It should come as no surprise that I’m a huge horror geek. Being a fan of horror is a hard thing to explain to those who don’t like it. There is something about the vicarious way that horror can give you an actual emotional impact of fear in a controlled environment.
Fear is such an interesting thing. It is something that really gets to the core of us as a species. It’s an uncontrollable thing and sometimes it catches us unexpectedly. Whether it is a shadow on the wall at night or a steps descending into a dark basement, it can catch us by surprise and reduce us to 5 year olds.
So I thought I would spotlight a series of moments that get to that level. Something that makes us pull the covers up just a little higher and hope that that noise out in the hall is just the house settling.
Mulholland Drive: A Dream
David Lynch is no stranger to horror. Though his movies may not be seen as typical horror (or typical anything for that matter) he definitely knows how to craft a nightmare scenario. It’s hard to explain why his films and images can get under your skin so well, but no one has truly captured that strange feeling of a dream spiraling out of control than Lynch has.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: His Name was Leatherface
‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ is a classic horror series. In my opinion it is a series that has only 2 good movies (1 and 2), but Tobe Hooper really managed to grab something special and weird with TCM. There is something about the first two movies that is almost complete anarchy. The movie is known as extremely brutal and gory which is actually untrue. There is very little blood in the film. It gets it’s reputation because it puts things in your head than are much worse than what you actually see.
I’ve picked this iconic scene because up to this point in the film, other than a weird hitchhiker, you have really no idea what is going to happen. The way the film was made almost feels like a found footage movie, and when you first see Leatherface it really starts to spin out of control.
Psycho: HERE’S MOTHER!
Psycho is such a well known movie that most people, even those who haven’t seen the film, know it almost beat for beat. However, there was a time when people were still surprised. And I was one of those people. I saw this movie as a kid and didn’t know much about it, other than the look of the house and motel. Most people pick the shower scene (and it is a classic) but I’m going with the actual reveal of ‘mother’.
This was a scene that completely caught me by surprise and really is horrific.
In the Mouth of Madness: Do the Limbo!
There is something about the unexplained that is particularly creepy to me. I love when things happen with no reason and we don’t get anything explained. ‘In the Mouth of Madness’ is full of these types of moments, and really is an underrated movie. A must see for fans of Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft
The Shining: As soon as possible?
I’ve stated this before and I’ll state it again. The Shining is my favorite horror movie of all time. It is a movie I return to again and again. Something that I could discuss and dissect for hours, like any Kubrick film. This is a film with many moments that pop into your head, the little twin girls, the lady in the bathtub, the bear/wolf dude.
What scares me most about the movie is when Jack is completely taken over. There is something so scary about his actions and his voice. The idea of domestic abuse taken to the most extreme. It’s haunting and terrible. That’s why I’ve chosen this scene.
Come back soon for more great horror moments and I’d love to know what got to you!