9 of The Scariest Movie Moments in History

WARNING: This post contains heaps of scary shit so you should probably get yourself a watching buddy.

9 of The Scariest Movie Moments in History

Paranormal Activity

That horrifying moment when an invisible force crawls up underneath the sheets and then promptly disappears… and comes back and drags Katie out of bed and down the hall way. Literally the stuff of nightmares.


That terrifying isolation you feel when you’ve been trapped in the world of the Hess family and you’ve got no idea what strange things are going on in the world… until they finally get a weak television signal.


When Drew Barrymore dies. If Drew Barrymore isn’t safe, no one is.

Pan’s Labyrinth

The Pale Man scene. Skip to 2.15 but make sure your watching buddy is still with you.

What Lies Beneath

There’s a special kind of terror reserved for water ghosts.

The Others

Are you mad? I am your daughter! SHUDDER!

The Exorcist 

The head spinning? Meh. Spider walk? Holy crap-in-my-pants.

The Ring

I don’t think anyone ever fully recovered from watching this scene.

The Shining

There’s a variety of different scary-as-shit moments in The Shining but RedRum is burnt into the memories of every child of the 80s.

What are your most terrifying movie moments?

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  1. Nessbow 3 years ago

    It’s not exactly a ‘scary movie’, but I always get a shiver from this one particular scene in Mars Attacks. It happens when Martin Short takes the Martian woman back to the White House. He turns his back on her for a second, and her floating gait momentarily becomes a menacing stalk. It’s the tiniest thing, but it creeps me out every time I see it.

  2. Jasmine 3 years ago

    We just watched the Conjuring … the whole thing is horrifying, but there’s two particular moments. One, when one of the daughters (who happens to be sharing her bedroom with her sister) sees something in the corner of the room, behind the bedroom door. Her sister gets up to check it out, but can’t see anything .. but the whole time the other girl can see it and is all ‘oh my god it is RIGHT BEHIND YOU’. THEN SUDDENLY THE DOOR SLAMS SHUT AND THE SCREAMS DEAR GOD THE SCREAMS. Later in the movie there’s a moment where they finally reveal the spook for the first time … as it’s crouched on top of a wardrobe staring down at the girls with a wretched grin. It doesn’t sound particularly terrifying, but watch it and you’ll know.

    Also, Insidious … you know that terror you feel when you wake up and you’re sure someone is in your room? There’s a scene that plays on that. The mother wakes up in the middle of the night and can see someone pacing outside her bedroom window, back and forth, back and forth – then suddenly HE IS PACING INSIDE HER ROOM. I nearly shat bricks.

    Finally, every second of any of those Japanese movies (the Ring, the Grudge).

    I sat through Wolf Creek and Saw and several of those movies and didn’t feel a thing (except perhaps disturbed by the depths of human depravity). They’re gory but not inherently terrifying. But any movie that deals with the supernatural? No thanks!

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