10 Music Videos That Could Be Horror Movies

The best horror movies without a John Carpenter soundtrack…


Over time, the art of the music video has moved closer to the realms of short movies. Music videos of the past were constrained by TV standards, dictating length and topic most strictly. It appeared for a while that the music video would die out as the digital age forced former music channels into the realms of reality TV and retro-themed hours. However, YouTube and its platform of millions has ensured that the music video is as relevant an art form as any.

The original short-film music video was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Though it seems campy now, it set a precedent for Horror themed music videos. Horror as a movie genre is popular, attention grabbing, and full of internationally recognised tropes and imagery. It is easy to see why musicians gravitate towards the macabre for their visuals.

The horror genre itself is a challenge to push artistry to the limits. Many musicians have created musical masterpieces which through expansion could comfortably find a place in the horror canon.

Note: Certain bands, such as Marilyn Manson, Aphex Twin, and Nine Inch Nails, could each have their own competitive top ten. However, this list comprises of acts who aren’t notably horror related.

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