Greatest Scariest
Movie Moments and Scenes


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

Shallow Grave (1994, UK)


The disturbing scenes of geeky and meek accountant David Stephens (Christopher Eccleston) being scarily transformed into an insane maniac as the film progressed, due to monetary greed.

After the death of his Edinburgh apartment-mate Hugo (Keith Allen), he was chosen by his other two roommates to dispose of the body in a shallow grave in the woods.

While drooling, he bloodily hack-sawed the arms and legs off the corpse of the deceased, and plummeled the body's teeth with a hammer to prevent identification from dental records.

The Shining (1980)


While Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) served as the winter caretaker of the snowbound Overlook Hotel with his family, he began writing, but slowly became insane.

When his nervous wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) discovered his typewriter and reams of paper, she was horrified to see that every single page had the phrase: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" thousands and thousands of times in different configurations.

Also scary was the scene of Jack discovering a young woman taking a bath in Room 237, who turned into a rotting corpse when he hugged and kissed her.

And the scene of Danny (Danny Lloyd) riding his tricycle around the hallways of the hotel and coming upon the murdered twins wearing blue dresses (and a horrific axe-murder scene) - with their beckoning him to play with them "forever and ever and ever."

Also the scene of demented Jack in the red-colored gentleman's room speaking to Mr. Delbert Grady (Philip Stone) - a personification of Jack's inner demons [Jack was actually staring into the mirror during their entire conversation] - and asking a few nervous, accusatory questions about Grady being the murderous caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, and Grady's chilling advice to kill his entire family.

The iconic scene of maniacal Jack breaking down the door with an axe and exclaiming: "Here's Johnny!"

The scene of the unexpected axe-murder of Mr. Halloran (Scatman Crothers) in the lobby of the hotel.

And the disturbing, perplexing, and lurid glimpse of a sexually-perverse scene between two party-goers from the hotel's sordid past - a man in a dog (or bear) outfit (with a open bottom) that masked his face was stretched out over a formally-dressed male lover on a bed.

Shivers (1975) (aka They Came From Within, The Parasite Murders)

Canadian writer/director David Cronenberg's scandalous early (feature film debut and first commercial success) erotic horror film was about a group of Montreal high-rise apartment occupants in Starliner Towers on a sex and violence spree after being infected by parasites. The film, funded by the Canadian government, was attacked as hideous, pornographic, and nasty.

The parasites were red-colored, bloody, invasive and worm-like (or phallic-shaped, similar to grotesque male genitalia) - "a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease that will hopefully turn the world into one beautiful, mindless orgy" - they would incubate in one's stomach, emerge from one's mouth, attach to one's face, and ultimately would turn infected victims in a high-rise apartment building into flesh-devouring, crazed sex maniacs and zombie-like fetishists.

The resident doctor's nurse, Miss Forsythe (Lynn Lowry), relayed her dream about how everything in life was sexual:

"Everything is erotic, that everything is sexual, you know what I mean?...even old flesh is erotic flesh. The disease is the love of two alien kinds of creatures for each other, that even dying is an act of eroticism, that talking is sexual, that breathing is sexual, that even to physically exist is sexual."

She then opened her mouth to reveal her own parasitic infection.

And in one particularly scary scene, a parasite sought entry into the body of repressed lesbian Betts (Barbara Steele) as she took a bath, by emerging from the drain and crawling up between her legs into her vagina, violating her, and infecting her as it bloodied the water.

Signs (2002)


The scene of TV news footage from a Brazilian children's birthday party, showing home video footage of a brief shot of a green-costumed alien walking past an alley, with horrified brother Merrill Hess' (Joaquin Phoenix) urgent warning shouted at the TV to the birthday party children: "Move children!! Vaminos!!"

Also the scene of the blocked kitchen pantry in which Rev. Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) discovered a trapped giant alien -- and after attempting to impersonate a cop in order to persuade the creature to give itself up, he used a shiny, large butcher knife to cut off two fingers on the alien's clawed hand reaching out from the underside of the closed door - causing the trapped creature to let out a blood-curdling scream.

Also the final climax when an alien broke into the Hess household and put the weak and ill son Morgan (Rory Culkin) at risk.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)


The chilling, repellent, super-intelligent and intriguing Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), noted for his dialogue and the sound effects of sifting air through his teeth: "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti...fpt-fpt-fpt''

And later the scene in which he lunged at Sgt. Pembry (Alex Coleman) with bloody, face-eating cannibalism, then savagely beat Sgt. Boyle (Charles Napier) to death with a police riot baton, and relaxed afterwards to Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Also the scene in a dark storage shed of young FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) discovering a glass jar with a grotesquely-bloated man's ("Miss Hester Mofet") severed head preserved in a laboratory specimen jar.

And in the climactic, terrifying chase sequence in the dungeon-like cellar hideaway of serial killer Jamie Gumb (Buffalo Bill) (Ted Levine), Clarice pursued the madman with her gun drawn and found herself in Gumb's gruesome laboratory and skinning room. When she was plunged into total darkness, Gumb followed her movements (from his POV) wearing night-vision goggles that made her look greenish - at one point, he crept up on her and reached out one hand to stroke her hair and the skin of her face, just inches from her.

When he cocked his gun, Clarice fired shots at his location, at point-blank range, killing him.

Silent Hill (2006)

The chilling yet spectacular climactic scene in which pious, ultra-conservative, evil cult leader Christabella (Alice Krige) and her witchcraft followers in the small West Virginia town of Silent Hill (a portal to another darker reality or other-world) were slaughtered by vengeful, burned and disfigured psychic girl Sharon Da Silva/Alessa Gillespie (Jodelle Ferland).

She ascended up from a fiery hell with long strands of snake-like barbed wire that painfully wrapped around Cristabella, lifted her off the floor, penetrated her body and caused bloody wounds, and eventually ripped her in half.

Single White Female (1992)


The eerie and striking scenes in which psychotically-unbalanced and frumpy 'single white female' tenant Hedra "Hedy" Carlson (Jennifer Jason Leigh) demonstrated the lengths she would go to insinuate herself, steal (or control) the life of someone else and become nearly identical.

She walked down the stairs of a hair salon with a complete make-over - her hair was colored red and cut short exactly like roommate Allison "Allie" Jones (Bridget Fonda). Allison was flabbergasted: "You gotta be kidding."

The Sixth Sense (1999)


The terrifying scene of emotionally-disturbed Cole Sear's (Haley Joel Osment) hiding in his small, make-shift protective red tent 'sanctuary' from ghosts, created from bedsheets and blankets tied to chairs and bureaus, when a shadow began to creep slowly across the wall.

The ghost of a sickly young girl was in the tent - she vomited white goop from her mouth, causing Cole to flee from the tent and collapsing it in his haste.

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

In Disney's classic animated children's film, the unusually intense, uninvited appearance of evil fairy Maleficent (voice of Eleanor Audley) at the christening ceremony of baby Princess Aurora (voice of Mary Costa) as she hideously laughed after promising that the young child would prick her finger before the sun set on her 16th birthday - and die.

And in a later scene, her battle against Prince Phillip (voice of Bill Shirley) when she scarily transformed herself into a black-and-purple, fire-breathing dragon and summoned "all the powers of hell."

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

In the wake of three recent decapitations, city leader Baltus Van Tassel (Michael Gambon) described, in flashback, the scary origins of the jagged-toothed Headless Horseman (Christopher Walken), a Hessian mercenary who rode a giant black steed named Daredevil.

He came "for love of carnage" and during battle with American Revolutionary soldiers, he chopped off heads at full gallop until the winter of 1779, when the butcherous rider met his own death.

The 'Headless Horseman' lost his own head when "they chopped off his head with his own sword. Even today, the Western Woods is a haunted place where brave men will not venture." His head was dropped into a shallow grave ("what was planted in the ground that day was a seed of evil").

According to Baltus, he feared that the malevolent Hessian had wakened after twenty years from his grave and was "on the rampage, cutting off heads where he finds them."

There were numerous other beheadings, slashings, and decapitated bodies in the film, including the off-screen decapitation of a child.

Baltus met his own end when the Horseman speared him in the chest with a tethered wooden fence post stake, dragged him from the church through a large balcony window, and pinned his head extending beyond two fence-posts just outside of hallowed protection - for the inevitable head hacking.

Slither (2006)

Advertised as having "heart-stopping horror," this cheesy, sometimes funny seat-squirming B-horror movie featured little red slug creatures crawling all around in the quiet rural town of Wheelsy, South Carolina.

Resident Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) became a mutant, flesh-eating, killer intergalactic life form (looking like a giant, mucus-covered squid and ear of corn with bad teeth in a distended mouth).

In another tense scene, blue-finger-nailed teen beauty Kylie Strutemyer (Tania Saulnier) encountered her first slug-like maggot viewed through her legs in the water while taking a bath - with her struggle to extract it from her mouth and then burn it with her electric hair styler.

In the film's most memorable scene, infected Brenda Gutierrez (Brenda James) had turned into a ball of enormously stretched flesh with a small head in the middle of it - her fattened, pregnant self split open and her body exploded in a gruesome mess with huge "worms" expelled and some ending up in people's mouths.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The scene of the flight of Snow White into the enchanted, seemingly-alive forest.

And the scene in which the Wicked Queen morphed into the guise of an older, hunched-over woman, so that she could deliver a fatal dose of poison (in a red apple) to Snow White.

Greatest Scariest Movie Moments and Scenes
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