I don't. Well let me rephrase that. I don't scare easily when it comes to the movies. In my daily life, I sleep with the lights on just a tad when my girlfriend isn't in the bed with me. It's sad, but it is nevertheless true. Now when it comes to movies, I never really was scared by them. Even as a kid, I remember being more fascinated by horror flicks than I was scared. (For proof of such claims, step into the time machine and read my heartwarming childhood encounter with Jason Goes To Hell). It probably had to do with the fact that I knew that what I was watching on screen could not truly pose a threat to me in my real life, and thus there was no real reason to be scared. Freddy Krueger existed to entertain me and make me laugh, not to leap off the sceen and kill me! Now i'm not trying to be a tough guy here by saying movies don't scare me because believe me, I wish they did. Everyone loves to be scared and that's what makes horror movies so much fun. If I was a little bitch when it came to them, chances are i'd probably have a lot more fun watching them. But I digress.....
Throughout my life, a few movie scenes have managed to chill me to the core and i'm not talking in a quick jump scare kind of way, i'm talking in a lasting couldn't sleep that night (even with the light on) sort of way, and I consider that quite an accomplishment that should be honored. There's only five of them that I can recall that have genuinely scared me and I thought i'd present them to you guys on this dark and stormy night (but not really), being that I haven't done any kind of "top __" list in some time. There are some movies and scenes in particular that I can think of that'd probably make it on such a list had I watched them alone in a dark room, but i'm only going to include the ones that accomplished the task under the conditions that I watched them in. Which makes me wonder. If I watched every horror movie alone and in a fully darkened room, would I more often be scared by them? And do I make an unconcious effort to watch them with a little bit of light on in the background so that I won't be too scared? Do I even really know who I am?
Anyway! Here we go. My personal picks (in no particular order) for the top 5 scariest movie scenes of all time!
The Exorcist - Crab Walk
You really can't have a scariest anything list without including the infamous "crab walk" (or spider walk) scene. In a movie full of scary shit (flashing Pazuzu faces, Linda Blair's acting) this scene totally takes the cake. The utterly inhuman bodily movements are absolutely chilling and I was most definetly frightened to the bone the first time I laid eyes on this acrobatic feat. And for that matter, everytime since....
The Eye - Ghost Attack
This is a perfect example of a scene that was so terrifying when I watched it alone in the dark, but lost nearly all of its power when I watched it with my girlfriend. When someone else is in the room, i'm just not gonna be scared, it's as simple as that. And I don't really think she was scared by it either. But let me tell you, when I did watch this alone for the first time, in the dark, I paused the movie after this scene, turned the lights on, asssessed the situation, and then took a few minutes to cool down before pushing the play button again.
Pet Sematary - Zelda
This is another one that pops up on most scariest scenes lists, and rightfully so. If Zelda is not the most frightening movie character of all time, then I just don't know who is. Suffice to say, if I were to make a "Top 10 People I Don't Want In My Bedroom" list, she'd be a mere one spot behind Whoopi Goldberg. And just when you think you've seen the last of her, she comes back again for another scene! AHHHH!! ONCE WAS ENOUGH!!!
Signs - Vamonos!
While not all that scary on subsequent viewings, the first time I saw Signs this scene jolted me out of my seat and has not left my mind since. Totally unexpected and without a doubt one of the finest uses of the 'handheld camera' style of filmmaking that is running so rampant these days. It just feels and looks so real.
REC - Final Moments
What do you get when you combine internet sensations Rubber Johnny and The Goddess Bunny? Well, they're two of the scariest internet clips of all time so naturally you get one of the most terrifying fuckin creations ever seen by man! I can't confirm that the inspiration for this one was from the above two clips but it sure seems that way and if that's the case, it was a brilliant move. Regardless, it's a brilliant scene. It's the way that this one was shot that makes it so creepy. You can't really tell exactly what you're even seeing, and that only adds to the terror. I loved Quarantine but it did not put the fear into me that the same scene in REC put into me. I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that I knew it was coming whereas it was totally unexpected the first go around.
And there you have it! Five movie scenes that managed to creep me right the f out! Let's hope I can sleep tonight after re-watching all those clips in rapid fire succession. One at a time is bad enough!