10 Scariest Horror Movie Scenes Of All Time

As the days get colder and the nights get longer, that can only mean one thing: Halloween is on the way and horror movie time is about to begin.

Everyone still has that movie they’ll never forget because it scared them so much they couldn’t sleep without the lights on for a week or outright refused to watch the movie again.

However, over time, horror has changed, as most movies these days don’t rely on jump scares as much as they do on the disturbing, slow-moving scares that tend to have a bigger impact than, say, a classic monster/killer leaping into the filter.

With this list, we’re focusing on the ten scariest horror movie scenes, ranging from classic movies to modern movies.

Importantly, there is no shortage of excellent horror movie scares. In fact, even some of the supposedly D-grade footage can sometimes have more genuinely terrifying moments than the traditionally “good” features.

Still, the following scenes — with some subjectivity, of course — are ones that have gotten many horror hounds talking over the years.

Although The Exorcist III didn’t quite live up to the first movie, it still gave us one of the biggest scares of all time.

Exorcist author William Peter Blatty makes his directorial debut here, writing and directing The Exorcist III, and bringing back Father Damien Karras, who is discovered to be still alive but confined to a mental ward.

Father Karras has no memory of what happened earlier in his life to bring him to this room. Instead, her body was possessed by the “Gemini Killer” who started a gruesome killing spree.

The Gemini Killer possesses other patients in the hospital, causing them to commit brutal murders. The scene in question shows a long hospital hallway with a night nurse going about her business, checking an off-camera room, then returning to her office.

Immediately, the bedroom door opens again and a figure dressed as a white nun appears behind her with giant shears. The scene then cuts to a decapitated statue, implying the fate of the nurse. This sequence works so well due to the fact that there was absolutely no fear building at all.

When we see the nurse walking around, all we hear is the sound of her footsteps and doors opening and closing. There’s no backing track to suspecting a scare would be happening anytime soon.

Then, suddenly, as the white nun appears, a powerful zoom and shrill music occurs at the same time, creating a great fright for the audience.

Andrea G. Henderson