Want to set off a whole room of “horror fans” without a lot of effort? I’ve got two words for you: jump scares.
For some reason, people act like jump scares are a brand new thing that just happened in the last ten years which is puzzling as they’ve been a part of the genre from almost the beginning.
Now admittedly, there are films that take it way too far and the jumps are all they have going for them. It’s unfortunate, but an abundance of jump scares does not make a film terrible. It simply makes it ineffective for some audience members.
As a side note, I think most of us could benefit from repeating the mantra: Just because I don’t like it, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad.
Regardless, some jump scares have become legendary due to near perfect placement in a film, and it’s time we dug into this much maligned trope for some of the best examples in horror history.
#9 Jaws–“You’re going to need a bigger boat…”
Though relatively tame by today’s standards, I was all of 8 or 9 years old when I first saw Jaws, and this scene had me messed up for weeks. I’m not sure what Brody was expecting sitting on the side of the boat when he knew damn well there was a ravenous shark on the loose, but it definitely wasn’t what he saw. He was shook, and so was I!
#8 It Follows–The Tall Man Emerges
I’ll admit I wasn’t completely blown away by everything about It Follows. Still it had a really cool premise, and it was unlike anything we’d seen in a long time. For that alone, I give this film its props.
I’ll also admit that the scene where the “tall man” emerges from the darkened doorway into the bedroom made me feel like my stomach evacuated my body and took my soul with it.
#7 Final Destination –Terry Chaney and the Bus
Final Destination was a franchise filled with perfectly placed jump scares. Jeffrey Reddick and the subsequent writers perfected teasing an audience to repeatedly make them uneasy only to sideswipe them with an amazing kill out of nowhere, but few of them will every outdo Terry Chaney’s death by bus in the first installment.
#6 Paranormal Activity–Micah’s Death
This whole franchise got a bad rep after a couple of mishandled sequels, but I still love it, and I will NEVER forget seeing it in theaters the first time. I went with a friend of mine who is much more reserved than I am generally. As the tension built to those final moments of deafening quiet, we were both on the edge of our seats.
When Micah’s body flew out of the dark hallway after those pounding footsteps, my friend yelled ‘SON OF A BITCH!!” and I just screamed. It was an awesome bonding experience, and it’s also perfect for this list.
#5 Sinister–Lawn Work
Why does this scene make my heart nearly explode every time I watch it?! I think it has something to do with the darkness that surrounds the spotlight on the lawnmower and the sudden appearance of a body ready to be turned to mulch…
#4 Carrie–Hand from the grave
I had no idea what was about to happen the first time I saw Carrie, but let’s face it, in the pit of my stomach I knew something wasn’t right. There was Sue (Amy Irving) looking like an angel in white with a soft glowing aura around her. There was that beautiful, haunting melody playing over the scene.
There’s a bloody hand and arm coming up out of the ground and grabbing Sue in a perfect echo of the film’s opening scene! Carrie proved, in that moment, that some of the best scares happen in brought daylight.
#3 Alien–Xenomorph surprises Dallas
Has anyone else ever wondered how something as large as a Xenomorph can be so damned quiet?! They are like 7 1/2 feet tall and armor-like exoskeletons! There should be come kind of warning that the thing is approaching.
Alas, as poor Dallas found out, that just isn’t the case, and it’s solidly #3 on this list!
#2 Psycho–Mummified Mrs. Bates
Some will probably argue that this is not a jump scare, but for my money that reveal was terrifying and completely unexpected the first time I saw this perfectly executed scene.
Poor Mrs. Bates…exhumed, taxidermied, and made out to be a murderous villain by her son. She wouldn’t even hurt a fly!
#1 Exorcist III–The beheading…
A lot of people hated on this movie in its initial release, but as with so many things, it’s cultivated quite the cult following and this scene has a lot to do with that fact.
The utter quiet and the completely unexpected appearance of the specter-like killer in white coupled with the sudden burst of sound and transition to a headless statue is just amazing!
New ‘Hellraiser’ Trailer Unveils Pinhead and Other Cenobites
The first trailer for Hulu’s Hellraiser is finally here! It gives us our first look at our new Pinhead as well as a couple of other Cenobites that are going to be the source of new and hellish nightmares. Jamie Clayton is playing Pinhead this time around and she looks to be doing it very well. That voice alone sent shivers up my spine. Good stuff!
In David Bruckner’s reimagining of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, we are getting a new approach to the classics. Even the box is very different and very organic in this iteration. There also seems to be an awesome organic approach to the wardrobe of the Cenobites. It is carved directly into the flesh, which I’m really loving.
The synopsis for Hellraiser goes like this:
In “Hellraiser,” a young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites, a group of sadistic supernatural beings from another dimension.
Hellraiser stars Odessa A’zion (“Fam,” “Grand Army”), Jamie Clayton (“The L Word: Generation Q,” “Sense8”), Adam Faison (“Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,” “Yes Day”), Drew Starkey (“Outer Banks,” “The Devil All the Time”), Brandon Flynn (“Ratched,” “13 Reasons Why”), Aoife Hinds (“The Long Call,” “Normal People”), Jason Liles (“Stereoscope,” “Rampage”), Yinka Olorunnife (“The Transporter”), Selina Lo (“Boss Level,” “Q8 Unleashed”), Zachary Hing (“Halo”), Kit Clarke (“Leonardo”), with Goran Visnjic (“The Boys,” “Timeless”) and Hiam Abbass (“Succession,” “Blade Runner 2049”).
Hellraiser arrives on Hulu beginning October 7.
Evan Peters is Absolutely Chilling in Second ‘Dahmer’ Trailer
The first trailer for Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story exceeded expectation. The insane detail that is being put into the 10-episode series is absolutely chilling. Plus, Evan Peters is going to a whole new level taking on the role of Dahmer. We are very pleased to announce that the second trailer for the upcoming Netflix series is just as depraved as the first one.
Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story creation fame is shaping Dahmer up nicely. Plus, its great to see all these amazing actors all really going for it. For example, Richard Jenkins playing Dahmer’s dad is going to be fascinating to explore.
Watch the trailer below:
For years, he took the lives of innocent victims, undetected by police. But their stories won’t be erased. DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story arrives on Netflix at midnight. pic.twitter.com/GVr1J2bOiV— Ryan Murphy Productions (@ryanmurphyprod) September 20, 2022
The synopsis for Dahmer goes like this:
“Dahmer chronicles the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers (Peters), largely told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims, and dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree.“
Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story arrives on Netflix beginning September 21 (Tomorrow).
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‘The Midnight Club’ Trailer is a Perfect Introduction to Netflix’s Upcoming Series
Mike Flanagan constantly destroys me with his work. He is a master of combining monumental substance within the horror genre. His work on both Midnight Mass and The Haunting of Hill House has been insanely great stuff. His next up is an adaptation of Christopher Pike’s, The Midnight Club.
The trailer hits like a ton of bricks featuring a fantastic slowed-down version of The Toadies Possum Kingdom. A fantastic trailer with a great buzz about the trailer.
The synopsis for The Midnight Club goes like this:
“At a hospice with a mysterious history, the eight members of the Midnight Club meet each night at midnight to tell sinister stories – and to look for signs of the supernatural from the beyond. A new horror series from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy’s Intrepid Pictures (The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass), and Leah Fong, based on the creative work of bestselling author Christopher Pike.“
Midnight Club stars Iman Benson, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Annarah Cymone, Chris Sumpter, Adia, Aya Furukawa, Sauriyan Sapkota, Matt Biedel, Samantha Sloyan, with Zach Gilford and Heather Langenkamp.
The Midnight Club arrives on Netflix beginning October 7.