The Ghost of Stephen Foster (2000) Dirs. Matthew Nastuk and Raymond S. Persi
I tried very hard to note make this list all about music videos, even though there are many that could double as effective horror short films. However, animation has a very special place in my heart as does the roots/jazz music of The Squirrel Nut Zippers. This video for their song The Ghost of Stephen Foster is a perfect replication of the 20s/30s animated shorts featuring characters like Betty Boop, Bosko, and Popeye. This old fashioned look of the video adds to the charm as well as the creep factor as we watch two love birds enter a house run by a magical madman who tortures them with the bizarre and macabre.