I was contemplating those burned-in movie moments. The ones from horror flicks I saw as a child or young adult, the ones which I just can’t shake. I couldn’t find video of all of them, but here are a few clips from the movies they came from.
Creepiness is situational. I don’t assert that these are the top five scary movie moments of all time. But they’re my top five, the ones that spring to mind when I think “Which scary movies have frightened me out of my wits?”
5. The Birds
I caught just a bit of The Birds by accident as a child, and have avoided it ever since. I can’t have been more than seven or eight. It was at a gathering of families, and I walked into a room where they were watching it. Whenever magpies are swooping, I get echoes of this. I think it was this scene that got me – this, or one very much like it.
4. The Innocents
I watched The Innocents as a preteen, in one of those overnight TV movie marathons. I’ve never watched the movie again, because I was completely wigged-out-to-burbling by it. I’m trying to remember the details of the scene that really got me, but I have just an echo of it, blurry visuals accompanied by a vivid visceral memory of the sensations I was feeling at the time. Here is one compilation of clips.
Not the shower scene, though! For me, it’s the scene where Lila descends the stairs into the cellar, to find the mummified mother in the rocking chair. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
2. The Omen.
Possessed children get me every time. There is so much to be terrified by in the Omen series; the archaeology scenes got to me especially. But even more so, the hanged nanny at the birthday party, which opens this trailer. “Look at me, Damien! It’s all for you!”
1. When A Stranger Calls
I saw this movie in the cinema when it first came out, so I must have been about 13. This is the only time I can recall literally screaming and screaming in a movie theatre.
“We’ve traced the call…it’s coming from inside the house!” I know, I know, it’s a ludicrous cliche now. At the time, I was freaked all the way to the bottom of my blue ‘n’ white Adidas Romes.
Which scary movie sticks with you? Which moments haunt your nightmares?
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