So my awesome friend Kathy agreed to do a guest post for A Nightmare on Kel’s Street. While she isn’t as into horror movies as I am, here are some things that scared her. (Incidentally, these are five scenes that scare me, too.)
I am quite a picky “horror“ movie girl, and only rarely watch it. However, I do love a good scare, especially in October. In honour of the awesome Kelly’s Nightmare on Kel’s Street event I was inspired to pick 5 scenes in movies that scared me.
1. The opening of Scream – Drew Barrymore fits every single horror movie cliche – the blonde, beautiful and curvy girl who gets killed. She also happens to be a pretty big name. I don’t think ANYONE expected her to die before the opening titles even rolled. Adding to the creepiness is the fact that her eventual death takes place steps away from salvation. Both setting the tone of the movie, and introducing our killer this scene gave me chills and had me jumping every time my phone rang long after I left the theatre. I still get chills hearing “I want to know who I’m looking at”.
2. The end of the Blair Witch Project – Say whatever you want about this movie, but it’s scary! Your mind is much more dangerous than anything you can be shown and this movie proved that less can be scary too. The end shot of Michael standing in the corner sent shivers up my spine, all while never showing WHAT exactly put him there.
3. The shower scene in Psycho – I totally recall the first time I saw this movie and how deeply it impacted me. I refused to close the shower curtain and resorted to taking baths long after I watched it. This is another example of less being really effective in the hands of a masterful director.
4. The end of Carrie – Who didn’t jump at the hand coming out of the grave at the end?! It’s still scary today and remains a staple of Halloween movies.
5. The ending of Se7en – I seem to have a thing for the “less is more” scenes. While this is obviously not a horror movie, I feel it still fits. The entire movie is filled with unsettling scenes, but the ending packs a huge shiver inducing wallop. David Mills’ realization that his wife’s head was in the box, and his subsequently finishing John Doe’s murder tableau by enacting the last sin (wrath) still haunts me. Close second is the scene in which the sloth victim ends up not being as dead as the detectives think.
*bonus scene – The girl comes out of the TV in The Ring – Nothing is quite so scary than the notion that the horror we are seeing could enter our homes. This movie took that fear and brought it to life.
So there you have five (with a bonus) of my favourite scary scenes. I end this with a question – what movie moments scare you? Leave it in the comments and you might prompt Kelly (or I) to check out a new movie for Halloween this year.
Thanks, Kathy! :) I completely agree with all of those picks (although I think the scariest part of the Ring is when you see the faces of Samara’s victims all green and gross—so creepy! Second scariest part of the Ring? The rest of the Ring).