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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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 (nine 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.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Friday, 10 May 2019 23:17 (nine 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.

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

This scene from Kairo/Pulse:

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

The cursed videotape from Ringu is next-level unease:

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


deemsthelarker (darraghmac), Monday, 13 May 2019 01:29 (nine 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

One Eye Open, Monday, 13 May 2019 01:53 (nine 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 (nine 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.

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

Another kind of pool party.

Jazzbo, Monday, 13 May 2019 13:47 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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.

— 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 (nine months ago) link

Being a kid in a 70s public information film was like being a Redshirt in Star Trek.

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

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

Oh yes Return to Oz machine, also the Wheelers

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

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

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

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

yeah I bumped it like yesterday :)

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

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 (nine months ago) link

this is not a dream

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:39 (nine 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 (nine 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.

six months pass...

this shit may have damaged me for life

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 05:15 (three months ago) link

also i may be hella corny but the end of paranormal activity fucked with my head a bit

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 05:18 (three months ago) link

no that PA one got me too, and I usually am cool as a cucumber during horror flicks. something about watching it in my dark room with my face close to the laptop added to it

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 05:24 (three months ago) link

box cutter scene in breaking bad

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 05:36 (three months ago) link

christ that shining trailer is good. i wish i could have seen the shining for the first time without knowing every scare through decades of cultural osmosis.

oiocha, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 15:28 (three months ago) link

- Mulholland Drive - 'Man Behind The Dumpster'
- Kill List - 'Tunnels' / 'Hunchback'
- Eyes Wide Shut - 'Orgy' (the music + masks combo freaks me out)
- The Grudge - two scenes: one with the grandmother being tormented by an evil shadow spirit; another where someone is leaving work late and keeps getting phone calls on her mobile
- Midsommar - ritual suicide scenes

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 15:29 (three months ago) link

I thought there were some genuinely frightening scenes in M Night's 'The Invitation', especially the grandmother hobbling around the house at night screaming and puking, and the bit where she chases the kids around the crawlspace under the house

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 15:32 (three 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 (three months ago) link

haha oh man yeah that is an image that really sticks

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

Yea that one was underrated

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

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