The 100 Greatest Horror Movie Scenes

The 100 Greatest Scenes in Horror Movie History  


Okay, it has been a long time coming but here are, in my opinion, the 100 greatest scenes in horror movie history. Obviously, these are up for debate and I’m sure I forgot a few scenes that deserve inclusion, so feel free to let me know.  I know a few typos are present and I’m not sure why I capitalized some words and not others but I tried to get this out by Halloween.  Anyway, take a look and have fun debating…just please be gracious!  BTW, it amazes me when looking over the list how many involve a failure to take a look around or getting dragged somewhere!

100. Jason swings a sleeping bag for his cross fit workout in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

99. Jacob is rolled in for surgery in Jacob’s Ladder 

98. Worst hotel stay ever in The Devil’s Rejects 

97. Murnau let’s Max go for it in Shadow of the Vampire

96. We finally get the answer to the question, “Does the Wolfman have nards?” In Monster Squad 

95. Johnny Cash intros the zombie apocalypse in Dawn of the Dead (2004)

94. Is anything creepier than someone standing over you while you’re sleeping in Inside 

93. Why touch the food? In Pan’s Labyrinth 

92. The little girl just wants to play in 30 Days of Night

91. Did you sanitize that turkey baster? in Don’t Breathe  

90. Death and John Denver in Final Destination 

89. “Hey Blake, didn’t we forget something?” In The Fog 

88. Just a little ritual in House of the Devil

87. Matthew shows Powers the rose garden in Frailty 

86. David and the boys hanging out in The Lost Boys

85. The stair scene in Ju-On

84. “The good news is your dates are here…” in Night of the Creeps

83. Meet the Tarman in Return of the Living Dead  

82. Not the way you want to get out of school early in The Birds

81. Candyman has no respect for the discipline of psychology in Candyman

80. Even Krug looks disturbed in Last House on the Left (1972)

79. The ultimate anti-bullying campaign in Let the Right One In 

78. Esther hammers it home in The Orphan  

77. Quit playing “Die Hard” and come back to us in Rec.

76. Not what you want to see with night vision goggles in The Descent 

75. Rowdy’s all out of bubble gum in They Live

74. “Where’s Chucky’s Batteries?” From Child’s Play

73. A family gets a sneak preview of the Silver Shamrock ad in Halloween III

72. I’m all for going to church but in a rage apocalypse? In 28 Days Later

71. Richie nearly goes John McClane on Pennywise in It Chapter 2

70. Game over, man! In Saw

69. Every opening montage is better with Metallica in Zombieland

68. The Tall Man has a mean ball!  In Phantasm

67. “Okay, show me” in Christine

66. Michael elevates a nurse in Halloween II

65. The Hitcher vs. Soul Man with Stacy from Fast Times at stake in The Hitcher

64. Always check your back seat for gnarled gypsies in Drag Me To Hell

63. Why would you not look at the top of an old wardrobe? In The Conjuring.

62. Liv, you may want to look behind you in The Strangers

61. The Tall Man is the best promo for safe sex ever! In It Follows

60. A night time visit in The Babadook

59. We get it, Tommy.  You want him to die in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

58. Sorry, Joel but the ending is amazing and gutsy in The Mist 

57. A stroll through the subway in Cloverfield

56. Donald, always let the fleeing person in a red coat go!” In Don’t Look Now

55. Never go into the basement with a stranger in Zodiac 

54. “Sink!” In Get Out

53. Samara demonstrates 3-D TV in The Ring

52. “Who’s going to listen to a head?” In Re-Animator  

51. Shaun’s morning stroll in Shaun of the Dead 

50. She’s hanging in there in Suspiria (1977)

49. The final show down between Elliot’s Mom & The Dog in Cujo

48. Linda’s going to get you, Linda’s going to get you in The Evil Dead (1981)

47. Donald, it’s not polite to point…or shriek in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

46. Carol Anne let’s the family know they have company in Poltergeist

45. “Get away from her, you B@#$h” in Aliens 

44. Tina’s last nightmare ends badly! From A Nightmare on Elm St. 

43. Ben should have stayed in the cellar in Night of the Living Dead

42. Watch out for Splinters and Nails in A Quiet Place 

41. Sing, Dance and Light the Fire in The Wicker Man (1973)

40. Will the door hold? In The Haunting (1963)

39. Something is by the Pool in Cat People (1942)

38. Alice is going to take a little off the top, Mrs. Vorhees in Friday the 13th

37. The creature has a swim crush in Creature from the Black Lagoon

36. The goat was just an appetizer for the T-Rex in Jurassic Park  

35. You’ll never listen to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” the same way again in Strangers: Prey at Night

34. Eye see you! In Zombie 

33. Never let in a friend at night if he’s floating in Salem’s Lot

32. Billy is watching you! From Black Christmas

31. “Come down stairs, Katie” in Paranormal Activity 

30. Time to Check on Zelda in Pet Semetary 

29. The stepfather lets loose in the basement in The Stepfather 

28. I didn’t know UPS had that packing service in Seven

27. Go stand in the corner in The Blair Witch Project

26. Don’t You Want Your Boat, Georgie? From IT (2017)

25. What Big Scissors You Have! in The Exorcist III: Legion

24. Raid the Tenement in Dawn of the Dead (1978)

23. “It’s All for You, Damian” in The Omen (1976)

22. “He has His Father’s Eyes” in Rosemary’s Baby

21. “One of Us!” From Freaks 

20. The Shriek in Bride of Frankenstein 

19. Renfield emerges from the hull Dracula (1931) 

18. “Let’s see how Jack’s new books is coming along,” in The Shining

17. “Hey Laurie, you may want to look behind you!” In Halloween (1978)

16. The Unmasking of the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera (1925)

15. Don’t Bang Your Head! From Heredetary 

14. You Don’t Junk a Mercedes because of a Broken Spring from Misery

13. The Daughter at the Door in The Leopard Man

12. “Reagan, dear, that crucifix is supposed to hang on the wall” in The Exorcist

11. Hannibal recalls a fine meal in The Silence of the Lambs

10. The hammer and slamming of the door in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973)

9. The Blood Test in John Carpenter’s The Thing

8. The Reveal in The Sixth Sense

7. Casey’s Trivia Game in Scream

6. Guess where the call is coming from? In When A Stranger Calls (1979)

5. The Transformation in An American Werewolf in London

4. Visiting Carrie’s Grave from Carrie (1976)

3. The Chest Buster in  Alien

2. The USS Indianapolis Speech from Jaws

1. The Shower Scene from Psycho (1960…of course!) 

Matthew Rawlings