The 100 Scariest Movie Moments Of All Time: 100-91

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.

 

100. Ghostwatch–‘Pipes’

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.

 

  • sailor monsoon

    I think it’s a really solid film with a really great sense of dread

  • sailor monsoon

    Horror suffers the most from hype.
    When a horror film has huge buzz, it better be the second coming of Christ and it usually isn’t.

  • SlamAdams

    The best part of Prince of Darkness is right after that moment. I get chills from it.

    The Invitation is so good. I had a queasy, tense uneasiness running through my body the whole movie.

  • Indianamcclain

    For me it’s very easy to overhype a horror film. When I see a horror film at 90% on Rotten 🍅 I start to get high expectations. That’s not necessarily fair to the film though.

  • sailor monsoon

    I thought it was an interesting slow burn with an incredible final shot

  • Indianamcclain

    The Invitation is on Netflix. Personally, I didn’t think it was amazing but it’s worth checking out.

  • DryButSoupy

    “sends its hosts into a state of extreme, uncontrollable rage.”

    My job acts a lot like a rage virus some days.

  • sailor monsoon

    The writing
    The directing
    The monster
    The tone
    It’s all great

  • TheGreenMalice

    This is going to be interesting to follow. It is very rare that I am “scared” in a film. Picking out moments would be a task.

  • TheGreenMalice

    I bet there are a whole host of reasons…

    I will see myself out.

  • William Dhalgren

    I’ve only seen Pan’s Layrinth, The Orphanage, It, and 28 Weeks Later.

  • William Dhalgren

    Why is it amazing? What about it did you like?

  • William Dhalgren

    Same here.

  • Lydia Deetz

    Whatever you say, Monsoon is always right. That’s what you want to hear… Like for me to get down on all fours and stroke your ego also? Want me to tattoo “Monsoon’s B*tch” on my a** cheek?

    We done now? Clearly you want to entertain these people by provoking me. If you were my friend, you would have stopped after that comment about not arguing. You just want to keep pushing me… Calm Lydia not’s good enough? You want foaming at mouth unstable Lydia? Will that make you happy? Is that my purpose on the site? Is that why half the community doesn’t talk to me? Am I just a joke to you people? Some kind of sick punchline? I should have stayed on Slash Film, I don’t even know what I’m doing here anymore…..

    Que DBMI’s “He’s just trying to get you to feel bad for him”.

    I don’t give a damn how you feel about me, I’m a human being and I have problems like every other schmuck on this God forsaken pile of dirt. I say I don’t want to argue then just leave it be.

    You won, take your meaningless victory… And leave me the hell alone.

  • sailor monsoon

    I think if it’s in the zombie genre that automatically makes them zombies by default

  • Lydia Deetz

    No, I said it was in the “Zombie” genre, I just said they’re not Zombies by definition and story.

    Don’t twist my words, honey.

  • sailor monsoon

    I ain’t fighting baby and i don’t think anyone is considering this a fight. And i definitely would’ve emailed you if you wanted but i don’t have your email. And you’re in the majority in saying this isn’t a zombie film. I just think that’s craziness. If i quacks like a zombie…

  • Lydia Deetz

    By definition this is an “Argument”… “Fight” is too harsh to describe this.

    Since, I know you won’t email me, I’m trying to avoid these things because some people have bluntly stated they get enjoyment from members arguing or fighting, I for one, am not anybody’s form of entertainment. I have no more interest in this anymore, we clearly are two very different type of Cinephiles. I’m sorry for calling you lazy and that’s all I have left to say. As much as you want, you can’t force you’re opinion on me and I the same.

    Peace, Brother Monsoon. (This was highly enlightening)

  • sailor monsoon

    It’s Amazing

  • sailor monsoon

    I don’t understand why you’re so protective of the term zombie.
    And we’re not fighting, you’re just being overly sensitive over the matter. He told a great story but he still told a great zombie story

  • Tanis11

    Is The Host worth watching? I remember wanting to see it but never getting around to it.

  • Lydia Deetz

    We still going?

    You know why I’m a Horror fan? It isn’t because of the scares but the stories some of these infamous director’s weave. “Zombie” is such a one dimensional term and as I said you’re doing a disservice to the established story by saying that. You’re spitting on one of the key foundations of what makes me a Horror fan. Yes, the movie is steeped in Zombie tropes but the Infected aren’t undead. Boyle stated he wanted to take the “Zombie” genre and do his own thing, he did. He established one of my favorite stories to spin out of the aforementioned genre. Him and Garland took the concept of “Zombie” and built an intricate story around it, creating the “Rage Induced Human/Cannibal”.

    *Rolls Eyes* Yeah, I have no clue who Romero is. Seriously?

    If a fight is what you seek, look else where.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b32d195805de999aa805a0ae8bc5458815f2333bb5b4c6173b20a9e5fc12ab53.jpg

  • sailor monsoon

    I don’t give a shit what he says.
    He 100% ripped off day of the dead for the last 20 minutes of 28 days later.
    They’re zombie tropes in a zombie narrative but somehow NOT including zombies.

  • sailor monsoon

    Oh coming up with lists is extremely easy. I wrote the entire 100 in Maybe 20 minutes.
    It’s coming up with shit to say that’s difficult.
    “It’s spooky” or “oh my goodness, what frights” isn’t gonna fly repeated 100 times

  • Lydia Deetz

    Wrong.

    Boyle even stated this, they are not “Zombies”. You’re just being lazy by saying that. You’re disregarding story which is a key part of a movie. Now that I know what kind of fan you are… I have nothing more to say to you.

    Live in ignorance.

  • sailor monsoon

    They’re zombies.
    I don’t care what mythology they create to explain away the science, at the end of the day, they’re using the language of the zombie film to tell story.
    The only difference is the fact that they’re not dead but voodoo zombies aren’t dead either.

  • sailor monsoon

    That is a shame

  • TheDeadFellow

    I remember watching Pan’s Labyrinth and The Orphanage nearly within the same timespan. Never have I ever seen such films that have the capacity to terrify as they do to be tear jerking as hell.

  • Lydia Deetz

    Regarding 28 Weeks/Days Later…..

    “The Rage Virus, also known simply as (the) Infection, is a fictional disease in 28 Days Later. It is a virulent, bloodborne virus that sends its hosts into a state of extreme, uncontrollable rage.”

    The proper term I would go with is “Rage Induced Cannibal” due to the fact that some of the infected actually ate people. Calling them “Zombies” is lazy and does disservice to the films, director, and comics. As a fan of the world, Boyle & Garland built… This is a real pet peeve of mine. So, I’ll leave this for people to see when they comment.

  • Indianamcclain

    It is but the last time I checked parts of it were missing.

  • DryButSoupy

    This’ll be a cool feature to follow. I don’t see how you can compile all these lists. I have a problem even coming up with top tens. I always over-think my attempts and they depend on my mood anyway.

    Prince of Darkness is one of those movies I’ve been curious to watch but just never got around to. I like good horror films but, like most genres, so many of them are shitty so I never really trust titles that I haven’t heard something about beforehand.

    I was talking with someone about Pan’s Labyrinth just the other day. It’s a great example of a modern fairy tale. You’re dead right about the sinister aspect of those older Grimm fairy tales.

  • sailor monsoon

    Agreed But the licensing would make it impossible.
    It’s on YouTube

  • Indianamcclain

    I wish they would release it on DVD/ Blu-Ray.

  • sailor monsoon

    They used to show it every year.
    It’s one of my favorite things

  • Indianamcclain

    Bravo used to have a series like this that premiered when I was in Middle School. It introduced me to a lot of different horror films, and it had Bruce Campbell, Guillermo Del Toro, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, and many more. It was an awesome tv special. It’s a shame that they don’t show it any more.

    28 Weeks Later peaks with that opening scene. From what I remember the rest of the film doesn’t live up to it.

    In my opinion Prince of Darkness is a little overrated. I always hear people refer to it as one of Carpenter’s best films. I like it, but I don’t know if I’d go that far.

  • sailor monsoon

    They’re masterpieces

  • Joe Newman

    Props for the Pan’s Labyrinth and The Host mentions.