Best and/or Scariest and/or Creepiest Scenes Ever (from horror films or TV shows or whatever, I don't care)

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I hate to derail this early, but imo "scary scenes not in horror movies" should also be a thing we discuss here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omNgeDME-cQ

Simon H., Thursday, 9 May 2019 19:43 (four months ago) link

oh yes i LOVE that

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 May 2019 19:45 (four months ago) link

Yes, horrific scenes from non-horror entertainments should absolutely be a part of this thread.

Artisanal Personality Disorder (Old Lunch), Thursday, 9 May 2019 19:46 (four months ago) link

I'd have to rewatch it (which I don't particularly relish the thought of) to see if it retained its impact but the suicide scene from Monster's Ball left its mark on me.

Artisanal Personality Disorder (Old Lunch), Thursday, 9 May 2019 19:49 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtKOPF0NyHg

Number None, Thursday, 9 May 2019 19:53 (four months ago) link

I watched WFRR over and over again as a kid but had to leave the room every time this scene came on

Number None, Thursday, 9 May 2019 19:54 (four months ago) link

More 'best' than 'scariest' but the very last, completely WTF scene in the first Von Trier Kingdom miniseries (NSFW if you go looking for a clip).

More 'creepiest' than 'scariest' but Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill taking turns casually carving into their arms with an electric knife in Possession (plus roughly eight dozen other unsettling moments from that masterpiece of cinema).

Artisanal Personality Disorder (Old Lunch), Thursday, 9 May 2019 19:59 (four months ago) link

The only time I’ve ever been seriously weirded out by a movie was the head-in-vice scene in Casino. But to be fair that movie was made almost 25 years ago so it’s probably pretty tame in these post-Saw days.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 9 May 2019 21:31 (four months ago) link

This is definitely not my thread, but Fringe has an episode set in a(n abandoned?) subway station where a head explodes that grossed/freaked me the hell out.

Soccer Team's Philosophies and Hypotheses (Leee), Thursday, 9 May 2019 21:48 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkfnuUU_6J8

days of being riled (zchyrs), Thursday, 9 May 2019 21:53 (four months ago) link

The death of Pesci and his brother(?) is the scene that fucks me up from Casino.

I wish I could find a clip, there's a scene in The Witch Who Came From the Sea where the main character is flashing back to a traumatic scene which ends with her as a panicked child shouting the same thing over and over as the audio track degrades her voice to some weird and barely-audible rasp, and the effect is so uncanny and creepy. I can't think of another scene like it.

Artisanal Personality Disorder (Old Lunch), Thursday, 9 May 2019 21:57 (four months ago) link

Scenes that creep me:
Funny Games- when she is casually tossed off the boat
The Strangers- the stabbing and the one masked person standing quietly in the house
Twilight Zone (movie) - the monster on the airplane wing
Crash- the scar fucking

Yerac, Thursday, 9 May 2019 22:02 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ul-LwLX6Nk

... (Eazy), Thursday, 9 May 2019 22:03 (four months ago) link

I wish I could find a clip, there's a scene in The Witch Who Came From the Sea where the main character is flashing back to a traumatic scene which ends with her as a panicked child shouting the same thing over and over as the audio track degrades her voice to some weird and barely-audible rasp, and the effect is so uncanny and creepy. I can't think of another scene like it.

The ending of In the Company of Men creeps me out in a similar fashion

Simon H., Thursday, 9 May 2019 22:05 (four months ago) link

The dismemberment scene in Looper still freaks me out to this day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxqe8Xq6LBQ

doesn't make a lot of sense (like most time travel shit) but I'll give 'em this, it's a really clever scene

frogbs, Thursday, 9 May 2019 22:13 (four months ago) link

Oh yeah, that Looper bit was rough. I had to turn away during the video in Annihilation.

JoeStork, Thursday, 9 May 2019 22:17 (four months ago) link

The face slice in Pan's Labyrinth

don't mock my smock or i'll clean your clock (silby), Thursday, 9 May 2019 22:26 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5le9sYdYkM

del griffith, Thursday, 9 May 2019 22:35 (four months ago) link

Jesus christ, give a warning before you terrify me like that!

Artisanal Personality Disorder (Old Lunch), Thursday, 9 May 2019 22:52 (four months ago) link

bean sí in darby o gill

tunnel in kill list

beach conversation in it follows

deemsthelarker (darraghmac), Thursday, 9 May 2019 23:00 (four months ago) link

beach scene in Under the Skin. final scene with the coven in The Witch

Dan S, Thursday, 9 May 2019 23:22 (four months ago) link

There's a slew of Lynch scenes that I'm sure I don't even have to specify.

Green Room is filled to the brim with intense and terrifying scenes but the one that burned itself in my brain is the girl slowly unzipping the dude with a box cutter. Blasé, offhanded violence in a movie probably unnerves me more than anything.

Artisanal Personality Disorder (Old Lunch), Thursday, 9 May 2019 23:45 (four months ago) link

Large Marge is all-time. Probably aided by lunch table mythologizing from the kids who'd seen it and built it up into the biggest scare imaginable.

Artisanal Personality Disorder (Old Lunch), Thursday, 9 May 2019 23:47 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Y5tgCBAvQ

jmm, Thursday, 9 May 2019 23:58 (four months ago) link

for reference
The Haunt Of Fear: ILX Top 100 HORROR Movies Poll Results Thread

piscesx, Friday, 10 May 2019 00:11 (four months ago) link

The blood testing scene in The Thing is up there with scariest of all time for me.

One Eye Open, Friday, 10 May 2019 00:19 (four months ago) link

The scene I'd pick from Under the Skin would be this one where the two guys meet while floating in the void. One of the few times while watching a movie where I really felt like I was seeing something otherworldly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UCPwlNd3Js

One Eye Open, Friday, 10 May 2019 00:23 (four months ago) link

Not really scary, but very, very creepy: Rosemary and Guy in bed when you hear the chanting next door for the first time. Can't find a clip, can't even find a still. The camera movement--a slow tilt up from Rosemary and Guy to the wall above--is beautiful.

clemenza, Friday, 10 May 2019 00:40 (four months ago) link

a lot of the unremarkable domestic scenes in that movie are somehow terrifying

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 10 May 2019 00:43 (four months ago) link

Furry fellatio

calstars, Friday, 10 May 2019 00:44 (four months ago) link

xxp yeah I just saw that, it was great

Dan S, Friday, 10 May 2019 00:45 (four months ago) link

I hate to derail this early, but imo "scary scenes not in horror movies" should also be a thing we discuss here

Can't find a decent video of it, but one episode of Luther there's an extended opening of a woman coming home to her flat, brushing her teeth, taking off her shoes, getting into bed, drifting off to sleep. Then this man with a knife slides out from under her bed with this sort of stealthy wiggle. Absolutely horrible.

If you have a fear of mannequins/dummies/dolls suddenly springing to life, Tourist Trap is riddled with effective instances of just that. Movie makes zero goddamn sense but it does what it does well.

Artisanal Personality Disorder (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 May 2019 01:52 (four months ago) link

Oh, the scene with the bag in Audition

Full body shivers the first time I saw that

Number None, Friday, 10 May 2019 07:41 (four months ago) link

Co-sign the subway sequence from The Wiz. Total nightmare fuel for my 7-year-old self.

zama roma ding dong (Eric H.), Friday, 10 May 2019 14:34 (four months ago) link

yes to both under the skin scenes for sure

the b&w pictures of previous 'martyrs' in martyrs are haunting af, as is the entire last few minutes of body horror shading into cosmic nihilism and back again

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 10 May 2019 14:41 (four months ago) link

Martyrs is all time and relies on its cumulative build to that pay off

call me cismale (Noodle Vague), Friday, 10 May 2019 14:45 (four months ago) link

That scene towards the end of Bone Tomahawk is the thing that's fucked me up the most recently. It's the audio track as much anything. Yeesh.

The ghost at the end of Personal Shopper is pretty extraordinary and had a huge effect on me - physically and emotionally.

The 'daylight stabbing' in Zodiac is horrible.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Friday, 10 May 2019 16:42 (four months ago) link

Yes, there's something about the overuse of darkness/nighttime as the setting for scary scenes that makes scary things happening in broad daylight even scarier.

Artisanal Personality Disorder (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 May 2019 16:45 (four months ago) link

when Matthau kneels on broken glass proposing to Elaine May in A New Leaf

(people do scream)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:04 (four months ago) link

The 'daylight stabbing' in Zodiac is horrible.

― Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Friday, May 10, 2019 9:42 AM (twenty-two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

oh god zodiac is a very scary non-horror movie

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:06 (four months ago) link

just the sight of the killer stepping out from behind a tree in a long, kinda indistinct shot is terrifying even before the methodical stabbing happens

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:09 (four months ago) link

yeah cosign that scene, horrible

deemsthelarker (darraghmac), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:13 (four months ago) link

the end of this scene from the eye never fails to literally raise the hairs on the back of my neck for some reason

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIiVlAJ6Fqw

The elevator scene in this movie is awesome too

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:15 (four months ago) link

i'm not a horror buff, but i feel like that one scene in inland empire, a couple hours deep when things are getting almost nauseatingly dreamlike, where laura dern's face temporarily morphs into a digital doom mask, should be in this thread

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:16 (four months ago) link

the first appearance of BOB

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:17 (four months ago) link

yes

and behind the cafe in Mulholland Drive

deemsthelarker (darraghmac), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:18 (four months ago) link

Yes, I was alluding to those scenes and more in my earlier 'Lynch is the master of this' post. See also: Winkie's, Maddy's death, etc., etc.

Artisanal Personality Disorder (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:19 (four months ago) link

mary elizabeth mastrantonio’s drowning and revival in the abyss is genuinely upsetting

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:04 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7xza4oYsbY

thought the it adaptation was whatever but gotta admit this scene got me.

oiocha, Friday, 10 May 2019 20:35 (four months ago) link

That was the one reasonably well-mounted moment in just about the entire thing.

zama roma ding dong (Eric H.), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:40 (four months ago) link

Okay, I'm hoping that at least one other person gets where I'm coming from -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlv_LQHX450

MaresNest, Friday, 10 May 2019 22:40 (four months ago) link

the scene in "Aliens" where Ripley and Newt fall asleep underneath the cot in the medical lab; then Ripley wakes up, spots the empty stasis tubes where the facehuggers were, gently wakes Newt and just says, "We're in trouble."

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Friday, 10 May 2019 23:09 (four months ago) link

the scene in "Aliens" where Ripley and Newt fall asleep underneath the cot in the medical lab; then Ripley wakes up, spots the empty stasis tubes where the facehuggers were, gently wakes Newt and just says, "We're in trouble."

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Friday, 10 May 2019 23:09 (four months ago) link

2.58 is probably the most unsettling thing to appear in the entirety of classic Dr Who. Ironically the footage only survives due to being snipped out by the Aussie censors at the time, everything else was junked.

https://youtu.be/88svfiAJ0C8?t=178

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Friday, 10 May 2019 23:17 (four months ago) link

Excellent use of British teeth there.

One of my favorite films. There's no way Lynch got the mystery man from Lost Highway without the guy at the end of this scene from Carnival of Souls. Also *great* use of music in a film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS-PRypBdIM

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Sunday, 12 May 2019 22:12 (four months ago) link

This scene from Kairo/Pulse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYs87-kDXwg

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Sunday, 12 May 2019 23:31 (four months ago) link

The cursed videotape from Ringu is next-level unease:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mbo5vHy8dw

Zeuhl Idol (Matt #2), Monday, 13 May 2019 00:22 (four months ago) link

yep

deemsthelarker (darraghmac), Monday, 13 May 2019 01:29 (four months ago) link

The stabbing scene from Side Effects was genuinely disturbing to me. Sometimes I’ll be using a knife in the kitchen and remember it and my stomach will do a little flip-flop

https://youtu.be/GRzA8KaskyY

One Eye Open, Monday, 13 May 2019 01:53 (four months ago) link

i can't find the sequence on youtube but the scene in a.i. where david is walking through the cybertronics building and finds all those other models of himself, and looks through the empty eyesockets of a copy of his face? belongs here

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 13 May 2019 02:01 (four months ago) link

Sinister was a mostly bad-good B-horror movie, but the snuff films within the movie are very effectively creepy. Soundless, crappily-edited 8mm home movies that quickly change from picnics and pool parties to horrific murders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSOvTa38w24

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Monday, 13 May 2019 13:35 (four months ago) link

Another kind of pool party.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3Li5dLDfmY

Jazzbo, Monday, 13 May 2019 13:47 (four months ago) link

That bit in The Broken with Lena Headey, where you see a POV from _inside_ a mirror, and it's this vast dark world with a tiny little window of light.

I like that scene from Let the Right One In

Dan S, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 01:40 (four months ago) link

haha i came here to post mr oak and mr quill, that's the one bit of australian censorship where my reaction is "well good on you for cutting _that_"

haven't seen it in decades but i remember being absolutely terrified by the electroshock at the beginning of "return to oz" (which may be anachronistic? i can't remember when it's set but wouldn't insulin shock be more likely?)

basic upshot is nothing can be scary like "children's entertainment"

Burt Bacharach's Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (rushomancy), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 09:28 (four months ago) link

Case in point:

Punky Brewster's Halloween two-parter 'The Perils of Punky' (1985) sent the show veering from mawkish sitcom into full-on kiddie horror. pic.twitter.com/kd8uPFNrnD

— Scarred for Life (@ScarredForLife2) March 12, 2018

Freeze frame of the broken bottle on the beach as the foot is coming down on it.

So many of these from PIFs. Dark Water, Apaches, The Finishing Line. Electrocuted rescuing a frisbee. The little girl with her fingers melted by a firework.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:25 (four months ago) link

Being a kid in a 70s public information film was like being a Redshirt in Star Trek. pic.twitter.com/SYcWhdbWRv

— Scarred for Life (@ScarredForLife2) May 21, 2018

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:48 (four months ago) link

I don't watch much Horror per se but the Ringu scene was the first properly unsettling scary thing I'd seen.
plus the obvious Lynch stuff

kinder, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:10 (four months ago) link

Oh yes Return to Oz machine, also the Wheelers

kinder, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:11 (four months ago) link

can't remember the specific scene but House of Wax had something horrifying. also the first time we see the truck in Jeepers Creepers.

kinder, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:13 (four months ago) link

I know I keep banging on about this show but Bodies *spoilers*
has a scene I couldn't shake with a woman trying to cause herself to miscarriage and the foetus is born just alive

the whole show is prolonged horror pretty much

kinder, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:18 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS-PRypBdIM

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:41 (four months ago) link

the last ten minutes of BBC's Ghostwatch are the scariest ten minutes recorded anywhere ever imo

imago, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:42 (four months ago) link

Otm. This is a good read about the making of and reaction afterwards. (How nice it was to be able to make this in a world without social media tbh)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:46 (four months ago) link

Ha, was literally just coming to post that it was effective seeing Ghostwatch for the first time as an American adult. I cannot even imagine what it would've been like to see it as a kid and in its proper context.

I watched it knowing everything about it and it was still some eye-boggling throat-cracking shit, can't even imagine what it was like to see it at the time

xp!! haha

imago, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:49 (four months ago) link

The trailer for The Shining more than any moment in the film itself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANKdpe4J2h0

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:54 (four months ago) link

yeah I bumped it like yesterday :)

imago, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:09 (four months ago) link

(with penda's fen. which isn't so much scary as lyrical, beautiful and inspiring. the edward elgar scene especially is one of the BEST if not scariest i've seen)

imago, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:10 (four months ago) link

Ha, didn't even notice! I've had that thing bookmarked since its inception.

oh god i love ghostwatch. another scene of a door slamming that absolutely ruins my ability to sleep

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:35 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJXvdTIBQMU

spoiler for the end of prince of darkness but: this is the scariest scene john carpenter ever filmed

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:38 (four months ago) link

this is not a dream

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:39 (four months ago) link

one particularly sadistic sequence I think of from time to time: JJL's demise in The Hitcher

Simon H., Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:39 (four months ago) link

Ghostwatch is significantly enhanced once you know to keep an eye out for the many 'blink and you'll miss it' appearances of Pipes throughout (a trope I was glad to see Hell House adopt). The split-second glimpse in the room beneath the staircase is my favorite.


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