water showers to defeat the vampires.
8. Joe Budden – “Pump it Up”
“You guys heard about that Joe Budden tape?”
“I heard when you watch it some freaky stuff happens…”
Budden’s video quickly veers away from The Ring-inspired intro, but I’m a sucker for a Ring reference so this will forever remain on my Halloween music video playlist. Sometimes subtly is best in making these references anyway.
7. Ludacris – “How Low”
“Rumor has it…if you go low enough, Ludacris will appear in the mirror…let’s try it.”
Much like the previous entry, this video won me over with the Bloody Mary meets found footage-style intro which leads to some nice general spookiness and a Jason Voorhees knockoff coming out the mirror to party.
6. Kanye West Ft. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and singer Justin Vernon of Bon Iver – “Monster”
One of the top comments on this music video states “yeah I can see why this video was censored” so go in with caution as it is truly the most horrific of the lot on this list – visually alluding to necrophilia among other things. Unlike the rest of this fair, it is not lighthearted or for the faint of heart.
5. Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”
The ultimate final girl anthem in my mind.
4. Lil Nas X – “Rodeo” (ft. Nas)
Lil Nas X creates a futuristic vampire flick in this video coupled with a catchy song and clever dance moves. Any Boulet Brothers fan owes it to themselves to check this one out:
3. Lady Gaga – “Teeth”
This unofficial music video is sexy, campy, and fiendish. Perfect for Halloween and Pride parties alike!
2. Fabulous, Jadakiss – “F vs. J” Intro
Once again, “J” wins in my humble opinion thanks to Jadakiss staying on brand and in character with his verse, but it is a true pleasure to see all the references and hear those iconic scores being remixed into a rap off worthy of their inspirations with lyrics such as “I like this, pop out, soon as you hit the light switch/
Run and then all a sudden you fall like the white chicks”
1. Backstreet Boys – “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
After spending my adolescence being lowkey obsessed with this music video, it shocked me to realize not everyone realizes its a horror-inspired masterpiece in which each Backstreet Boy portrays a Universal monster icon during a dark and stormy night in a spooky mansion:
Honorable Mention: Heather Heywood -“You Belong to Me” aka the Scream Queens Intro (Opening Credits)
This is a perfect combination of a song and video that absolutely slap when put together, but since it is a series intro and not the real music video I decided not to count it.
Honorable Mention: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – “Straight to Hell”
Ditto – this is another TV intro, but I love the pop beat and energy.
Honorable Mention: Busta Rhymes – “Gimme Some More”
This nightmare fuel samples the main theme to Psycho, and it’s probably single-handedly responsible for why we don’t have to endure fisheye lens anymore.