It’s been a minute.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my break and I’m gonna ease back into writing for the blog. I will say that this break has given me time to come up with new ideas/content and watched the most films I’ve watched this whole year so far at a time.
But while watching some new films, I thought about memorable scenes. But not just ANY memorable scenes but the scenes in horror that you won’t forget. When you mention a film (of any genre), what memorable or unforgettable immediately come to mind? The inspiration really came from watching The Wicker Man towards the end of September and being amazed and in awe of the film when it concluded. So I wrote down as many movies as I could off the top of my head and I’m gonna share them.
These are not ranked or listed by least to most, etc., but in a random order. But let’s talk about some of these horror movies that well, they won’t leave your subconscious any time soon!
Hereditary (2018) – This film, as I’ve mentioned in the past, has left a lasting impact on me. A lot of memorable scenes but there was nothing that prepared me for the scene of watching Charlie (Milly Shapiro) knocking her head completely off in the car ride and the nerve to show her head afterwards.
The Wicker Man (1973) – Nothing prepares you for seeing the actual Wicker Man in the film. And then nothing prepares you for the scale and how massive it is and how hopeless our protagonist (Edward Woodward playing Sergeant Howie) is. And the fire just growing, consuming him and the animals, blending in with the sunset. It’s beautiful but scary as shit.
City of the Living Dead (1980) – The first of the 3 films in Fulci’s Gates of Hell trilogy, I wasn’t expecting this film to play out the way it did. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to watch a couple, watch the ghost of a priest, watching them, and see one half of the couple (a young woman) start crying blood and then throwing up intestines, etc. Yuck.
Sleepaway Camp (1983) – A recent watch during October and of course it’s the ending sequence. But what I wasn’t expecting was a head rolling out of Angela’s (Felissa Rose) lap as we then focus and realize that Angela is not Angela. What a wild ride this movie was!
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) – The black sheep of the entire Halloween franchise and yet I love this movie. Nothing scarier than a corporate man in power, especially wanting to harm children. And all these kids want to do is wear these Silver Shamrock masks and watch tv but who is expecting them to just… implode? Filling their heads with bugs and snakes, and ew.
Pet Sematary (1989) – Gage cutting an achilles heel. That’s all.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) – The entire movie. The entire movie. From the beginning when we see the first insert of metal into a thigh, I knew right then this movie was different. There’s a cyberpunk, sci-fi, fetish vibe that if you’re not prepared, this movie will be very surprising.
The Evil Dead (1981) – Cool ass camera angles, the beginning of a future badass Ash in the making but if I say The Evil Dead, you better think of the scene of the pencil going into the ankle. Just realize a lot of these are body horror. Something about the body, man…
Suspiria (2018) – An enjoyable remake in my opinion, but I think the unforgettable scene here for me is when Susie (Dakota Johnson) reveals herself to be Mother Suspiriorum and the chaos that ensues after. We’re talking about a visual color change, it seems very sensual at times. Beautiful yet eerie, that’s how I would describe that scene.
The Exorcist (1973) – This entire movie is why I don’t trust nor look at or buy into ouija boards. Though the entire exorcism scene is memorable, I’ll have to include the trailer. The trailer, the flashing of Pazuzu on the screen is terrifying. I can picture it in my head right now.
Only these are just 10 that I could really narrow down and think of off the top of my head, though I did write other films down such as Deep Red or “Profondo Rosso“, Get Out, Jacob’s Ladder and Hellraiser as other noteworthy films to throw into the conversation.
So what film(s) would you add into the conversation? Leave a comment below, let’s talk about it!
2 thoughts on “Unforgettable Scenes in Horror”
Welcome back to blogging! I so agree with you on the Pet Sematary scene, I hate that quick scene with a passion! I also agree with the Halloween III one, I don’t really like that movie, but there is just something about that test scene that gives me the utter chills. The fact the Carpenter wanted to have the end credits of that movie just be children screaming to imply that he wasn’t successful in shutting the camera down… the man is pure sinister genius and we love him for it.
It reminds me of the Toy Story 3 prank of a kid editing end credits right when the toys go into the furnace. It’s so cruel but… we’d still watch it!