Everyone has seen the video for "Thriller". Rightfully so, too, it's a great song and the video was truly revolutionary for it's time. However, it crowds out dozens of other music videos that have drawn heavily from horror films for their inspiration. Because there are so many of these other, lesser known, videos, here's a list of 10 of my favorites from a pretty diverse mix of genres:
Dokken - Dream Warriors
Look, I know, Dokken sucks. I won’t dispute that fact. However lame this song may be, this video kinda rules. Horrible ’80’s hair? Check. A skeleton guitar? Check. A dude bursting through a wall during a guitar solo? Check. Freddy fucking Krueger? Check.
Dio - Holy Diver
Speaking of ’80’s cheese, the video for “Holy Diver” may be one of the cheesiest ever. While I still have no idea what this song is really about (seriously, “ride the tiger”?), the music video would lead me to believe it’s about Dio fighting his way through a ruined castle to fight a giant demon. I’m totally cool with that too, by the way.
Himsa - Big Timber
You know what’s cool? “Evil Dead”. You know what’s also cool? Bigfoot. Oh, and puppets. This is what you get when you combine all three. Spoiler alert: it’s awesome.
Mastodon - Seabeast
Pretty much every Mastodon video could make this list, but I figured I’d go old school so as to not anger Joe. You know, since he’s old and crotchety. Though, this video is awesome enough that it’d make the list even if it weren’t for that.
Grim Reaper - Fear No Evil
I gotta thank Drew for bring this one to my attention, because my life is definitely much better now that I know this exists. Take everything that made the Dokken video earlier on this list awesome, but add an amphibious armored personnel carrier, the wheel from “Conan the Barbarian”, Death and warewolves. Yeah, it’s intense.
Skeletonwitch - Bringers of Death
If you’ve ever wondered who would win in the war between the furries and zombies, this video will help answer that question. I know, finally, right?
Aesop Rock - Coffee
Lest you think every horror themed music video out there is for a metal song, here’s a hip-hop video that makes those metal videos above look tame. Hell, this video makes a lot of shit look tame. It also doesn’t hurt that the song is pretty awesome to begin with.
Kanye West - Monster
Believe it or not, this is not the first time that Kanye West’s been mentioned on Bloody Good Horror. Regardless, the unfinished video for “Monster” is pretty damn creepy thanks to Kanye’s undead sex slaves and Nicki Minaj looking like Nicki Minaj (seriously, can the uncanny valley apply to a person?). Why is the video unfinished you ask? Because parts of it leaked to the internet and Kanye threw a Kanye fit and refused to finish it. This is the closest we’ll get to the finished product.
The Misfits - Hybrid Moments
While the original Misfits lineup never filmed a video, I’m sure if they did it would be a lot like this fan video piecing together scenes from classic Universal films and concert footage. I know I could have put a newer Misfits video here from their second lineup from the ’90’s, but come on, that shit was super not good.
Zombie Zombie - Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free
Much like “Big Timber”, this video takes it’s inspiration from recreating an iconic horror film in a medium you’d never expect. In this case, it’s “John Carpenter’s The Thing” being recreated with G.I. Joe. Yeah, it’s pretty much the coolest video ever made.
And that's the list, what are your favorites?