The 100 Scariest Movie Moments Of All Time: 50-41

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.

 

50. The Appointment-‘The Beginning’

The Appointment is a made for television movie starring Edward Woodward that’s about a father who is called away on business and can’t go to his daughters violin recital. That’s literally the entirety of the plot. Why is a film you’ve never heard of so high on the list? Click the link and find out.

 

 

49. The Fly-‘The Delivery’

I don’t think there’s many horror films I’d consider perfect. Even the ones I’d put in the top ten of all time all have a flaw but i can’t think of a single issue i have with The Fly. The acting is incredible, the special effects are some of the greatest caught on film and the plot is air right. Not a single bit of fat anywhere. Every scene is either building a connection between the characters or advancing the story. There’s nothing frivolous here. It’s just the perfect package. Skip to 1:18:32

 

 

 

 

48. Signs-‘The Birthday Party’

I feel like it’s time to reevaluate signs. I think enough time has passed that we no longer have Shyamalan on this impossible pedestal with a sign that reads “The Next Spielberg” at the base anymore. The public loved the sixth sense so much, that we all just collectively knighted Shyamalan as the next genius. And the second he made something we didn’t like, we turned on him. I think it began with Signs and that’s a shame because this is one of the best thrillers of the decade. (The ending is still a bit wonky but who cares.)

 

 

47. It Follows-‘Here It Comes’

I believe It Follows is the best horror film in years. The premise is simple yet wholly original, the soundtrack sits alongside Carpenter’s best and it has some of the most effective jump scares in the genre. The most overused trope is somehow given new life in this film. I can’t recommend this film enough.

 

 

46. Sinister-‘The Lawnmower’

The first question the audience will ask when watching a film about a family that are just moving into their new home and weird, unexplainable shit starts happening is always “Why the fuck are they not leaving right now?” I believe Sinister offers the best answer to that question. They even go out of their way to answer why he doesn’t immediately call the cops when he finds creepy shit in his house. The fact that the makers of the film but that much effort into making the premise at least some what believable is worthy of some praise. I just wish more horror films put this much effort into their stories. Fun Fact: This scene actually made my wife cry it scared her so much.

 

 

45. The Conjuring 2-‘The Painting’

While the big studios like Marvel and DC are are trying to one up each other with their shared universes, James Wan is slowly creating the first connected horror universe in over 70 years. Universal might’ve tried to get their first but it seems as though they’re more concerned with making huge blockbusters instead of focusing on their characters. Wan doesn’t have any famous characters, so he just created his own. One of which is the Nun. Whether it’s a monster that will stand toe to toe with the best of Universal, only time will tell but I’ll wager it’ll definitely be as scary.

 

 

44. Mama-‘I Know What You Want’

Besides the disappointing CGI, (Which is unnecessary considering it was 90% man in a suit) I think the main reason this film didn’t click with audiences is the fact that it was billed as a horror film. Yes, it has some scary scenes but at its core, Mama is a fairy tale. I think it excels at telling an original story in an outdated medium. We haven’t had any new fairy tales since the Brothers Grimm and i think Mama does an admirable job trying to fill the void.

 

 

43. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers-‘The Dog’

Whether it’s a metaphor for McCarthyism running wild or The communism fears of the 60’s or Watergate or even AIDS, None of those theories would mean anything if The film wasn’t scary and The Invasion of the body snatchers is a scary fucking film. You go to sleep and a pod person replaces you. That’s the story and it’s such a good one, it’s been remade 3 times and ripped off numerous more. A bona fide masterpiece.

 

 

 

42. Wait Until Dark-‘The Climax’

To add to the climatic finale and to simulate Audrey Hepburn’s character’s blindness, Theatre owners would slowly dim the lights till it was pitch black. This was one of the last times film theatres used a gimmick to enhance the movie going experience but at least they went out with a bang.

 

 

41. Muholland Drive-‘Winkie’s Diner’

There’s other directors besides Lynch that create films based entirely around nightmare logic. The Italians use almost nothing but nightmare logic to construct their plots but i don’t have Italian nightmares, so those films don’t frighten me. I guess Lynch and i skinny dip in the waters of the connected self conscience together because I do have Lynch nightmares. They don’t make any sense but they’re terrifying.

  • sailor monsoon

    I honestly believe the happening is a satire of the horror films of the 50’s. Mark wahlburg playing a teacher is like Raymond burr showing up in Godzilla. It just happens

  • Tanis11

    Very true…but it was scary as shit none the less. I still don’t get how Marky Mark didn’t get more flak for his performance in that film.

  • Larry Version 3

    Too bad that the old lady at the farmhouse scene in the Happening lands in the middle of that poorly acted, poorly written comedy because if they had taken a different direction with the film it could have been great.

  • sailor monsoon

    I think people wanted to take down Shyamalan immediately.
    Once he was compared to spielberg, i think he was immediately hated.
    And it’s a shame considering he’s one of the most original directors working today

  • sailor monsoon

    It’s funny how i think the fly is a perfect film but i think invasion of the body snatchers is the better remake
    And i have no idea why i could’ve find the fly scene. I would’ve guessed top dollar it would be on YouTube but it’s not

  • sailor monsoon

    Those 2 minutes are the best found footage film ever made.
    It feels like something someone would actually film.
    It’s amazing

  • ResonanceCascade

    The diner lady from Mulholland Drive is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in a movie. I closed all my blinds after I watched that shit as a teenager.

  • Indianamcclain

    To complain about it would assume that the Aliens were aware that water was a weakness, which I don’t think is the case. Although Shaymalan’s character does say that they’ve been landing away from water so maybe they were aware of the effect that it had on them? Either way it doesn’t bother me. Signs really is in the same company of Die Hard, or E.T where as you said the invasion is more of a backdrop.

  • TheDeadFellow

    Yeah, mainly in regards to the water thing. I was never bothered by that because that’s not what the film is about; It’s about his character’s struggle to regain his faith. The invasion just so happens to be the thing that brings it back.

  • Tanis11

    The Signs birthday party was so dam creepy. M. Night does this somehow with nothing….like the unnecessarily scary as shit scene in The Happening with the old lady at the farm house.

  • Indianamcclain

    The Fly is my favorite horror film. Like you said above it’s a perfect movie, no time is wasted. It’s also a film where I think reactions from test audiences helped to improve the final cut. Brundle experimenting with the Baboon/Cat, and Veronica’s butterfly dream didn’t need to be there. I still think the film has some of the best makeup, and special effects that I’ve seen in any movie.

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers freaked me out as well. I know the ending has become famous because of all the memes its featured in, but I still think that’s a terrifying way to end the movie.

  • Indianamcclain

    People talk shit about Signs?

  • sailor monsoon

    Welcome to the signs fan club.
    It’s a small club but very passionate.
    I tried keeping it one scene per movie to get some more obscure titles on the list but i just couldn’t keep it at one for signs. There’s just too much quality in this film

  • sailor monsoon

    I just thought the kid was gonna mow the lawn….

  • TheDeadFellow

    Wow, some really excellent choices here. I must say, I always get frustrated when people talk shit about Signs because it’s easily one of the best alien invasion films ever made. It’s subtle in how it depicts the fear of an event like this would happen and it has one of Mel Gibson’s best performances. I’d be up for him and Shyamalan working together again. Hell, get him and Willis in the same movie and it’d be downright incredible!

    It Follows and Sinister are actually some of my favorite horror films of this decade. I’d say the latter downright disturbed me more but the former was better made and both had pretty awesome soundtracks.

  • Larry Version 3

    Haha yeah after seeing the other tapes like ‘Family Hanging Out’ of course you know what the one titled ‘Mowing the Lawn’ or whatever it was called was going to be. Still messed me up.

  • sailor monsoon

    I don’t know why i could’ve guess where the scene was going and it got me

  • Larry Version 3

    That lawnmower scene in Sinister made me die a little. The first time I watched that film I sat there making jokes the whole way through. I didn’t find it scary or unsettling at all. The second time round I basically questioned everything about my existence and sat there feeling disgusted. Probably not gonna watch that again XD