Midweek Movie Mouth-off: the scariest single scene in any movie

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Yay, more spooky topics for October! There’s usually a lot of focus on horror movies in general, as we tend to recommend movies as a whole. But what about single scenes? Let’s get really specific and talk about that one scene that scared the living daylights out of you. And don’t worry, next week we’ll be back to talking about horror movies in general, stay tuned!

For me, it was a scene from The Ring. If you haven’t seen it, I’d advise you go watch it before reading this, there’s obviously a spoiler warning on the rest of this paragraph. If you have seen it: granted, that movie had an overabundance of scary moments, from the actual tape (which gave me nightmares), to when Samara first comes out of the TV (which also gave me nightmares), but the scene I’m going to go with is the infamous “closet scene”. It’s such an innocuous scene, just two people talking, then out of freaking nowhere it cuts to something seriously unexpected, then back again like nothing happened. Yes it’s a jump scare, and I’ll admit it’s a cheap tactic to scare you compared to a proper slow build-up of tension and dread, but wow was it effective!

Heck, building on last week’s topic, even non-horror movies have some damn terrifying moments. Take Pinocchio for example – damn, Disney, what was up with that?

Over to you: which moment from a movie gave you the biggest scare?

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Last Updated: October 14, 2015

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