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In 2004, Bravo counted down the 100 Scariest Movie Moments. The list had a fairly even mix of movies from different periods and sub-genres, including the silent screamers, the Universal monster movies, Italian giallo, slasher pics and even Asian horror. Moreover, the list included a few movies outside the horror genre because they contained classic examples of Nightmare Fuel. The list is as follows (spoilers abound):

  • 100. 28 Days Later: The scene where Jim has just met Selena and Mark, and a zombie person who's been infected suddenly bursts in from outside and attacks.
  • 99. Creepshow: Heartless business tycoon Upson Pratt dies, and suddenly thousands of cockroaches burst out of his body.
  • 98. Zombi: Paola is pulled towards a splinter, which eventually goes through her eye.
  • 97. Cat People: Alice is walking to the bus stop in the dark, and hears footsteps behind her. She stops, and they stop. She picks up the pace and hears the footsteps chasing her. Just as she gets to the bus stop, the bus arrives scaring the wits out of her.
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  • 96. The Birds: Melanie hides inside a phone booth as seagulls massacre the people outside, and it cuts to a literal birds-eye view of the carnage.
  • 95. Jurassic Park: The scene where Lex and Tim are trapped in the kitchen with the raptors hunting them.
  • 94. Pacific Heights: Patty comes back only to find Carter Hayes waiting for her.
  • 93. Child's Play: Andy's mom threatening to throw Chucky into the fireplace, at which point he comes to life and attacks her.
  • 92. Village of the Damned (1960): Gordon puts up a mental brick wall to cover up his plan to suicide bomb the children, and they all try to break it down.
  • 91. Shallow Grave: Juliet, David, and Alex having to bury and dismember their dead roommate in the woods.
  • 90. The Night of the Hunter: Harry Powell terrorizing the children about the location of the heist money.
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  • 89. Alice, Sweet Alice: Karen looks for Alice in a big and creepy abandoned warehouse, only to have her jump out wearing a mask.
  • 88. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956): Miles kisses Becky, and discovers she's now one of them.
  • 87. Black Christmas (1974): Clare being suffocated to death with plastic wrap and her body being propped up against the window.
  • 86. The Wizard of Oz: The flying monkeys. Also the Wicked Witch of the West in general.
  • 85. Blood and Black Lace: Isabella is attacked by the killer out of total darkness.
  • 84. Blue Velvet: Frank first appears, huffing God-knows-what, and rapes Dorothy Vallens, while repeatedly saying "Mommy! Baby wants to fuuuuck!"
  • 83. The Others: Grace finds her daughter apparently possessed by the eponymous "spirits".
  • 82. The Terminator: The now legless cyborg tries to grab Sarah through a grating.
  • 81. The Howling: Terry goes investigating the colony, and is greeted by the thought-dead Eddie Quist in werewolf form.
  • 80. Poltergeist: Robbie gets attacked by the already creepy looking clown doll.
  • 79. Dracula (1931): Renfield first meets the title character, and sees him walk through spider-webs...without disturbing them.
  • 78. The Brood: Nola licking the blood off of one her rage-babies.
  • 77. Signs: The first time we see the alien appear on-screen.
  • 76. The Evil Dead (1981): Tree rape. Also the scene where Ash gets covered in blood by the burst pipe in the cellar.
  • 75. Candyman: The Candyman opening his coat, revealing he's covered in bees, with the bees coming out of his mouth as he kisses Helen.
  • 74. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory: The tunnel of nightmares.
  • 73. Blood Simple..: Abby stabbing Visser in the hand.
  • 72. Them!: The main characters see one of the ants coming out of its nest and it has a human rib-cage in its jaws.
  • 71. The Sixth Sense: Cole meets the little dead girl.
  • 70. The Stepfather: Stephanie walks in on Jerry having a meltdown.
  • 69. Re-Animator: Head giving head.
  • 68. The Black Cat: Dr. Werdegast flays Poelzig alive.
  • 67. Duel: The trucker tries to force David onto the railroad tracks.
  • 66. The Tenant: Trelkovsky finds a tooth in a wall.
  • 65. Marathon Man: "Is it safe?"
  • 64. Near Dark: Severen terrorizes a bartender.
  • 63. Deliverance: Redneck rape (aka "Squeal like a pig!")
  • 62. The Wolf Man (1941): The transformation sequence, and Gwen running into the now werewolf Talbot who attempts to strangle her to death.
  • 61. The Devil's Backbone: Jacinto explores the basement, and feels the dead boy's presence.
  • 60. The Beyond: A possessed girl gets her head blown off.
  • 59. Fatal Attraction: Alex, seemingly dead, bursts out of the bathtub
  • 58. Cujo: Donna and her son are attacked by the eponymous dog while inside a car.
  • 57. House of Wax (1953): Sue tries to fight back against Professor Jarrod, and knocks his mask off.
  • 56. Single White Female: Allie sees Hedy come down the stairs with the same exact hairdo as her.
  • 55. The Vanishing: Buried alive.
  • 54. The Changeling: John tosses his dead daughter's ball into the river, then comes back home, and sees the same ball fall down the stairs.
  • 53. Demons: The crowd witness a victim turning into a demon.
  • 52. The Phantom of the Opera (1925): The famous unmasking scene.
  • 51. The Dead Zone: The deputy commits suicide with scissors.
  • 50. The Last House on the Left: The murder of Phyllis.
  • 49. Les Diaboliques: Christina sees her supposedly dead husband emerge from the bathtub, and drops dead of a heart attack.
  • 48. The Thing (1982): The blood-testing scene.
  • 47. Nosferatu: Orlock rising from his coffin.
  • 46. The Sentinel: Alison follows a barely seen intruder, and it's her dead father.
  • 45. The Wicker Man (1973): Sergeant Howie is led into the eponymous structure, which is then set ablaze.
  • 44. The Game: Nicholas comes home, and finds a clown dummy in the same exact position as his father was found dead in.
  • 43. It's Alive: The opening birth scene.
  • 42. An American Werewolf in London: The transformation sequence. Well-made for its time.
  • 41. The Hills Have Eyes (1977): Mars and Pluto invade the camper, kidnap the baby, and kill Ethel and Lynne
  • 40. Black Sunday: Asa the Witch is executed by burning at the stake in the opening scene, with the spiked mask being hammered into her face.
  • 39. Dawn of the Dead (1978): A zombie gets the top of his head cut off by a helicopter blade.
  • 38. Peeping Tom: Mark menaces the heroine's blind mother.
  • 37. House on Haunted Hill (1959): Nora is looking for a secret passage, then turns around and a freaky looking woman is right there.
  • 36. Cape Fear (1962): Max comes after Sam's daughter.
  • 35. Aliens: Ripley and Newt are locked in the infirmary with two face-huggers.
  • 34. The Hitcher: John Ryder tears Nash in half with two trucks.
  • 33. The Fly (1986): In a nightmare sequence, Veronica gives birth to a giant maggot.
  • 32. Pet Sematary (1989): Jud is killed by evil little Gage.
  • 31. Friday the 13th (1980): Alice gets dragged into the lake by Jason.
  • 30. The Blair Witch Project: The last thirty seconds of the entire movie. You simply see Mike facing the corner, then a scream from Heather, who drops the camera. Then silence.
  • 29. The Serpent and the Rainbow: Dennis stumbles through the village, pleading, "Don't bury me! I’m not dead!”
  • 28. When a Stranger Calls: "The calls are coming from inside the house!"
  • 27. Frankenstein (1931): The creature accidentally kills a little girl (which was edited back in the days when Hollywood had The Hays Code, making the scene scarier than it originally was supposed to be).
  • 26. Se7en: The Sloth victim.
  • 25. Phantasm: Mike wakes up to find himself in a cemetery, and the Tall Man is standing over him.
  • 24. Suspiria (1977): The opening murder scene: A woman is stabbed in the heart, falls through a stained glass window, and is hanged on a cord, while her friend below is impaled by the falling glass.
  • 23. Rosemary's Baby: The dream-like rape scene.
  • 22. Don't Look Now: John corners who he thinks is his dead daughter, but is in fact a midget serial killer.
  • 21. Jacob's Ladder: Jacob is at a party, dancing with his girlfriend, and sees her getting attacked or raped by some kind of reptilian tail sprouting from between her legs.
  • 20. The Ring: Samara crawling out of the television.
  • 19. Hellraiser: Kirsty opens the box, and the Cenobites appear.
  • 18. The Haunting (1963): The door bulges inward, as if something's trying to get in.
  • 17. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): Tina is dragged onto the ceiling, and sliced up by an invisible Freddy.
  • 16. The Omen (1976): Mrs. Baylock pushes Katherine out of the hospital window.
  • 15. Freaks: The freaks getting their revenge of Hercules and Cleopatra.
  • 14. Halloween (1978): Laurie relaxes after apparently killing Michael, when, behind her, we see him suddenly sit up.
  • 13. Scream (1996): The opening scene where the killer toys with Casey over the phone.
  • 12. Misery: Annie breaks Paul's legs.
  • 11. Audition: Asami tortures Shigeharu. "Kiri kiri kiri kiri..."
  • 10. Wait Until Dark: Roat jumps out of the darkness and grabs Susy.
  • 9. Night of the Living Dead (1968): Helen is stabbed to death with a trowel by her zombified daughter.
  • 8. Carrie (1976): Sue dreaming of putting flowers on Carrie's grave only to have Carrie's arm come out of the ground and grab her.
  • 7. The Silence of the Lambs: Hannibal makes his escape.
  • 6. The Shining: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
  • 5. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974): Leatherface bashes Kirk's head in with a hammer and slams the door shut.
  • 4. Psycho (1960): The Shower scene. The stairs scene too.
  • 3. The Exorcist: Regan's head starts spinning around.
  • 2. Alien: The alien bursts out of Kane's chest during dinner.
  • 1. Jaws: The very first few minutes where Chrissie is dragged around and finally eaten by the unseen shark.

There was another program that aired in October 2006 entitled "30 Even Scarier Movie Moments", mostly consisting of movies that just barely missed the first list, and recent horror films that had come out since. It is as follows.

  • 30. The Grudge: Karen feeling a hand on the back of her head while she showers. Also Kayako's Death rattle and Toshio's yowling.
  • 29. Cape Fear (1991): Cady pretending to be Danielle’s drama teacher and kissing her. Cady torturing Lori.
  • 28. Cabin Fever: The leg shaving scene.
  • 27. Slither: Brenda exploding in the barn, releasing thousands of alien slugs
  • 26. Play Misty for Me: Tobie realizing her roommate, Evelyn, is Dave's stalker.
  • 25. Red Eye: Jack menacing Lisa in the bathroom.
  • 24. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: Mrs. Mott secretly breastfeeding baby Joey.
  • 23. Manhunter: Dolarhyde torturing Freddie Lounds.
  • 22. American Psycho: Patrick killing Paul with an axe.
  • 21. Braindead: The disgusting porridge scene.
  • 20. 2001: A Space Odyssey: “I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
  • 19. Fear (1996): David yelling through the peep-hole, demanding to be let in.
  • 18. Army of Darkness: Ash being thrown into a pit where he’s confronted by two Deadites. Also the fight with the Witch.
  • 17. Christine: Leigh choking inside the car, which has locked the doors on her. Christine coming to life and chasing down the final victims, with Arnie's body popping up in front of Leigh.
  • 16. Saw II: Amanda being forced to find the key in a pit of dirty needles. And the Razor Box Room.
  • 15. The Exorcism of Emily Rose: The barn exorcism scene.
  • 14. Scanners: Vale brain-sucking Revok until his body catches on fire.
  • 13. Dawn of the Dead (2004): Ana waking up and being attacked by her zombified husband. The zombie baby.
  • 12. Wolf Creek: Head on a stick.
  • 11. The Stepford Wives (1975): Joanna stabbing Bobbie, revealing that she’s been replaced by a robot.
  • 10. Children of the Corn (1984): Malachi shouting for Burt in the empty streets.
  • 9. Open Water: Daniel being bitten by a shark, and the storm.
  • 8. Land of the Dead: The zombies walking underwater.
  • 7. The Devil's Rejects: Otis forcing Wendy to wear her husband’s face as a mask as he and Baby laugh.
  • 6. Vertigo: The ending where Judy falls to her death.
  • 5. Old Boy 2003: The teeth extraction scene. Dae-su cutting out his tongue as a sign of penance.
  • 4. Videodrome: The gaping hole in Max’s chest.
  • 3. Saw: Lawrence sawing off his foot as Adam watches in horror
  • 2. A Clockwork Orange: Alex raping a woman while singing “Singin’ in the Rain”
  • 1. Hostel: The tendon slicing scene. Paxton's conversation with the American Businessman.

Another follow-up episode titled "13 Scarier Movie Moments" aired in October 2009 which also just updated the list with mostly recent entries.


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