Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I Don't Scare Easily...

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!

15 comments:

Nicole said...

The Zelda scene - I'm right there with you man. I haven't watched that movie in 10 years and just thinking about that scene creeps me out in ways that are hard to explain. Her back... I'll always remember her back.

Nik Holmes said...

Brilliant! I'm not ashamed to say that every one of those is right up there as my own personal choices, though I would throw in the 'giggling child' tent attack in Blair Witch.

Have you seen the Spider Walk where she proceeds to chase Kitty Winn around the hallway, lapping at her ankles with the demon tongue. It's somewhat more ott, and perhaps diminishes the spider walk scene ending where it does in the Directors cut but hell, the first time I saw it it shit me up reet good! It was in the BBC Documentary 'Fear of God', so not sure if that was ever available over in the States...

Zacery Nova said...

"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."

Are you mad?! I would swap my sister to meet Whoopi Goldberg!

I haven't seen any of these films though, and I didn't dare watch the clips! :D

- Zac

Zach said...

I agree with all the scenes on this list for sure. I would say some of the scariest scenes that I have had stick with me are:

The decoded video from Event Horizon.

The exorcism scene from The Exorcism of Emily Rose (I get goosebumps when she screams "AND DELIVER US FROM EVIL!").

"It's all for you Damien" hanging scene from The Omen (original, not the shit ass remake).

The ghost chasing the boy down the hall and looking through the keyhole in The Devil's Backbone.

Those are the ones that pop out to me.

Gwen said...

I saw REC alone in the dark, but never found it scary. I think the hype killed it for me.

I don't scare easily either, but I thought The Strangers was scary. Like you I'm not afraid Freddy or Jason will kill me. But the killers from The Strangers.. well there are loads of messed up people like them out there in the world. :/

Johnny said...

Nik - I actually just saw that full scene for the first time last night. Never even knew about it until then. I like the demon tongue thing but ya, it kinda does diminish the effect. I like how the scene I posted is so quick and doesn't give you a chance to even process what you're seeing.

Zac - Just saying I wouldn't want Whoopi in my bed!

Zach - Loved that scene from Emily Rose. And I actually just watched Devil's Backbone again the other night. That ghost boy with the blood flowing out of his head is pretty freaky, I must admit!

Gwen - Strangers definetly had some creepy moments. Most notably when the dude is standing in the house in the background watching Liv Tyler. Creeped me out a bit!

Nik Holmes said...

Ha, I forgot to put my hand up and mention I didn't even dare watch most of these clips! I checked out Exorcist so i could see if it was the extended scene I was mentioning, and I checked out The Eye when I realised I was thinking of the elevator scene which freaked me out, and wanted to check out which scene you had posted.
I is a pussy I guess, but there's no way I'm indulging in a dose of the Zeldas! I avoided that since I saw it 20 years ago, and I'm not starting now.

Johnny said...

Haha I don't blame you, Nik. I'm sorry I watched the clip again myself!

Bjornabo said...

My "Scare" movie is witout a doubt "The Blair Witch Project". Since I live alone in an old house in the woods myself, I know the feeling of going around uin the woods and sometimes loose direction. And the whole Handycam-thing was really scary in my opinion. BUT the thing that made the whole movie was that you never get to see "The Witch".

Johnny said...

Ya, Blair Witch was definetly pretty freaky and is a perfect example of the less is more thing. Had they shown anymore than they did, the whole movie would've lost all its power.

J. Astro said...

Good pick on the "SIGNS" alien... it represents the last dwindling vestiges of Shymalan's fleeting talent. :(

My classic scare scene is from the "EXORCIST III", where they do this really long shot of a hospital hallway, and spend several minutes setting it up, and as the scene is drawing to a slow finish there's suddenly this smash cut and an awful-as-hell musical stinger and the Gemini Killer comes stomping right up behind some nurse, really quick-like. It's effective and jarring.

Johnny said...

Ah yes, that scene is actually very effective. The only memorable thing from that movie besides the strange Larry King cameo!

Scandy Tangerine Man said...

[REC] was the film that made me feel genuinely terrified the way I have not felt in many years. Much like when I was a kid watching old eps of In Search Of... or any "true stories" concerning aliens or Bigfoot. By the end I was looking over my shoulder out of sheer disturbance and foreboding. [REC] was pure soul-shaking perfection.

Rae Bateman said...

The Zelda scene kills me. My first name is Rachel--I first saw that movie when I was 7 years old. I remember it distinctly: we had gone to visit my aunt and uncle at a timeshare condo they were at. All my family was in the main area socializing, but I had slunk off to go explore. I made my way up the spiral staircase to a bedroom and turned on the TV. I do not know what prompted me to stop flipping channels on Pet Semetary, but that is what I decided to watch. About 20 minutes later, the Zelda scene came on-when Zelda started calling out my name, I lost it.

My parents found me curled in a ball under the covers, trying to burn the memory of that scene from my mind. Almost 20 years later, that scene still haunts me occasionally.

honogurai said...

[REC] is indeed a fine example of what non-American horror cinema is all about. Thank God, there are many examples, but this one is sheer perfection. I watched it, all huddles up in an armchair, being creeped out to the core...

Ah, and I would add any clip of the demon face in Noroi, a Japanese horror that left me speechless.