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 (nine months ago) link

oh yes i LOVE that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Furry fellatio

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

xxp yeah I just saw that, it was great

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

yeah cosign that scene, horrible

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

the first appearance of BOB

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

yes

and behind the cafe in Mulholland Drive

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

The "wall of death" execution scene in the mostly-execrable Caligula (1979) really got to me, I had to turn it off after that because I was getting freaked out. In fact I just looked it up on YT and it freaked me out all over again.

john cage fighter (Matt #2), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:16 (two months ago) link

haha oh man yeah that is an image that really sticks

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:21 (two months ago) link

I wonder if I would've found Paranormal Activity scarier if I didn't regularly wake up to find my insomnia-prone gf basically doing some variation of the immobile late-night starefest that I assume is meant to make the viewer's skin crawl.

Yul, Tied: A Celebration of Brynner in Bondage (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:23 (two months ago) link

I don't know how I failed to mention it before itt but so many small, quiet moments in Testament are among the most dread-inducing things I've ever seen on film. Most especially the scene of a young Lucas Haas being bathed in the sink, which I saw when I wasn't much older and probably did permanent damage to my brain.

Yul, Tied: A Celebration of Brynner in Bondage (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:33 (two months ago) link

The overhead shot when Martin Balsam gets offed in Psycho freaks me out every single time

The Man Who Was Thirsty (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:42 (two months ago) link

Yea that one was underrated

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:42 (two months ago) link

Shower scene overshadows some other mega legit scares

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:43 (two months ago) link

My dad, who saw it in the early sixties but wasn't what you'd called a cineaste, always said that the reveal mother scared him way more than the shower scene. That doesn't really do it for me but the framing of the stair murder and the way Perkins moves is just incredibly shocking still.

The Man Who Was Thirsty (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:56 (two months ago) link

Tarman in Return of the Living Dead is half played for laughs but I dunno, that guy kinda freaks my shit out tbrr.

Yul, Tied: A Celebration of Brynner in Bondage (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:05 (two months ago) link

that's a good one. it's deffo the way it's framed, i was ready for the attack but not from that direction. the bare bulb swinging on the norman reveal is disturbing too mind you, that wig!! and the i wouldn't even harm a fly nonsense.

the only horror scene that had an effect on my actual behaviour was whichever hammer dracula film that had the count entering a bedroom as a bat via the window, i must have seen it on tv aged 8 or so and legit did not open any windows in my room for at least 3 years, even in the height of Summer. lol.

xp

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:07 (two months ago) link

After i saw Psycho i didn't shower for sixteen years

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:16 (two months ago) link

There's a Tintin comic (Cigars of the Pharoah maybe?) where someone blows a bold dart through a window into a sleeping person's neck and I slept with the covers right up past my jugular for years after reading that as a kid

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:16 (two months ago) link

In all seriousness tho my showers were very fast for the week after that. As fast as they could be for a nine year old at least

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:17 (two months ago) link

I was convinced that one of our friends mothers was standing in the bathroom one night with her back to me and i was afraid to come out and it turned out to be a misleading sihlouette of the mirror and sink through our frosted shower door

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:18 (two months ago) link

Watched Beware! The Blob recently (which is basically just a head film directed by Larry Hagman) and it had an amusing riff on the Psycho shower scene (wherein a husband keeps dramatically ripping back the shower curtain to ask his wife completely banal questions).

Yul, Tied: A Celebration of Brynner in Bondage (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:26 (two months ago) link

I wonder whether the bathing woman in the Shining might itself have been a play on a role-reversed version of the Psycho shower scene

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:42 (two months ago) link

there are probably loads of 'hiding behind the shower curtain' scenes through cinema though

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:43 (two months ago) link

Yeah, it immediately occurred to me after posting that riffing on the Psycho shower scene is probably among the most played-out tropes in cinema.

Yul, Tied: A Celebration of Brynner in Bondage (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:55 (two months ago) link

I've got mixed feelings about when people bring in types of disturbing that are too mundane for my tastes (as I'm always hoping for something on the eerie, awesome, pleasing terror side) but here I go...(I think I talked about a few of these recently, most are from childhood)…

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 20:21 (two months ago) link

Since when has doubleclicking the return button meant "post"?

Fantasy films like The Labyrinth, Willow and Dark Crystal depressed the hell out of me when I was a child. Legend has some awesomely creepy imagery but it also fell into depressing for me too.
I found these films deeply ugly in a way I just couldn't deal with and I just hated that it was so easy to slip into a hole or chasm and die. I was painfully aware how often characters survived by luck.
And the bog in Labyrinth with just too much. I could never find it funny, the idea of smelling like especially foul shit for the rest of your life was some of the rawest horror I'd seen from a film.
I remember vividly a sleepless night thinking about Dark Crystal and just feeling nauseated and hopeless about it.

More in a minute...

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 20:30 (two months ago) link

I had a similar sleepless night after watching the John Cleese comedy Clockwise. Maybe I thought it was an overpoweringly bleak vision of adult life.

The Mighty Max cartoon had a bit where the deformed clown Freako magically turned Max into a severely deformed person. Extremely disturbing.

3D cartoon Reboot when Dot is cornered in the streets and has her hair shaved off by the police robots of a new dystopia. Feels like a rape scene. Really troubled me.

Two things that seemed especially horrible because they were played for laughs:
In the sitcom Frasier, Roz getting full-on kissed by a creepy friend and she clearly wasn't okay with it.
The old ladies in Harry Enfield raping young men.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 20:47 (two months ago) link

my favorite riff on the shower scene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uPdZTiGoGc

(that's Barry Levinson as the bellhop)

There’s a harrowing scene in the (otherwise rather tame) Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep where a cadre of serial killers/psychic vampires ritually sacrifice a kidnapped young boy to harvest his suffering.

I’m not easily disturbed by horror movies, but the scene was surprisingly effective and harrowing.

Conceptualize Wyverns (latebloomer), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 22:14 (two months ago) link

Harrowing enough to use the word “harrowing” twice, even

Conceptualize Wyverns (latebloomer), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 22:16 (two months ago) link

THE HARROWING

Prepare...to be harrowed.

Yul, Tied: A Celebration of Brynner in Bondage (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 22:18 (two months ago) link

if we're talking about creepy stuff in generally non-creepy media: there is a lot of low-key terrifying stuff in both avatar and legend of korra, cf. bloodbending

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 22:28 (two months ago) link

It's not generally thought of as a scary film, but the first abduction scene in Communion used to freak the hell out out of me, and still kinda does. I dreaded the alien on the book cover as a child, so maybe watching it was never the best idea.

But I do like the somewhat surreal, dream-like approach is takes in regard to the experience, which is a nice contrast to the literal-mindedness of most UFO/abduction depictions on film and TV. There's the sense of intrusion from some "other", akin to the Diner monster in Mulholland Drive and the subway/passing car people in Jacob's Ladder.

Duane Barry, Thursday, 21 November 2019 12:53 (two months ago) link

The scene in Paul Schrader's "Blue Collar" where Yaphet Kotto is slowly asphyxiated by spray paint

Hongro Hongro Hippies (Myonga Vön Bontee), Thursday, 21 November 2019 18:00 (two months ago) link

The scene where Peter Weller gets shot at the beginning of Robocop made me queasy at age 14 in the theater, especially when his hand gets blown apart by the shotgun. Ugh!

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Thursday, 21 November 2019 18:13 (two months ago) link

Yeah, that scene has stayed with me too. The 'knife across the chest' in First Blood had a similar, visceral impact.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Thursday, 21 November 2019 18:25 (two months ago) link

Midsommar - ritual suicide scenes

This piqued my interest, as I somehow hadn't heard of Midsommar. I took myself over to YouTube, where someone has helpfully uploaded an edit titled "All the deaths in Midsommar".

I really wish I hadn't watched it.

Vast Halo, Thursday, 21 November 2019 21:47 (two months ago) link

child-catcher scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Οὖτις, Thursday, 21 November 2019 21:50 (two months ago) link

There's a scene in The Exorcist that terrified me, no pea soup vomit, no head spinning, just the expression on Regan's face watching the priest walk across the room. Still haunts me, and I haven't seen the movie since 1974.

A breezy pop-rock feel fairly typical of the mid-'80s (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 21 November 2019 21:54 (two months ago) link

Hardly original but the Wheelers and the creepy statue setting is just perfectly terrifying (Return to Oz)

kinder, Thursday, 21 November 2019 22:44 (two months ago) link

I mean hardly original in that it's probably been suggested already

kinder, Thursday, 21 November 2019 22:44 (two months ago) link

isn't Midsommer the movie with the cliff diving scene

remember being like..."uh you're supposed to cut away from that"

frogbs, Thursday, 21 November 2019 23:04 (two months ago) link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_Catcher

the character does not appear in Fleming's book itself. In fact, Roald Dahl, co-author of the film version's screenplay, originated the Child Catcher (as well as almost all of the Vulgarian scenes).

The Child Catcher is very very Roald Dahl.

john cage fighter (Matt #2), Thursday, 21 November 2019 23:16 (two months ago) link

uh i am apparently only now learning that chitty chitty bang bang is roald dahl's second film adaptation of an ian fleming novel, the first being you only live twice? which is very off-topic but blowing my mind regardless

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 21 November 2019 23:30 (two months ago) link

A tiny moment that gave me a chill--Richard Gere's face hitting the water in Days of Heaven.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 22 November 2019 05:26 (two months ago) link

Re The Exorcist, the scene where they're doing tests on Regan & put something into her neck and blood spurts out always makes me shudder. Realism/physicality I guess. The sound in that scene also plays a role.

lilcraigyboi (Craigo Boingo), Saturday, 23 November 2019 08:52 (two months ago) link

thread just reminded be about ghostwatch

i think it did genuine fuckin damage to me for a while, that did. i was put to bed screaming, and woke up the same way, for about a week.

deems of internment (darraghmac), Sunday, 24 November 2019 02:08 (two months ago) link

It's not generally thought of as a scary film, but the first abduction scene in Communion used to freak the hell out out of me, and still kinda does. I dreaded the alien on the book cover as a child, so maybe watching it was never the best idea.

But I do like the somewhat surreal, dream-like approach is takes in regard to the experience, which is a nice contrast to the literal-mindedness of most UFO/abduction depictions on film and TV. There's the sense of intrusion from some "other", akin to the Diner monster in Mulholland Drive and the subway/passing car people in Jacob's Ladder.

― Duane Barry, Thursday, 21 November 2019 12:53 (three days ago) link

Totally. “IS THAT SOMEONE THERE?”

Underrated movie.

Christopher Walken giving the most Christopher Walken performance ever only compounds the strangeness further.

Perhaps not as surreal but certainly justc as scary is the alien abduction flashback from Fire in the Sky. The movie itself is mediocre but that sequence could stand on its own as one of the greatest sci-fi horror shorts ever made. It masterfully captures the pure animal terror of being treated like a lab rat by beings with unfathomable motives.

Conceptualize Wyverns (latebloomer), Sunday, 24 November 2019 03:05 (two months ago) link


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