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.
70. The Taking Of Deborah Logan–‘The End’
The Taking of Deborah Logan is the definition of a hidden gem. It’s about a documentary crew filming a woman’s battle with Alzheimer’s only to find out her problems are far more sinister. Coming out in 2014, Deborah Logan somehow slipped through the cracks and definitely deserves a bigger audience.
69. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory–‘The Boat Ride’
There’s something I’ve always found off putting about this film. Whether it was the odd looking Oompa Loompas, Creepy ass slugworth or the fact that the kids are nonchalantly killed off through out. Oh and Wonka’s office at the end. Everything is cut in half. What up with that? Anywho, the scene is so traumatizing, some networks still refuse to air it on television.
Absurdly controversial upon It’s release, Tod Browning’s masterpiece found a new audience decades later as one of the first midnight movies. There was a time where just using actors with physical deformities was controversial, But thank god Browning had the balls to buck the system because these “Freaks” are incredible. CGI will never be able to replicate these amazingly unique individuals.
The book May be about Stephen King’s experience dealing with drug addiction but Misery is every celebrities worst nightmare writ large. Every time they sign some merchandise or stand to take a picture, somewhere in the back of their minds is the thought “This might be the fan that takes it too far” Fan is short for fanatic and some are dangerously insane. Just like Annie Wilkes.
66. The Strangers–‘Behind You’
We’ve all had that feeling of being alone in a big house and feeling like there might be someone else there. Or maybe you hear a noise you can’t explain. Or maybe you get a knock in the middle of the night that seems suspicious…
65. The Evil Dead–“Tree Rape”
One of the notorious Video Nasties, The Evil Dead wasn’t as gruesome as some of the titles but it was most certainly the one you had to see. This was the film you pretended you saw to look tough on the playground.
64. Dawn of the Dead–‘The Beginning’
The original Dawn of the Dead has often been referred to as one of the greatest zombie films of all time. The remake isn’t as classic but it’s a helluva lot better than it has any right being. Losing the consumerism metaphor but adding fast zombies, It might not be as smart but it’s easily as entertaining.
63. Zodiac–‘The Basement’
David Fincher painstakingly recreated 70’s San Francisco to help bring you into this world. And it was a world populated by a devil. A devil that’s Never been caught. The fact that the zodiac killer might still be out there kinda makes this film the scariest of the bunch.
62. The Babadook–‘Reading The Book’
Before he was turned into an unlikely gay icon, The Babadook was a terrifying entity tormenting a widowed mother. Is he real? Was he all in her head? Either way, he’s scary as shit.
61. The Conjuring–‘The Clapping Game’
With hit after hit, James Wan has quickly proven himself to be the single best horror director working today. And The Conjuring might be his magnum opus. It’s a film so good, It’s created a sequel and 3 spin offs. One of which is getting it’s own sequel. Easily one of the best horror films of the decade.