For years horror movies have always been the preferred choice in my household. I can’t tell you why, but also I can’t tell you why insane hot sauce is my condiment for everything. I guess it is that “in the moment” discomfort I crave. Sadistic or masochistic, you say? Maybe. All I know is that on a rainy and cold night, you will find me on a couch, eating pizza sprinkled with Dave’s Insanity sauce watching The Exorcist 666 times because it keeps getting funnier every time I see it.
Another reason I watch horror movies over, let’s say, comedies or dramas is because they stick with you. Especially certain scenes. You never come home at night from watching Die Hard 5 in theatre and race to turn on the lights because you are worried Bruce Willis is behind the couch, do you? No, you don’t! I want to feel that twinge of fear, that moment when you have to squint your eyes because if you only see 30% of a scene it might not be as scary, that feeling of waking up at 3:33am and wanting to pee but there is no way you’re putting your feet on the floor. I love it all and spending $15 at the theatre should involve a bit of residual entertainment.
Today, I want to share six scenes from amazing films that have and always will stick with me. To some, they may not be scary at all but for some reason they give me the chills. I can’t tell you if I over analyze or I really am just a wuss, but take a gander and see if you share my moments in cinema scares.
The Haunting 1963
Oh boy this one got me. I remember back in 2006 I was sitting on the couch, flipping through the channels when I stumbled across the opening title of The Haunting. Intrigued by the title, I stayed to give it a shot even though it was a black and white movie and to a nitwit like I was, that almost certainly means “not scary”. Man oh man, I could not have been more wrong. The whole movie was a creep fest and when the girl I was dating at the time came through the front door, I almost jumped out of my skin.
This scene was by far one of the most creep-out parts even modern horror films of the day could not hold a candle to. From the giggling to the inaudible chattering behind the door, it still makes my hairs stand on end. Watch and see!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Of course if you are a fan of the horror genre you have most likely seen the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. If you have not, go back to your Sandra Bullock movies. (I kid) This film has plenty of disturbing and creepy images but the very beginning always made this one, the film that separates itself from the pack. Corpses posed on a tombstone with a radio news bulletin in the background paints a macabre scene and swearing off ever going to rural Texas.
The Blair Witch Project
Why did this film get such a bad rap? For the life of me I cannot understand why? The actors were amazing, there was a constant sense of hopeless dread and above all, the disorienting sounds in the woods insuring that going camping will never be the same again. A particular scare that has never left me was the sounds of dead children playing right outside the character’s tent. I actually felt their panic and when they bolted from the tent, it was hard to tell acting from true terror. Turn off the lights and turn up the speakers. Let your imagination do the rest.
The Amityville Horror
It’s said that this is a true story and to a kid that always amplifies the scare factor by ten but besides all the hype, the ghost/demon/rocking chair enthusiast, Jodi really was what kept the closet light on. This was my first real horror movie that didn’t rely on the Universal monster magic or special effects. A simple empty rocking chair moving on its own and glowing eyes will paralyse me far easier than some a dude tearing his face off. Maybe I easily impressed?
This scene easily takes a top spot. Be quiet, I don’t wear a dress!
I grew up without cable so I was always a little tardy to the party when it came to movies that were taboo to a young boy’s eyes. However, my grandparents did and a fateful day in 1984 I channel surfed right into this little ditty. For the first half of the movie, Ghost Story, you see a terrifying specter take revenge on old men in this type of “BOO!” fashion. It worked on me. I have a specific memory of actually running away from the TV.
This was a movie that came later in my adolescence though I have always known about it. Although I didn’t find the movie to be all that scary, the scene in the kitchen was shot so perfectly, I think about it at least twenty times a day. Usually about wooden hammers. I can’t tell whether it’s the look on the children’s faces or the fact there isn’t a sound made before all Hell breaks loose.
Maybe it’s kids in snowsuits? I don’t know.
Well, there you have it! The six creepy scenes that I think about right when I begin to fall asleep.
What are yours? Do you have a movie that surprised you or took you off guard? Share them with me either here, Facebook or Twitter!
GHOST STORY!! One of my favorite movies ever and I feel like NOBODY has seen it.
I think Blair Witch got a bad rap for a lot of different reasons. I think many people felt like it tricked them. Because they actually believed it was real for a little while and when it turned out it wasn’t real, it made people who are usually not gullible to that sort of thing angry that they’d been fooled. Also, if you’re expecting a glossy, cat-scare kind of horror movie and you see this 80 minutes that’s mostly about a group of people wearing each other down, I can see how that would be a little irritating. Plus it made a lot of filmmakers think you could make a movie out of just about anything. (You can’t.)
I can see that. But I don’t think people take it for what it is; a claustrophobic horror film in the woods! Hard to do that. I just loved it and the space disorientation with distant walking and screams still get me today.
GHOST STORY! Let’s watch it!
I agree, Bill. TCM is perfect. Saw it around 2000 and was a little rattled after. Hearing about the legend of filming it and what they went through on-set makes it even more special. I also have a strong spot in my heart for Blair Witch. Saw it opening weekend amid all the hype and hoopla in a packed house. I was completely mesmerized and on the edge of my seat breathless at least once. Maybe it’s because I’ve been tinkering with cameras my whole life but I can easily get into the “found footage” or “shaky cam” films whereas a lot of public dislike it. That experience in the theater seeing it ranks among my favorite moviegoing trips.
I knew you had good taste! 😉
I saw Blair Witch in theaters and couldn’t sleep for a week! Scared the HELL out of me, and the scene you mention was probably the most terrifying. It had my friends and I yelling “My boots aren’t laced!” for a long time after.
That is still one of the most frightening scenes to me. Glad to share that common thread!