I Think I Just Peed a Little
by Michele Christopher
So this being Horror Week and all, we decided to keep the theme going for one last night.
If you didn't know this was horror week, that's ok. We forgive you. If you missed it this week, we have been running a new box in the side bar with our weekly poll. Click on it to see the topic and make your nominations and Friday, which I think is today, we post them all and you guys all vote on them. Then they win some prize or golden watch or something like that. Maybe our forever adoration. Idunno.
Anyways, back to what we are doing this week. We have already covered scariest movies so that one is done. So, since we are not going to be making a poll on scariest scene in a movie, we decided to run a post on that topic and ask you guys about yours.
You know. The scariest one. Maybe it was just a creepy scene. The music building up. Something was going to happen and you aloready knew what it was. You just had to watch it again for that adrenaline kick.
Yes. We like adrenaline.
These are our kicks.
Turtle goes first.
John Carpender's The Thing - The blood testing scene
Jesus christ. I've done this movie three times this week. Grrr. OK. One vote for non-originality on my part. One more time.
The scene where all the guys are tied up. Kurt Russel (yeah, I know) is testing their blood to see if any of them are (or is?) the alien. By heating up a piece of copper wire and sticking it in the blood of the tied up Arctic employees (that's fun to say. Arctic employees! Arctic employees!) they can see who the alien is (are?) because their blood reacts with the heat of the copper. I'm not going to explain it anymore cause most of us know the scene. Well, the one guy they thought wasn't the bad guy (guys?) was the bad guy (guys?) and proceeds to fuck a lot of them up while the other guys try to escape the ropes that hold them all together. Flame throwers don't work. Bad things happen to people. Just an all around "oh shit" scene.
Really fun to watch if you are addicted to that rush of "Oh crap. Well that didn't work out the way we planned it. What the fuck now?"
It's also kind of funny that the guys who were tied up right next to him (them?) didn't get hurt. Or did they?
I love the scene. - T
You can watch that scene here.
My scary scene comes from a movie I really didn't like all that much. Thing is, I like creepy more than I like scary. Gore and guts and blood and monsters popping out from nowhere may give me chills or make me jump out of my seat, but it's the creepy things that stay with me and keep me from turning the lights off at night. While I get immense enjoyment from great horror films like Dead Alive or Evil Dead, it's movies like Session 9 and Event Horizon that stay with me long after the credits roll and give me nightmares.
I did not enjoy Blair Witch Project. I thought it was long and drawn out and really boring in too many parts. I struggled to stay awake for most of the movie. Yet the film has one redeeming feature. It contains what, in my eyes, is one of the creepiest moments on film. The ending, where Michael is standing completely still and facing the corner. It was so unsettling, so unnerving that it made sitting through that entire movie worth it. I can't even explain to you why I found it so creepy or why I saw that scene when I closed my eyes for many nights after I saw the movie or why I still get chills when I think about it. I think it was the ambiguity, the absence of any explanation, the total unknowing feel about it that gave me the creeps.
I do have another one - the scene in the Hitcher when Jennifer Jason Lee is tied between two huge trucks and pulled apart. You never see what happens - it all goes on off screen - but you know it's happening and what you imagine in your head is probably as bad as it would have looked if they shot the scene. What a way to go. -M
Baby Huey goes all religious on yo' ass:
No question for me. The scariest thing ever for me was the scene in The Omen after the priest explains what is happening to Mr. Thorne. By this point in the movie you've seen the photographer's pictures with the ominous lines near relatively vital parts of (soon to be deceased) people's bodies. The wind starts blowing hard, and that poor bastard priest knows exactly what's going down. He needs to get himself to a nunnery on the quick.
JUST as he gets to the church and all seems well, the goddamned door is locked, and he left his key in his other ... whatever the hell priests wear. Looking up to see the spire of a church just as it's about to impale you is NOT my idea of an ideal way to go. All I have to say about that is, if I do die the way I want to, don't let my mother see, don't clothe me, and don't wipe the smile off my face.
thefinn is ready for his closeup:
There’s definitely a delineation (at least in my head) between creepy and scary. When I get scared, it’s usually only for a second or so. A quick jump, a missed beat in my heart and that’s it. Over. Done. But being creeped out can last forever. The subconscious feeling of something crawling up your back. The “I know it’s not real, but that really makes me uneasy” feeling in the pit of your stomach. You know what I’m talking about.
And that’s why “Audition” is a creepy fucking movie. The first half isn’t that creepy. It’s actually a well written, character driven romantic movie that doesn’t make me sick to my stomach. But there are a few hints in the first half that lay the groundwork for the creepiness to come. Essentially the movie boils down to an older, widowed film producer (Aoyama) who takes the advice of a friend and starts holding audtions for his newest film. The auditions are just a ruse, however, as he’s actually looking for another wife. And it appears his dreams come true when he meets Asami, a pretty young woman who’s very respectable and a little enamored of him. The pair starts dating and things seem to be going very well.
I’m not going to ruin the film for you, but one of the creepiest scenes in the movie is also the shortest. When Aoyama finally decides to call Asami, the scene shifts to her tiny and sparsely furnished apartment. As soon as the phone rings, we see a very large canvas bag (behind her) begin to twitch and spasm about. A smile comes across Asami’s face that can only be described as ruthless and suddenly you realize that you’re not watching a cute little romantic movie. --F
So those are ours. You guys know that you have yours.
What are they?
In case you haven't seen The Descent yet, you should ignore this.
The end of The Descent, when you realize she's gone completely fucking batshit insane. The phrase "She go bye." runs through your head and you're not laughing.
Jonesie in the first Alien movie...fucking cat.
The Alien "birth" in the first Alien movie.
The end of the first Halloween, when Donald Pleasence looks out the window and Michael is fucking gone.
Posted by: Timmer | January 26, 2007 12:42 AM
Exorcist III ... not the greatest movie perhaps, but scene gave me the holy-shit-flinch pretty bad.
Posted by: Midgard | January 26, 2007 5:01 AM
I can't say "scared" per se. I don't think a movie has ever scared me, in the traditional sense. But there are scenes that have bothered me later, on reflection. Three scenes that bother me:
1. The hand coming up through the toilet in "House." I was 12 when that movie came out, but I just really found that scene unsettling.
2. The chick bending around and walking on her back like a crab in "In The Mouth of Madness." That really creeped me out when I saw it and the more I thought about it, bugged me more. Now, I know “Exorcist” did it also as did “The Grudge,” but ItMoM bothered me a lot more. Probably because of the chick talking so casually as she bends to Cthulian will.
3. The zombie kid in the beginning of “Dawn of the Dead” (2004). I can hand evil kids. “Damien?” Didn’t bother me one bit. “Pet Cemetery?” No problem. But the mindless, “I’m just gonna eat you” from that scene really bothered me.
Posted by: Cullen | January 26, 2007 10:31 AM
The scene at the end of the first "Friday the 13th" movie, when the lone survivor is floating in the dinghy in the middle of the lake, the sun is coming up and you've just let out this big sigh of relief that it's all over... and Jason's hand shoots up out of the water. Damned near peed myself, even though I'd gotten grabbed by the same frigging move at the end of "Carrie"...
Posted by: Pat | January 26, 2007 11:23 AM
i gotta check out that exorcist 3 scene up there.
that looks cool.
Posted by: turtle | January 26, 2007 2:46 PM
Gee well I think the creepiest moment for me was when I was watching "The Changeling" there is a scene with a rubber ball falling downstairs that just chills me to the bone. I won't set the scene for you because the movie is just too fun to spoil. If you haven't seen it, try it. then you might understand.
Posted by: Matthew | January 27, 2007 3:34 PM