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Re: 100 Scariest Movie Scenes of All-Time
#90 DUMBO (1941)
PINK ELEPHANT HALLUCINATION
An unlikely scary movie candidate, many folks still can't shake the trip out fear from the famous alcohol induced "Pink Elephants on Parade" tripout sequence from Dumbo. Not to be confused with the "Honey Overdose Heffalumps and Woozles" flashback from Winnie The Pooh, decades later. Here's a thumbnail gallery of some of the major scenes, winding up with the final morning sunrise clearing the head of the poor hungover elephant.
#89 THEM! (1954)
TRAUMATIZED LITTLE GIRL SCREAMS "THEM!"
In the opening minutes of THEM!, police find a traumatized girl wandering as if she's in a trance. Further up the road they see a smashed up automobile, blood everywhere, but no bodies to be found. Back at the station, they try to get her out of her state of shock by holding an acid under her nose. She immediately snaps out of it, screaming "THEM! THEM!!!! THEMM!!!!" at the top of her lungs! Just what the hell is she talking about? Giant ants of course. The rest of THEM! is a hoot, as it was really the first major "big bug" movie Hollywood released. The studio has so little faith in it, that they cut the budget at the last minute, forcing it to be filmed in black and white instead of color. As the army fights ants with flame throwers in their underground hive, it's eerily reminiscent of later films like Aliens.
#88 HEAVY METAL (1982)
BOMBER FULL OF ZOMBIES
A World War 2 Bomber is riddled with gunfire with all but one of the crew dead. After the Loc-Nar Orb passes by the wrecked plane, the dead pilots become reanimated and chase the survivor into the cockpit! With nowhere else to turn, he ejects to safety and parachutes on to a South Pacific island. Little does he know that the island is full of similar wreckage and is teeming with bloodthirsty zombies ready to feast on his warm flesh!
#87 THE SHINING (1980)
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY
An infinite number of crazy things are already going on at the Overlook Hotel as Jack Torrance and his family are staying as caretakers for the winter. Jack wants to catch up on his writing, and has been spending days holed up typing away the great American masterpiece. His stressed out wife, Wendy, stumbles on a box full of his work, and she looks through in horror as every single page has the phrase, "All Work and No Play Makes Jack and Dull Boy" thousands and thousands of times. The real life compulsiveness of director Stanley Kubrick was even creepier, as he had each page typed manually, and did not permit xerox copies to be used.
#86 NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (1955)
SHELLY WINTERS SWIMS WITH THE FISHES
Years ago, when I asked my Grandfather Robert A. Berry I, what the scariest movie he ever saw was, without hesitation he mentioned Night of The Hunter. He specifically mentioned the scene where Shelly Winters' character is discovered underwater, eerily floating with her throat slashed, while tied to a Model T Ford at the bottom of a lake. The movie is full of great chills, but this one stands out as one of the best.
#85 ALTERED STATES (1980)
TRIP OUT TRANSFORMATION SCENE
The overall movie of Altered States is a bit silly, but the transformation scene where he regresses the evolutionary scale was a special effects feat of makeup wizardry that hadn't been seen before on the big screen. With weird rippling flesh while he slammed his body back and forth against walls. If you get a chance to rent it, give it a look. A neat bit of trivia, the 1980 film was the first film to use a full body costume since The Creature from The Black Lagoon.
#84 SCANNERS (1981)
SWEET CHRISTMAS! AN EXPLODING HEAD!
#83 THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK (1973)
SASQUATCH SHAKES THE OUTHOUSE
In the 70s, Bigfoot was all the rage. With oversized footprints popping up in the Pacific Northwest, Bigfoot became a huge part of American pop culture. A bionic version of the creature appeared on The Six Million Dollar Man, and he even partnered with Wild-Boy for a Sid and Marty Kroft Saturday morning show. The Legend of Boggy Creek, using a grainy 16mm transferred to 35mm early Blair Witch Project documentary approach, to tell the tale of a Sasquatch like creature terrorizing a backwoods community. The creature is largely unseen (which is good 'cause its basically just a dude in a gorilla suit), but there's a particularly terrifying moment that sticks out as one of the best.
Some poor dude is sitting on a toilet, in the middle of the night, when the Boggy Creek Beast sticks his arm through the window, litereally scaring the **** out of the guy. Its bad enough to imagine snakes, sharks, or alligators biting your ass while you're taking a dump, but when you've got the Bigfoot possibility through the window as well, it's almost enough to make you ask the doctor for a colostomy bag.
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#82 THE BIRDS (1963)
POLLY WANTS AN EYEBALL
Only Alfred Hitchcock could make a movie about blood-crazed seagulls a terrifying motion picture! Some of the scenes where swarms of birds swoop down on screaming people are laughable, but the shocking gore presented when the grisly remains of a dead farmer are discovered late in the film. This was nearly 20 years before Dawn of The Dead, and for a mainstream film of the early 60s to show such a horrifying scene was unheard of, especially in full color. I still cringe when seagulls fly overhead when I'm at the beach. I always thought it'd be cool to make a sequel where the local townsfolk get revenge by throwing out large amounts of bread with Alka-Seltzer tablets hidden inside.
#81 TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (1973)
SLOW MOTION ZOMBIES ON HORSEBACK
Tombs of the Blind Dead is a neat twist on the zombie film genre. Instead of mindless shambling corpses roaming the countryside, you have blind Templar Knights who can track you down by listening to your heart beating. Not only are The Blind Dead pretty scary looking to start with (imagine a band of Grim Reapers out for blood), but the scenes where they ride on horseback, in slow motion with their crusty robes fluttering behind them are the stuff of nightmares.
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