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Do You Remember Bravo’s Awesome “100 Scariest Movie Moments” Special?

They pushed the boundaries. They make us scream. And jump out of our seats.”

I’ve been a horror fan my entire life – I have childhood photos of me walking around in a Freddy mask to prove it – but it wasn’t until my teenage years that I began digging deep into the genre. Sure, I loved all the wackiness and effects on display in the Nightmare on Elm Street films as a kid, but it’s when you get a little older that you start seeking out new movies, learning more about the history of the genre, and really developing your own set of tastes. It was in 2008 that I began writing about horror movies, but prior to that I spent many years researching and learning.

And in 2004, at the age of 18, Bravo (go figure!) provided me with a wealth of knowledge.

Premiering on October 26th of that year, the five-part miniseries “The 100 Scariest Movie Moments” counted down the most terrifying scenes in the history of horror, as chosen by a handful of experts that included Fangoria’s Anthony Timpone. Genre actors, directors, and fans were brought in to talk about the clips as they were played; the impressive roster of “talking heads” included Stephen King, George Romero, Wes Craven, Bruce Campbell, Rob Zombie, Eli Roth, and Leonard Maltin. Their insights served to dig into precisely WHY those scenes were so scary.

As a burgeoning horror nut at the time, I took to Bravo’s “100 Scariest Movie Moments” like a cat takes to catnip, and I remember recording the entire series on VHS tapes and watching them over and over again. I credit Bravo for introducing me to gems like Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, Peeping Tom, Don’t Look Now, and Audition, and seeing some of my favorite genre personalities talking about their favorite horror movies was just such a treat for me. There was really nothing else like it at the time, and even 12 years later, it remains one of the most must-watch horror docs out there.

The scariest movie moment of all time? Chrissie’s ill-fated midnight swim from Jaws, which beat out Top 5 moments from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Psycho, The Exorcist, and Alien.

Unfortunately, “100 Scariest Movie Moments” has never been released on home video, but the whole thing can be watched over on YouTube. Get started with the playlist below!


16 Comments
  • Loved watching it, too, and wish some network would air it in October each year. But YouTube is a good alternative. Maybe an updated version is due?

  • Josamaroo

    If they made an updated list, The Witch would be close to the top. Probably when the goat rams the dad or when he speaks for the first time. Also IT Follows when that giant dude comes barreling through the door of the girls upstairs bedroom. The scariest of all the newer movies is Don’t Breathe and the part where the blind girl ties-up the girl and is going to impregnate her with a turkey baster. WTF

  • William Robinson

    There was a follow up special to this called 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments

  • Graham

    I watched this special years ago. I’d love to see an updated take on it, seeing as how it’s been well over a decade.

  • Brian McNatt

    Ooh, I remember seeing this on TV. Awesome times. If they ever made an updated version of this, I’d vote for the Lawnmower scene from Sinister.

  • Creepshow

    I remember the “100 Greatest Horror Movies”. I think it was a 4 parter of 1hr episodes on Bravo. It had a bunch of people, including Rob Zombie, Eli Roth, and many others talking about each movie in the countdown. This show led me to go out and rent a BUNCH of flicks that I hadn’t seen before.

  • Ima Badlady

    Heh heh… I have the whole thing taped on VHS. I always really liked the creepy music they played in the background. Plus hearing Guillermo Del Toro talk about The Thing always makes me happy.

  • I loved this special and have watched it many times. They need to come up with an updated version… one without Rob Zombie’s input preferably.

    • Fracassi

      To be fair, if this is the same series I think it is, Rob Zombie introduced me to “Audition”.

    • Brandon Foley

      Lol “I don’t like Rob Zombie therefore he doesn’t get input”

  • Astro Zombie

    Loved these specials. Wish they would do more like them.

  • Fracassi

    Tony Todd speaks on “The Birds” segment – I see what they did there.

  • MacReady

    Couldn’t agree more. Bravo used to show them every October around Halloween and I would watch them every year. I don’t recall seeing them for a couple years though.
    They definitely have enough new horror movies over the last decade or so to make another list of 20-30, or hopefully more.

  • I Am Colossus

    i still watch it on halloween on youtube every year…….great conversation starters

  • this is what started my love affair with Bravo.

  • Adrian Karpiński

    Mulholland Drive – Diner Scene! Best!

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