I’m a big fan of The Birthday Massacre, just getting that out there. With their shameless use of synths, infectious songs and, pardon my chauvinism, a smoking hot singer, what is there to dislike about this band? Well, they have an EP about to come out called Imaginary Monsters (review here) and to hype up the release, BD Music is thrilled to announce not one, not two but five days of The Birthday Massacre Top 10 lists! Check back each day for a different member’s list!
1. Hellraiser (1987)
A truly classic scene is the arrival of Pinhead and The Cenobites. They aren’t formally introduced until over an hour into the film but, the scene where they finally reveal themselves is beyond iconic.
2. Ju-on (2003)
Both Ju-on and Ju-on 2 are filled with hair-raising moments involving the croaking, slithering Kayoko and her creepy blue son Toshio. There are so many amazingly surreal and horrifying scenes, I can’t pick a favorite. They’re all great.
3. Alien (1979)
The ‘chestburster’ scene is another obvious classic. I was really young when I first saw this movie so, it really scared me. I was horrified and fascinated by it. It’s a near perfect combination of killer special effects and great acting. What makes the scene all the more jarring is the fact that it comes at a time in the film when things are starting to calm down and come together for the crew.
4. The Thing (1982)
This entire movie is fantastic but, the scene that really shocked me was the one where Dr. Cooper attempts to revive Norris with a defibrillator and, because he’s inhabited by ‘the Thing’, Norris’ chest caves in and Cooper’s arms are ripped off. The scene gets even weirder when MacReady then uses the flame thrower on the creature. Those visual FX were filmed about thirty years ago, and the footage still holds up today!
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
I remember Kirks death scene catching me totally off guard. The scene where Kirk stumbles through a doorway and comes face to face with Leatherface. It’s a relatively short scene and doesn’t contain much gore but, the shock factor was so high, it made a lasting impression on me. I think there are other more visually iconic scenes in the movie but… I love that scene because it sets the rest of the movie reeling into a nightmarish downward spiral.
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
I think the ‘bathtub scene’ is a pretty iconic horror movie moment. Nancy’s innocence is totally corrupted by the placement of the gloved hand between her legs. She’s in a private and typically safe place, yet Krueger manages to grab her from the brink of sleep and pull her down into his world. Awesome.
7. Ringu (1998)
I think the shot of Samara crawling out of the television is one of the coolest horror movie images of the past decade. Despite the fact that this kind of “evil portal/gateway” thing has been done before in movies like ‘Poltergeist’, and ‘Videodrome’, I think this scene is undeniably horrifying.
8. Braindead (1992)
I’ll always fondly remember the scene in which Lionel freaks out and starts hacking apart hundreds of Zombies with a lawn mower. The final wide shot of the insane aftermath is totally gruesome and hilarious.
9. Rec (2007)
I think the final scene in Rec is one of the most tense and terrifying horror movie ending sequences I’ve seen in recent years. The suspense is overwhelming. It’s a fantastic ending to a great film.
10. Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
I’ve always been a fan of George A. Romero’s 1978 original but I gotta say… I loved the remake. The first ‘zombie scene’ when the neighborhood child enters Ana’s bedroom and kills her husband (who immediately reanimates as a zombie and attacks her) is a classic. My favorite shots in the movie are the ones where Ana is fleeing her chaotic zombie infested neighborhood in her car. Fun stuff.