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They have sent a chill down our spine or made us turn away in terror. They have caused us to wake up in the middle of the night because of a bad nightmare. Simple but always fascinating question this week: What are the scariest movie scenes you’ve ever seen?
Plenty of movie scenes scared me when I was younger such as all the creepy scenes involving Pennywise the Clown from the TV miniseries It (1990). However, very few have managed to scare me since childhood. One that has caused sheer, primal, silent terror for me is the “behind Winkie’s” scene in Mulholland Dr. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, check out the scene below:
The main thing about it is that it caught me off-guard because nothing in David Lynch’s movie prior to that scene points to anything that horrific. Oddly enough, you do know that it’s about to happen because in the scene, a guy tells his psychologist about his bad dream, and then realizes it’s unfolding as he speaks. And yet you keep staring into that face when it appears and the silence itself is absolutely brutal. The ending of the film is also absolutely terrifying for me as well. Lynch really knows how to get into your mind. But to be truthful, I’ve avoided most scary-seeming horror movies such The Exorcist or The Ring so what do I know?
And now, it’s your turn! What are the scariest movie scenes you’ve ever seen? Tell us in the comments below.