On Saturday afternoons, my parents used to drop my brother and me at our grandmother’s while they were out shopping. We’d sit in front of the tv for hours watching either wildlife documentaries or music videos.
Over the years, there were a few that scared me witless, Michael Jackson’s Thriller being the ultimate example. But I thought of another one yesterday night, one that I have never been able to identify.
Timeframe : I saw it sometime around 1982-1985. It “felt” current, but it could have been a bit earlier than that. Unlikely to be from the 70s, though.
Content : All I remember was a guy (POV shot ?) walking to various places in a city and, in each, encountering someone who looked normal at first but all of a sudden turned into a zombie (or skeleton ?), causing the protagonist to flee. There were, I think, three instances of such scenes (coinciding with the verses ?), all in different environments. The only one I recall, was the last one (?). It was in an office, in a job interview type of situation, with the boss (?) behind his desk turning into a zombie.
Additional info : I identified it as “hard rock” at the time as I was already a bit familiar with the genre’s imagery and sound thanks to my uncle but I could have misinterpreted it. It also seems to me that the colours were bit off, sepia-toned perhaps.
This one looked very promising although the style didn’t fit with my (arguably very foggy) memories. That’s not it, at least I don’t think so, as there were more zombies/skeletons in the clip I remember but the… aesthetic, shall we say, is spot-on.
Owner of a Lonely Heart by Yes kinda sounds like what you are describing, but he sees flashes of spiders and snakes crawling on him, not zombies. The acting starts around 2 minutes in, the first part is just the band.
I remember it freaked me out as a kid.
Planet P Project’s “Do You See What I See/Behind the Barrier”? The second half (Behind the Barrier) has some horror imagery, including skeletal soldiers and zombie-like children. That part of the video starts around the 4 minute mark here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUweD-3GHls
No, but coincidentally, one of them died about 10 years ago.
OK, of all the suggestions so far, Jeopardy by The Greg Kihn Band was the closest in terms imagery, setting and feel, although the musical genre was definitely not right, at least as far as I remember.