POP FILTER TOP TEN PRESENTS:
TOP HORROR MOVIE MOMENTS
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Three-year-old Gage rises from the dead as an evil, giggling zombaby. He hides under the bed of his elderly neighbor and takes him down by slicing open his Achilles tendon then savagely stabs him to death with a scalpel. It’s the creepiest thing ever and leads to his poor father having to murder his own undead child. And still none of that is as scary as Rachel’s nightmare where her creepy, deformed sister sits up in bed and screams that she and Gage are coming to get Rachel because she let them die. Stephen King’s entire fortune is based on the idea that the scariest things in the world come directly from our imaginations…and maybe a tiny bit because we’re all still secretly afraid the disabled are all just zombies lying in wait to murder us for our healthy functional bodies.
There are so many great and truly terrifying scenes in this movie it is impossible to pick the universally scariest; hear that internet trolls who are about to get super pissed because my personal creepiest moment isn’t exactly what yours is? You can prefer naked bathtub hag or “Here’s Johnny!” but for me the hands down winner of The Shining super scares are the twins of the damned. Poor little Danny is just cruising along in his big wheel down the halls of the most haunted hotel in America when he is forced to stop because two terrifying dead girls want a forever playmate. Isn’t that supposed to be the best part of being a twin, you’re never alone? When chanting in creepy unison doesn’t work they try to entice him by showing quick cut scenes of their brutal and bloody hacked up remains. So weird how it doesn’t make him want to play at all. Aaaand now I see them every time I close my eyes, just great.
How many people have ever actually been murdered in the shower? Who the hell knows but it’s still never far from my mind whenever I step into one naked, wet and blind…seriously is there ever a situation where human beings are more vulnerable? I in my pre-Psycho naïveté never even considered the shower as an option for where I may be brutally chopped to bits but thanks to the demented mind of Alfred Hitchcock its something I just can’t shake. Shower screamer Janet Leigh never could either, after seeing herself stabbed onscreen she forever after had a phobia about the shower and made excuses not to take one. And she damn well knew it was fake that’s how absolutely terrifying the very concept is…and just one of the many reasons I’m a never nude.
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It’s not necessarily the best horror movie ever made and undoubtedly the Japanese version is waaay better, because isn’t it always? But the first time I saw that super creepy girl ghost climb up the bed and and attack from under the covers it was so scary I simultaneously screamed and turned to bury my face in the chest of my couch neighbor, resulting in what became known as “the accidental nipple chomp of 2004.” The covers are well known to keep you magically safe from the creepy crawlies so the very thought of peeling the blanket back to reveal something freaky in bed with you is hysterically terrifying. It was seriously months before I could go to bed without rolling myself into a blanket burrito with zero space for interloping ghosts…and I’m still banned from scary movie night lest I bite again. – AS