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Love horror movies and TV? So do we. Walk down our track and enter our cabin of horrors…

31 scary movie moments – 22) Denise walks into Dr Satan’s lair in House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

We’re big fans of Rob Zombie’s horror and exploitation films, and House of 1000 Corpses is OTT and ultra disturbing – bringing us the cult characters of Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Otis (Bill Moseley).

Four young people stumble across Captain Spaulding’s bizarre ‘Museum of Monsters & Mayhem’ when researching a book about strange roadside attractions. They learn about the legend of Dr Satan, a master surgeon with questionable ethics, and then get captured by the Firefly family from hell who start to torture and kill the group. Potential final girl Denise (Erin Daniels) is left alone in an underground lair…and guess who it belongs to…

 

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31 scary movie moments – 21) The Power of Christ Compels You in The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist is truly one of the most terrifying films of all time, and there’s many scenes in this classic horror that will chill you down to the bone – head spinning, spider walking, pea soup vomiting, crucifix…ya know. For us, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow) and Father Karras (Jason Miller) trying to cast the demon out of young Regan (Linda Blair) – ‘The Power of Christ Compels You!’ – as she levitates towards the ceiling is pretty much out there. They then see a haunting glimpse of the true demon. You’ll need a stiff drink after this one.

31 scary movie moments – 20) The body under the water in Inferno (1980)

Part 2 of Dario Argento’s Three Mothers trilogy, Inferno has some standout, influential scenes and is bathed in the usual colours of red, blue and black that are staple in his seminal films. There’s also the trademark ‘complex mystery, bathed in blood’ as a brother – Mark (Leigh McCloskey) – searches for his sister, Rose (Irene Miracle), who has vanished from her apartment in New York City. There’s witchcraft..there’s a spooky building…beautifully staged brutal murders…and a marvellous cat.

One of the biggest jumps is in a wonderful underwater sequence where Rose discovers a water-filled ballroom in her building – of course – and accidentally drops her keys into it, so she has to swim down…whilst a body floats up.

31 scary movie moments – 19) Nancy’s school dream in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…Wes Craven’s horror tour de force introduced the world to icon Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) and also caused a generation of kids to have insomnia. Watching it back now, it’s still blinkin’ scary and one of the spookiest bits is when our lead Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) falls asleep at school and is tempted out of the classroom by her dead friend Tina (Amanda Wyss), who is talking to her from inside a bloody body bag. Horrid.

Time for some hot chocolate…not tired…at all. Must…stay…awake…

 

 

31 scary movie moments – 18) The dinner party in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

By the time we reach the infamous dinner party sequence in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, we’re terrorised already. And then this happens. It’s savage, it’s horrible, it’s OTT and it’s bloody, bloody brilliant. Final girl Sally (the best Scream Queen ever, Marilyn Burns – rest in peace) is subjected to the Come Dine With Me from hell as she gets to know Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) and his family a little better. This includes a comatose and pretty dead looking Grandpa (John Dugan) sucking her cut finger, then in a horrific moment of black humour failing to bludgeon her. You want to stop watching…but you can’t. It’s beyond scary.

31 scary movie moments – 17) Sgt. Howie’s sacrifice in The Wicker Man (1973)

One of the most disturbing and frightening prolonged ends to a film, Sgt. Howie’s (Edward Woodward) demise in The Wicker Man…in a wicker man…is not for the faint-hearted. We spend the duration of the film with him as he explores the mysteries and strange folk of Summerisle and then they go and do that to him. He calls for ‘Christ!’ and ‘Lord!’ before he burns, but there is no escape. The animals burning and shrieking around him add to the horror. And the folks of Summerisle watch him with glee, and sing, and sing. Gulp.

31 scary movie moments – 16) The bell in The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Thank you to Kylie Klein Nixon for this most excellent spooky suggestion – The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a great contemporary horror flick with loads of jumps and scares. Father and son coroners Tommy (Brian Cox) and Austin (Emile Hirsch) are perplexed when a mystery female cadaver is brought into them, and then very strange things start to happen such as the radio turning over stations by itself and noises going bump in the night. They also have other bodies which have bells tied around their ankles – in the past, the bells were used to signal if the bodies were in a comatose state rather than actually dead – so when something starts tinkling in the dark corridor, coming towards them…yeah, you can guess what’s up with THAT.

31 scary movie moments – 15) Flies attack Father Delaney in The Amityville Horror (1979)

One of the most infamous haunted houses, 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, has many terrors inside in this classic 1979 horror. There’s a secret spooky room in the basement, red eyes peeking through a window, blood seeping out of the walls and windows slamming down on their own. One of the scariest scenes is when Father Delaney (Rod Steiger) visits to bless the house and is swarmed by some horrible flies. And then that voice from hell tells him to ‘GETTTTT OUTTTTTTTT’. Yikes.

31 scary movie moments – 14) Hell in Event Horizon (1997)

Thanks to Tom Kay and Laurie Thorpe for this suggestion – the whole of Event Horizon is messed up and once again reiterates ¬†why you shouldn’t go on rescue missions for missing spaceships. NOT A GOOD MOVE.

Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne) and his unlucky crew set off to find missing ship Event Horizon which is sending a distress signal, having disappeared on its maiden voyage seven years earlier. When they find the ship, the crew board and find evidence of a massacre…and they start to have haunting hallucinations which all link to their own fears and experiences. They then find a video log which shows the Event Horizon crew doing really bad things to each other, sealing their fate. Very bad things indeed. They have literally gone to hell.

 

 

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