Greatest Scariest
Movie Moments and Scenes


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

Rabid (1977) (aka Rage)

Canadian writer/director David Cronenberg's unconventional, low-budget horror vampire film (his second commercial feature film, and similar to his first body-horror film, Shivers (1975)) starred ex-porn film star Marilyn Chambers. [She was the ex "Ivory Snow Girl" who became an adult film star in the Mitchell Brothers' Behind the Green Door (1972) and then became one of the first adult stars to cross over into a mainstream film. It was her first non-pornographic film role.]

Chambers took the lead role of Rose, a mutant predator with vampirish blood cravings following plastic surgery (and an experimental skin graph). Critically-injured, she had been treated following severe burning and bleeding suffered in a motorcycle crash. In the Keloid Clinic, she underwent a new technique involving the neutralizing of skin tissue - grafted skin from her thigh was removed, treated, and then applied to injured areas of her body.

After a month of remaining unconscious, she awoke, removed her nutrient IV tube, and escaped from the clinic. In a memorable scene, she found shelter in a barn where she put her arm around a black and white heifer. She attempted to suck blood from the cow (rather than from humans) - but her attempt failed and she threw up. A drunk farmer (Terence G. Ross) forced himself upon her while calling her "Honeypie" and suggesting: "I got somethin' you can drink off of, and it ain't no whiskey neither" when he knelt in front of her. He noticed her bloody mouth and then she punctured his eye with a grotesque phallic-shaped organ that burst out of her armpit. Upon her return to the clinic, she attacked blue bikini-clad patient Judy Glasberg (Terry Schonblum) in a hot tub and drowned her. Her frozen body was later found in freezer in the clinic's basement.

Unable to digest food regularly following the accident, Rose realized that she required human blood to survive. After Dr. Keloid (Howard Ryshpan) became infected from her bite, he was performing surgery in an operating room with his wife Roxanne (Patricia Gage) assisting. Inexplicably after she passed him a pair of scissors, he cut off her finger and sucked the bleeding stump.

Rose's feeding scenes contained symbolic sexual imagery - since her blood-sucking bites came from a pair of vulgar, phallic-shaped (and also clitoral-shaped), stinger-like appendages from inside a vaginal-like slit or orifice in her armpit. In the apartment of her best friend Mindy Kent (Susan Roman), Rose suffered severe pain and sweating on the floor of her apartment's bathroom.

In the film's creepiest scene, she found another nourishing victim (Miguel Fernandes) in the Eve adult porn theatre (showing Party Swapers and Models For Pleasure) - whom she allowed to sit next to her. The soundtrack of the film corresponded to the seductive wishes of the naive male patron. His closeness aroused her, and her needle-like stinger emerged from her armpit. She left the theatre alone after fulfilling her insatiable, mosquito-like appetite for human blood. The dead man had a bloody entrance wound on his right palm.

Rabid Infection in a Theatre

Her bloodlusting bite would infect her victims with a highly-contagious, venereal, rabies-like disease that transformed them into manic, consuming flesh-and-blood consuming zombies. The bite was akin to unprotected sexual intercourse via promiscuity that was also linked to rampant, rabid infection - a new outbreak threatened the entire city of Montreal. Mindy witnessed a rabid woman attack a man on the subway. During the establishment of martial law, chaos ruled - exemplified by the accidental careless murder of a Santa Claus in a mall - shot by an officer.

Fearing that she was accountable for the health crisis, Rose allowed herself to bitten by one of her zombified victims (Young Man in Lobby) (Allan Moyle) so she would suffer the same fate. The nihilistic film ended with Rose's body, found on a trash pile, being indiscriminately tossed into the back of a garbage truck by a sanitation crew.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The spectacular finale when the Ark of the Covenant was opened by the Nazis and the horrors of hell were released upon them, while nearby Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) was tied to a pole with Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen)

Re-Animator (1985)


In this grisly horror tale, the scene of university scientist Dr. Herbert West's (Jeffrey Combs) experiments with recently-dead corpses by injecting them with green fluorescent goo - and the first awakening of a morgue patient from a slab and the ensuing struggle with the superhuman zombie - killing it by applying a surgical buzz saw to its body; also the sceneof the murder of Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale) whose head was separated from his body by a shovel thrust at his neck by Dr. West - and then the outrageously humorous and horrifying scene - the film's most famous over-the-top, perverted sequence - "rape-by-severed-head' - of decapitated competitor Dr. Carl Hill (David Gale), whose disembodied, reanimated 'head' provided oral sex to partner/student Dean Cain's (Bruce Abbott) girlfriend Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton) while she was restrained on a laboratory table; also the earlier scene of Dr. West in his basement laboratory trying to kill his undead black housecat - one of his first experimental attempts at reanimation - with a croquet mallet and baseball bat - with West hysterically laughing after its death

Rear Window (1954)

The frightening moments when spying neighbor L.B. Jefferies (James Stewart) looked on helplessly as his fiancee Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) was caught in the murderer Lars Thorwald's (Raymond Burr) apartment and gestured with the wedding ring, and when Thorwald knew who and WHERE his voyeuristic, telephoto-lens watching neighbor was located, by spotting him across the courtyard, and by phoning him; the sound of Thorwald heavily climbing the steps outside his apartment, and then entering his apartment and forcing him out the window after a stand-off confrontation with popping flashbulbs

Rebecca (1940)

The scene of demonic Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson) plotting to eliminate the second Mrs. de Winter (Joan Fontaine) by urging her to jump to her death from an open window because she could never be the true replacement and mistress of the estate

Red Eye (2005)

The creepy set-up of this film - a chance encounter on a red-eye flight from Dallas to Miami with two passengers sitting together: hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) and terrorist Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy); he stunned her with details about her family and her personal life ("As fate would have it, my business is all about you"), and demanded to do as he said (to set up Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Charles Keefe (Jack Scalia) to be assassinated by a rocket launcher in the hotel where she worked) while threatening to kill her father (and family) in Miami; especially scary was the scene in which he angrily pushed her into the airplane's bathroom after she had written a warning with soap on the mirror; later to retaliate after the plane had landed, she lunged at Jackson and drove a pen right into his throat, grabbed his cell phone and ran to the plane exit - the film climactically ended with their struggle in her Miami house before Jackson was killed and the murder plot was thwarted

Repulsion (1965)

The progression of the increasing insanity of sexually-repressed, virginal, and fragile young Belgian beautician Carol Ledoux (Catherine Deneuve) who was left alone in an apartment and began to have psychosexual hallucinations, with the sound of a ticking clock and dripping faucet, and two disturbing scenes of rape (one hallucinatory and one real) - with her retaliatory slashing out with a razor and murder of her landlord (Patrick Wymark) in the second instance; also her brutal murder of a male visitor by beating him with a candlestick and immersing his body in a bathtub full of water, and the equally startling hallucinatory images of cracks appearing in the wall and grasping phantom hands reaching out at her, as well as shots of plates with rotting food and flies

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

The sickening, horrifying scene of heroin-addicted druggie Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto) injecting another dose of heroin into a hole forming in his infected left arm - and the subsequent hospital scene of Harry having his gangrene-infected arm amputated and waking up to the reality of his situation

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

The infamous, violent, shocking and menacing ear-slicing torture scene following the jewelry robbery in which suspicious, psychotic gang member Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega (Michael Madsen) - while dancing to the music of Stuck in the Middle With You by Stealer's Wheel - excised (off-screen) the right ear of chair-bound, duct-taped cop-hostage Marvin Nash (Kirk Baltz), and then threatened to douse him with gasoline

The Ring (2002)


The flashback scene of adoptive parent/horsewoman Anna Morgan partially suffocating her sleeping-gowned daughter Samara (Daveigh Chase) with a black plastic bag and then dropping her into a water well on the horse farm, with Samara watching from below - her final sight - as the well was sealed with a stone cover forming a corona-like ring above her.

Also Seattle investigative reporter Rachel Keller's (Naomi Watts) viewing of the bizarre and cursed videotape itself (caused by Samara's imprinted thermographic images on film by her mind) that caused death in seven days for anyone viewing it, with surrealistic images:

  • flowing, bloody water
  • an empty chair
  • an enigmatic woman brushing her hair in a framed mirror
  • a huge worm coming out of a man's open mouth
  • a burning tree
  • an index finger being pierced by a nail
  • squirming maggots
  • a gigantic millipede
  • a box full of amputated twitching fingers
  • a woman falling forward to her death off a cliff
  • a toppling ladder
  • the closing of a well cover viewed from inside the well

Later was the PG-13 film's pay-off scene -- the disturbing and shocking scene of the undead, decomposed young girl Samara (with long black hair covering her face) in the TV picture (which turned on by itself) crawling out of the well in the woods and walking toward the screen - and then the astounding image of the demonic girl crawling directly out of the TV screen toward Noah Clay (Martin Henderson) and leaving wet footprints on the floor - the first look at her face - and her lethal stare attack, while Rachel frantically called him on the phone and then raced in her car to him; when she arrived she found him dead in his chair, fulfilling the curse.

Rosemary's Baby (1968)


The scene of mother-to-be Rosemary's (Mia Farrow) memory of being raped by Satan in her dream-like sleep, recalling that self-centered husband Guy (John Cassavetes) had begun making love to her, but then his appearance changed into a grotesque beast-like figure resembling the Devil, with yellowish eyes and clawed, scaly hands; he stroked the length of her body with his hairy claw; while being 'raped' during this horrific copulation scene, she realized: "This is no dream, this is really happening"; also the scene of Rosemary's discovery that her friendly Dr. Saperstein (Ralph Bellamy) was actually a Satanist, and the final scene when she saw her child in a bassinet and demanded: "What have you done to it? What have you done to its eyes?"

Greatest Scariest Movie Moments and Scenes
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