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Nightmare Fuel / Kate Bush

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  • "Waking the Witch". Egads. If the distorted voice calling for help doesn't make you jump, the satanic voice tormenting her will.
    "You won't burn. You won't bleed. Confess to me, girl."
  • Pretty much all of The Ninth Wave could count.
  • A guy I know refuses to let me play Under The Ice in his presence.
  • Another good example: Get Out of My House, inspired by the book & film The Shining, which likens the agony of restless spirits in a haunted house to the emotional scarring of abuse and violation.
  • What about the video for Sat In Your Lap?
  • Then there's the disturbing video for "Experiment IV" (which the page image is from). It's creepy enough that the scientists are being forced to create a sound-based weapon and test it on human subjects, but when the "sound creature" as it's sometimes nicknamed comes in...
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  • Her deranged vocals on the chorus of "Houdini."
  • "Breathing." It's a song about nuclear holocaust. Enough said. "Oh God, please leave us something to breathe!" Shudder.
  • "Pull Out the Pin" is from the perspective of a Vietnamese soldier who decides to pull out the pin of a grenade to kill the American soldier he's been tracking.
    Just one thing in it:
    Me or him.
    And I love life!
  • "Leave It Open" is very unsettling, and culminates with Kate's heavily distorted voice chanting "We let the weirdness in" over and over, though the words are so hard to make out that for a while after the song's release, no one could figure out what was being said. Even more creepy, it is believed by some that when this line is played backwards, you can hear the words "They said they would let us in" or "They said they were buried here".
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  • Though "Suspended in Gaffa" is a very bouncy song, Kate has stated that it was inspired by the idea of someone being in purgatory or hell:
    "I was brought up as a Roman Catholic and had the imagery of purgatory and of the idea that when you were taken there that you would be given a glimpse of God and then you wouldn't see Him again until you were let into heaven. And we were told that in hell it was even worse because you got to see God but then you knew that you would never see Him again. And it's sorta using that as the parallel. And the idea of seeing something incredibly beautiful, having a religious experience as such, but not being able to get back there."
  • Kate's short film The Line, the Cross, and the Curve is full of creepiness. First of all, there's the premise (based on a Hans Christian Andersen story) about the protagonist being tricked into putting on a pair of ballet shoes that force her to dance nonstop. Then there are the weird characters who inhabit the realm beyond the mirror; the evil dancer with a Big Ol' Unibrow (played by Miranda Richardson) who gives her cursed shoes to the unsuspecting Kate, and the spooky man in white facepaint (played by Lindsay Kemp) who is there to help the heroine but appears quite sinister nevertheless. The sequence featuring the "The Red Shoes" song is especially scary, as Kate is drawn into the mirror by said man whose face suddenly appears within it, and once she's inside she finds herself in what looks to be hell, with a floor covered in bones and dancing demons. All the while the shoes are forcing her to dance insanely. Later there's also an unsettling scene where Kate is sitting down, but still helpless to prevent her legs from flopping around (and at times they twist into unnatural angles). She begs the man to help her, and he slowly approaches her while maniacally chanting "It's really happening to ya..." repeatedly.

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