Greatest Scariest
Movie Moments and Scenes


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

Society (1989)

The shocking, deranged, and repulsive surrealistic finale of director Brian Yuzna's bizarre film (his directorial debut) was criticized as disturbing and "sodomy-gore"; the film's story included cannibalism, a sex orgy, death by anal fisting, a "shunting ceremony" and shape-shifting/mutating 'Society' members; in the climax - a slimy incestuous rape/orgy of perverted body horror, popular Beverly Hills high-school athlete and senior Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock) witnessed a horribly grotesque initiation 'Society' house party in which bodies transformed, mutated, broke down and merged with one another to form a single lubricated mass of writhing and twisted flesh-colored goo

Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

In this psychological thriller's final scene, bedridden hypochondriac Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck), after overhearing a murder plot for that evening at 11:15 pm, realized - alone in her claustrophobic Manhattan apartment - that she was going to be the object of the homicide, as she frantically called for help from her husband Henry (Burt Lancaster) before it was too late. When he called back, he heard the film's title - the last line of dialogue, spoken by an unknown man - presumably an intruder who had just strangled and killed his wife.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

In the unusually scary transporter accident scene on board the newly redesigned and refitted USS Enterprise in this G-rated film, two crew members were trapped in a malfunctioning transporter beam - an anguished female was deformed and materialized (gratefully) off-camera at the remote transport location; a jolt of horror occurred when a shaken crewmember informed Admiral James Kirk (William Shatner): "Enterprise, what we got back didn't live long, fortunately"

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

The horrifying scene in which vengeful genetically-engineered superhuman villain Khan (Ricardo Montalban) put young, parasitic, insanity-causing, crawling Ceti eels, barren planet Ceti Alpha V's "only remaining indigenous life-form," into Officer Chekov's (Walter Koenig) and Captain Terrell's (Paul Winfield) ears: "their young enter through the ears and wrap themselves around the cerebral cortex" - he explained to his cringing victims: "This has the effect of rendering the victim extremely susceptible to suggestion. Later, as they grow follows madness and death"

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

The 'mind-rape' scene of Vulcan Lieut. Valeris (Kim Cattrall), a promising young protege of Captain Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and the Enterprise's new helmsman; she was revealed as an assassinatrix and co-conspirator with other dissidents who wanted war with the Klingon Empire - opposing any peace negotiations; to determine who was associated with her, Spock forced her, through an intimate facial Vulcan mind-meld, to divulge who she was working with; she haltingly confessed that both Federation, Romulan and Klingons were united together to disrupt peace talks: "Admiral Cartwright...General Chang...the Romulan Ambassador"

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

One of the scariest, most-suicidal and terrifying stunts ever performed - the well-timed fall of the two-ton facade of a house during a cyclone over the figure of Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Buster Keaton), perfectly positioned to escape being crushed by standing where the upper story window was located

The Stepfather (1987)


In this R-rated bloody psychological thriller, a popular cult film, Terry O'Quinn starred as the title character with many alias names (his role was based upon the exploits of mass killer John List, the "Bogeyman of Westfield" New Jersey in the early 1970s, who murdered his entire family) - he portrayed a man who frequently married divorcees, and became the "stepfather" to the woman's children - to create a 'perfect' family situation for himself. However, he was a very hateful and creepy character with a built-up intense rage inside.

A year after slaughtering his previous wife and family and assuming a new identity, Jerry was posing as hard-working American Eagle Realty agent Jerry Blake in a Pacific Northwest, tree-lined suburb of Seattle. He had just married widowed Susan Maine (Shelley Hack), with 16 year-old daughter Stephanie Maine (Jill Schoelen). In the scariest moment in the film, Jerry was hosting a neighborhood barbecue when he saw an article about the slaying of his previous wife, the sister of amateur detective Jim Ogilvie (Stephen Shellen) - his own brother-in-law! Disturbed and upset and going into a freak-out meltdown, Jerry descended into the basement and maniacally rambled to himself as he pounded a table:

All we need is some order around here. Order! I've been a good boy, a good boy... a little angel. Shut up! I've had as much as I can take. Just leave me alone. Let me out! Let me out! What are you gonna (do?) Keep this family together You had better believe it!

As he turned, he realized that suspicious and resentful stepdaughter Stephanie, who had come down before him into the basement to retrieve ice cream from a freezer, was listening to him nearby. He quickly downplayed his very unusual outbursts, blaming everything on stress ("Honey, you know how it is. Being a salesman, you smile at everybody all of the time. Sometimes, I, I just have to get off by myself and let off some steam, you know. You know how it is").

In the climactic ending, Jerry was preparing to end his relationship with both Susan and Stephanie by adopting a new identity (as Bill Hodgkins) and job in a different town, marrying another widow, and plotting to kill his previous family. When Jerry became confused about his new identity (he asked himself: "Wait a minute? Who am I here?"), Susan finally realized that he was a fake. In a frenzy, he bashed Susan in the face with a phone and knocked her down the basement stairs - believing that she was dead.

At the front door, he then ambushed and murdered Jim by stabbing him in the gut-stomach with a large carving knife (he muttered: "Next time, Jim, call before you drop by"). His next intended victim was Stephanie, who defensively stabbed Jerry in the upper arm with a piece of broken bathroom mirror glass, and then fled to the attic where she became cornered. After he fell through the weak attic floor to the level below, he continued his pursuit. A revived Susan shot him twice in the back (with Jim's Smith & Wesson .38 revolver), and Stephanie stabbed him in the chest (as he uttered the words "I love you" to her).

The Stepford Wives (1975)

The scene of Stepford, Connecticut suburban wife Joanna Eberhart (Katharine Ross) suspecting that her friend Bobbie Markowe (Paula Prentiss) had been transformed into a 'perfect' housewife - when Bobbie acted robotically in the kitchen while serving coffee; to test her humanity, Joanna stabbed her in her lower abdominal/genital area ("Do you bleed?") - causing her android friend to go berserk due to severed wiring as she twirled and repeated monotonously: "I was just going to give you coffee? How could you do a thing like that? I thought we were friends!"

Strange Days (1995)

In director Kathryn Bigelow's cyberpunk tech-noir film, the scene of the viewing of a contraband virtual reality snuff clip ("blackjack") in which an unknown murderer-rapist assaulted a female victim, prostitute Iris (Brigitte Bako), in a Sunset Regent hotel room, from the rapist's point of view. She was tasered, handcuffed, and blindfolded - and then jacked into his own VR output to physically experience her own brutal torture and demise ("She's seeing what he's seeing. She's-she's seeing herself"). The killer sliced open her T-shirt and black panties with a box-cutter, then simultaneous raped and strangled her ("So she feels what he feels while he's inside her. The thrill while he's killing her, sent to her, heightening her fear which, in turn, heightens the turn-on for him...He makes her see her own death, feeds off the reaction. Records it all. Everything"). The added plane of perception was that illegal clip peddler Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) 'jacked in' unknowingly to the experience after the clip was given to him anonymously by the murderer/rapist ("sick f--ker"). The killer left his victim with her dead, dark eyes open.

Straw Dogs (1971)

Director Sam Peckinpah's disturbing and provocative psychological thriller further ignited controversy over screen violence and sexual abuse of women in the early 1970s.

In the scene preceding the rape (the first of two), teasingly-seductive young British newlywed bride Amy (Susan George) invited local laborer-thug (and ex-boyfriend) Charlie Venner (Del Henney) into her isolated farmhouse for a drink. He forcibly kissed her and although she protested unconvincingly ("Please leave me"), he removed her glasses and aggressively kissed her a second time. She screamed: "Get out!" and slapped him hard across the face.

Incensed, he grabbed her and hit her hard across the mouth, and then approached her menacingly: "Don't tease me, Amy. Please." He dragged her by the hair to the sofa, as he struck her again and began tearing at her blue robe.

He kissed her another time, and although she begged: "Please, Charlie," he continued to assault her by threatening, "I don't want to leave you but I will." He tore her white top, leaving her breasts exposed, before he raped her. The controversy stemmed from the idea that Amy was sexually excited by the aggressive violation that she was facing. At first, she struggled and called out "No," but then surrendered to his kisses. In some ways, she didn't resist but submitted, although she was under tremendous duress. When he held her down, ripped off her panties and began removing his shirt, she helplessly begged: "Easy," and meanwhile fantasized about her husband above her. She showed obvious enjoyment and lovingly kissed her assailant and stroked his shoulders and chest during and after being entered, and begged for comfort: "Hold me." However, she was also shedding tears, feeling both humiliated and disgraced.

The First Rape

However, that wasn't the case when she was forcibly raped a second time by local workman Norman Scutt (Ken Hutchison).

Sunrise (1927)

A crazed and corrupted rustic farmer (George O'Brien) fell prey to the seductive wiles of a city vamp and tempting mistress (Margaret Livingston) in an illicit affair; she also planted in him the evil idea to kill his beautiful and loving wife (Janet Gaynor) during a boat trip to the temptation-ridden city; the man stood in the boat, threatened with plodding steps toward his wife as she leaned back and then brought her hands together and prayed for mercy

Suspicion (1941)

The famous sequence in which Johnnie (Cary Grant) carried a glowing glass of milk (that may or may not have been poison) upstairs to his sick wife Lina (Joan Fontaine), and Lina's staring at the glass which she thought contained poison

Suspiria (1977, It.)


The series of creatively-brutal, elaborate and bloody murder scenes in the double-murder sequence in the film's opening: (1) helpless blonde dancer Pat Hingle (Eva Axen) was repeatedly stabbed in the chest (into her still-beating heart, portrayed graphically); then her face (and entire body) were shoved through a colorful stained-glass skylight window in the ceiling, only to be stopped in mid-fall by a rope strung around her neck, that suspended her only a foot or two from the floor as blood dripped down from her body; and (2) a second victimized dancer on the ground floor who was vainly calling for help, who was bisected by the falling shard of glass and other objects from the ceiling's skylight; also, the horrific scene of the vicious attack in the middle of the empty piazza at night by a seeing-eye dog on its owner Daniel (Flavio Bucci) (the dance school's blind pianist) by unexpectedly lunging at his throat; in another scary scene, negligee-wearing terrorized ballet dancer Sara (Stefania Casini) escaped attack by crawling through a window high in a wall, only to tumble onto coils of concertina razor wire (where her struggles cut deeply into her flesh) and then had her throat slit with a razor; and the climactic scary sequence of young American ballet dancer Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) entering a secret passageway to explore the witches' headquarters where she was attacked by a reanimated, butcher knife-wielding Sara, but was able to stab head witch Helena in the throat, causing all hell to break loose as the whole building erupted in flames

Syriana (2005)

The intense, nauseating and brutal, difficult-to-watch torture scene of veteran, middle-aged, bearded, and betrayed CIA analyst Bob Barnes (George Clooney), stationed in the Middle East, barechested and having his fingernails yanked out by a pair of pliers

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