Horror is the most subjective thing there is, something either frightens you or it doesn’t. There’s subtle horror, surreal horror, and the good ol’ fashioned jump scare. Deciding which type is the scariest is essentially a fools errand but lucky for you, I’m about as foolish as they come. Since this list will be dealing with either the endings of these films or the biggest “Gotcha Moment”, all the links will obviously be filled with spoilers. I will be as vague as possible in my description but spoilers are still in effect. Oh and this goes without saying but these scenes are out of context, so to really get the full benefit from each scene you really should watch the entire film. I will try my hardest to include the scene in question for every entry and if i can’t, I’ll at least include the trailer. I present to you what i believe are the scariest movie moments of all time.
Massive Spoilers In The Links Below.
Ghostwatch was a faux documentary that aired on British television in the early 90’s about the investigation of a believed haunted house. Since this was before the Blair Witch Project and way before Paranormal Activity, millions of British viewers believed the broadcast to be real. What helped sell the believability is the fact that you never saw the ghost but he was there. In fact, in at least 14 frames of the film, The ghost known as ‘Pipes’ can be found. The subliminal images of the ghost is my pick for number 100. Although not the scene in question (You kinda have to watch the whole film) Here’s a clip:
99. The Adventures of Mark Twain–‘Mysterious Stranger’
Horror can be found anywhere, even in the most unlikely of places. Take this film for example: a fun little story about Mark Twain teaching some children about history or what not. But he then decides to introduce them to a character referred to as Lucifer and the film becomes instantly sinister.
98. Prince of Darkness– ‘Video Evidence of Evil’
John Carpenter has made many classics over the years but for some reason, this film usually gets over looked. And that’s a shame because it’s not his most action packed nor his most iconic but there’s a sense of dread that permeates every frame of this film.
97. IT–‘We All Float’
Clowns are inherently scary. Sure they’re fine in circuses or fairs but a clown outside of those scenarios is always evil. Every. Single. Time. Especially if they all of a sudden show up in a drainage ditch…
96. The Innkeepers–‘Behind You’
Ti West is a very divisive filmmaker. His films tend to take their time and that ends up rubbing certain people the wrong way. I get it. And The Innkeepers is no different. It spends a long time setting up the characters and creating a mood so that when the moment happens, it hits like a sledgehammer. Oh and if you’ve never seen it before, pay extremely close attention to the end.
95. 28 Weeks Later–‘The Beginning’
28 Days Later reinvented the zombie genre by making them “Fuck Me, I’m Dead” fast. (I know there was fast zombies before this and i know they’re not technically zombies. Hush yo lips son) The sequel went the aliens route by making it an action film but the first ten minutes are straight horror. Zombies have never been as frightening.
94. The Orphanage–‘One, Two, Three’
The Orphanage is an expertly made Spanish ghost story about the disappearance of a child and a mother desperately trying to deal with the grief while turning her childhood home into an orphanage. And maybe some of the children she’s taking care of May not be alive…. And maybe they want to play a game…
93. Pan’s labyrinth–‘The Pale Man’
Nobody understands the appeal of fairy tales better than Guillermo Del Toro. The Tales of The Brothers Grimm haven’t lasted decades because they were strictly meant for children. Besides a morality tale, they all included something dark. The protagonist usually has a sinister obstacle to overcome. Whether it’s a big bad wolf or a witch wanting to eat you like candy. Pan’s Labyrinth is no different. This version of the story has The Pale Man and like the ones before him, he eats children.
92. The Host–‘The Monster Attacks’
The Host Is a 2006 Korean monster movie that wastes no time introducing the monster. Usually there’s some sort of set up but Bong Joon-Ho ain’t having none of that. Monster havoc from the word go.
91. The Invitation–‘The Red Lanterns’
We’ve all been at a social event or dinner party with someone we didn’t know. Who is this person? Why are they here? Are we being irrationally jealous of the attention they’re getting? The Invitation takes these common thoughts and makes them a horrifying reality. The final shot of the film expands that horror exponentially. I can’t find the scene but I’ve included the trailer.