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Initial post: 28 Feb 2012, 19:50:44 GMT
We all have films that we can watch over and over again, others that we watch occasionally and some that we would never sit through again. These films (good and bad) can have some stand out moments in them. Moments that stun you, shock you, catch you unawares, what I call "aww fk!" moments. SUCH AS.......Hoopers' Texas Chainsaw Massacre. When Leatherface appears in the door and whacks that guy with a hammer then slides the steel door shut. Also when he lifts the girl up and casually hangs her on the meathook. Romeros' Dawn of th Dead when at the begining the soldiers are clearing out the appartments and the black womans zombie son appears at the top of the stairs and bites a BIG chunk out of her arm. Day of the Dead, when a freshky autopsyed corpse sits up and all its' guts spill all over the floor. Zombie Flesh-eaters, the throat ripping and famous splinter/eyeball popping scene. Carrie ! (need I say more?) The Ring, wet, shuffling, dead japannese girl walks closer to tv screen, AND THEN CLIMBS THROUGH IT !! And here's a non horror one for your consideration, Play Misty For Me. When Clint Eastwood is fighting with knife welding Jessica Walter and he grabs the knife by the blade which she then drags through his hand..... yeeek, that sends shivers through me 'cos man can I feel that cut.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:25:43 GMT
? says:
For me he moment when the alien creature came out of the dog in John Carpenters 'The thing'. Great film.

Also the chest bursting alien from Alien was a "what the f..." moment the first time I saw it.

Can't think of anymore, minds gone blank lol.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012, 09:12:19 GMT
Cartimand says:
**** Spoilers ****

The end of the Wicker Man has to figure largely in any such list. The first time I saw it I was expecting some sort of last minute rescue - police helicopters or something but .... well we all know what happens.

Although it wasn't a brilliant movie overall, the end of Ghost Story, when they pull the old car out of the lake and see what's inside, actually made my blood run cold.

Also honorable mentions for the original Japanese The Ring, the "sloth" scene in Seven and Carpenter's remake of The Thing.

Finally, whilst I'm not a fan of the 'torture porn' genre, the latter scenes of Martyrs are utterly hideous.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012, 13:01:01 GMT
the kiefer sutherland vehicle 'mirrors' had a particularly jaw-dropping scene, (well more jaw-ripping really)

Posted on 29 Feb 2012, 13:48:51 GMT
Ichi the Killers torture of the guy with the tatoos stays with me - as well as the sequence in the flats later on if you view the full lenth version.


Number 1 for me is in Brain Dead where the guy breaks back out of his mothers womb using an upturned lawnmower - oh yes.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012, 14:21:46 GMT
Trigger says:
At the time, Drew Barrymore getting gutted and hanged at the beginning of Scream was pretty brave, considering she was by far the most famous person in the film.

I also thought the ending to The Ring was pretty shocking (moreso in the US version), as you really thought it was all neatly wrapped up, and then - BAM!

Plus, when Carrie reaches out of her grave is obviously a memorable one, the last few seconds of The Evil Dead when the camera sweeps through the woodland toward a screaming Ash and the rather laughable but still creepily effective end of A Nightmare on Elm Street, when Freddy pulls the mum through the window and traps the kids in the car.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012, 19:09:30 GMT
Speaking of The Evil Dead, pencil jammed into the ankle. AWW FK !!! (Great film and if anyone attempts to re-make it, then they must die.) Carpenters The Thing, de-fib, chest with teeth, CHOMP! oh yeah.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012, 19:47:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Feb 2012, 19:48:42 GMT
? says:
Ash Cutting off his hand and inserting a chainsaw was pretty gruesome in Evil dead II :)

Non horror but when Steven segal dies early in executive decision was a 'WTF!' moment for me. I thought he was one of the stars of the film so to kop it so early was a surprise.

I also remember being pretty shocked by the rape scene in the original straw dogs. After putting up a bit of a fight it seemed to be that Susan George started to enjoy it which I thought seemed a bit wrong! Having watched it years later I could see it wasn't that she was enjoying it more that she lost the will to struggle and simply gave in.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012, 20:16:18 GMT
R. Woolmer says:
the first time the landing craft doors drop in shaving ryan's privates :)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2012, 09:24:44 GMT
Trigger says:
Actually, I think Raimi himself is working on a remake. I don't think he's directing, but he's definitely involved and has given it his blessing...

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 11:41:34 GMT
Thanks Trigger, way to ruin my day. All I can say is...Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 13:00:48 GMT
Trigger says:
Sorry dude. If it's any help, the woman who wrote/directed Juno is co-writing the script...

"That wail of despair you just heard might have been the sound of a million aggrieved horror fans.

Official word came Wednesday that filmmaker Sam Raimi, and producers Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell, through their Ghost House Pictures partnership, are gearing up to remake Raimi's cult film debut "The Evil Dead," with first-time feature director Fede Alvarez stepping behind the camera. Alvarez penned a script that "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody is currently revising.

Word began circulating in earnest about the project online Tuesday after Campbell, who played beleaguered hero Ash in 1981's "Evil Dead" and its follow-ups, 1987′s "Evil Dead II" and 1992′s "Army of Darkness," said via Twitter that the project, which has long been rumored, was indeed happening.

"Believe in the remake, dawg!" wrote the actor, who stars opposite Jeffrey Donovan in USA's spy series "Burn Notice." "The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell."

But the prospect of a remake is a touchy one. The movie is arguably not well known among mainstream film fans, yet the low-budget thriller (about a group of unsuspecting friends vacationing at a remote cabin in the woods who inadvertently unleash an ancient demonic force) has amassed a wildly devoted following in the 30 years since its original release. Audiences responded to the movie's delightfully transgressive qualities and Raimi's gifts as a filmmaker. The projects have enjoyed a long shelf life through multiple DVD reissues and even a staged musical.

On the occasion of a new Blu-ray release of the film last year, Campbell told The Times of the "Evil Dead" films: "They're slightly weirder stories with an off-kilter lead character. It doesn't make for mainstream success, but I think it makes for long-term success."

No word yet on just how weird the update will be, but to learn more about Alvarez's filmmaking style, watch his short "Panic Attack!" here."


Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 16:00:59 GMT
? says:
I'd rather a sequel than a remake. The first evil dead was always the weakest of the films anyway. Evil dead II was the best and in fact was a semi rename of the first film anyway. army of darkness was a lot of fun but I didn't like how they toned down the gore to try and capture a bigger audience.

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 16:04:27 GMT
Trigger says:
I've not actually seen Army of Darkness, although it's on Netflix and is a film I intend to watch at some point. I'm not really the franchise's biggest fan, although I think it captures a sense of dread and isolation very well and I find some parts very creepy. Not actually seen ED2 in years though; maybe I'd appreciate its black humour a bit more now I'm older.

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 17:46:27 GMT
? says:
I'm a big fan of Bruce campbell, think the guys a great actor and very funny. My name is Bruce and bubba ho-tep are two of his best and definitely recommended. As for the evil dead they are good films. I liked the first one and it's quite unique the way raimi uses the camera with those sweeping shots and the camera chasing the protagonist with the horrible voice. It was very gory and quite a nasty scary horror film with zero budget but loads of imagination.

Evil dead II is practically the same film. It makes no reference to the first film at all except that Bruce Campbell's character is called ash. This time ash goes to the cottage in the woods with his girlfriend and not a group of friends and this is really an excuse for Bruce Campbell to take centre stage and battle all kinds of demonic horrors. It's funny, scary, creepy and just really really good twisted entertainment. My fave if the series.

Army of darkness had a much bigger budget and attempted to get the franchise out to a younger audience. It's the first proper sequel as it kicks off right from the end if evil dead II with ash, his shotgun, his chainsaw hand and his battered car all transported back to medieval times. Cue loads if brilliant Campbell humour and slapstick as he battles hordes of undead who have been awoken by adh himself by accidentally reading the pages of the necronomicron wrongly. It does retain some gore but is toned down to a 15cert and the humour is ramped up to 11. The battle at the end is brilliantly done with the army of darkness laying siege to a castle and ash and the knights trying to fight them off. Very good film. The ending (actually has 2 endings on the DVD) opens up a possible sequel which I'd rather see than a remake.

A direct sequel has kind of happened in video game form. The first on dreamcast and raimi said the script for the game was supposed to be the evil dead 4 but it just never got made. Then the ps2 game fistful of broomstick. Both were good fun and fans if the films would obviously get way more enjoyment from them. To non fans they were really a poor mans resident evil except campbell voiced ash so they testiness the humour.

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 18:18:14 GMT
People, people, the discussion is jaw dropping moments. (Oh and I concur, Bruce Campbell rules !! )

Posted on 1 Mar 2012, 18:53:33 GMT
Shazzerman says:
"The Omen". David Warner. Sheet of glass. 'Nuff said.

Posted on 2 Mar 2012, 09:37:32 GMT
R. Irvine says:
Aliens (the second of the 4 Alien films with Sigourney Weaver). The moment when Ripley thinks they've escaped the queen alien but its hidden on board the ship and it suddenly appears and uses its tail to pierce through Bishops body and rip him two. Obviously then comes the classic movie moment when Ripley says "get away from her you b****!

Posted on 2 Mar 2012, 11:05:47 GMT
Trigger says:
I couple of bits in The Exorcist always get me: when her head spins and when she levitates off the bed. That's another horror film I didn't care for much when I was young, but when I watched it again when I was in my mid-twenties I appreciated just how disturbing it was.

Posted on 2 Mar 2012, 11:15:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Mar 2012, 11:16:34 GMT
there's little details in the exorcist that always get me. when the mum is in the attic with the candle and suddenly the flame goes massive and she screams; and reagan peeing herself at the end of that party, and of course in the uncut version the spider-walk is horrible!

when the younger of the 2 priests goes into the room and reagan has turned into his mum and is just sitting there on the bed - spooky as anything!

the bits that always get me out the worst though is the little glimpses of captain howdy. actually got goosebumps just typing that. that face freaks me out big time!

Posted on 29 Mar 2012, 01:42:09 BST
sovay says:
I saw Race with the devil years ago, the ending really freaked me out and stayed with me for ages. I'd explain why, but I can't - spoilers.
The original Wicker man had one of the most memorable endings ever.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012, 15:39:34 BST
Loved Race with the Devil and I agree the ending does make your mouth fall open. I mean, GIVE THOSE GUYS A BREAK! Now to upset a lot of people, the Wicker Man is NOT a horror film. A thriller at best, only it ain't even thrilling. It's more like an episode of Midsommer murders. It's pants and I really cannot understand why some people rave about it and call it a classic. Dull, dull, dull. Duller than dull. Dullaroony. Dulltown. Dullsville Arizona! (let the attack begin, hee, hee.)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2012, 18:27:35 BST
Shazzerman says:
THE WICKER MAN is certainly a horror film. To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to sitting down and actually watching it - as, yes, I thought it would be El Dullareeny, Dull-as-dishwater, or just plain dull if you're into the whole brevity thing - but it has a nice sense of something not quite right about it (in a good way), and has a killer ending. British horror is overrated to high heaven - but not this gem.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012, 23:03:21 BST
Anita says:
Gary, any chance that you've put your post on a wrong thread? Or was that deliberate?
(105th page)


Just curious

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2012, 08:14:30 BST
Nope. Sovey mentioned the Wicker Man and I just took the opportunity to rant against it 'cos I keep reading posts about how great it is. Horror film, phah! Where is the HORROR in it? A chilling premise sure but not horror.
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