You can festoon your apartment with all the dollar-store cobwebbing you want, but it's atmosphere that'll make or break a good Halloween party. Over-the-top decor and a spot-on music playlists are, obviously, crucial. But we'd argue a few carefully chosen background visuals go a long way. After all, nothing makes a better conversation piece than an out-of-context, deeply WTF-inducing video clip caught out of the corner of your eye. You know, just like at ManRay. (You remember ManRay, don't you? Don't you?)These clips aren't the scariest or the goriest; we're going for strange and eye-catching here -- these babies are meant to hold their own, with the sound off. (Hint: If you actually want to implement this at your own party, you could string these together as a YouTube playlist, but if you're really serious about it, we recommend tracking down the orginals and cobbling together a high-quality clip reel. Just sayin'.)We tried to avoid the obvious cliches. As fond as we are of them, Tool videos and scenes from Jacob's Ladder or Nightmare Before Christmas are right out. Inexplicable nightmare fuel, however, is very much in. Here's 20 of our favorites, in no particular order.
We had trouble picking just one David Lynch clip to include in this roundup, but finally settled on this one. Transcendentally meditate on this.
--Alexandra Cavallo, Shaula Clark, and Ryan Stewart
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