What's the scariest moment in a film?

Absolutely stunning film, on all sorts of levels

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The biggest impact and the most scared I have ever been watching any film was probably affected by my age at the time, then again, it is a film that has stood the test of time and I still feel it is one of the best films ever made.

…and that film is The Exorcist, which I saw when I was about 11 or 12. There is a lot of impending dread in the build up which is superbly crafted. You get a real sense of evil and something very powerful brewing. It helps that the film holds off for a while and builds to such a powerful moment and then the film just keeps upping those gears.

The moment Regan’s voice breaks for the first time is the moment that utterly horrified me. I understood immediately that she had been taken over and recoiled in shock. The film does get a lot more graphic and nasty, but that moment was the one that made me so afraid. I didn’t sleep that night and left the light on all night. No film has ever made me afraid to sleep like that.

Upon revisiting the film over the decades I can watch it comfortably now after being exposed to much more graphic horror and I love the genre, but that one moment I will never forget for just how scared it made me.

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I watched this as a kid in the late 80s. I remember thinking “This is mad as fuck!”. Love that scene. Brilliant film.

I just went and watched it again!

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The subway scene in Possession

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Agree with this. Genuinely fucked me up for a few days I think.

My mum talks about reacting the same way as you did when she first watched it, probably at the same age

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When the head falls out the boat in Jaws.

7 year old casinobay didn’t like that one little bit!!

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The scene that chilled me to my core when I first saw it and still has the same effect.
It’s in Lake Mungo.

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Spooky children in films always mess me up - the corridor scene in the orphanage did me proper.

like the entire first half an hour of Return To Oz

the sick fucks added in Dorothy almost getting, I cannot stress this enough, fucking lobotomised! And removed the objectively best bit of the book where the hitherto presumed male protagonist gets magically gender swapped as a reward for the quest. And those wheelers are total nightmare fuel.

Actually the rock king at the end is frightening as fuck as well. A children’s film that should never be shown to kids.

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I recommend Who Can Kill A Child? in that case

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The trash man from Mulholland Drive, or like several moments from FWWM

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Leland screaming in the car on the hot day gets very unnerving very quickly :smiley:

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Some great suggestions so far

This shits me up

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Absolutely genius use of the power of suggestion that scene

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Also Session 9 when Josh Lucas’ character is in the hospital wing alone at night

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I’m more or less fine with chestmouths and headspiders but the bit in The Thing that distresses me most is when the creature attacks the dogs. Horrible.

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Just watched The Descent for the first time and was disappointed to not find it very scary. Good film tho

LOVE that film