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Forget "Thriller": Watch 13 Seriously Scary Music Videos for Halloween

Halloween is creeping around the corner, but forget the zombie videos—these clips from Marilyn Manson, Childish Gambino and Nine Inch Nails are genuinely frightening

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Rob Zombie - "Living Dead Girl"

Silent German horror classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari meets jarring editing in this eerie ode to a demonic lover.

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Childish Gambino - "Bonfire"

Nothing is exactly what it seems in this chilling video that touches on racism, lynchings and ghosts. 

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Orbital - "The Box"

Existential, urban alienation has never been portrayed so creepily as in this video from the UK electronic duo. And yes, that's Tilda Swinton starring, looking very much like David Bowie, whom she recently worked with in one of his own videos. 

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Rockwell ft. Michael Jackson - "Somebody's Watching Me"

While "Thriller" is more of a scary movie homage than a scarefest on its own merits, this clip featuring Michael Jackson's vocals is legitimately creepy. Bloody showers, a stalker-ish mailman and mutant dog-pig create a hallucinatory ride. 

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Robbie Williams - "Rock DJ"

Much like the Japanese horror film Audition, the first half of Robbie Williams' "Rock DJ" video shows no hint of the insanity that breaks loose in the second part when the UK pop singer tears off his skin and splatters every model in his vicinity with gobs of blood. Skip ahead to see the dancing horror.

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Marilyn Manson - "Born Villain"

Sure, Marilyn Manson has a ton of creepy videos, but this recent one—helmed by former child actor Shia LaBeouf no less—might be the freakiest. Paying homage to Alejandro Jodorowsky's midnight movie The Holy Mountain as well as the experimental classic Un Chien Andalou, this will keep you squirming from start to finish. 

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The Cranberries - "Salvation"

The ethereal Irish outfit get downright frightening in this video featuring a terrifying clown with needles sticking out of his face. This guy is like Stephen King's It meets Hellraiser

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Tool - "Sober"

Unless we're talking Wallace & Gromit, stop-motion animation is almost always scary. This Tool clip takes the jerky movements of the medium to a sublimely unsettling place with this tale of a small humanoid in an abandoned mansion unlocking a mysterious wooden box.

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The Prodigy - "Breathe"

Much like Orbital, this British electronic duo has a penchant for eerie music videos. This one involves roaches, crocodiles, a dilapidated house and the kind of people you don't want surprising you down a dark alley. 

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Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"

The Wizard of Oz + human fetuses + KKK = This disturbing video for the In Utero single. 

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Skinny Puppy - "Worlock"

Suffocation, severed limbs, S&M abuse and eyeballs popping out of heads (literally) add up to a low-budget video that makes The Ring look like Scooby-Doo.

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Nine Inch Nails - "Happiness In Slavery"

Honestly, Nine Inch Nails could have their own roundup of 13 Seriously Scary Music Videos. But for this list, we're going with the man being torn apart by a machine and loving it in NIN's "Happiness In Slavery."

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Aphex Twin - "Come to Daddy"

Directed by Chris Cunningham and shot where Stanley Kubrick filmed A Clockwork Orange, this nightmarish clip depicts a dog's urine creating an evil spirit as well as a roaming gang of sinister children bearing the grinning face of Richard D. James (Aphex Twin).

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 30: NSYNC is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30, 2018 in Hollywood, Californ

Apr 30: *NSYNC 4EVER

It’s been a while since the guys of *NSYNC reunited. Since their epic onstage reunion at the 2013 MTV VMAs and JC’s 40th birthday, the guys have been doing their own thing, until today! Justin, JC, Joey, Lance and Chris got together to celebrate their new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and as if the day couldn’t get any better, JC reminds us that tomorrow it’s gonna be MAY.