50 Scariest Moments In Non-Horror Movies

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    • StevePotter

      Aug 22nd 2012, 6:10

      Ummmm.... I guess it's more thriller, but most people consider "Se7en" a horror movie.

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    • gwales

      Aug 22nd 2012, 6:49

      @StevePotter - Noooo, crime thriller, surely? On the cusp I suppose...

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    • johndevoy

      Aug 22nd 2012, 7:43

      glad to see American History X 'curb scene' in this list, freaked the f' out me when I first saw it. Though 2nd place should be in 1st place. Raiders bit is far more scary then the Framed bit

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    • devilsfoxes

      Aug 22nd 2012, 8:23

      Se7en is a complete psychological horror film wearing the thin clothes of a crime thriller. it's much more about the human condition then the mystery. hence killer just walks right in.

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    • devilsfoxes

      Aug 22nd 2012, 8:29

      Night Of The Hunter is also total classic horror for me... with it's surreal twisted morality and disturbing religious themes. crazy german expressionism style. and what about the scene where Mitchum is about to stab Winters. Wow.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Aug 22nd 2012, 8:33

      I suppose that's the beauty of Se7en, I think it can be considered as both as can others on this list, Night of the Hunter freaked me out. The scene you list is awesome and I'd also put the scene where you see Shelley Winters underwater at the wheel of her car, with her hair swimming around her. That stayed with me for years.

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Aug 22nd 2012, 8:34

      I always thought of Fight Club as a horror. The Machinist too. Psychological maybe but both land pretty solidly in horror territory

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    • devilsfoxes

      Aug 22nd 2012, 8:37

      the fact that you had that specific scene from The Witches makes me love you so much Total Film. That scene still haunts and inspires me to be afraid of witches to this day.

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    • devilsfoxes

      Aug 22nd 2012, 8:43

      just think of how many more scary scenes there are in jurassic park then your average slasher (kitchen, nedry death, muldoon death, opening frickin scene, every other raptor scene, every other t rex scene) and jurassic park quickly becomes a sci fi horror

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    • devilsfoxes

      Aug 22nd 2012, 8:52

      mulholland drive 100% horror. no question.

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    • StevePotter

      Aug 22nd 2012, 8:56

      I suppose "Se7en" is definitely up for debate, but "Jaws"? Eh.... Not so much

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    • JohnJDuffy

      Aug 22nd 2012, 9:26

      Erm, over 50% of the films on the list would be classed as horrors

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    • ChrisWootton

      Aug 22nd 2012, 9:37

      There's not that many.. two or three at best. I suppose it comes down to how you define what a horror movie is.

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    • piffle

      Aug 22nd 2012, 9:45

      Hard Candy should be on this list. The scene where non elective surgery is being carried out gave me the heebie jeebies for weeks!

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    • andrewrobbins

      Aug 22nd 2012, 10:22

      Se7en is a hybrid movie like Silence of the Lambs it's a thriller/horror. Most the best films are a type of hybrid.

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    • Bennyj75

      Aug 22nd 2012, 12:34

      The Vanishing? Not a horror film, TF? WTF?!?!?

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    • SiMan

      Aug 22nd 2012, 12:53

      As a kid i was always scared by Labyrinth and the bit with the 'Fire-Dance' song and those creatures that can pull off their own limbs (one even pulls his own eyes out). Not very child-friendly.

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    • McSerious

      Aug 22nd 2012, 13:16

      How about the slow knife death towards the end of Saving Private Ryan? Turned my stomach and scared the hell out of me! And of course Jaws is a horror!

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    • billybradshaw

      Aug 22nd 2012, 16:11

      I would include This Is England, for either the scene where Combo pretends to help the shopkeeper then pulls a machete on him, or the bit where he just flips and starts beating the s**t out of Milky. I found both pretty terrifying because it's so real.

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    • MormonMovieGuy

      Aug 22nd 2012, 17:06

      PRISONER OF AZKABAN. DEMENTORS. 'NUFF SAID.

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 22nd 2012, 17:20

      When the metal arms attack the surgeons in Spiderman 2, girl gets covered in boiling wax in Young Sherlock Holmes...

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    • Takingbackcider

      Aug 22nd 2012, 18:32

      The scene in Pride and Glory where the baby is threatened with the iron and Caine's intro in Robocop 2.

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    • TheCandySniper

      Aug 22nd 2012, 18:42

      Nice list other than a number of these films are considered horror. Jurassic Park, Jaws, Seven, The Machinst, Vertigo, Rear Window, etc are all considered horror. Pyshcological horror/thriller horror flicks/sci-fi horror flicks are still horror.

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    • BowiePie

      Aug 22nd 2012, 20:51

      Good list! Totally agree with the sloth scene in Se7en, I love that film but the first time I saw it that bit made me jump out of my skin! Judge Doom also used to terrify me as a child! For Jurassic Park I would have said the kitchen scene with the raptors! And those flying monkeys? Nightmare creatures those things..

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    • FBLHealy85

      Aug 22nd 2012, 21:36

      Loved the list, especially the addition of Martha Marcy May Marlene, but the scene in Jurassic Park that horrified me was the entire kitchen sequence. NIGHTMARES!

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    • lawrenp

      Aug 23rd 2012, 19:23

      I remember getting completely freaked out by Kathy Bates standing over James Caan in Misery with him smacked off his nut and her lit up by lightening holding a sledgehammer......sheesh....

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    • andrewrowat

      Aug 23rd 2012, 23:40

      How is Pan's Labyrinth not a horror film? it is 100% a horror film, ticks every box. Del Toro even took it to the London Frightfest a few years ago. I get how Se7en and Jaws are up for debate on some level. Although I would argue they use the mood, design, motifs and traditions of the horror genre to tell their stories. Somewhat sublimely too. I mean, Jaws even carved out new directions for horror. The argument of these two films being the lesser genre of "thriller" or "crime film" seems pretty pointless anyway. Besides these 3 films, the list is pretty good.

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    • SteveWev

      Aug 24th 2012, 3:02

      Is anyone else surprised that there isn't one Stanley Kubrick film on this list, especially since those films could actually get pretty damn scary at times. Private Pyle's mental breakdown in 'Full Metal Jacket', the masked orgy in 'Eyes Wide Shut', the Singin' in the Rain scene in 'A Clockwork Orange' and HAL-9000 going berserk in '2001' would have fit in very well on this list. Other than that, some very good choices, and I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one who found the featured scene from 'Roger Rabbit' really f*****g scary. Sometimes the best kinda scares are the ones that jump out at you from the most unexpected places :-)

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    • gquinn81

      Aug 24th 2012, 7:05

      @SteveWev. Yeah I'd agree with you on the Private Pyle scene in Full Metal Jacket, that really freaked me out the first time I saw it. The way it was shot, the music and Vincent D'Onofrio's wide eyed glare.....scary s**t. Also, not sure if it counts as horror or thriller, but a scene that always freaked me out was the cherry pip scene from The Witches of Eastwick, that was nasty!

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    • CoxyGirl

      Aug 24th 2012, 13:49

      I had the adventures of Mark Twain on video. Scary s**t.

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