Top Ten Scariest Movie Scenes

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The Top Ten

1 The Subliminal Face - The Exorcist

This always freaks me out every time I watch it. This entire movie was scary and f'ed up! - fireinside96

If this is not scary nothing is. It should be number 1 not 2. The chest burs is so fake. Its like cartoon

I admit that I didn't finish the film, but I'm not sure if I've seen that face before. Is it that scene where it's only a pale face with that yellow teeth and wide eyes? Or is it just Reagan as Pazuzu? - MontyPython

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2 Chest Burst Scene - Alien

Only uneducated people could call this scene a fake! It became classic because of realism. Yes, it's a SCI-FI movie but Ridley Scott made it look so truthful. The whole film was creepy. The Chest Burst Scene is probably its highlight - Alexandr

My mom told me about this one day.

This scene hurts my stomach while watching.

You know that during this scene they used real blood and guts from a butcher shop and the people who made the film didn't tell the actors what was going to happen, so the actors were genuinely scared. they just don't make em like they used to.

3 The Shower Scene - Psycho

Fun Fact: the actor of the victim was scared of taking a shower, for like ever. She will take baths instead and leave the curtains open...felt the same way...from that one scene from the Friday the 13th films Spoiler) Jason latterly smashes that guys face with his palm... :-:

The quintessential fright scene by which all later movies are measured - Hitchcock at his best -THE YARDSTICK

Creepy as heck, someone is taking a shower and then a dude comes in with a knife and then the popular scary music plays. - PeeledBanana

A instant classic!

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4 Final Scene - Paranormal Activity

Really scary and well done

5 Jason Grabs Alice From the Boat - Friday the 13th

I read Stephen King all the time, and this scared the crap out of me!

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6 Pennywise In the Shower Drain - It

If this means storm drain, them I voted for the right one, if it means the shower scene from the mini series then whys it even here, that scene is not scary at all, but anyway, this scene is not scary but it's so iconic to the horror genre, especially for Stephen King fans

Sometimes I fear to go in the shower. Scary, scary stuff to get in your mind oh my

makes me NOT want to take a shower

I don't think pennywise is scary one but. Just funy.

7 Hannibal's Escape From Jail - Silence of the Lambs

Just plain scary folks

Buffalo Bill was much more creepy.

8 Room 237 - The Shining

That SLOW approach of Jack Nicholson towards the bath - we can see there's something there-but what? I still have to watch this through my fingers!

My parents make me close my eyes at nudity but the second time I watched this movie and watched this scene I was horrified.

The eye candy was good but then it turn into a laughing scary and oh god I'm skipping this scene!

9 The Toy Clown - Poltergeist

No more clowns, to this day I can't even look at a toy clown without out. - egnomac

10 The Skinny Dip Scene - Jaws

Great Movie maybe one of the best I've ever scene, But this movie is NOT scary.

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11 Dinner Scene - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Fun fact:this scene was supposed to be funny - cadespencer

So traumatizing! It feels like you're in it! It's was traumatizing for both the audience and actors! Also that's Marlyln Burns REAL blood when Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) cuts her ding so John Dugan (Granpa) can drink it

12 The Blood Testing Scene - The Thing

Where's Dr. Armore Death From Child's Play

13 Birthday Party Scene - Signs

Ohhhhh, nightmares. Its so scary because its the last thing (for me anyways) to expect to see. I was expecting it to be seen watching the group but then it panned over and BAM(! ) it bolts from the bushes. - fireinside96

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14 Ending - The Descent
15 Large Marge - Peewee's Big Adventure

The scariest moment of my life because I was only 7 years old. My dad goes to the bathroom. So I am left in the dark basement alone. One minute later the old hags face explodes into a gore fest. Her eyes pop out of her skull and become huge. Her jaw drops in to a bloody mess. And she makes a hellbound sound that still traumatizes me to this day.

I remember when my younger brother and I were little and we watched this movie at a hotel. My parents were in the bed with us and the scene was about to come on. As Large Marge was saying, "It looked like..." I could see my brother shaking his head no with a terrified expression on his face. - RedTheGremlin

I remember that scene not scariest scene but scared me the most since I was a kid that pervert should be ashamed laugh out loud

This wasn't real scary but it was darn funny.

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16 The Subway Scene - Cloverfield

This was the scene that scared me the most, their walking through the dark subway tunnels and without warning they get attacked by these little parasite creatures adding to the fact the whole movie is shot on a video camera makes the scene even more terrifying especially.

17 The Tree - Poltergiest
18 Carrie's Hand - Carrie

I'm rarely ever scared by anything, and I gasped when her hand popped out... - MoldySock

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19 Man In The Bear Suit - The Shining
20 Ending - Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
21 Twin Girls - The Shining

That was actually the only scene that scared me

22 Opening Scene - 28 Weeks Later
23 The Stranger Is Right Behind You - The Strangers

It's the first scare of the movie. The woman is just standing there when a man with a bag over HUD head comes behind her and stands there for a whole minute. The camera shot changes but then moves back and he's gone... Amazing movie.

This scene is so well-shot and so scary! This didn't have to rely on a loud sound effect or in-your-face violence for this. It is just good old-fashioned tension/suspense/terror.

24 Highway Crash - Final Destination 2
25 Man Behind the Wall - Mulholland Dr.
26 Night Vision Scenes - [REC]
27 Helena Markos - Suspiria
28 Shower & Dog Scene - Cabin Fever
29 Samara Kills Noah - The Ring
30 Face Melting Scene - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

This part gave me nightmares

Yes definitely

31 The Discovery of Norma Bates - Psycho
32 Ben Gardner's Dead Body - Jaws
33 Red Face Standing Behind Josh - Insidious

I can't believe the movie was PG-13! That thing though...

34 Opening Bathroom Scene - Zombieland

I don't like public bathrooms anymore! - Jetticus12

35 The Final Transformation - The Fly
36 WC Scene - Copycat
37 The Head Spin - The Exorcist

This is the reason I had to sleep in my own mothers bed for 2 weeks

38 Jail - Salem's Lot
39 Samara Climbing the Well - The Ring 2
40 Ending - Sleepaway Camp
41 The Tanning Bed Death - Final Destination 3
42 Regan mutilates herself with a crucifix - The Exorcist

I swear I've seen a lot of stuff in my life but this.. is... oh my...

43 Alien Kills Dallas - Alien
44 Cheryl's Possession - Evil Dead (1981)
45 Judge Doom - Who Framed Roger Rabbit
46 Creation of The Human Centipede - The Human Centipede
47 Here's Johnny! - The Shining
48 Reporter Gets Dragged Away - Quarantine
49 Why So Serious? - The Dark Knight

Always cringe when he cuts his mouth.

50 The Donkey Transformation Scene - Pinocchio
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