We all expect to be scared, when watching a horror movie right? But what happens, when you’re watching a comedy, a drama, even a children’s movie, only to have a scene so scary come out of nowhere that it imprints itself on your brain! I’ve been there. So let’s take a look at my Top 10 Scariest Scenes in Non-Scary Movies:
#10 Toy Story
Oh boy! Who would’ve guessed a movie about toys coming to life would have such scary moments. Anyone who saw Child’s Play I guess.
The original Toy Story seems straightforward enough, until we go into Sid’s room. Sid is an aspiring engineer, or a budding serial killer, depending on your perspective and loves to take his toys apart and put them back together in trauma inducing ways. And while these toys are just as sweet as Andy’s, they won’t be on any child’s Christmas list to Santa anytime soon.
#9 Raiders of the Lost Ark
For every person who tells me Temple of Doom was too dark, I counter with “Really? Did you SEE Raiders?! That dude’s face melted off!”
All the Indiana Jones fans out there know what I’m talking about but for those who were frozen in carbonite the scene I’m referring to takes place at the end of the movie. The Nazis have the Ark of the Covenant and decide to opening it up and take a peek inside. It doesn’t end well for them. But who cares! They were freakin’ Nazis!
#8 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indy strikes again! Temple of Doom is considered the darkest of the Jones movies and that’s hard to argue with.
People eating snakes and monkey brains, weird brain washing cults and of course, who could forget, Kali Mah, Kali Mah!
While ripping a guy’s heart out of his chest is reason enough to be on this list, the thing that creeped me out more, was a brain washed Indy slapping Short Round and trying to sacrifice his friends to a volcano. Not cool Indy. Not cool.
#7 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Wanna here a secret? I’m allergic to chocolate. Gives me migraines. Whenever I tell people, they’ll always say “Oh, you don’t know what you’re missing” and to that I say “Well I least I won’t be murdered by some crazy, creepy smiling, dead-eyed chocolate obsessed factory owner. So there!”
Willy Wonka is a straight forward kids movie until the scene where Wonka takes them on a boat ride, through his confectionery lair. That’s when things go from one to batshit crazy! Children all around world were scarred for life and when you ask them, what do you remember most about this movie, 10 gets you 20 their answer will be the boat ride scene.
Not a speck of light is showing/So the danger must be growing… Are the fires of Hell a-glowing?/Is the grisly Reaper mowing?/Yes! The danger must be growing/’Cause the rowers keep on rowing!
No way there’s only cocoa in them chocolate bars.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejucie, Beet- uh,uh, uh! not gonna finish that one.
Tim Burton nailed this one. A funny movie about the afterlife, that takes a turn down crazy lane once Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice appears. It’s the best kind of weird but there’s some genuinely scary moments in it, with my favorite being when Lydia is walking down the stairs and the banister turns into a snake. Not just any snake, but a snake with the head of BJ himself! It’s unexpected and a genuine jump scare the first time you see it.
#5 The Silence of the Lambs
Quick. If I say Silence of the Lambs, what’s the first thing that pops into you mind? Hannibal Lecter of course and you would be right. But there’s another monster in this movie that everyone forgets. He goes by the name of Wild Bill and he’s an artist with a sewing machine.
While Lecter became iconic after this movie, Bill is the one who freaked me out the most. There’s the moment that scarred/delighted men across the world “Would you f*&k me?” and the one that I remembered most. The line I love to use when I go shopping in the cosmetics isle. “It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again!”
One movie. So many quotable lines.
#4 Rear Window
My favorite Hitchcock movie also has one of my favorite scares. A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
You aren’t 100% sure if he’s right, until that moment, that scene where he’s looking through his binoculars and said neighbor is looking Right…Back…At…Him.
#3 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
You’re sitting in the cinema, eating popcorn, having a blast with one of the best fantasy films of recent years and then Bilbo Baggins sees Frodo with the one ring. The only reason I can think of for this scene to be included is director Peter Jackson was trying to find out how many people he could make crap themselves in a cinema.
One Mr. Jackson. The answer is at least one. You bastard.
#2 Jurassic Park
Let me tell you a story. It’s the story of a little girl, who was super-duper sick, but being a junior movie junkie, her Mom asked her if she wanted to go to the movies and of course, she said yes.
The movie was Jurassic Park and I don’t know if it was the flu and the fact that all my faculties wasn’t functioning, but the scene where the Raptors chase the kids into the kitchen, and then somehow figure out how to open doors nearly gave me an asthma attack.
It was AWESOME!
Lust, Greed, Gluttony and a few more, but the one we’re gonna talk about is Sloth.
If you’ve seen this movie (and if you haven’t, what’s wrong with you?) you know the sloth scene.
A man has been tied to the bed and left to starve to death. Of all the messed up moments in Se7en, this one, this one is stuff of nightmares. The buildup is perfect. Everything is quiet, the investigators are going about their jobs and we the audience, have been lulled into thinking it’s just another dead guy, until he jumps up and lets out a gargle breath. It’s the equivalent of feeling drowsy while driving and suddenly having to swerve to avoid crashing.
Yo’ ass is wide awake now and there’s no way you’re taking your eyes off the screen!