#80 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)
CREEPY DOG WITH HUMAN HEAD!
The 1978 remake of the original 50s classic is undeservedly overlooked by many fans of horror. The tale, which taps in to the "who can you trust" paranoia famous in many films from The Thing to Alien, as an alien spore creates duplicate versions of people that will slowly take over the world. But this version throws a new twist not dreamed of in the original, by having an incredibly disturbing dog with a human head running about. This was done decades later in Tim Burton's comedy "Mars Attacks!" with a hilarious effect, but its just so creepy and bizarre in this film, it's nearly impossible to shake the goosebumps off. Thank God they removed the scene when he realizes he can lick places in his body that were previously impossible to reach!
#79 THE CRYING GAME (1992)
THE SCARY SECRET
The less said about this moment, the better. If you've seen The Crying Game, you know exactly what I'm talking about, and if you haven't, then you're in for a rare treat to experience one of the most shocking and scary surprises to ever get caught on film.
#78 THE EXORCIST III (1990)
OLD LADY CRAWLS ON THE CEILING LIKE A SPIDER
The Exorcist III is an impressively scary film that had to fight through the stink of Exorcist II: The Heretic to get any kind of decent critical acclaim. Original Exorcist author wrote and directed this film with amazing results. As George C. Scott makes his way through an asylum in the middle of the film, a possessed old lady scurries across the ceiling like a spider, unseen by anyone. The bizarre agility the frail woman demonstrates as the skitters about is eerie, and comes out of nowhere as a complete scary surprise.
#77 EVENT HORIZON (1997)
DON'T LOOK AT THE LADY WITH NO EYES
Event Horizon is a nice underrated horror flick about a seemingly haunted space ship that returns from a black hole. The two black holes in this woman's eye sockets provide one of the more disturbing scares in the flick. There's just something about someone with their eyes missing that is guaranteed to make most people squirm, as the numerous emails for this scene's inclusion in the list attest.
#76 THE SHINING (1980)
RED RUM! RED RUM! RED RUM!
The Shining is just chock full of terrifying moments, making it one of the all time scariest from title to closing credits. As the evil history of the Overlook Hotel affect the young Danny Torrance, he reaches a breaking point while chanting "RED RUM" in his mother's room while he holds a knife, and scrawls the phrase on the door. When the mom (played masterfully by Shelly Duvall) wakes up, she is already freaked out, but when he glances at the mirror and sees the reverse image, you can almost hear her brain hemorrhage.
#75 THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1999)
GHOSTS IN THE CAMCORDER VIEWFINDER
Although plagued by the ultra-hip nonsense prevalent in most recent horror efforts, this film features some of the most terrifying creepy effects committed to celluloid in years. A particularly unnerving scene features a gal with a video camera. While perusing the haunted basement of an old asylum, the amateur shutterbug finds something disturbing in her viewfinder - the long dead ghosts from a past night of horror! I promise you, you'll never look through your camcorder while strolling through an abandoned crazy house the same way again.
#74 SILENT SCREAM (1980)
GIRL GETS DRAGGED INTO WHOLE IN WALL
I remember, as a kid, seeing the TV ads for Silent Scream and being absolutely terrified by the part when the girl gets dragged kicking and screaming into a hole in the wall. Well, as I may be the only person who actually owns a copy of this long out of print movie, I can tell you on good authority that the scene is STILL unnerving. Imagine being in your basement, quietly doing your laundry, when some unseen psychopath busts through the wall, grabs you, than pulls you into an unknown whole of horror (no, not Anna Nicole Smith's crotch). Although the film is pretty hit and miss, the scene definitely provided nightmare materials for many unfortunate kids that saw the scary commercial back in 1980.
#73 GATES OF HELL (1980)
WOMAN LITERALLY PUKES HER GUTS OUT
Not only is this scene scary, but it's certainly one of the most revolting bits to ever appear in the film. Lucio Fulci, a master of Italian gore-horror, made this film (known under many other titles, and is currently being sold as CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD on DVD), in 1980 and set the benchmark for gut puking scenes for years to come. Not only does the poor gal slowly vomit up her own intestines, but her eyes are crying blood all the while. I remember reading an article about this in Fangoria back in the day, and they mentioned the poor actress had to swallow a large amount of sheep intestines to make this scene work. Ah, the things one does in the name of art!
#72 POLTERGEIST II (1986)
CRAIG T NELSON SWALLOWS A TEQUILA WORM
Poltergeist II, for the most part, was a worthless piece of crap. Were it not for the hideous art design of Alien creator HR Giger, it would have been completely unwatchable. There's a scene where the father, played by Craig T. Nelson, decides to guzzle what's left of a tequila bottle. There's a worm at the bottom, and he swallows that, too. Unfortunately, the house poltergeist decides to possess the worm, and Nelson ends up vomiting a worm that is about as big as his own arm. The hellish squirmy thing flops around the floor, grows a head and small nubs where the arms and legs should be (see above picture) and flops out of the room with a disturbingly freakish movement. If one was ever hesitant about swallowing the worm before, one look at this scene would cure you instantly of such curiosity once and for all.
#71 AKIRA (1988)
TEDDY BEAR TRIP OUT
Japanese animation is full of the most imaginative mind-bending imagery ever put to film. Though the work of Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" and other films have received tremendous critical acclaim in the USA, Katsuhiro Otomo's AKIRA is a cult classic that is one of my favorite action movies ever made, animated or not. A boy named Tetsuo is the subject of experiments designed to create super powered psychics. While fighting off the side effects of the process, Tetsuo freaks out in his room as the stuffed animals in his bed come to life. The music is a creepy chorus of midgets chanting some weird song from a tin can, while the animals walk around, start growing, and drip milky pus from their bodies. If you even suspected your teddy bear was going to kill you in your sleep before, this scene settled it once and for all.