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Re: 100 Scariest Movie Scenes of All-Time
#50 AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
WEREWOLF ATTACK IN THE MOORS
Walking through the dark is always a scary experience when you're in a strange place, but when you also happen to be walking through the a foggy moors while a werewolf rips your friend apart in front of your eyes, its even worse! It's a masterfully crafted scene. You can hear the wolf howling in the distance and it gets closer and closer until its too late!
The entire film is a great blend of black comedy and horror, while Rick Baker's werewolf effects are still amazing even by today's standards. Also, don't miss out on the hilarious scenes set in "The Slaughtered Lamb" pub before this fateful event.
#49 TRILOGY OF TERROR (1975)
ATTACK OF THE ZUNI FETISH DOLL
In 1975, an ABC Movie of The Week called TRILOGY OF TERROR aired featuring 3 different short horror themed stories. All of them starred Karen Black. Though the first two were as entertaining as you'd expect a made for TV spooky story to be, the third story ranks up there as one of the scariest TV broadcasts ever made.
Long long before CHUCKY or PUPPETMASTER was the ZUNI FETISH DOLL, and it's appearance in that 3rd segment was mindbending. Black's character buys the doll to give to her boyfriend. Unfortunately, a tag is around the neck of the creepy looking toy warning of the doom the owner faces if it the tag ever falls off.
Of course, it would be a pretty lame segment if the tag remained intact, so after it falls off, the freaky little dude comes to life and chases Black around her apartment with his tiny little knife like a gremlin. He stabs at her feet, and whizzes around while he growls and gnashes his teeth like a Tasmanian Devil. Though she manages to trap the dude in a suitcase, he cuts his way out before she finally tricks him into jumping inside the oven.
Think it's over there? NO (expletive deleted) WAY! As she cooks him alive, his spirit comes out and possesses her, making her a psycho freak ready for anyone who's stupid enough to open the door of her apartment.
Though the animation and camera tricks that brought the ZUNI FETISH DOLL to life are a bit silly by today's standards, it certainly did its share to scare kids of the day back then. What sane kid could look at their action figures in the dark and not wonder if they'd befall a similar fate?
Dan Curtis, who directed the first movie, made a sequel a few years back TRILOGY OF TERROR II, and of course, brought back the ZUNI FETISH DOLL for another round of ankle-stabbing action.
THE SIMPSONS even parodied the doll in a special Halloween episode where a Krusty Doll goes bad.
#48 THE EXORCIST (1973)
PEA SOUP PUKE-A-BRATION!
Though there's been many classic repulsive vomit scenes in film history, from Seth Brundle puking on a donut before he eats it in The Fly, to the infamous tale of a pie eating contest gone bad in Stand By Me, but none has the sheer unexpected repulsiveness of Linda Blair projectile vomiting a geyser of pea-soup in The Exorcist. If you ever get a chance to rent the DVD, check out the great "Making Of" features that show how they pulled off this amazing effect with a pump that could shoot massive amounts of actual pea soup (that's really what they used).
#47 ERASERHEAD (1977)
THE SCARIEST LOOKING BABY EVER
Eraserhead is just one big twisted nightmare. The creepy sense of dread that permeates this black and white world of shadows is David Lynch's masterpiece. Though not a horror film, per se, the bad dreams that float about within this 1977 debut work from the Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet director is full of shivers. The centerpiece of which revolves around a baby that Jack Nance's character has to watch in his apartment. Of course you have to use the term "baby" loosely, as it resembles some sort of aborted love-child of ET and a pig. Some folks say the baby was crafted from the fetus of a calf, but to this day, Lynch refuses to talk about how it was made.
Not only is it hard to look at it, but its rather difficult to listen to as well, since the baby cries an unearthly wail at all hours of the night, keeping the protagonist from sleeping. At one point, the baby is sick and looks to be rotting and covered with maggots!
With the exception of "Baby's Day Out", this may be the scariest movie about a baby of all time. Perhaps with the success of Freddy vs. Jason, some creative Hollywood types will release ERASERHEAD vs. IT'S ALIVE BABY!
#46 SALEM'S LOT (1979)
VAMPIRE BOY FLOATS OUTSIDE WINDOW
Salem's Lot was originally going to be a theatrically released production, but when the remakes of Dracula and Nosferatu were going to come out that same year, the decision was made to make it a TV film. The geniuses at the network put together a commercial that included this horribly scary scene of an undead boy floating outside of the window. I was 10 years old at the time, and from only seeing a 1 second clip of this in the commercial, it scared the (expletive deleted) out of me. I wasn't able to sleep at all that night and some of the next, for fear this evil kid was going to come in through my window! I saw it years later and was still scared. The way he smiles and scratches his fingernails on the glass is a moment of pure terror.
#45 POLTERGEIST (1982)
IF KEEP PICKING, IT'S NEVER GONNA HEAL!
Things have already started to go crazy in Poltergeist, so some paranormal experts are brought in to the Freeling home with fancy equipment to see what they can find. One of the researches gets the munchies and grabs a chicken drumstick from the fridge to munch on. He places it down after he sees a steak crawling across the counter, and is horrified to see his chicken is now covered with maggots! He runs to the bathroom to puke and his face looks decayed in the mirror, so he does what any sane person would do... CLAW THE FLESH OFF HIS FACE! Good thing it was just a horrible vision, because not even Botox would undo the damage he caused.
#44 REPULSION (1965)
DELUSIONS OF MADNESS
Roman Polanski's Repulsion is a great slow brooding look into madness and hallucination. Catherine Deneuve plays a mute woman who is freaking out inside of an apartment with visions and fantasies of rape and murder. With no dialogue to speak of in these scenes, you're completely sucked into the atmosphere of terror she's experiencing. There's a ton of creepy events, which you, along with the main character, often wonder if they're really happening, or not, but one of the best is when she's looking into a shiny reflection, then suddenly sees someone standing behind her.
#43 FRIDAY THE 13th (1980)
JASON POPS OUT OF THE WATER
Ah, the one that started it all. Here we get to learn how the unstoppable killing machine named Jason Voorhees got his start. Many people don't know that Jason didn't get his hockey mask until the 3rd installment of the long series, and that it was his vengeful mother that did all the killing in the first film. Of course, just when everything is all calm and seemingly resolved at the end of Episode One, the hideous rotten and decomposed body of Jason pops out of the water, scaring the hell out of everyone.
#42 SEVEN (1996)
In Seven, a serial killer is creating morbidly artistic murders based on the famous Seven Deadly Sins. When the crime scene for the SLOTH themed killing is uncovered, it's horrific beyond belief. A corpse is found strapped to a bed with a huge amount of photographs detailing his day to day suffering and eventual decay. The sick (expletive deleted) who killed him was keeping him barely alive with an IV tube while he documented his lingering death. Or did he? Taken completely off guard, you can't help but scream when the victim pops up and moans! Holy (expletive deleted), he's still alive! At least for now... Just to think someone had to endure this sort of torture if beyond belief, but to get the heart stopping surprise makes this scene extra scary.
#41 RESERVOIR DOGS (1992)
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU
Though Quentin Tarantino's debut film is hardly a scary film, per se, the infamous ear-cutting scene ranks up there with some of the all time classics. While a cop is kept tied and bound to a chair with duct tape, Vic Vega (played wonderfully by Michael Madsen), decides to cut his ear off. The scene unfolds as Vega dances to the Steeler's Wheel tune, "Stuck in The Middle", which adds a bit of levity, until the dude's ear is finally sliced off in a tremendously hard to watch bit of agony.
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