Greatest Scariest
Movie Moments and Scenes


Greatest and Scariest Film Scenes
Movie Title/Year and Brief Scene Description

Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (2004)

  • The scene of the live burial of the revenge-seeking Bride (Uma Thurman) by Bill's (David Carradine) degenerate brother Budd (Michael Madsen).

    After being shot in the chest with rock salt, and also sedated, the bound Bride was tied by her wrists and feet, and put into a pine-coffin/box - and then the wooden cover was nailed into place (nails were seen in close-up). As the seal was made, everything went dark - shot from the point-of-view of the encased Bride with her hurried, desperate breaths within the casket. The coffin was then dragged along the ground and lowered into a deep grave (marked with headstone Paula Schultz), after which she could hear dirt thrown onto the coffin to completely bury her. During part of the burial, the Bride was able to switch on a flashlight, although much of the horror of the scene was in the dark, as she realized she was about to die.

    However, she positioned the flashlight so she could see, released the tight bindings, and punched her way through the side of the coffin - recalling her training by martial arts master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu), and crawled through the dirt to the surface, where she gasped for air.

In the next scene, the Bride's next target, Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) congratulated Budd on 'killing' the Bride: "That's a pretty f--ked up way to die."

King Kong (1933)

A few of the scenes in the original film were considered too horrific so they were censored from early prints (but later restored) - they included:

  • the sights of Skull Island natives being killed by the awesome and enraged beast Kong, who had broken through from behind an enormous wall.

    (1) one hapless spear-throwing native was grabbed and chewed
    (2) two others were stomped to death in the mud

One of the film's most thrilling and scary sequences was in the climax atop of the Empire State Building, where Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) was held in the giant hand of the Beast while dangling in mid-air, as he was shot at by biplanes.

Land of the Dead (2005)


This fourth film of the Dead series, a comeback zombie film for director George A. Romero, posited the apocalyptic collapse of human society. It was a symbolic 'haves & have-nots' class-struggle story with prototypical characters. The masses of poverty-stricken, exploited residents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were forced to live in the empty, embattled streets. Although protected by mercenaries, society was overrun by recently-dead zombies or undead "walkers" nicknamed "stenches" who were "practicing to be alive." Meanwhile, the elite lived in a fortified walled-off city known as Fiddler's Green, bordered on three sides by rivers and lorded over by Paul Kaufman (Dennis Hopper), a rich and powerful feudal overlord and opportunistic super-capitalist.

Although it was an unsubtle film, it presented the idea that the zombies, led by smartly-evolved and more advanced "Big Daddy" (Eugene Clark), could become revolutionaries. They could be trained to shoot guns, use tools as weapons, and besiege the corrupt city. They were portrayed as more human than the humans: "They're just looking for a place to go."

It opened with the subtitle: "SOME TIME AGO" - under the credits, radio reports (voice-over) were heard describing the apocalyptic collapse of human society and its consequences (society overrun by zombies), accompanied by jerky, black and white images.

The well-organized horde of hundreds of zombies were led by zombified gas station attendant "Big Daddy" who demonstrated to his fellow zombies, in the film's most terrifying scene, that they could cross the river into the city without drowning by walking on the riverbed bottom under the water.

The zombies crashed through the front doors of the insular, high-rise Fiddler's Green skyscraper of the wealthy, and invaded the walled and fortified mall area, while scheming coward Paul Kaufman attempted to escape with his money.

The Last House on the Left (1972)


This taboo-breaking and often revolting 'snuff'-type film from Wes Craven featured the long ordeal of two teenaged girls:

  • Mari Collingwood (Sandra Cassell)
  • Phyllis Stone (Lucy Grantham)

They were searching for pot when kidnapped by a sadistic group of escaped convicts led by Krug (David Hess).

In one disturbing scene after they were taken to a woodsy area, blue-wearing Phyllis was forced to urinate with her clothes on ("Piss (in) your pants...Do it!"). The camera panned down, showing her wettened blue-jeans. Then, they was stripped naked and forced to have oral sex with each other ("Make them make it with each other!"). The girls went ahead, rationalizing: "lt's just you and me here. Nobody else. Just you and me, okay?"

Phyllis made a run for it, but was cornered, stabbed in the back by Fred "Weasel" Podowski (Fred Lincoln) and then dis-emboweled (after repeated stabbings) and butchered, after which psychopathic, sadistic gang member Sadie (Jeramie Rain) reached in and pulled out her gooey intestines to examine them. Phyllis' hand and half of her forearm were amputated.

Red-wearing Mari was next - she had Krug's name carved into her upper chest and was then brutally raped (as he drooled onto her face). She vomited and then walked dazedly into a nearby pond to half-submerge and cleanse herself. Krug shot and killed her there, and she floated on the water's surface.

Later in an act of vengeful oral castration, Mrs. Collingwood (Cynthia Carr) - one of the girls' mothers - fellated gang member "Weasel" (who had his hands tied behind his back), and then viciously bit off his penis as he was climaxing.

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

An awful torture-death scene - demonstrating one of the many brutal actions of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker):

  • Scottish physician Dr. Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) was punished (for an attempted poisoning) by being dangled from the ceiling by ropes and left to die - hanging by two meat hooks pierced through his chest's nipples

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

In this Technicolored noir, one of the film's most chilling scenes:

  • neurotically-possessive, insanely-jealous, and darkly alluring femme fatale Ellen Berent/Harland (Gene Tierney) deliberately let her husband's younger paraplegic brother Danny (Darryl Hickman) tire and drown while swimming in the lake - as she sat passively in a nearby rowboat

Lethal Weapon (1987)

The shower electrocution scene:

  • hostage Sgt. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) was tortured (strung up half-naked, doused in water, and prodded with an electric sponge attached to a car battery) by albino villain Mr. Joshua (Gary Busey) and his Chinese henchman Endo (Al Leong). During the torture, they demanded to know what the cops knew about a heroin "shipment."

Lost Highway (1997)

This creepy David Lynch film, enhanced with an Angelo Badalamenti-Trent Reznor soundtrack, told about a hip LA couple:

  • jazz musician Fred Madison (Bill Pullman)
  • his girlfriend/wife Alice Wakefield/Renee (Patricia Arquette)

They discovered - to their horror - that they were being videotaped while they slept.

In the scariest and eeriest scene, Robert Blake (as a no-eyebrowed evil Mystery Man with white makeup and a puffy face) introduced himself to Madison at a party and announced that he was also standing miles away in Fred's house at that very moment.

Greatest Scariest Movie Moments and Scenes
(alphabetical by film title, illustrated)
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