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Re: 100 Scariest Movie Scenes of All-Time
#40 KING KONG (1933)
KING KONG SHAKES HIS BIG LOG
As the first great American giant monster movie, King Kong had a ton of great scares for audiences that had never seen anything like it. Though by today's standards, the animation of Kong often has more charm than chills, it still holds up as a pretty scary treat. A favorite scene of many is when the rescue party is running across a giant log, and Kong, on the other side, begins rocking and shaking it violently making most of them fall to their death into the valley below.
#39 THE THING (1982)
THE HEAD GROWS LEGS AND RUNS AWAY!
You know, when you're performing an autopsy, you just don't expect the head to sprout crazy spider legs, then run down the hallway. In John Carpenter's remake of The Thing, nothing is ever what it seems, using elements from Invasion of The Body Snatchers with incredible special effects, the movie is full of amazing scares, but the crazy crawly spider-head is one of the best.
#38 28 DAYS LATER (2002)
WHERE THE HELL IS EVERYBODY?
The opening moments of 28 Days Later are scary in quite the poetic way. Though movies where angry hordes of crazy zombies crawling the streets are a way of life in the horror genre, the eerie calm start of this film works achieves chills with an opposite approach. After emerging from a coma, Jim finds himself in an empty hospital that's a shambles. He ventures outside, and nobody's there. In fact, all of London looks as if everybody disappeared. Some newspapers lying about suggest an evacuation to avoid some horrible menace took place, but it's unclear to Jim exactly what the hell happened. He seeks refuge in a church, and sees a mass of dead bodies. Only something is moving...
#37 THE CELL (2000)
A HORSE IS A HORSE, OF COURSE OF COURSE
Not since the rarely seen 1964 gore classic, "Mr. Ed Gets Cut Up To (expletive deleted) By A Machete", has a horse diced apart scared movie audiences as this scene did in The Cell. J-Lo is able to put on a special suit that lets her visit the dreams and nightmares of patients she's helping out, and finds that she gets more than she bargained for. In this horrific scene, she arrives in a room with a beautiful brown horse standing peacefully. Out of nowhere, giant glass barriers emerge and cut the stud into about 20 neat pieces, each of which stays suspended in mid-air in all of it's bloody equine glory.
#36 SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
A NICE CHIANTI...WITH FAVA BEANS
Anthony Hopkins has made a great career out of being the creepy Hannibal Lecter, but it's his debut in Silence of The Lambs that makes the scariest impression. While Jody Foster's character, Clarice Starling, interviews the madman, who's kept in a cell behind a thick glass wall, he begins to taunt her, uttering the classic line, "A census taker once tried to test me, I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti." He then makes a chilling sucking sound with his mouth that always inspired a nice jump from the movie audience. Perhaps the only scarier scene he's been in, was the revolting sex footage he filmed with the ravishing Nicole Kidman in The Human Stain. Who the hell wants to see that?
#35 POLTERGEIST (1982)
POOL PARTY OF THE UNDEAD
Near the climax of Poltergeist, Jo Beth Williams (who just left her house after being thrown about her ceiling wearing just her shirt and underwear), falls into the giant rain filled whole that will soon be the family swimming pool, in their backyard. At first she's screaming because the chlorine levels are too low, but soon dead bodies start popping up like an undead whack-a-mole game, twisting her mind apart.
#34 THE RING (2002)
DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL!
Though Poltergeist started the whole deadly television thing 20 years earlier, The Ring took it up a notch by featuring a videotape that would bring death to anyone that viewed it 7 days later. At the heart of the mystery is a strange girl named Samara who was drowned in a well many years before. Near the film's end, she fulfills the videotaped promise in a heart-stopping fashion. I've heard many folks call this the scariest scene they've ever seen in a movie. Though it certainly ranks up there, I didn't feel it deserved the Top 10 status that many folks were clamoring for. But its a nice spooky clip that deserves notice, nonetheless.
#33 INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984)
BUGS! BUGS! EVERYWHERE!
Raiders of the Lost Ark had some great moments where Indy was trapped in a room full of snakes, so Spielberg was hard pressed to come up with something in the second installment to raise the bar. He accomplished the goal brilliantly by casting every bug that ever lived in a horrible series of scenes where Indy and Short Round (who was already scary to listen to with his annoying shrill voice), and then the equally excruciating Kate Capshaw are trapped in a room full of insects galore! Spiders, scorpions, roaches, even scabies were there to crawl on every inch of these poor actors!
#32 THE EVIL DEAD 2 (1987)
TIME FOR A LITTLE GRAB-ASH
Let it be said that Bruce Campbell is one of the greatest physical comedians since Dick Van Dyke and Buster Keaton. His gory slapstick work in The Evil Dead films are a thing of beauty, and help sell the insane action incredibly well. Evil Dead 2 is full of great moments, like when his hand is possessed and starts breaking plates over his face, or when he chases that hand (which he cut off with a chainsaw) around the house with a shotgun. In a tremendously cool "Gotcha!" moment, his character Ash is looking in the mirror when the reflection reaches out and grabs him by the neck!
#31 THE EXORCIST (1973)
REGAN PERFORMS UNSPEAKABLE ACTS WITH A CROSS
As an all time horror classic, The Exorcist is chock full of extremely scary scenes. This one also has the distinction of being one of the more shockingly offensive moments ever captured on film, as well. After repeatedly thrusting a silver crucifix between her legs shouting, "Let Jesus (expletive deleted) YOU!", she grabs her mother's face and rubs it in her bloody crotch! Had she only (expletive deleted) on a picture of The Pope, it would have been the most blasphemous scene in movie history.
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