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Top 50 Scariest Scenes in Horror Movies

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    1Michael Myers Chases Laurie - Halloween (1978)
    Classic
    Definitely scary

  • 2The Chestburster - Aliens
    Love the fact that supposedly it was a secret to the cast and their reactions were real.
    The Chestburster scene is from Alien, not Aliens! WHY ARE PEOPLE GETTING CONFUSED!?!?!?!?!?!
    I do hope that this is talking about the first chestbuster scene in Alien, not Aliens!
    Simply classic
    My all-time favorite sci-fi horror

  • 3Come and Play With Us - The Shining

  • 4Georgie - It (2017) suggested byliam_schell
    The scene with the kid at the begging is the only actuall scary part of the movie...
    The garage scene scared the Bejesus out of me.

  • 5TV Scene -The Ring
    Nightmares
    I didnt find anything scary in this movie. It was too slow to be atmospheric
    Scariest part? When Samaria first walks through the young girl's house after emerging from the television.

  • 6Chest Scene - The Thing
    Seriously...who expected that?
    Brilliant use of practical effects - the likes of which we'll never see again.
    I remember the first time I saw this, it freaked me out!

  • 7Shower Scene - Psycho suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH2
    The shower scene from the original Psycho is the best!
    It's so cliche to the point where it's a bit tainted. The ending is way more genuinely unsettling
    No.1
    classic

  • 8Room 237 - The Shining suggested byjackhammer
    Not nearly as terrifying as Wendy discovering the pages and realizing how completely insane Jack was.
    The most scariest part was the scene outside in the snow when Jack was chasing his son around.
    This should be lower on the list or not on it I didn't find that scene scary to me
    What about the scene with the bear suit

  • 9The Dinner Table - Insidious
    Unexpected moment

  • 10Bed scene - The Exorcist suggested byCole Esposito
    The spiderwalk on the stairs was more chilling
    [Continued] ...purposes", spin her head all the way around and use the C-word as an adjective (i.e. "Do you know what she did %u2013 your c***ing daughter?)!? That Pazuzu is one bad mother!
    Come on, people! It's the freakin Exorcist! People were fainting, throwing up, and peeing themselves in the theaters! The makeup is brilliantly horrific, the voice over work sounds positively demonic, and Linda Blair totally gave it her all! I mean, where else are you going to see a possessed 12-year-old use a bloody crucifix for "unsavory

  • 11Hobbling - Misery suggested byliam_schell
    The hobbling was the scariest because of the way the author woke up to see Kathy Bates standing at the end of his bed
    I don't think the hobbling would be this high, I would put it lower on the list like at 15

  • 12Ending - Carrie suggested byliam_schell
    I would have to say that the ending was really scary because you didn't expect her hand to come out of the ground, but the scariest part to me was when her mother tried to kill her.

  • 13Opening Phone Call - Scream suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH2
    All of the Scream movies are poking fun of all horror movies, in general. Parodies of horror movies and parodies of horror scenes shouldn't be included on this list.

  • 14The Clown - Poltergeist
    Nope, the scariest part in Poltergeist was the guy with tearing his face off in the mirror.
    Honestly, why does everybody think poltergeist is so scary.....it's a really cheesy movie! And the effects are super dated!

  • 15Attic - Hereditary suggested byliam_schell
    Charlie's Decapitation is more unsettling
    Great scene, but I found the shots of Toni Collette in the corner of her sons room much more unsettling

  • 16Pitch Black Basement - The Silence of the Lambs suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH2

  • 17Possessed Lady Giggling - The Evil Dead

  • 18First Victim - Jaws suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH2

  • 19Valak Painting - The Conjuring 2 (2016)

  • 20The Basement - Blair Witch Project
    Heather's unsettling monologue towards the camera in the dark is scarier
    What a shitty horror movie
    Blair witch sucked!!!!
    well some people love some people hated it that basement first time I saw it I thought it was real
    People underrate this film. It is one of the scariest of all time.

  • 21Jason Jumpscare in the Lake - Friday the 13th (1980)
    Somewhere in top 15,one of best jumpscares
    This is one of the best jump scares ever.
    the atmosphere was amazing

  • 22Tina's Terrifying Dream - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

  • 23The Hospital Jumpscare - The Exorcist III suggested byCharleyTheBro
    Awesome scene

  • 24Birthing - The Fly suggested byliam_schell

  • 25Looking for Michael in the house - Halloween (2018) suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH2

  • 26The Nail Scene - A Quiet Place (2018)

  • 27The Blood Test- The Thing suggested byJohn Manning Moore

  • 28Basement Flooding - A Quiet Place suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH2

  • 29Sloth - Se7en
    Not really a Horror
    This scene is just so disturbing even if it isn't a typical horror movie.

  • 30Lawn mower scene - Sinister suggested byOriginalfenix8

  • 31Dies in bed- Nightmare on Elm Street suggested byJoewillard80@gmail.c

  • 32Night Chase - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

  • 33Exorcism Scene - The Conjuring (2013)
    The scariest scene from the conjuring, the bedroom scene with the sisters when the witch appears on top of the wardrobe closet

  • 34Kayako Crawling Down The Stairs - The Grudge (2004)
    Hell yeah, it was scary as shit

  • 35Cutting off his leg - Saw suggested byAndrew Mason

  • 36The Ending to Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)-Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) suggested byJohn Manning Moore

  • 37The Crawlers Attack - The Descent (2005)

  • 38Nanny's Death Scene - The Omen (1976)

  • 39Werewolf attack - An American Werewolf in London suggested byRazorRex

  • 40I see dead people - sixth sense suggested byCole Esposito

  • 41Table scene - The TExas CHainsaw Massacre suggested byOriginalfenix8

  • 42Dark Corners - The Babadook (2014)

  • 43Nora's Gruesome Elevator Decapitation - Final Destination 2 (2003)
    This scene is so embedded in my brain that I always am reminded of it every time I step out of an elevator.

  • 44School Bus Massacre - Trick 'r Treat (2007)

  • 45The Closet Scare - The Ring suggested byJedimperial96

  • 46Attic Scene - REC suggested byZach Cockerill

  • 47*SPOILERS* Charlie%u2019s death - Hereditary suggested byJosh Trew

  • 48Leatherface attacks wheelchair - Texas Chainsaw Massacre suggested byJoewillard80@gmail.c

  • 49Christine Finally Gets Dragged to Hell - Drag Me To Hell (2009)

  • 50Ending Plot Twist - Black Christmas (1974)

  • 51Der Klown, Eater of Children Scene - Krampus (2015)

  • 52Basement Scene - Night of the Living Dead (1968)

  • 53Gleen's Death- Nightmare On Elm's Street suggested byJulian Hall

  • 54Running into the woods from their tents - The Blair Witch Project suggested byOriginalfenix8

  • 55The Basement - Annabelle (2014)

  • 56Birthday Party - Signs (2002)

  • 57Naked Chainsaw Chase - American Psycho (2000)
    I love christian bale as patrick baitman.

  • 58Arrival of the Tall Man - It Follows (2014)

  • 59What have you done to its eyes? - Rosemary's Baby (1968)

  • 60The Babadook's First Appearance - The Babadook (2014) suggested byRazorRex

  • 61Michael Myers Kills Judith - Halloween (1978) suggested byRazorRex

  • 62Attic Scene - Sinister (2012)

  • 63Ghostly Man With The Distorted Mouth - Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

  • 64The Seance - The Others (2001)

  • 65Henry's Death Scene - Dead Silence (2007)

  • 66David Warner Gets Decapitated - The Omen suggested byTheWorldIsSpinningSo

  • 67Judd%u2019s House - Pet Sematary (1989) suggested byTheOfficialNetherBoy

  • 68Underwater Corpse - Jaws suggested byJedimperial96

  • 69Head Explosions - The Belko Experiment (2016)

  • 70Zombie Scene - Cabin in the Woods (2012)

  • 71Housekeeping Scene - The Devil's Rejects (2005)

  • 72Esther Kills Sister Abigail - Orphan (2009)

  • 73Helena Markos' Terrifyingly Hysterical Laugh - Suspiria (1977)

  • 74The Xenomorph Queen Reveal - Aliens (1986) suggested byRazorRex

  • 75Bed Sheet Scene - Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

  • 76Lights Out Scene - Don't Breathe (2016)

  • 77Slumber Party Abduction - V/H/S/2 (2013)

  • 78Do You Hear What I Hear Scene - Gremlins (1984)

  • 79Slice and Dice Scene - Cube (1997)

  • 80Hiding Covered in Mud - Predator (1987)

  • 81Ghost Collection Scene - Thirteen Ghosts (2001)

  • 82Intro Scene - House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

  • 83First Death Scene - Hatchet (2006)

  • 84Revealing the Centipede - The Human Centipede (2010)

  • 85Nosferatu just standing there-nosferatu(1922) suggested byEmile Brutin

  • 86The ending from psycho (1960) suggested byEmile Brutin

  • 87The Tent Scene - The Sixth Sense (1999) suggested byJean Eugene Guan

  • 88Hospital chase scene- Halloween 2 suggested byJoewillard80@gmail.c
    definitely scary hands down

  • 89Brutal Group Vampire Attack - 30 Days of Night (2007)

  • 90Natalie's Got a Nail Gun - Evil Dead (2013)

  • 91Paul's Death Scene (Intro) - Lights Out (2016)

  • 92Billy's Unexpected Decapitation - Final Destination (2000)

  • 93''Don't Look at Her'' - Mama (2013)

  • 94Alien in the Vent Jumpscare - Alien suggested byTheWorldIsSpinningSo

  • 95The Nail - A Quiet Place suggested byTheOfficialNetherBoy

  • 96Quint's Demise - Jaws suggested byJedimperial96

  • 97Watching Parents Get Murdered By Santa Claus - Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

  • 98The Creeper Shows His Face Scene - Jeepers Creepers (2001)

  • 99First Death Scene - The Blob (1988)

  • 100First Death Scene - My Bloody Valentine (1981)

  • 101The ending of the shining suggested byEmile Brutin

  • 102The painting-it (2017) suggested byEmile Brutin

  • 103Grandmother crawling on the ground-the visit (2015) suggested byEmile Brutin

  • 104Get in your closet and pray! - Carrie (1976) suggested byJean Eugene Guan

  • 105Seeing The Wicker Man - The Wicker Man suggested byMikeMJPMUNCH2
    I'm pretty sure they're referring to the original (which is a legitimately creepy film) and not the Nic Cage remake.
    Why is this even on here??
    Really?

  • 106Skype Scene - V/H/S suggested byOriginalfenix8

  • 107Opening Scene - Ghost Ship (2002)

  • 108Trailer Gets Ransacked - The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

  • 109Death By Chainsaw - Hostel (2005)

  • 110Awake at Dawn - Dawn of the Dead (2004)

  • 111Arrow to the Head During Dinner - You're Next (2011)

  • 112Hide & Clap- The Conjuring (2013) suggested byAndrew Hrip

  • 113Henry Bowers Kills His Father - It (2017) suggested bySatanscurse 35
    Diner Slaughter - Children of the Corn
    Rest Of the Movie was Tame Until I watched This Scene For the first time

  • 114Scary Phone Scene - One Missed Call (2007)

  • 115The Fiery Fury Scene - Christine (1983)

  • 116Ending Witchcraft Scene - The Witch (2015)

  • 117Car Wash Scene - The Crazies (2010)

  • 118Demonic Old Lady Scene - Legion (2010)

  • 119First Victim Death Scene - The Fog (1980)

  • 120Cat and Mouse Chase Scene - I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

  • 121BOB Crawls through Laura Palmer's window - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me suggested byMandy Judge

  • 122Dinner Table Scene - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre suggested byMandy Judge

  • 123Kitchen Stabbing - Scream suggested byMandy Judge

  • 124Death of kevin bacon-friday the 13th (1980) suggested byEmile Brutin

  • 125Conjuring 2 - Tent Jumpscare suggested byHarrison Taylor

  • 126Zelda - Pet Sematary (1988) suggested byJean Eugene Guan

  • 127Crying Woman in the study - The Innocents (1961) suggested byJean Eugene Guan

  • 128Dumpster Man - Mulholland Drive suggested byliam_schell

  • 129Creepy Baby - Eraserhead suggested byliam_schell
    The veiwer is too confused to be scared.

  • 130The whole cult tape - V/H/S 2 suggested byOriginalfenix8

  • 131Victim interview - The Poughkeepsie Tapes suggested byOriginalfenix8

  • 132Art the Clown dacing with the skin of a victim - Terrifier suggested byOriginalfenix8

  • 133Michael's Venus Fly Trap - Saw II (2005)

  • 134The Infected Chase After Don (Intro) - 28 Weeks Later (2007)

  • 135Changing The Tire - 28 Days Later (2002)

  • 136Chilling Pool Scene - Let The Right One In (2008)

  • 137Be My Victim Parking Lot Scene - Candyman (1992)

  • 138Bathroom Jumpscare - The Amityville Horror (2005)

  • 139Hanging Woman Scene - Woman in Black (2012)

  • 140Ceiling Walking - Shutter (2004)

  • 141We'll Tear Your Soul Apart - Hellraiser (1987)

  • 142Demon's First Appearance - Veronica (2017)

  • 143The ending. The strangers suggested byphin p

  • 144Cell Phone Footage Reveal - Lake Mungo (2009) suggested byMandy Judge

  • 145The Smiling Face - INLAND EMPIRE suggested byMandy Judge

  • 146The Ending - Living Dead Girl suggested byMandy Judge

  • 147They're Creeping Up on You - Creepshow (1982) suggested byJean Eugene Guan

  • 148Sarah's Death Scene - Hush (2016)

  • 149Thomasin joins the coven - The VVitch suggested byOriginalfenix8
    Such an underrated movie! Nothin' creepier than colonial era New England puritan fanaticism!

  • 150Pizza shop scene - Terrifier suggested bywmr955

  • 151Benigna Grabs Laura - The Orphanage (2007)

  • 152Damien's Demonic Dream- The Exorcist (1973) suggested byAndrew Hrip

  • 153Michael Myers' 1963 Mask Reveal- Halloween (1978) suggested byAndrew Hrip

  • 154Running From the Tent at Night - The Blair Witch Project suggested byMandy Judge

  • 155The Ending - I Still Know What You Did Last Summer suggested byMandy Judge

  • 156Heather's Unsettling Monologue - The Blair Witch Project (1999)

  • 157Diner Slaughter - Children of the Corn suggested byArielle Shimoni

  • 158Carrie%u2019s Revenge - Carrie suggested byArielle Shimoni

  • 159The Priest%u2019s Death - The Omen suggested byArielle Shimoni

  • 160First Encounter Of Group Of Human Victims With Aliens Inside Them-Aliens suggested byJohn Manning Moore

  • 161Amanda's Reverse Bear Trap - Saw (2004)

  • 162the strangers suggested byKubra Denizci

  • 163Allen gets his Arm Ripped off and tossed into the swamp - Rogue (2007) suggested byRazorRex

  • 164Pete in the Croc's Lair - Rogue (2007) suggested byRazorRex

  • 165Lee vs. The Croc - Black Water (2008) suggested byRazorRex

  • 166Countdown - Alien suggested byAngela Aina

  • 167Charles Transfers Into Chucky - Child's Play (1988)

  • 168The Croc Reveals itself to Lee and Grace - Black Water (2008) suggested byRazorRex

  • 169Adam Becomes Croc Food - Black Water (2008) suggested byRazorRex

  • 170No Escape - Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

  • 171Katie Dragged Out of Bed- Paranormal Activity (2007) suggested byAndrew Hrip

  • 172Ending of paranormal activity suggested bykimig_992

  • 173Final Preformance - Black Swan suggested byJeremy DeForrest

  • 174A megalodon rapidly swims after Jonas Taylor in the water after he injects a tracker - The Meg (2018)

  • 175Wolf Pack Attack - Frozen (2010)

  • 176Lady in the radiator - eraserhead suggested byi eat toast

  • 177Drag Me To Hell - The Gumming Scene suggested byjselinger

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