Halloween Video Countdown Day 1: Dir En Grey

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      Greetings, fright fans! There are only 20 days left until Halloween. (Give or take; who's counting?) What better time to start my annual (except for years when I don't feel like it) countdown of creep-tastic music videos?

      Today's selection comes from Japanese metal act Dir En Grey. All of the band's videos are pretty freaky, and "Ranunculus" is arguably one of the tamer ones, but I picked it because I like the song and because the vaguely circus-themed visuals are subtly unsettlingly. (Unlike this, which is just flat-out terrifying and more graphic than you would expect a music video to be.)