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Friday, 31 October 2014

Retrospective: Top 10 Scariest Movie Scenes

Retrospective: Top 10 Scariest Movie Scenes

Today is Halloween, and one of the best ways to celebrate the moment is watching horror movies. Here's the compilation of 10 scariest movie scenes ever seen in the history of horror cinema:


10. The dinner scene in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)

Tobe Hooper's highly-influential low budget masterpiece of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE was no doubt one of the scariest horror movies ever made. The grueling dinner scene was particularly memorable and traumatizing on which Sally (Marilyn Burns) regained consciousness and found herself tied to a chair in front of the kitchen table, while the four crazy family members (including Leatherface in a human-flesh mask) are having dinner together.

9. The shower scene in PSYCHO (1960)

At the time of its release in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO was considered sleazy and cheap-looking, but eventually became a landmark classic that breathe life to then-new "slasher genre". The movie was famed for its shower scene where Marion (Janet Leigh) was suddenly being stabbed with a knife multiple times by an unseen killer. Coupled with Bernard Herrmann's legendary screeching score and Hitchcock's tense direction, the shower scene remained a powerful sequence even viewed by today's standard.

8. The red-cloaked dwarf scene in DON'T LOOK NOW (1973)

DON'T LOOK NOW was a slow-moving, but genuinely eerie supernatural-horror movie that might be a turn-off for casual viewers. But those who are patient enough will be rewarded with a shocking payoff involving John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) encountered a mysterious dwarf in a red-hooded coat.


7. The TV scene in RINGU (1998) / THE RING (2002)

Hideo Nakata's RINGU was widely praised as the landmark of J-horror craze. The movie was, of course, better known for its frightening scene where the ghost of Sadako (Rie Inō) crawled out of the well and subsequently emerged out of the TV set and scared Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada) to death. Gore Verbinski's Hollywood remake of THE RING in 2002 was surprisingly worthwhile, even though it was no match with the Japanese original version.

6. The defibrillator scene in THE THING (1982)

John Carpenter's remake of Howard Hawks' horror classic THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) was a notorious flop when it was first released back in the summer of 1982. But the movie managed to garner strong cult following when it was released on home video. THE THING was notable for then-young 22 years old Rob Bottin's groundbreaking special effects, and had plenty of scary moments such as the mutated dog scene. But personally, I would go for the gruesome defibrillator scene where Dr. Cooper (Richard Dysart) was trying to revive Vance Norris (Charles Hallahan) with a defibrillator. However, Cooper unexpectedly crashes the defibrillator through Norris' chest and has his arms ripped off by the creature inside the body.

5. The "Here's Johnny!" scene in THE SHINING (1980)

Although Stephen King particularly disliked the way director Stanley Kubrick adapted his 1977 novel, it's hard to deny that the big screen adaptation of THE SHINING was a superb masterpiece of terror and claustrophobia. No doubt the movie had plenty of iconic scenes, but it was the famous "Here's Johnny!" scene where the deranged Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) forced his frightened wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall) to come out by chopping through the bathroom door with a fire axe like a madman before he looked through the hole he made and shouted, "Here's Johnny!".

4. The chest-bursting scene in ALIEN (1979)

Ridley Scott's ALIEN was a masterpiece of sci-fi and horror genre. The most talked-about scene in the movie was the chest-bursting moment, on which Kane (John Hurt) started coughing and choking while eating dinner with the rest of the crew. His condition grew worse as Kane suffered seizure and sudden burst of red blood splashed out from his white T-shirt before a baby alien creature ripped out from his chest, and startled the crew who witnessed the incident.

3. The attic scene in [REC] (2007)

[REC] was one of the best found-footage movies of all time that the subsequent sequels and Hollywood remake (2008's QUARANTINE) were all inferiors compared to this terrifying original. During one particular scene that literally made me jump out of the seat when I first watched it in the cinema, cameraman Pablo (Pablo Rosso) decided to check out the dark attic by holding up his camcorder and slowly pans around. It was nothing at first, until his camcorder revealed a sudden appearance of an infected zombie boy. Although the scene was actually brief, it was the combination of perfect timing and a sense of dread that made the jump scare all the more effective and frightening enough.

2. The piano wire scene in AUDITION (1999)

Renowned Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike was often known for his outrageously violent gangster movies, but he managed to show equal credibility venturing into horror-genre territory with AUDITION. Although the movie was generally snail-paced, the final 20 minutes was particularly horrifying enough to send shivers down your spine as the seemingly innocent-looking Asami (model Eihi Shiina) was later revealed as a disturbing woman with sadistic nature. In one particular scene, she tortured her male victim by using long piano wire and amputate his foot one at a time in such gleeful manner.

1. The exorcism scene in THE EXORCIST (1973)

From the "pea soup" sequence to the iconic 360-degree head spinning moment, William Friedkin's THE EXORCIST was unquestionably the scariest movie ever made about exorcism. The final sequence where Father Karras (Jason Miller) and Father Merrin (Max von Sydow) performed exorcism together against the possessed Regan (Linda Blair) inside her bedroom was particularly horrifying till this day.

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