It needn’t be horror to be terrifying. This scene is a perfect example of the great TV Tropes section, “Nightmare Fuel”. Sleep tight.
Easily this movie’s goofiest death scene. A member of the motorcycle gang (a gang that proves just as dangerous to the gang of survivors as the zombie horde) just HAS to check his blood pressure during a zombie attack. And who can blame him? Being eaten alive by the undead is a leading cause of hypertension.
And yes, the “please remain still” sign on the machine is one of the movie’s most inspired touches of black humor.
Despite its grindhouse title, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” endures as one of the all-time great low-rent horror films, a film that has the power to disturb to this day. Unlike its dreadful remake, which relied on stacking violence upon increasing violence in an attempt to force fright, Tobe Hooper’s magnificent original relies more on disquiet, building to a frenzied end. Last year, I analyzed the opening of the film, and how it set the tone for what was to come. Here, I’m just posting its ending for your enjoyment. It has one of most memorable shots in horror: Leatherface dancing(?) with his chainsaw in the sunrise.
I’ve mentioned my love of this film before. I consider it one of the best of all horror films, and the second best of the “Zombie/Infected” genre (trailing only the original “Night of the Living Dead”). Its opening is a masterpiece of generating the creeps though a sense of “something’s not right”. Only, instead of a creepy stranger staring at you from the street corner, or something not being where you left it… well, all of London just seems to have disappeared. That’d be pretty disconcerting for anyone to wake up to.
NOTE: While I’ve tried to post SFW clips so far, this one contains some nudity.
While “Pulse” is not a straightforward horror film (it’s kind of a strange, apocalyptic ghost story), it contains some of the most unsettling horror movie scenes that I’ve ever seen. My favorite is probably one involving a tower (I’ll post it if I can find the clip) but it also contains one of the most straightforward, frightening scenes that’s terrifying entirely because of its pacing and composition (perhaps the most important two elements in horror).
“28 Days Later” is one of my all-time favorite movies. I don’t love its sequel quite as much, but I cannot deny the sheer terror of its opening sequence. Only the ending attacks of “Night of the Living Dead” so convincingly transfer a sense of chaos and panic onto the audience, to the point where we both hate Don for leaving his wife in such…er… dire straits, while still totally empathizing with him because good LORD this scene is intense. Although not even dozens of blood-vomiting infected can make an English countryside not look stunning in the sunlight.