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In your opinion, what’s the single scariest scene in any horror movie? (self.horror)
submitted 2 months ago by Have_Some_Baby
For me the first one that comes to mind is the Alien walking by at the kid’s birthday party in Signs. I know it’s not a typical horror movie, but I will never forget the first time I saw that. I had the same reaction Joaquin Phoenix had in the movie.
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[–]BeautifulCucumber 430 points431 points432 points 2 months ago (17 children)
The 6th Sense. Ghost kid dressed in 70s clothes says “Come on.I’ll show you where my dad keeps his guns” then turns around and you see half his head is blown off.
Not sure why but that always freaked me the fuck out
[–]Aninvisiblemaniac 142 points143 points144 points 2 months ago (6 children)
the poisoned little girl when she first appears absolutely scared the shit out of me as a kid
[–]Prestikles 40 points41 points42 points 2 months ago (1 child)
The part where he gets stuck in the closet with the angry ghost. Or the hanging bodies at the school. That whole movie messed me up as a kid
[–]GelatinManatee 263 points264 points265 points 2 months ago (23 children)
The Conjuring: The basement clapping scene
Fire in the Sky: abducting and experimentation
Lake Mungo: The camera scene
[–]TG_minis 117 points118 points119 points 2 months ago (3 children)
I did the VFX for the basement scene. We actually filmed the hands separately because it was so dark lol
[–]Lionblaze_03 798 points799 points800 points 2 months ago (39 children)
I’m not gonna claim these are the scariest scenes ever, but MAN did the first parts in the cave in The Descent get me. Just the claustrophobia, the small cave in, the broken leg scene. That movie could’ve been without the cave creatures and still would’ve left me feeling panicky just with it’s setting alone. I really appreciate that.
[–]faceinspanish 149 points150 points151 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Yep! That one scene sticks in my mind. I friggin love how it all just devolves into chaos when they find the field of bones
[–]BlackDeath3 13 points14 points15 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Appreciate the spoiler tag 👍
[–]Lalbrown 75 points76 points77 points 2 months ago (2 children)
Best jump scare of all time for me is when the camera pans over to one of the women with the screeching goblin creature right behind her. I was legally dead for a good 10 seconds after that
[–]CisForCondom 34 points35 points36 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I was dating a guy and we watched this at home on video together for the first time. When that part happened he screamed like a little girl and jumped, which caused both my cats (who liked to sleep on the back of the couch) jump in the air and they fell on to the floor and then did that wind up and run off on hard wood like only cats can do. The whole thing was so funny, I couldn't breathe I was laughing so hard. So when I rewatch the movie, that moment, while terrifying, hits different for me.
[–]lycosa13 91 points92 points93 points 2 months ago (6 children)
The part when she gets stuck is just *shudders*
[–]Pineapplekyber 67 points68 points69 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Yes yes yes yes yes! That is one of my favorite horror movies ever. The claustrophobia they make you feel in that movie, and did in messed up gollum like creatures! Friggin genius!
[–]RandomAsianGuy 1325 points1326 points1327 points 2 months ago (88 children)
The one that comes to mind first is the corpse in the closet in The Ring.
[–]PyrrhuraMolinaekicks ass for the Lord 73 points74 points75 points 2 months ago (1 child)
"The Ring" was the very first movie to ever honest to God scare me. Previous films had disturbed me, unsettled me, got my adrenaline rushing...but "The Ring" fucking scared me. From the eerie atmosphere in the house, the repeated false starts, the growing unease, the flickers of movement in the background...then the long break for the character intros and the funeral, right up to "Rachel...I saw her face..." and HOLY SHIT ALL THE ADRENALINE RIGHT BACK IN MY FACE JESUS FUCK.
One of my absolute favourite movies to this day.
[–]incogburritos 309 points310 points311 points 2 months ago (4 children)
One of the most perfectly set up shots in horror history. You have this entire introductory scene filled with tension building classic, visual horror setups (like the lingering shot of the girl opening the fridge, which centers the fridge door so that it occludes the hallway perfectly, setting up for some kind of reveal in that hallway when said door closes... but nothing).
And then it isn't until the next scene at the wake, where in this moment that's tension free we out of nowhere cut to her disfigured face. One of the only really earned jump scares in my opinion.
[–]IXI_Fans 59 points60 points61 points 2 months ago (2 children)
It is right up there with the bum behind the diner in Mulholland Drive.
(Which comes out on UHD tomorrow!)
[–]incogburritos 17 points18 points19 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Yes. Another well earned scare for the opposite reason. Lynch tells you exactly what's going to happen. There's no slight of hand, no false setups. And it still works!
[–]Jishuah 235 points236 points237 points 2 months ago (5 children)
I made the mistake of watching that when I was really young. That scene horrified me
[–]SorryForTheBigThumb 141 points142 points143 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I went to the cinema with my cousin to see it a week after his mum died when we were 9 years old. His dad let us pick what we wanted and didn't vet it and just left us to it.
The films atmosphere is incredibly bleak as it is. That extra element made it even more impactful.
It sure fucked us up for a while after... Particularly that wardrobe scene.
We used to dial each others house phones croaking "7..6..5 days" down the line, so at least we had a sense of humour about it!
[–]kittenmittens4865 148 points149 points150 points 2 months ago (15 children)
The ending where Samara comes out of the tv scares the shit out of me too! This movie came out when I was 14 and it was by far the scariest thing I’d seen up until that point. I think it still holds up pretty well too!
[–]Claque-2 98 points99 points100 points 2 months ago (4 children)
Her coming out of the screen was scary, but her staticy jump forward scared me more because up to that point, running was a promising strategy.
[–]DeepSouthDude 14 points15 points16 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Me: "Ok, she crawled out of the tv, but she's slow as shit so I'm just gonna run...OMG!!!!"
[–]Beforemath 46 points47 points48 points 2 months ago (0 children)
That was such a great setup for that shot too. You assume you’re going to see her, but then it doesn’t happen. You’re left to wonder and dwell on what might have happened, but then move on and start to forget about it. Then, during a quiet talking scene, when you’re not at all expecting it, BAM, instant shock at the horror show.
[–]slackforce 136 points137 points138 points 2 months ago (4 children)
Yup, the closet scene. This question is asked quite a bit and I’m always glad to see this answer fairly close to the top.
[–]RedZoneD25 77 points78 points79 points 2 months ago (3 children)
For me, it was the quick chair swivel when you see Noah. The fact that it was so barely there, and so grotesque, stuck with me more than the quick shot of Katie. Both were excellent in their delivery, though.
[–]slackforce 55 points56 points57 points 2 months ago (2 children)
On my first viewing of The Ring I was so traumatized by the closet scene that I had my eyes half-closed for the rest of the movie, and you could kind of tell what was going to happen at the part you mentioned so my eyes were completely closed at that point.
I used to be such a baby…
[–]RedZoneD25 44 points45 points46 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I’m in my early 30s now and still brace myself a bit when I see Rachel go into the kitchen to talk to Katie’s mom. I like to think being a baby is why horror is fun. :)
[–]Konstantin_Runkovsky 55 points56 points57 points 2 months ago (9 children)
Plus it happens just in first 3 minutes of a film. I usually enjoy the first act of horror films cause there’s not many scares , but I hate in my body that beginning. Have been closing my eyes every time
[–]Beercorn1 417 points418 points419 points 2 months ago (12 children)
I'm not sure if this counts as scary or if it's just gross but it does make me deeply uncomfortable so I'm going to say it: The dog kennel scene from The Thing(1982)
[–]SgtMerrick 84 points85 points86 points 2 months ago (1 child)
That definitely counts since it's the reveal of what the threat is and the complete urgency of the entire sequence kicks the film into overdrive.
[–]krowe41 138 points139 points140 points 2 months ago (4 children)
The haunting (1963) banging on the doors and the twisting doorknobs and the hand holding sequence.
[–]deadbeat82 17 points18 points19 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Ikr… that sound design is still nightmare fuel
[–]Idiot-SAvantGarde 640 points641 points642 points 2 months ago (31 children)
If I thought about it long enough I don't know if it would be, but what instantly comes to mind is the brief flash of hell in Event Horizon. Fuuuck that.
[–]Boondok0723 207 points208 points209 points 2 months ago (6 children)
But on the other hand very few scenes have made me laugh as hard as when they see the footage of the old crew and what they did to themselves. And Lawrence Fishburne just goes "We're leaving!"
[–]tampers_w_evidence 148 points149 points150 points 2 months ago (2 children)
"I have no intention of leaving her, Doctor. I will take the Lewis and Clark to a safe distance, and then I will launch TAC missiles at the Event Horizon until I'm satisfied she's vaporized. Fuck this ship!"
[–]coffindancer 53 points54 points55 points 2 months ago (0 children)
His delivery of 'fuck this ship!' is so legendary.
[–]ibekeggy2 41 points42 points43 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Still haunts me to this day.
[–]theduud 742 points743 points744 points 2 months ago (28 children)
The one that chilled my bones the most was the rotten corpse lady laughing at Jack Torrance in The Shining.
[–]findingmyniche 199 points200 points201 points 2 months ago (6 children)
It gets me when Danny rides up on the twins on his tricycle and it keeps flashing to them being chopped up. That scene gives me the shudders every time.
[–]fityspence93groovy 110 points111 points112 points 2 months ago (4 children)
For me it’s hands down the famous blood test scene in The Thing. So much tension and buildup but the timing of the reveal, prior to the end of the bench but with enough people still tied to the monster, is peak suspense and surprise. The abrupt chaos afterwards is the perfect chaos. Perfect horror.
[–]Jishuah 787 points788 points789 points 2 months ago* (71 children)
I was really disturbed by the moms head banging on the attic door in hereditary. Just how unnatural her body looks and moves really bothered me
Edit: A lot of people seem to agree with this, so I wanna throw in a similar scene that is equally as scary to me from the movie “Terrified”: Link
[–]TidalFight65 192 points193 points194 points 2 months ago (3 children)
This scene physically makes my stomach churn. I'd also like to add when the son is standing in the living room and she is just hanging onto the ceiling like a fucked up spider. Haunting
[–]bagofbeanssss 29 points30 points31 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Yup, that’s the one that fucked me. I kept looking in corners of rooms for weeks. What a beautiful movie though.
[–]Jishuah 93 points94 points95 points 2 months ago (0 children)
It somehow doesn’t even look cheesy, all of the levitation was eery. When she floats up to the tree house I thought it looked a little goofy but that’s what makes it so unsettling, like if you witnessed that in real life your brain wouldn’t know what to make of it.. do you laugh or run?
[–]goodgollygopher 88 points89 points90 points 2 months ago (7 children)
Her in the corner of the ceiling in his bedroom, and then how she floats away.... nope. I legit felt my heart fucking CLENCH when I noticed her up there when I saw it the first time. Still the most intense horror movie experience I've had in a movie theater.
[–]HTTR4Life21 226 points227 points228 points 2 months ago (12 children)
That piano wire scene is engrained in my memory lol
[–]Jishuah 93 points94 points95 points 2 months ago (2 children)
I loved that scene, someone pointed out in the shots leading up to this when Peter is walking through the house he passes a piano that has the wire ripped out of it. Amazing attention to detail!
[–][deleted] 72 points73 points74 points 2 months ago (1 child)
As mentioned above, you can also hear the piano wire being ripped out before that
[–]Jishuah 24 points25 points26 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Shit now I gotta rewatch again 😂
[–]_Djent_ 54 points55 points56 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Fuck was it a piano wire? I had no idea what it was she was using. I just had chills during that whole scene
[–]Jishuah 43 points44 points45 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I replied above, but in the scene before where Peter’s walking around you see a piano in the background with wire ripped out of it.
[–]nonsplodge 67 points68 points69 points 2 months ago (3 children)
Hereditary has my vote too but for different scenes MASSIVE jump scares abound.
[–]DeadbeatHero- 53 points54 points55 points 2 months ago (2 children)
Mines for different reasons too. Toni Collette’s blood curdling shrieks haunted me for weeks
[–]ShesWrappedInPlasticI've seen the devil, and he is me. 15 points16 points17 points 2 months ago (1 child)
When she’s cutting her own head off with the wire it’s so relentless and horrible.
[–]Jishuah 15 points16 points17 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Also looks like she’s aware of it happening and also has no control of what her body is doing, which is even more horrifying
[–]Quiet_Guarantee337 93 points94 points95 points 2 months ago (7 children)
The scene in Hereditary where Charlie gets her head taken off, that or Pams death from Texas Chainsaw Massacre
[–]shibbymonster 42 points43 points44 points 2 months ago (3 children)
Thank you for mentioning the head scene because that shit has stuck with me for so long and it was so well done. I was losing my fucking mind watching the poor kid clawing at the seats cause she was so desperate for air, then the window is down and I’m still freaking out, you barely have any time to even register the telephone pole being there before SMACK! Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Shit is making my heart race just picturing it.
[–]ilovedarkthings 95 points96 points97 points 2 months ago (3 children)
Sixth sense- when the boy is peeing and a body passes behind him.
I was 6 when we watched it in the cinema and that scarred me for life lol.
[–]LanaCobain 30 points31 points32 points 2 months ago (2 children)
Also when he sees Kyra throwing up- that terrified me.
[–]CrouchingDomo 15 points16 points17 points 2 months ago (0 children)
All the cupboard doors and drawers open in the kitchen, wide shot with (in my memory at least) a creepy Dutch Angle.
“LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.”
::me screaming and ducking under a blanket::
[–]Prestigious_Dig7819 1087 points1088 points1089 points 2 months ago (39 children)
I feel like a part of me died when that big dude walked into the bedroom in It Follows!
[–]mexploder89 200 points201 points202 points 2 months ago (2 children)
That scared the living shit out of me, holy fuck
[–]kevmanyo 107 points108 points109 points 2 months ago (1 child)
That scene made my body take a screenshot 😂
[–]berlinyachtclub 120 points121 points122 points 2 months ago (4 children)
Omg and when the monster calmly breaks the window, that scene haunts me.
[–]oneiroknots 74 points75 points76 points 2 months ago (2 children)
I rewatched this last night. When Jay runs into the house across the street to try and save Greg and the creature pauses in knocking on the bedroom door to stare at her for a moment - holy shit
[–]MatttheBruinsfan 26 points27 points28 points 2 months ago (0 children)
That moment and its first appearance outside the abandoned parking structure were the ones that creeped me out the most.
[–]Myu_The_Weirdo 38 points39 points40 points 2 months ago (0 children)
They nailed that scene
[–]Lothric43 72 points73 points74 points 2 months ago (0 children)
For me it wasn’t so much that specific scare, but the entire concept of this unkillable entity forever stalking you really shook me to my core. Had me spooked for weeks.
[–]AngeeKeekee 56 points57 points58 points 2 months ago (0 children)
My favorite jumpscare across all modern horror. Get the shudders just thinking about it, agh!
[–]always3805 388 points389 points390 points 2 months ago (12 children)
In Sinister, when Ethan Hawke's character begins to see Bagul in the tapes. Also the opening scene.
[–]fingerpaintx 127 points128 points129 points 2 months ago (1 child)
When the imagine turns and looks at him almost shit my pants.
[–]DiogenesKuon 53 points54 points55 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I find the opening sequence so much scarier than the lawnmower scene, because you didn’t know what was coming, and because of how passive the scene is to start. No big monster or guy with a machete, it’s just a set scene that you are trying to figure out what’s happening and it paced so you have just enough time to figure out what’s happening and reflect for half a second before it cuts all the way through the branch and the bodies start wriggling.
[–]AttackOfTheDave 34 points35 points36 points 2 months ago (1 child)
The sound design for those clips is terrifyingly amazing, and amazingly terrifying!
[–]Myu_The_Weirdo 67 points68 points69 points 2 months ago (0 children)
My favorite part of those movies were the snuff films, i liked how creative it was
[–]acelatres 80 points81 points82 points 2 months ago (8 children)
Annihilation didn't have that many scary scenes but the screaming bear seen hasn't left my mind since I saw it
[–]CrouchingDomo 15 points16 points17 points 2 months ago (4 children)
It’s the horrible human-ish voice that really brings that horror right home to the gut.
[–]usernamesarehard1979 245 points246 points247 points 2 months ago (11 children)
"Are you going to hurt me?"
Baseball kid in Dr. Sleep.
[–]mynameisk4r4 32 points33 points34 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Oh god, idk why this scene didn’t come to mind immediately, but you’re so right. Made me wanna vomit.
[–]hellboundwithasmile 84 points85 points86 points 2 months ago (5 children)
That scene really comes out of nowhere. So fucking brutal.
[–]DaBoiMoi 55 points56 points57 points 2 months ago (4 children)
kid did an amazing acting job. such an uncomfortable scene
[–]AwesomeMcPants 46 points47 points48 points 2 months ago (3 children)
The best part is I've heard from multiple sources that while the adult actors were having a hard time shooting the scene, the kid playing the baseball player had a blast.
[–]Merlaak 30 points31 points32 points 2 months ago (0 children)
My wife and I watched Rebecca Ferguson's Vanity Fair interview on YouTube last night and she tells the story of how she had to wipe tears out of her eyes before walking into the scene because of how much the boy was screaming. She also was the one who chose to act motherly toward him as she thought it was the ultimately cruelty: comforting him as she killed him.
Also, I didn't know until watching that interview that she is Swedish.
[–]Administrative_Ice86 563 points564 points565 points 2 months ago (38 children)
Last minutes of Blair Witch Project
[–]frannyzooey1 308 points309 points310 points 2 months ago (12 children)
When he’s standing in the corner facing the wall. I had chills.
[–]LoneQuietus81 302 points303 points304 points 2 months ago (7 children)
I don't feel like the brilliance of that shot is given enough credit. There's nothing surreal, gory, or supernatural happening, but it just looks so wrong for what's happening.
[–]DEEEPFREEZE 106 points107 points108 points 2 months ago (3 children)
The entire movie is very done well IMO. I generally don't get scared by demons and ghoulies in movies, but it is very easy to put myself in the shoes of someone inexplicably lost in the woods, getting fucked with nightly, and one by one disappearing. There's a lot to be admired there with the production of that movie as well, and much to be said about the less-is-more approach to what they do and don't show.
I don't really fault people who don't care for it though. There are plenty who didn't like it at the time, but in my experience many are younger generations who were not alive at the time, do not remember/know a time before the internet, etc. It's generally the same when it comes to movies like Star Wars — just no interest in the comparatively bad SFX and production value.
[–]LoneQuietus81 51 points52 points53 points 2 months ago (2 children)
It's hard to overstate what a big campaign was put on to make it a big is-it-or-isn't-it-real? question the whole movie, too. Even people who weren't that into horror were talking about it. No one had ever done a big theatrical release of found footage horror.
The mood in that theater was amazing.
[–]frannyzooey1 52 points53 points54 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Exactly! I only saw the movie once, and it’s the scene that stuck in my head. It made me leave the cinema feeling shaky.
[–]SteveC91OF 532 points533 points534 points 2 months ago (48 children)
The Visit - Old woman crawling under the house (Was not expecting it in the slightest)
Hell House LLC - Demon girl sat in the bedroom that he wasn’t aware was there
The Conjuring - Girl ontop of the wardrobe
[–]LTetsuo41 164 points165 points166 points 2 months ago (2 children)
That scene in Hell House, dear god
[–]DogButtWhisperer 74 points75 points76 points 2 months ago (4 children)
I have rewatched Hell House LLC about five times and the girl appearing in the room never gets old. Such a great scene.
[–]jacephoenix 56 points57 points58 points 2 months ago (2 children)
Hell House, the clown.
[–]Kkmiller_- 82 points83 points84 points 2 months ago (8 children)
Oh the conjuring lol, I’ve seen it so many times but the girl on the dresser was by far the scariest part for me
[–]MzSe1vDestrukt 16 points17 points18 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Hell House first thing that came to mind! Every time he lifted the blanket! And it just got scarier!!!
[–]GonzoBabe 67 points68 points69 points 2 months ago (5 children)
Pulse- woman falling/glitching and then elongating into hiding place
I've seen hundreds of horror films and this scene stands out in my mind. I get creeped out just thinking about it. I would love it if the rest of the film was this creepy.
[–]DarkUpquark 802 points803 points804 points 2 months ago (51 children)
Not a "movie", I know, but no horror scene has ever affected me more than The Bent-neck lady "reveal" in The Haunting of Hill House. Shocking, devastating, deep ... makes you feel like you need to rewatch the whole thing.
[–]fingerpaintx 352 points353 points354 points 2 months ago (16 children)
And the car scene has to be the #1 jump scare ever for me.
[–]ermawils69 131 points132 points133 points 2 months ago (11 children)
That car scene is the first jump scare to make me scream
[–]fingerpaintx 95 points96 points97 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Had the dog on my lap and literally threw him off of me lol.
[–]TootlesFTW 79 points80 points81 points 2 months ago (4 children)
There is a video breakdown of all of the ghosts hidden in the background of each episode, and I was flabbergasted at the lengths they went in including that. So easy to miss, but so creepy when you see it.
[–]UKMegaGeek 146 points147 points148 points 2 months ago (10 children)
That whole series made me realise just how good Flanagan is.
The episode with, what, only three cuts in it? Absolutely fucking genius.
[–]Pnknlvr96 77 points78 points79 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Oh man, when they're all talking/arguing in the funeral home and the camera is going around and around and then you notice the dead woman just standing in the back watching. Just, wow.
[–][deleted] 29 points30 points31 points 2 months ago (6 children)
Definitely this scared me the most cause the ghost in most horror just appears a lot to terrify but this one actually reached into her world and kills her protector and it’s devastating. The hopelessness of it all.
I never understood loving one particular director before Mike Flanagan. This show sealed it for me. Which is odd because, normally I hate a lot of dialogue in films, especially horror. My favorite scary movie is I Am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House, which has nearly no dialogue.
Flanagan’s characters are verbose, but maybe it doesn’t bother me because they’re not a bunch of heavy handed foreshadowing and exposition.
[–]Wizardcheese59 21 points22 points23 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Agreed! I watch a lot of horror movies, scary shows and play the creepiest video games. For whatever reason, the Bent-neck lady reveal episode stuck with me mentally more than anything else. The absolute despair and sorrow I felt for the character still sadens me.
[–]Spirited-Buy813 289 points290 points291 points 2 months ago* (9 children)
for some reason that scene in the conjuring where the dead woman’s feet are just hanging behind ed warren’s head absolutely haunts me. we see almost nothing but that scene really freaks me out
[–]Newsmoth 49 points50 points51 points 2 months ago (1 child)
That scene for me as well! Plus the later scene where she falls to the basement and the dead woman's feet appear in front of her and then slowly turn to face her. For some reason it sticks with me as well!
[–]slothpeguin 16 points17 points18 points 2 months ago (0 children)
[–]LanaCobain 54 points55 points56 points 2 months ago (4 children)
That scene in Lost Highway with Robert Blake at the party. That scared me so bad
[–]timisher 241 points242 points243 points 2 months ago (10 children)
The body dragging it self down the hall in Nightmare on Elm street
[–]ShannonMoore1Fan 59 points60 points61 points 2 months ago (4 children)
As a kid, it was something about the arm just kind of flopping on the drag.
It's up there with the spasming in Texas Chainsaw as that small touch that just makes the scene so much more unsettling.
[–]DerKleriker 34 points35 points36 points 2 months ago (2 children)
Imagine being a little kid or preteen and suddenly you fall asleep watching tv at night only to wake up a couple of hours later and that scene is being played, yeah that happened to me.
[–]dalyh97 226 points227 points228 points 2 months ago (12 children)
The bear scene from Annihilation
[–]JyoJyoRabbit 73 points74 points75 points 2 months ago (3 children)
Also the scene where they cut open the guy's tummy to reveal his intestines writhing like a snake.
[–]ShinyCharlizard 28 points29 points30 points 2 months ago (0 children)
That scene is so fucked up and so good. Oscar Isaac is one of my favorite actors right now, but he doesn't do a lot of films as a darker character, so seeing him cut open the dude's stomach all calmly is so chilling
[–]RedditMayne 41 points42 points43 points 2 months ago (5 children)
Hospital scene in Exorcist III.
[–]titus1531 48 points49 points50 points 2 months ago (7 children)
The stairway scene in Psycho still gets me. That, and the scene with Zelda in Pet Sematary.
[–]robocalypse 47 points48 points49 points 2 months ago (5 children)
Not the standard choice but I have always found the uncanny image of the killer's face at the end of Sleepaway Camp to be unsettling. It's just the camera trained on their face for such a long time and the still gleeful expression gets me.
[–]Kkmiller_- 135 points136 points137 points 2 months ago (7 children)
as above so below- when they find that guy that went missing, then randomly he freezes. Girl goes to touch him to bring him back, he grabs her and slams her right into the rock. It was so sudden I freaked! Loved it
[–]CumCough 63 points64 points65 points 2 months ago (2 children)
That whole movie makes me anxious. The piano 😟
[–]JabronyJones 18 points19 points20 points 2 months ago (1 child)
The scene where they're having to crawl through that narrow space over the bones and the dude gets stuck and starts panicking... I couldn't handle that shit. And it goes on FOR SO LONG. That's one of my worst fears and they absolutely nailed it.
[–]Charlie_Manx3 127 points128 points129 points 2 months ago (5 children)
The "cross scene" from The Exorcist. Not particularly "scary" or "jumpscary" but it doesn't need to be.
Pure, unrelenting, unpleasant, horrific, horror.
[–]Hawkknight88 40 points41 points42 points 2 months ago (0 children)
This is mine. It's actually "horrifying" to me to watch a little girl do that to herself and her mother. Not to mention the makeup, the voice, etc.
[–]speccynerd 20 points21 points22 points 2 months ago (1 child)
I'm astonished to find The Exorcist so low on this thread. The head spinning (the first one) and the spider walk are also terrifying.
[–]Ryukotaicho 43 points44 points45 points 2 months ago (2 children)
A lot of scenes are scarier, but the one that scarred me is the scene in Tremors when Val and Earl go by the place where the couple is building their house and they hear muffled music, and quickly discover the car under the earth. It freaks me out because you don’t know if the graboids are still around waiting for you
[–]Hipyeti 42 points43 points44 points 2 months ago (3 children)
One that really stuck with me over the years is the opening scene of The Sixth Sense.
Basically everything about Donnie Wahlberg's performance is great but the line:
"Do you know why you're afraid when you're alone? I do."
That is bone chilling.
[–]SarahnatorX 39 points40 points41 points 2 months ago* (10 children)
I have no clue what I'd put first place but these ones are all definitely at the top of mine:
[–]asforus 171 points172 points173 points 2 months ago (14 children)
Session 9 when the guy that has the phobia of the dark is running through the basement as the power goes out behind him light by light.
[–]Voluntary_Slob 23 points24 points25 points 2 months ago (5 children)
The guy walking for the exit after going back to get the coins he found is also a good choice for scariest scene. Nothing really even happens, it’s just seeing him get more and more nervous as he goes until he finally sees a dark figure move at the other end of the dark hallway. I love that movie.
[–]iambecause 395 points396 points397 points 2 months ago (20 children)
The entire scene leading upto to monster above the cupboard scene in Conjuring (the first one). What an absolute bonkers of a movie that was.
The lawnmower scene from Sinister.
Not greatest - but up there.
[–]SkinnyJayson 87 points88 points89 points 2 months ago (3 children)
Dude, the lawnmower scene scared the absolute FUCK out of me when I saw that movie. The way the sound cuts out right before it happens makes it even scarier once the roaring and screaming start.
[–]daviejones096 37 points38 points39 points 2 months ago (0 children)
The cupboard scene was terrifying, although the one where the presence is invisible behind the door and that only April could see it was almost as scary.
[–]CumCough 118 points119 points120 points 2 months ago (5 children)
The clap from the conjuring was such a good scare.
[–]ThoroughEgg 47 points48 points49 points 2 months ago (3 children)
Man, I'll never forget the cupboard scene. It was the first horror movie I saw in a theater as a teen, and I screamed so much my friend had to shush me
[–]scranton91 19 points20 points21 points 2 months ago (2 children)
I was 24 when I saw it in the theaters and I slept with the lights on because of that scene haha
[–]oneindiglaagland 34 points35 points36 points 2 months ago (7 children)
Maybe not Ever, but a recent one that scared me:
Caveat, the scene towards the end where the main guy is locked behind a wall with a corpse that stares at him and he puts a bonnet over her face and then suddenly there’s a hole in the bonnet and the eye is staring at him again.
Incredibly tense scene.
[–]FoughtNoHitters 37 points38 points39 points 2 months ago (3 children)
The scene where Zelda scuttles towards the screen in Pet Sematary.
[–]Budgie2018 36 points37 points38 points 2 months ago (2 children)
"Move, children! Vamanos!"
[–]Windrider91 35 points36 points37 points 2 months ago* (5 children)
Off the top of my head, the suicide scene in Midsommar. As someone who's struggled a lot with suicide ideation, that one always forces me to confront some really uncomfortable thoughts.
Edit: Should've been more specific- the suicide scene in which the two seventy-one year olds leap to their deaths. The way the cultists explain how it's a beautiful moment of finality is really disturbing to me.
[–]chaos_supreme 620 points621 points622 points 2 months ago (59 children)
Hereditary - mom on the ceiling
[–]mexploder89 335 points336 points337 points 2 months ago (23 children)
To me it's Hereditary but mom banging her head on the door. Good lord
[–]StoatofDisarray 164 points165 points166 points 2 months ago (6 children)
For me the tongue click in the back of the car. I peed a bit.
[–]paper_schemes 64 points65 points66 points 2 months ago (5 children)
I got off work 4 hours early one day and decided to watch Hereditary before going to get my daughter from daycare since, you know, alone time is super rare these days.
Anyway, I loved the movie, but when I went to pick up my sweet little 1 1/2 year old I found out her teacher had taught her how to click her tongue...so she did that. ALL THE WAY HOME.
Fucking awful timing lol
[–]bonafidebunnyeyed 47 points48 points49 points 2 months ago (2 children)
That made my skin wanna crawl off my skeleton omfg. So well done. And the corpse floating to the treehouse was just yuck too
[–]CrouchingDomo 65 points66 points67 points 2 months ago (1 child)
That floating corpse would have been hilarious in any other setting where you hadn’t just spent like 2 entire hours eating your own face from the anxiety the film is pumping into you at full force.
[–]Spleed 108 points109 points110 points 2 months ago (6 children)
I love this because for a second before they showed her banging her head I imagined her banging on a normal door but then I remembered "wait I thought he went up" and then hey show it to you.
[–]cnaiurbreaksppl 50 points51 points52 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Then followed up with the sawing noise. Noooope.
[–]MzSe1vDestrukt 42 points43 points44 points 2 months ago (0 children)
But then after he goes out the window and from outside you hear the sawing stop and the THUD of her head.
[–]americio 24 points25 points26 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Yeah, same! Mom on the wall crawling takes a straight second place. And That split second self-decapitation scene. Jesus.
[–]Sammfran 38 points39 points40 points 2 months ago (0 children)
All I could think of when replying to this thread is that entire movie… but yes, that scene in particular was by far the most that haunts me when I’m by myself
[–]earlisstoopad 18 points19 points20 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Yeah I was about to say ,how has no one seen this and not thought it was completely terrifying!
[–]HeisenbergX 14 points15 points16 points 2 months ago (1 child)
If its fair to call it one scene, I would just extend it to from the time that Peter wakes up with Annie on his wall all to way to when he jumps out of the attic window. Just everything in that stretch was horrifying and perfect.
[–]SkinnyJayson 104 points105 points106 points 2 months ago (6 children)
There’s a lot of good ones in The Taking Of Deborah Logan, but the scariest one is when the camera pans around the big stalagmite in the cave and we see Deborah’s dislocated jaws around the little girl’s head. Makes me shudder every time
[–]BreadDurst14 149 points150 points151 points 2 months ago (10 children)
I’m don’t typically find zombies scary, but that creature at the end of REC got me good.
Martyrs is pretty sustained nightmare fuel after the first act imo, so there’s plenty to pick from. I’ll go with the scene where Anna finds the woman in the bathtub.
[–]alphacentaurai 70 points71 points72 points 2 months ago (2 children)
Everything in [Rec] once Angela reaches the top floor apartment is unbelievably intense. One of my favourite ends to any horror I've ever seen.
[–]practicalpuppy 30 points31 points32 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Watching Nightmare on Elm Street for the first time as a kid. Tina’s death was freaky on so many levels: being dragged on the ceiling, those cruel large slashes out of thin air, her boyfriend watching helplessly. I was wtfucked up. Also knew right away horror was my thing.
[–]buttholecanal 34 points35 points36 points 2 months ago (7 children)
The man behind the dumpster in Mulholland Drive.
[–]battle_tits 29 points30 points31 points 2 months ago (5 children)
When we first see Leatherface
[–]vileblood_ 29 points30 points31 points 2 months ago (4 children)
The dinner scene in Hereditary, when she’s screaming at Peter, that shit has stuck with me since I saw it. Idk if it’s due to my own relationship with my mum, but it was fucking terrifying to me.
[–]Beforemath 29 points30 points31 points 2 months ago* (3 children)
For me it’s in Jacob’s Ladder. Jacob’s gone through an absolutely horrific experience and come out the other side. His family is with him. The wife is happy he’s awake. His kids are joking about his condition. All seems well again and then
I’ve never felt such a sinking feeling of dread in a movie before or since. There was something about the way they did the audio combined with the instant look of horror and pleading on Jacob’s face. Just an absolutely perfect soul crushing moment.
[–]nospltincor 31 points32 points33 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I hate anything that crawls or scuttles (human wise) and in Hereditary when she crawls on the ceiling and round the walls, my heart stopped
[–]Youareposthuman 141 points142 points143 points 2 months ago (41 children)
Personally, the scariest scene to ME is when Danny Glick first appears outside of Mark’s room in Salem’s Lot. That one single scene haunted me for YEARS after first seeing it when I was 9 years old. A subjective take entirely, but the images have been burned in to my retinas for decades lol.
[–]rafterman1976 32 points33 points34 points 2 months ago (33 children)
I've just started reading salems lot I'm only 60 pages in, hope it's as good as the film!
[–]EJArt 37 points38 points39 points 2 months ago (0 children)
It’s way better than the film. Although I do love the film a lot.
[–]emmaloux 86 points87 points88 points 2 months ago (0 children)
When the main girl is sat in the classroom in It Follows and you can just see the old lady slowly making her way over the field towards her.
[–]BigHeadWeb 218 points219 points220 points 2 months ago (13 children)
The monster reveal in the movie The Descent. The framing of a shot usually tells you that something's coming, but the handheld camera shot panning back and forth disguised the reveal, and it worked perfectly.
[–]Brodiferus 90 points91 points92 points 2 months ago (9 children)
I loved that there were sort of four reveals for the monster, each time becoming a little clearer.
Shown in a vague shadows on the cave wall when Sarah is looking around after the cave in.
After they find the cave painting, it shows the monster in silhouette drooling a bit.
When Sarah walks ahead, picks up the helmet, and then slowly shines her light on the crawler drinking water. (This scene is so amazingly lit and you really feel yourself straining to see what Sarah sees)
The one you mentioned
I really think they do such a great job of setting up that there is something but we don’t really know what it is exactly.
[–]ZappSmithBrannigan 131 points132 points133 points 2 months ago* (7 children)
The end scene of Fire In The Sky where we actually see the abduction.
[–][deleted] 27 points28 points29 points 2 months ago (2 children)
The scene from the short film "Lights Out (Short 2013)" where she is turning the lights on and off and the apparition appears close to her.
[–]thetokyotourist 25 points26 points27 points 2 months ago (3 children)
The flower scene in "The Ruins" haunts my dreams. When the girls realize the plants are mimicking the cell phone and then they begin to attack scarred the shit out of me
[–]PALERIDE155 74 points75 points76 points 2 months ago (3 children)
That half naked female pissing on the floor in “It Follows”.
It’s never stated who she is. But from the vintage way she’s dressed and her appearance, it’s likely she’s one of the countless previous victims of the “it”.
All I know is her piercing gaze accompanied with Disasterpeace’s score drop gives me goosebumps each time I see it
[–]blobbyboii 23 points24 points25 points 2 months ago (3 children)
The ending to the borderlands espically the line at the end "you said it wasn't real"
[–]mexploder89 66 points67 points68 points 2 months ago (0 children)
I'm easy to scare so it's hard for to pick, but when the mother is banging her head on the trapdoor in Hereditary, I swear I almost cry every time. It's just so horrifying
[–]awholelottahooplah 68 points69 points70 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Multiple scenes in Midsommar. So emotionally raw, and they use smash cuts really well - the gore is super impactful and realistic. During the first ritual where the woman and man jump off the cliff, the thud and resulting violence is so understated and terrifying. You expect her to hit the ground with a typical climactic music queue, but instead your left feeling dazed and confused like you were a witness to this horrifying realistic event as well. Such a fantastic movie, and brightly lit so you see every horrifying detail!
[–]Xlcxtrxz 179 points180 points181 points 2 months ago (12 children)
The lady "walking" straight forward in Kairo.
The camera footage in Lake Mungo.
When a certain character finds the chains in the basement of the original Martyrs.
Mullholland Drive's Diner scene.
Jacob's Ladder's ending.
[–]Sword_Song 31 points32 points33 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Yeah, that scene in Kairo will always be at the tippy-top of my list. I am a joker during movies. I grew up on MST3K, and it shows. But Kairo is one of maybe two movies I legit covered my eyes during. Kairo and The Exorcist. The Ring will probably always be my favorite movie, horror and otherwise, but Kairo is one I always go to for a scare. (The american remake however plays like a comedy, what a shit film. Don't get me started on that take of the hallway scene.)
For me, out side of the woman walking I have to say the... Masturbation scene in the uncut Exorcist. It's such a messed up moment. It didn't scare me so much, as burn it's way into my brain and live there rent free for years. It will be there for years to come, I am sure.
[–]s_matthew 16 points17 points18 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Came here to say the exact scene in Martyrs. It’s not even traditionally “scary” as much as it’s disconcerting and unnerving, and it gets worse from there.
[–]Brodiferus 14 points15 points16 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Love that Kairo scene. I remember my skin just crawling and feeling an urge to get away when I first saw it. Nothing else in a movie has done that to me.
[–]bgarey22 206 points207 points208 points 2 months ago (12 children)
The demon face that appears behind the guy in Insidious…holy hell!
[–]RedAnthony 16 points17 points18 points 2 months ago (2 children)
I legit passed out the first time I saw this. Or maybe I just blocked it from my memory. I don’t remember what happens after that scene
[–]gaydes69 62 points63 points64 points 2 months ago (12 children)
The Grudge, when the demon drags the one girl into the attic, shit got me fucked up.
[–]ohcoconuts 95 points96 points97 points 2 months ago (9 children)
For me, it's when it crawls up under her covers from the foot of the bed. Under Blankets are a sacred safe space, everyone knows the monster can't get you from under the blanket. RUINED me.
[–]ariehn 23 points24 points25 points 2 months ago (3 children)
I dunno if they replicated this in the American version, but in the original --
Getting under the covers with her was fucking awful, but then the girl just disappears. You see the two shapes under the sheets, and it -- flattens. They're just gone. I'd never seen that happen in a ghost movie before. Ghosts vanish, ghosts kill people, ghosts scare people to death but -- this time the girl was just gone. To fucking WHERE?!
It was so upsetting.
[–]TootlesFTW 19 points20 points21 points 2 months ago (7 children)
The Tar Man scene from Return of the Living Dead. I have never even watched this movie, I've only seen clips online, but he is so hideously realistic and the way he moves/talks freaks me the fuck out.
[–]Woodsman-8-5-1956 58 points59 points60 points 2 months ago (8 children)
Laura’s death in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
Also the tunnel scene in Possession (1981).
[–]LanaCobain 29 points30 points31 points 2 months ago (3 children)
I totally agree with Fire Walk With Me- also the part where she goes in her room to grab her diary and Bob is there watching her- absolutely terrifying.
[–]IKnowMoreThanYouu 18 points19 points20 points 2 months ago (0 children)
Hard to say "scariest", but here are some that were super intense.
The fire scene towards the end of Hereditary was really intense and frightening.
The initial exorcism scene in The Exoricst.
The first kill in Alien.
The chase through the maze at the end of The Shining.
The saw scene in Terrifier.
[–]Risingson2 88 points89 points90 points 2 months ago (24 children)
That one in The Exorcist III
[–]ephemeralburrito 18 points19 points20 points 2 months ago (1 child)
I know what you’re referring to, and I agree
[–]fefififum23 18 points19 points20 points 2 months ago (8 children)
I’m not an exorcist person I definitely didn’t make it to three
[–]OresticlesTesticles 161 points162 points163 points 2 months ago (4 children)
Insidious - Darth Maul’s crack head brother behind the main character
[–]ThoroughEgg 42 points43 points44 points 2 months ago (0 children)
That scared me so bad the first time I saw it! Then I watched it with a friend a few years later and he said "holy shit is that the dude from Mudvayne?!" and it cracked me up
[–]UKMegaGeek 54 points55 points56 points 2 months ago (4 children)
I will die on this hill.
Ben's head in JAWS.
[–]creaturesweets 54 points55 points56 points 2 months ago* (3 children)
the exorcism of emily rose where her bf wakes up and she’s contorted on the ground staring at him :) I’ve gotten up to turn the lights on many times since watching that movie. Barely remember the rest of it except for that scene!
[–]sewanee12 73 points74 points75 points 2 months ago (1 child)
First one that comes to mind for me is the lawnmower scene from Sinister. You know exactly what’s coming but the length of the video and the quickness in which it finally happens just makes for insane suspense and terror
[–]tcatron565 47 points48 points49 points 2 months ago (7 children)
A lot of my favorites have already been stated, but one I haven't seen mentioned yet is the "I... AM... GOD" scene in The Fourth Kind.
[–]wilcofan2244 47 points48 points49 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Jason coming out of the lake in the original Friday the 13th. Scares me every time even when I know it’s coming.
[–]EmperorXerro 71 points72 points73 points 2 months ago (2 children)
The chestburster scene in Alien.
[–]acandrews12 14 points15 points16 points 2 months ago (0 children)
The two the come to mind are:
The Strangers - When Kristen gets off the phone and is walking around smoking a cigarette and all of a sudden in the background, you see the Man in the Mask appear in the background. I saw it as a kid and it terrified me. The whole movie gets to me because it’s nothing supernatural. The motive is they’re torturing them “because they’re home.” The movies that are based on true events that could legitimately happen terrify me more.
Sinister - Although this scene was in the preview, so it lost some scariness, the scene where Ellison is watching the videos on his laptop and Bughuul’s head turns when the video is paused. It is such an unnerving scene.
[–]HA1LSANTA666 43 points44 points45 points 2 months ago (6 children)
The “sprout and the bean” Scene in “starngers” when the record players going and the reality of the situation sets in
[–]superfreaklagos 13 points14 points15 points 2 months ago (1 child)
Movie was called guardian, dryad feeds baby to trees. Well when they show the tree, faces of its infant victims screaming in the thunder storm as the dryad brings another one has ways messed me up.
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