The Scariest Indie Rock Music Videos of All Time [NSFW]

Horror movies get all the Halloween love, but music videos, with their dramatic soundtracks, surreal feel, and license to be non-narrative can be just as scary as your classic slasher flick. Everyone’s seen “Thriller”— and to be honest, we’ve always been too busy snickering at MJ telling us he’s “not like other guys” to be frightened. So we’ve put together a more under-the-radar collection of clips that give us the creeps. Watch nine scary indie rock music videos, from Sonic Youth to Bat for Lashes to Animal Collective, after the jump.

Bat for Lashes – “What’s a Girl to Do”

A pretty girl riding her bike along a deserted street in the darkness — it’s the perfect horror movie setup. But this is no textbook slasher movie. In this surreal clip, Natasha Khan is accompanied by a swarm of hoodie-wearing cyclists in sinister animal masks, who appear and disappear, riding past car wrecks and monsters to the soundtrack of her ghostly voice.