hotdog’s top 5 scariest movie moments
5. Hellraiser (1987).
Scene: Kirsty Cotton’s first encounter with the Cenobites and their leader, Pinhead. The first time I saw this movie I felt sick I was so scared.
4. Alien (1979).
Scene: Everyone knows this – the epic Chestburst sequence . John Hurt is cracking as the “about-to-explode” Kane.
3. The Beyond (1981).
Scene: The whole of Fulci’s film is aching with chronic dread but the final scenes where our heroes discover the emptiness of hell itself are pure terror. The pre-credits sequence in which a ‘warlock’ painter is melted with quicklime by an angry mob deserves attention too.
2. Halloween (1978).
Scene: The entire movie is an exercise in fright. Warrants inclusion here for the classic eerie score if nothing else. however the scariest shots are those just before the closing credits – and Michael “I have just been shot six times, even in the heart” Myers is nowhere to be seen!
1. The Changeling (1981).
Scene: The attic scene, in particular, when the hand-built wheelchair starts to move in George C Scott’s direction……
I have just realised that 4 out of the 5 were all made between 1978 and 1981…..obviously the era for my kind of horror.