Earlier this year, Trace wrote up a great selection of some of cinema’s scariest moments in non-horror movies. The piece collected several scenes that scared Trace and, frankly, I can completely understand why. Judge Doom is a creepy son of a bitch and the face melting scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark? Yeah, that gave me nightmares for MONTHS as a kid!
Since Trace offered his picks, I thought I’d come in with a few of mine to see if you all relate to them as much as you related to his! So, let’s get to it!
Requiem for a Dream – “Feed me, Sara”
I personally feel that this movie is absolutely a horror film. While it doesn’t have a monster or specific villain, per say, it does tackle the horror of addiction and how it can absolutely destroy lives in the most terrifying ways imaginable.
The below scene comes when Ellen Burstyn’s character is in the midst of a complete hallucinatory breakdown and her world is crashing all around her. It’s the beginning of the end and it’s all because of her desire to fit into a red dress. Such a little thing became an obsession and destroyed her life. I honestly don’t remember a movie that punched me in the gut quite like Requiem For a Dream. I do know that I never need to see it again.
Krull – That Fucking Spider
I know I’ve made it clear here before but just in case you didn’t know I fucking hate spiders! These little bastards, with their spindly legs and their freaky fangs, can just piss right off and never come back, for all I care.
This fear has been with me ever since I was a very, very young child, so imagine my revulsion and horror when I was watching the incredible fantasy film Krull and the below scene occurred. it was years before I could watch the movie again and even then I had to cover my eyes during this scene. Just finding it to embed it for all of you gave me the shivers.
Gravity – Debris
We covered Gravity pretty extensively on here but I’ll be the first one to admit that it’s not really a horror film. Is it one of the most tense and anxiety-provoking movies in recent memory? Absolutely. And the below scene, where all the debris from the destroyed satellites comes flying at (and through) our main characters, really nails down that sense of helplessness and terror. After all, even if they escape that swarm of machinery, where can they go? They’re in freaking outer space!
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – Large Marge
I’m sorry, I thought this was a kid’s movie and not a damn HORROR STORY ‘ROUND THE CAMPFIRE URBAN LEGEND FREAKSHOW!
Tim Burton’s first feature-length film was a sign of the surreal and almost magical style that he would bring to titles such as Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice. It was also a sign that he absolutely loved horror and darker, more gothic elements. When parents took their children to see this movie, I doubt they were expecting the titular character to run into a ghost whose face goes all “oogedy boogedy” for spooky effect.
Say what you want but any kid that saw that movie will never, ever forget Large Marge.
Return to Oz – Princess Mombi
In one sequel, we went from “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to “Sometimes I Get Electroshock Therapy”. Seriously though, how twisted and demented was Return to Oz, the sequel to the timeless classic Wizard of Oz? It’s a rather delightful fantasy film that isn’t a musical like its predecessor but boy did it go dark!
There is perhaps no greater example of how freaky this movie got than Princess Mombi and her hall of interchangeable heads. Even the Wheelers had nothing on this scene, which shows cases of heads all screaming at Dorothy after she steals the powder of life. And to take it over the top, that head that’s guarding the powder is Jean Marsh, who played Bavmorda in Willow, another unsettling and evil character.