50 Favorite Horror Moments

No, this is not an original idea. I started this list literally 5 minutes after reading Patton Oswalt’s list in the “Collected Writings On Film” chapter of Silver Screen Fiend. It’s good. You should read it. Even if you’re not a big ol’ movie nerd.

Originally I was going to list my 100 Favorite Movie Moments as well. Some time maybe I will, but given the kind of blog this happens to be, I felt it was only fair to list my favorite Horror Moments.

A few other points: 1) My goal was 100. A bit overly ambitious, so I settled for 50. 2) Horror moments aren’t limited to horror movies. 3) “Favorite” means many things- well composed, stunning, disturbing, silly, beautifully shot, gorgeous color, or just makes me happy in that cold, dark place where my heart should be. 4) Alphabetized for your safety and protection and so I don’t have to rank anything on any kind of scale. Here. We. Go.


Addams Family– The Mamushka

American Psycho– Huey Lewis analysis

Audition– The guy in the bag (or what’s left of him)

Big Trouble In Little China– “What? Huh? What’ll come out no more?”

A Clockwork Orange– Drunk in the underpass scene

Darkman– Finger break

The Devil’s Advocate– Al Pacino’s God speech

Evil Dead (1981)- Tape recorded scene

The Fly (1958)- “Help me!”

Freaks– Attack of the freaks

From Dusk Til Dawn– Salma Hayek’s dance

Get Out– Betty Gabriel’s “No, no, no” scene

Homicidal– Fright Break

Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte– Olivia De Havilland and Joseph Cotton crushed by a stone urn

Interview With The Vampire– Last 2 minutes

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)- Donald Sutherland’s scream

Kiss Of The Tarantula– Volkswagen Death Trap

Lady In A Cage– Olivia De Havilland blinds James Caan

Lair Of The White Worm– Last 2 minutes

Marathon Man– Laurence Olivier torturing Dustin Hoffman with a dentist drill (see? told ya)

Near Dark– Bar scene

Night Of The Creeps– Last 3 minutes (alternate ending)

Nineteen Eighty-four (1984)- Rat cage

Nosferatu– Count Orlok rises from his coffin

Psycho– Martin Balsam’s death

Psycho II– “You sure you won’t have a sandwich?”

Pulp Fiction– Uma Thurman overdose

Raiders Of The Lost Arc– Melting Nazi face

Requiem For A Dream– Last 10 minutes

Robocop– Paul McCrane splattered on a windshield

Rollerball– Last 2 minutes (if you don’t think Rollerball is a horror movie, I can’t help you)

Scanners– First head explosion

Scrooge (Brian Desmond Hurst/Alastair Sim)- Jacob Marley shrieking, “Business! Mankind was my business!”

Seconds– The last 8 minutes

The Shining– “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Severance– Bear trap leg amputation

Shaun Of The Dead– Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” scene

Shock Waves– Underwater Nazis

Sleepaway Camp– Last 2 minutes

Sun Choke– Sarah Hagan slits Barbara Crampton’s throat

Sunset Boulevard– “Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.”

Suspiria– First 3 minutes 40 seconds

Sweeney Todd (Tim Burton)- “A Little Priest”

Trilogy Of Terror– Last 2 minutes

Troll II– Nilbog

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil– Wood chipper accident

28 Days Later– Infected priest

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? Joan Crawford’s rat dinner

What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? Bette Davis reciting “When I’m Very Good”

The Wicker Man (1973)- Edward Woodward loses his shit

Zombie– The ultimate eye gouge

(Author’s note: With the possible exception of Sun Choke, at least at the moment, there are all available at Naro Video. Just sayin’)

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