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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.



31 scary movie moments – 13) The opening of Maniac (2012)

Franck Khalfoun’s remake of the infamous 80s slasher is brutal from the very start, even before we’ve had the main film title. Elijah Wood’s serial killer Frank Zito stalks a woman, and then murders and scalps her. It’s all set to a haunting 80s synth score by Rob, leading into a really difficult and uncomfortable film to get through. The opening lets you know exactly what you’re in for.

31 scary movie moments – The siren in Silent Hill (2006)

The whole of Silent Hill is terrifying – Hellooooo Pyramid Head – but what really gets us is the ominous sound of the air raid siren which signals it’s time to run. Set amongst the smoke/fog of ¬†deserted Silent Hill and the cinders in the air, it’s as creepy as creepy comes.


31 scary movie moments – 11) Dallas dies in Alien (1979)

John Hurt’s chestburster is the real shock in Alien but for scares, you can’t beat the tension and pure fear of the alien hunting down Dallas (Tom Skerritt) in the bowels of the Nostromo. We can see how close the alien is to him from what’s on the monitor but Dallas is unaware of just how much danger he’s in. And with a flash of video footage, he’s gone.

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