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 HARROWING

Prepare...to be harrowed.

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

child-catcher scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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

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

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


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