November 6, 2003

Scariest Movie Scenes

RetroCrush has a list of (in their estimation) the 100 scariest movie scenes. It's a great list really. Creative, too. Any scary film list that's got a scene from Dumbo in it has got to get your attention. And check out scare #61. Ewww. These lists are great for reminding you of movies you really need to watch again, or perhaps have never seen and need to rent. F'rinstance, I own Jaws on DVD but haven't watched it recently. That film needs to be watched again. The Wicker Man was on my long Netflix queue, and now I'm moving it up.

But no list like this can be complete. Where is the finale of Odishon on this list? There's a scary scene. Definitely not suitable for younger viewers, and worthy of anyone's freakish "movie scares" list.

I know we can expand the horizons. I want to produce my own list from my movie-watching experiences and those of my friends. The list will be "n" entries long. I don't care if it overlaps with the RetroCrush list, but I already know there will be scenes on it that they don't have. My readers are creative folks, and perhaps a little twisted. Send me your favorite scary scenes from film. Made-for-TV-movies count, too. Send me as many scenes as you can think of. Do it in email or as a comment to this entry. After an unspecified amount of time (probably within the next month) I will put together our list of scariest scenes onto a nifty blog entry, or perhaps its own web page.

Don't be shy. Send 'em along. Show the world that we can make cool lists. Cite the specific scene. I'll attribute your suggestions in the final list.

Posted by James at November 6, 2003 3:31 PM
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That whole bit in the Silence of the Lambs where Agent Starling is chased around in the dark basement by Buffalo Bill is very tense.

And damn near any of Hannibal's scenes when he's talking with Clarice qualify for some damn good freaky moments.

Posted by: Brandon at November 6, 2003 5:10 PM

The murder scenes in "Theatre of Blood," especially the the beauty parlor murder and the pie murder. (Don't want to give too much detail, just in case someone hasn't seen it.)

One of the Dr. Phibes movies, probably the first one, had a good murder scene involving honey.

Probably the biggest screams I ever heard in a movie theater were for the head in Jaws.

I've never seen Dumbo. Now I'm glad.

As for the commentary on #61, I did see that recent CSI episode about the furries, and thought it would give me nightmares. (Obviously, some fetishes aren't for everyone.)

Posted by: julie at November 7, 2003 12:07 PM

Obviously, some fetishes aren't for everyone.

You're pretty safe with a statement like that.

Posted by: James at November 7, 2003 12:14 PM

Well I would like to submit the movie "Cabaret" The scenes:
- any closeup of Liza Minelli smooching
- the one where they did closeups on the cabaret Guy.



Posted by: Rui Campos at November 7, 2003 11:14 PM

I am pleased by the placement of the pictures here. The woman screaming just above Bush, doing whatever the hell it is that he's doing (what is that?!) is just fabulous.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 11, 2003 1:02 PM

I must admit, Silence of the Lambs (#36) did give me the willies.

I also _love_ The Shining. Just how did he get out of that freezer, anyway? "Come play with us, Danny...forever and ever and ever." (see #3) AAAHH!! I just gave myself a chill!

And for those of you who enjoyed the recent "Furries" episode of CSI, you'll want to take a look at #61. I've seen this movie _many_ times, and I never noticed this before. Eep!

Posted by: Patti M. at November 11, 2003 1:09 PM

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