Do not watch these 5 film clips before bed

Primary tabs

These music videos are so scary that you might never sleep again.

With ol’ bedroom voice Jarvis Cocker currently taking us on a weekly journey that finds him wandering through the wee small hours, late night seems like an enthralling and intriguing place.  Which it is, mostly.

But let’s not forget that when the lights go down, the darkness can also be terrifying. And I’m not talking about the band.

I’m talking about that time of night when the eyes begin to flutter to a close, when the mind chooses the path of dreams or nightmares, and you hear a bump that makes you want to yell out for Mum even though you’re 39 years old and she lives in another city.

Sometimes, the night just ain’t right.

So, if you don’t want a horror film to screen in your head while you slumber, avoid these clips before shut eye. I warn you, you may never sleep again. 

Metallica – ‘One’

Hands down one of the most terrifying clips of all time. Using footage from the 1971 movie Johnny Got His Gun, this horrific insight into the life of a voiceless amputee wishing for death is the stuff of real life nightmares.

The power of suggestion is also so strong in this. The amputee has injuries so horrific that his face is hidden behind an archaic mask.

Five bumps in the night out of five.

Fever Ray – ‘If I Had A Heart’

You might recognise this as the theme from the TV show Vikings. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a series chock full of brutal Nord hotties, pillaging all around the joint both locally and internationally.

The show is gruesome enough on its own, but then Fever Ray went and made their own, equally haunting clip for this low rumble of a tune.

It’s got all the elements to induce nightmares: small children looking mildly terrified on a misty boat journey. Masked bandits. A murder scene where the perpetrators are either omnipresent or have left the scene.

Five unexplained shivers out of five.

Aphex Twin – 'Come To Daddy'

If I didn’t include this I’d be hounded out of the office.

As if your little teenage mind didn’t explode with fear the first time you saw this when you sat in the lounge room in your jammies.

Five cover your face with a doona out of five.

MGMT – ‘Kids’

While it would be pretty easy to write this song off as a global summer smash that deserves no further examination, I urge you to look at this clip. For all the melodic joy, this one cuts deep. 

Remember when you were a kid and you saw things that no one else did, and no one listened to your terrified cries to keep the door open? The monsters crawling up from the side of the bed? The ghosts at the end of the bed?

Just look at this poor kid. Actual terror. For him, this is real.

Five nightlights kept on out of five.

Daft Punk – ‘The Prime Time Of Your Life’

If you thought this was going to be some dreamy Virgin Suicides type thing, then strap yourself in. Because no one could have picked that the trope of the suburban teen with dark thoughts would get quite so bleak, and revolting.

And with a crescendo match the final rank reveal. OMFG.

Five counselling sessions out of five. 

Open