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6 Horrifying Scenes in Non-Horror Movies!

When a horror fan reminisces about the most memorable scares of their life as a moviegoer, they’ll often find that many of them came from the most unexpected places imaginable. While classics like Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween are obviously terrifying in their own right, it’s usually more unassuming movies like Gremlins that manage to traumatize a generation. And, in a world where horror filmmakers frequently end up producing mainstream studio pictures, it’s easy to see that crafting scares is an extremely hard habit to break.

In fact, several directors make a point of subtly hinting at their horror roots in their films (though others just seem to have fun playing with audience expectations). This results in some unpredictable frights in the most unlikely of movies, which is why I’ve compiled this list of the Top Six Most Horrifying Scenes in Non-Horror movies. Of course, this list is 100% personal opinion, but I’d love to see your own choices in the comments below!


The Matrix – Neo Gets Bugged

There isn’t much that hasn’t been said about the sci-fi action masterpiece that is The Matrix. Widely regarded as the Wachowskis’ best film, it’s also one of the most parodied movies of all time, has managed to stay relevant in popular culture for nearly two decades.

While most moviegoers recall the stylish action sequences and cyberpunk aesthetics, there are actually quite a few moments of extreme terror and even body-horror in The Matrix. The revelation of what the Machines have done to mankind is horrifying in its own right, but the Wachowskis take things a step further with one nightmare-inducing scene in particular.

Having been captured by agents, our iconic protagonist undergoes a twisted form of interrogation as his mouth melts away and he’s quite literally (not to mention painfully) bugged by the antagonists with a living tracking device. This scene is traumatizing enough on its own, but it’s complemented later on as our heroes are forced to remove the “bug” in an equally brutal fashion.


Robocop – Toxic Waste Scene

By now we’re all aware that legendary director Paul Verhoeven doesn’t shy away from violence in his filmography. Robocop is no exception, despite having been a big part of any post-80s childhood. While the movie is brutal enough on its own, there is one particular scene that stands out amidst this violent satire.

During a climactic confrontation at the old steel mill, Robocop faces off against one of the henchmen that originally murdered him. The encounter doesn’t end well for the miscreant, as he crashes into a convenient vat of toxic waste, meeting a gruesome demise as he devolves into a gelatinous mass.

It’s the kind of movie moment that must be seen to be believed.


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – Heart Surgery

The Indiana Jones franchise is fondly remembered by several generations of moviegoers, containing some of the most iconic imagery in the history of film. While some consider these to be excellent family movies (and they are, for the most part), Spielberg and Lucas often make a point of focusing on some of the darker aspects of Indy’s adventures.

I’m certain that face-melting Nazis were the source of many childhood nightmares since the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but it’s Indy’s second adventure that really ventured into horror territory. Supernatural death cults, ritual sacrifice, and child slavery made this the darkest of the Indiana Jones movies despite the PG-13 rating.

In a particularly grueling scene, we’re introduced to High Priest Mola Ram’s Thuggee ritual, where he removes the hearts of his victims with his bare hands, before throwing them into a scenic pit of lava. Why even bother making movies if you’re not going to scar your younger viewers for life, right?


King Kong – Spider Pit Redux

Before he became the visionary behind the Lord of the Rings movie franchise and its prequels, Peter Jackson was a horror nut just like you and me. His love for Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong was partially responsible for his filmmaking career, so it’s only natural that he’d be the one to helm the 2005 remake.

Following in Cooper’s footsteps, he even recreated the infamous Spider Pit sequence that was lost from the original film. However, Jackson’s version manages to be a lot more intense, in part due to Weta Workshop’s phenomenal effects work. Seeing those poor men get devoured by giant insects/arachnids isn’t for the faint of heart. Even fan-favorite Andy Serkis meets a particularly cruel end at the hands (well, mouths) of carnivorous worm-like creatures.


Spider-Man 2 – Birth of Doc Ock

It’s nearly impossible for Sam Raimi to be involved in a production and not leave some of his horror fingerprints behind, and that’s certainly the case with what might very well be the best Marvel movie so far, Spider-Man 2. While the first film boasted Willem Dafoe’s terrifying performance as the Green Goblin, Raimi took things to the next level with the introduction of the sequel’s antagonist.

On paper, Doctor Octopus doesn’t exactly sound like Spider-Man’s most menacing villain, especially when played by an actor as charismatic as Alfred Molina. However, looks can be deceiving, as Raimi pays homage to his own Evil Dead films in one of my favorite sequences in this already spectacular movie.

Having been in a terrible accident, Doctor Otto Octavius lies dormant on an operating table as surgeons prepare to remove his mechanical arms. Unfortunately, the semi-sentient tentacles don’t like the idea of being separated from their creator, and a ruthless massacre ensues. Not even surgical chainsaws can stop these monstrosities, and we’re treated to an unexpectedly thrilling scene.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – That Darth Vader Scene

Star Wars most definitely isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of horrific moments in film, but that’s just a matter of perspective. Anyone on the receiving end of Darth Vader’s lightsaber would probably view him as the space-wizard equivalent of Michael Myers, and Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first film in the franchise to truly deliver on that front.

Regardless of what you thought of the rest of the film, I think we can all agree that the final sequence, featuring Vader plowing through terrified rebel soldiers like Jason Voorhees on vacation, is the closest we’ll ever get to a slasher film set in the Star Wars universe. And boy, were those few minutes worth the wait.



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  • In my opinion, this was one of the scariest scenes I’ve seen in a non horror movie, because Imhotep’s face is so scary:
    https://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/mummy-flies.gif?w=650

    • MODOK

      That looks familiar..what’s that from? A Mummy movie?

      As far as my pick for a horrifying scene, I’ll go with the scene in the animated film The Mouse and His Child where a toy donkey gets disassembled by rats as he pleads and screams for his life. In a children’s movie!! Holy fuck that was disturbing to me as a little kid.

  • Simon Allen

    All of Rouge One was pretty horrific .

    • Creepshow

      A woman sitting in back of me never got to find that out. Because she was snoring for the entire second half of the movie. That fucking movie felt like it was 3 hrs long.

      • Simon Allen

        LOL …she had the right idea !
        The only saving grace was (SPOILER ALERT) we will probably never see any of the terrible characters again .

        • Creepshow

          We will still have the mongoloid CGI ones. Yay!

          • Simon Allen

            Oh dear, now i’m haunted 🙁 .

    • Orwellianson

      Your spelling errors and complete stupidity are far more horrifying…

      • Simon Allen

        Uh…it was deliberate so you can stop clutching your pearls now .

        • Orwellianson

          Riiiiight… you’re a twat.

          • Simon Allen

            Thanks for that you sad 12 year old Star Wars fanboy

          • Orwellianson

            Not a fanboy, dipshit. You’re just a Fat, petulant cowardly troll onlinwbbut we all know you’re a sobbing coaward in real life.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f46658a7746330c9c0bd7be30ddd90161409a418d522baa130cd09a31ba3349.jpg

          • sTikInsEkT

            stop attacking people ‘daddy’ you got kids and act like one

          • Orwellianson

            @sTikInsEkT- shut the fuck up, Troll. You’re less than the shit falling out of your ass.

          • sTikInsEkT

            i feel bad for ur kid

          • Orwellianson

            I feel bad for your pathetic existence; your parents must regret not aborting your Afrikaans ass.

          • sTikInsEkT

            how can u deport me when im home. i am not usa citizen. also your kid needs better father not some keyboard warrior

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Bro- just drop your shit. You’re not going to win. Get off the net and go hunting for impala, ‘Kay?

          • sTikInsEkT

            are you him on another account?

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Nah but you’re definitely a weirdo with too much time on his hands.

          • sTikInsEkT

            funny you didnt start posting til now seen your post count and you’re both collectors of DVDs …

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Everyone who is on this board collects movies; it’s not a rare demographic, asshole. Why are you here? Just to troll the comment sections? Grow up.

          • sTikInsEkT

            and you just joined to comment to me. You are him.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Nah- you’re delusional and have a persecution complex. Go back to fucking your goats, tar baby.

          • sTikInsEkT

            you are talking as 2 people you are the crazy

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Stikinsekt- you’re a crazy fool, saying the shit you do. Quit bugging people you don’t know, it’s embarrassing.

          • sTikInsEkT

            why dont you look into his post history? he’s been insulting people, being racist, discriminating disabled people, picking on people he doesn’t know, why are you defending him for? have you seen his post history??

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Too Long; Didn’t Read.

          • sTikInsEkT

            well that is why you screwed up by picking on me without seeing why first, its a mind your own business moment eh? the guy attacked me first

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Nah- seems to me you’re the instigator in this case. You can’t debate or argue worth spit…

          • sTikInsEkT

            look at his post history or STFU and see 100+ others he is attacking.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Nah- you’re the one who started attacking strangers online. You should be banned from the internet and thrown back into the streets, kiddo.

          • sTikInsEkT

            both you and him say kiddo you are him!!!

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Dude- calm your tits; you’re acting like a complete dick, simon.

          • Simon Allen

            Who appointed you Judge Judy and executioner .
            I really don’t give a fuck what you think of me mate .

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Grow up, neck beard. No wonder you’re so weak and pathetic…

          • Simon Allen

            See previous comment Asshat .

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            The only asshat I see here is you, cupcake.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            The only asshole round here is you, dude. You spill shit but lack the brains to clean it up. Pathetic.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            You’re a really sad, stupid man…

        • sTikInsEkT

          dont worry if he causes you trouble i’ll destroy him

          • Orwellianson

            Lol- you insecure dirt licker; add delusional to your list of offenses…

          • Simon Allen

            He ain’t worth it ….he’ll destroy himself eventually .

          • SoylentGreenGrinner
          • sTikInsEkT

            why don’t you look through his post history? then you can see why I am angry instead of defending a stranger. I’m hoping you caught the tail end of this and thought it was the other way around. I hope after you see his posts you’ll see why.. unless you are one of his biased freaks who hangs around with him, in that case it is irrelevant , you’d defend him even if he was a convicted pedo in that case.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            You talk too much and know very little. You’re truly pathetic and your observations are shallow at best. Just shut up already, you troll.

          • sTikInsEkT

            what troll? have you seen his post history? he is the troll. look at his damn history all hes been doing is insulting people. he is the pathetic shallow one as I said he discriminate disabilities and racism.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            The only troll I see here is you, cupcake.

          • sTikInsEkT

            you and him have the same typing style, funny, eh? and you only started posting to defend him. YOU ARE HIM the dude not got friends hahahaha

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            You’re clearly insane and deluded all the same. Go back to your mud hut, tar baby.

          • sTikInsEkT

            you are insane signing up with 2 accounts to follow me around

    • SoylentGreenGrinner

      I thought it was a pretty fun flick; why do you hate to have fun?

  • Vincent Kane
    • lonestarr357

      In that vein, the alien observer revealing his true form in The Forgotten.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      This absolutely should be #1

  • Horrormikfl

    Yeah, those horrific movies that blow past a billion dollars. Obviously no one likes them.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    The rear view mirror scene in “Kingpin” should make this list for sure

    • Orwellianson

      Finally something we can agree with… I love Lin Shay.

  • sliceanddice

    you guys run this article ever six months.

  • Christopher Martinez

    I would add the Doc Brown’s toon death in Who Framed Roger Rabbit….that entire scene wigged me out so bad as a kid. I still have weird reservations about watching that movie now as an adult. Not sure if it was the eyes or how he melted. Bleh all of it…no thanks.

    • Orwellianson

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d84cdb70a8bd510c98c4a789164083dc23abbe102e19b472c93b54df0f0240b4.jpg

      “Remember me, Eddie? When I killed your brother, I talked JUST LIKE THIS!”

      Judge Doom… what a character! What a villain! WHAT A PERFORMANCE!

      • sTikInsEkT

        michael berryman is cool but your posts R not

        • Orwellianson

          Your posts and sheer lack of critical thinking definitely suggest you’re an invalid retard with delusions of grandeur, cupcake.

          • sTikInsEkT

            u posted berry hes cool actor u seem like cunt fom ur posts

          • Orwellianson

            You spell like a retarded epiliptic; fuck yourself with glass, you bald headed scrotum licker.

          • sTikInsEkT

            u posted michael berryman there u go majesty

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            He was referring to Christopher Lloyd, you invalid Retard.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            That picture is of Christopher Lloyd as judge doom from Roger Rabbit, you weirdo. Are you really that stupid?

          • sTikInsEkT

            yep because stupid people don’t watch a movie called Roger Rabbit…

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            You said the picture was of John berryman earlier; good grief, you’re a fuckin’ lunatic.

          • sTikInsEkT

            it looked like him, i dont watch kids cartoon movies..

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Then why are you in this comment section? Just to troll? Roger Rabbit was for youngsters and adults; you’re just a sorehead and an uneducated, insecure jackass. Just leave; no one cares about you, Troll.

          • sTikInsEkT

            1. this post is about 6 movies, not about Roger the Rabbit.
            2. You are the ‘Troll’ by not doing your research before digging into me, and not looking at why this fight started to begin with, and digging your nose into BS that doesn’t involve you.
            3. ‘Troll’ that is the word the other guy throws around a lot. You ARE him. Sad sad man.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            You’re clearly stupid, insecure and insane. No wonder everyone thinks you’re crazy.

          • sTikInsEkT

            you are him dumbass

          • sTikInsEkT

            im uneducated because I don’t study cartoon rabbit movies.. right.. and i’m insecure when I actually show my face here, and you have a picture of a cartoon hooded monk with a Jewish candle stick for a face.. Ok.. and I’m a troll yet you start attacking someone you don’t know in a conversation that didn’t involve you.. right.. and i’m a sorehead jackass yet you could have just ignored the argument you saw instead of being apart of it.. yep

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            It’s an illustration from my work, dipshit.

            Good god Lucifer; you’re sorely delusional.

            Go back to your hut, mud baby.

          • sTikInsEkT

            it aint your work its from some game called shovel knight

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            All you’ve been doing is bitch and bitch and bitch; I guess that’s all you’re good at; while you’re at it- make me a sandwich, Bitch.

          • sTikInsEkT

            you ae that other guy how sad

          • sTikInsEkT

            ‘Troll’ you have a site full of 4chan memes:
            http://s285.photobucket.com/user/soylentgreengrinner/library/?sort=3&page=27
            a site used by anonymous trolls to post random BS of hatred and disgust content (also in the blog is a slew of random, non-cateogrized random shit which shows how your brain works it is all over the place from main stream super hero films, to random asian models in pokemon outfits, to animal abuse photos, to 1940s propaganda art, to youtube celebrities like what the hell?)

            http://s285.photobucket.com/user/soylentgreengrinner/media/CIMG7653.jpg.html?sort=3&o=913
            then you have a photo of a little child, pedo much?

            http://s285.photobucket.com/user/soylentgreengrinner/media/100909_222516.jpg.html?sort=3&o=237
            Insecure ? got a photo of you in a cheap mask with your hair all sticking out the side, but none of your face

            http://s285.photobucket.com/user/soylentgreengrinner/media/eternalwinslet.jpg.html?sort=3&o=530
            and a picture of some teen emo couple in bed together ya cuck

            ‘OWN3D’ as one of your 4chan gifs would say.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            You talk too much about things you know nothing about, typical nonsense coming from you, Mud baby.

          • sTikInsEkT

            same insults over and over

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            You’re trying much too hard, you even fail to be edgy and relevant. Pathetic.

          • sTikInsEkT

            funny your name changes that photobucket is you it has lal the stuff you like in there

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Also- I don’t use Photobucket, you dumbass. You certainly like to post complete nonsense it would seem. So sad. You need meds.

          • sTikInsEkT

            now your name changes llol

          • sTikInsEkT

            wait who the Hell is John berryman? his name is Michael Berryman you nonse

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Whatever; you’re still a mudbaby and a deluded hack.

          • sTikInsEkT

            it looks like M Berryman to me, with knives photoshopped on his eyes. You’re pretty sad to have seen that Bugs the Rabbit film at your age.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Your comebacks are weaker than the ejaculate you pump into your mommy’s face on a nightly basis, dumbass.

          • sTikInsEkT

            your comebacks are like a 5 year old kid mommy jokes how pathetic doesnt even deserve a comeback

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Dude- you’re such a ugly troll. Bugger off with your stupidity.

          • sTikInsEkT

            look at that guys post history you dumbass before you reply to me, stop defending an assohle

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            I’ll defend whoever I want; although- you’re the complete ignorant asshole it would seem.

          • sTikInsEkT

            read his post history and tell me what he is.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            He was in the right; you’re just a spiteful jerk who thinks he shits gold bars. Please- you’re clearly insane.

          • sTikInsEkT

            You are him. You must be insane if you have read his post history and think he is worth defending. GTFO defending racist people who discriminate people with disabilities and homo phobic.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Big words coming you; an insecure troll who uses buzzwords and other nonsense because you disagree with them. You’re completely disgusting.

          • sTikInsEkT

            you are that guy hahahahahaha owned

          • sTikInsEkT

            https://disqus.com/by/Orwellianson/ <– read those posts.
            This someone you want to defend? there's a reason why i'm attacking him, hes not some innocent bystander LOOK at his post history from past months he is being a total douche

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            You’re just a weirdo with too much time on his hands. Grow up and get off the Internet; you’re a sore loser and an asshole.

          • sTikInsEkT

            look at his history tell me who the ‘loser’ and ‘asshole’ is, you picked the wrong side

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Anyone who “sides” with you is doomed to fail, sTikInsEkT… you’re a sad, stupid man.

          • sTikInsEkT

            and you side with someone who says “Autistic Retard” or “Nigga” or calls people “Gay” etc etc

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            You’re clearly stupider than previously realized. Do the human species a favour and don’t ever breed. You’re clearly less than the shit falling out of your ass b

          • sTikInsEkT

            1. you would be stupid for siding with someone who insults people for the way they were born which clearly means they can’t help it
            2. you sined up with 2 accounts talking as 2 people you are weirdo

  • Carl Chrystan

    The ending scenes in ‘Requiem for a Dream’?
    Village scene in ‘Come and See’?
    Bathtub scene in ‘Visitor Q’?
    Witches head scene in ‘Return to Oz?’
    Joe Pesci’s demise in ‘Casino’?
    Pretty much all of ‘Aftermath’ (1994)?
    And I count ‘Silence of the Lambs’ as a thriller, and ‘Antichrist’ as an art drama film. Awaiting disagreement.

  • SpacemanSpliffz

    how this missed the list is absolutely beyond me:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d45efd62fa96f113131fc88277d7a1849dc69470e3b6fcb6e2c2eb51425f5e41.png

    this gave me nightmares as a kid. also, this flick is both amazing and super weird on mushrooms

    • Orwellianson

      Don’t forget INJUN JOE clawing at the elevator’s doors…

      • sTikInsEkT

        i noticed u sneakily defended that cartoon fan , so what is your deal?

        • Orwellianson

          What the Fuck are you talking about?

          • sTikInsEkT

            you liked some dumbass samurai jack picture

          • Orwellianson

            What the flying fuck are you talking about?

          • Orwellianson

            I think you’re smoking too much reefer, dude.

            Lay off the twack…

          • sTikInsEkT

            you liked some douchbags comment about samurai jack in tales cyrpt thread sneakily which was offtopic

          • Orwellianson

            Liking a Gif on another thread that didn’t involve you, kiddo. Grow the fuck up and fuck off, you insecure shit stain.

          • sTikInsEkT

            it did involve me it was a reply to me white boi

          • Orwellianson

            Lol- You’re such a whiny little bitch.

          • sTikInsEkT

            it involved me sneakily liked it, didnt comment

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            You’re a racist prick. @sTikInEkT

          • sTikInsEkT

            it was retaliation of his use of nigga, you’re too dumb to look through his post history.

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            Go screw yourself, you ignorant mud baby.

          • sTikInsEkT

            you just admitted being ignorant by saying “nah too long” on his post history

          • SoylentGreenGrinner

            No- your dull and lifeless comments are too long. If you can’t explain yourself simply, you certainly don’t know anything at all. You’re truly pathetic.

          • sTikInsEkT

            read his posts and tell me he is worth defending .

  • Josamaroo

    My favorite non-horror horror scene is the end of Bedknobs and Broomsticks when Angela Lansbury’s character, who’s a witch, makes an entire army out of Renaissance-era full body uniforms with no humans inside and they float around while destroying the Nazi’s. I loved this part as a kid but it is pretty frightening. Plus the whole movie 300 is gory as hell, but probably the most famous scene from any non-horror movie is the beginning segment of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket. Ok it starts out as a comedy with R. Lee Army’s character but the slow demise of Vincent Dinafrio is very chilling to say the least. Also how in the heck did Jurassic Park not make this list?

  • Bryant Low

    I nominate the disappearing body-parts sequence in ‘LOOPER’.

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