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 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

haha oh man yeah that is an image that really sticks

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

Yea that one was underrated

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

Shower scene overshadows some other mega legit scares

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

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

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

my favorite riff on the shower scene

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

(that's Barry Levinson as the bellhop)

I don't get wet because I am tall and thin and I am afraid of people (Eliza D.), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 23:16 (seven months ago) link

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 (seven months ago) link

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

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

child-catcher scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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

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

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


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