"Saw VI" opens today and will no doubt rule the box office this weekend. Since the first film premiered in 2004, the "Saw" series has become an annual Halloween tradition and has gone from a simple forum for Rube Goldberg-esque death devices to a complicated web of mythology and character twists surrounding the killer known as Jigsaw.
The films do a few things correctly, as some of the kills are entertaining and they all have a delightfully filthy tone to them. But let's face it: They're not scary. Sure, "Saw VI" will provide the requisite amount of gore, but will there be any tension or terror? Unlikely.
In fact, rather than plunk down your 10 bucks to shrug your way through another kill-fest, you'd be better off working your way through some of the scariest, creepiest music videos ever created. These clips — from Nine Inch Nails' terrifying "Closer" to Interpol's twitchy, unnerving "Evil" — will really re-arrange your concept of what is scary. Some of them wear the fear on the surface (like Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People"), while some are simply wince-inducing (Green Day's "Geek Stink Breath" isn't necessarily a scary video, but there is something unnerving about watching somebody get dental work done).
There are even a handful of directors who seem to traffic specifically in terrifying video concepts. For example, the work of Chris Cunningham deals with the weakness of the human body and the fear of technology (in that sense, he borrows a lot from David "Scanners" Cronenberg), and he has provided scares for Björk, Madonna and Aphex Twin. Floria Sigismondi has also spent much of her career creating horrifying alternate realities where nature is a great threat (check out the White Stripes' "Blue Orchid" and Christina Aguilera's "Fighter" for proof).
So dim the lights, grab some popcorn and get ready to cover your eyes repeatedly. The playlist below kicks off with a bang: The Horrors' "Sheena is a Parasite," two minutes of utterly unnerving images.