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- Posted by Shelley White
And whether your youthful memories of Halloween are of tricks (packets of raisins polluting your candy bag) or treats (a randy game of bobbing for apples), most of us are always up for a good shiver.
So to get you ready for Halloween, or just to keep you creeped out all year long, we've unearthed the 10 most monstrous music videos.
Enjoy ... but don't forget to leave a light on! Mwa-ha-ha!
10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'Y Control'
Karen O gleefully cavorts in a figure-skating costume as an ultraviolent mob of children dismember one another with rusty implements of horror. Spike Jonze directed this schlocky and thoroughly disturbing clip, which Karen said was inspired by her love of Michael Jackson videos. Be warned, dog lovers: Man's best friend doesn't fare very well with these beastly wee ones.
6. Aphex Twin, 'Come to Daddy'
Once again, malevolent kids are on the prowl, sporting the evil grin of Richard D. James and bloodthirsty intentions. It was shot on the same grounds as Stanley Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange,' and by the time a very icky monster scares the bejeezus out of Granny, you'll have a serious case of the heebie-jeebies. Nobody does twisted like director Chris Cunningham (Björk, Madonna), and his work is especially potent in combination with Aphex Twin's acid-trip-gone-awry techno. For an even spookier trip to Weirdsville, check out the Aphex/Cunningham short film collabo 'Rubber Johnny.' (Shudder.)
5. The Horrors, 'Sheena Is a Parasite'
Once again, Chris Cunningham does a lot with a little, using alien-eyed Samantha Morton to great effect as a transmogrifying freak show who twitches around ominously and tosses something slimy from under her skirt. (Um, eww ... is that a tentacle?) The band's gothic cool and thumping beat are more stylish than sinister, but we still get the impression Sheena is someone you'd rather not encounter on the way home from trick-or-treating.
2. Metric, 'Monster Hospital'
What's a hapless rock chick to do? Emily Haines plays hunted heroine in this 'Nightmare on Elm Street' come to life. Hands are pulsing through the ceiling, scary people are grabbing at her through the floor, and her bandmates have turned into zombies. And then there's that bleeding bathroom sink to contend with. Yet Haines still manages to deliver an ass-kicking rock anthem amidst all this carnage.
1. Michael Jackson, ' Thriller'
Sure, it's an obvious choice, but you just can't top this classic pop-culture gem. It's MJ at the peak of his fame and is the scary clip that all Halloween videos must be measured against. There are shuffling zombies that can cut a rug and the rumbling wicked laugh of Vincent Price (who also raps about grisly ghouls come to "terrorize y'all's neighhborhood"). Not to mention a surgery-free Michael Jackson transformation that actually holds up pretty damn well. Still thrilling.