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Friday 5 April 2013, 11:46

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

David Cronenberg's landmark horror movie Scanners is out on BluRay for the first time. It contains one of the most astounding sequences in cinema - what are your mindblowing moments in film?

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    Comment number 1.

    What about recently in Kill List? The hammer scene was quite a 'blimey Charlie' moment. We don't forget these scene, whether they are surreal or just plain violent.

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    Comment number 2.

    The head being pulled off in Day Of The Dead; horrific, darkly comic, weird yet surprisingly realistic.

    On a seperate note I don't know why Mark is always slagging off The Omen. How is it "deeply flawed"? It's regarded as a classic for good reason on its own merits. And why are you always comparing it to The Exorcist? They both have satanic overtones but are very different beasts. Just because Omen was made in Exorcist's shadow doesn't mean it deserves to be criticised whenever it's mentioned. It's a much better film than you give it credit for.

    Sorry, carry on...

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    Comment number 3.

    Having seen Alien for the very first time not that long ago (I'm only 19, I have an excuse!), the chest-burster scene genuinely left me stunned and for about 5 minutes my jaw hung open as the scene played out. An extraordinary moment.

    I'm quite squemish so violent scenes tend to stand out for me if well done and don't simply upset me or make me feel sick. Aside from aforementioned Alien, the only moment in a film that I can immediately think of that has left me stunned was towards the end of Cabin in the Woods, when the lift opens and carnage ensues in that one room. I howled with laughter because it was so extraordinary gory and bizarre. A different reaction, but it was definitely (to use my generations vocabulary) a 'What the F***' moment.

    To me, such a drastic change of tone from tension to an explosion of horror is probably the main reason for these 'mindblowing moments', and we can respond in many ways - silence and awe, or laughter at the sudden change.

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    Comment number 4.

    There are a number of fantastically gruey moments in Peter Jackson's horror comedy Braindead. The one that has particularly stayed with me is the lawnmower massacre scene, but there are many others!

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    Comment number 5.

    In The Cronenberg adaptation of The Fly, I still remember the Blimey Charlie moment when Jeff Goldblum broke the guy's arm in the arm-wrestle. Even the digestive vomiting didn't top that for me. I was very young at the time. But I was even younger when Spielberg melted, imploded and exploded the Nazis and Belloq at the end of Raiders. In a PG. Blimey Charlie.


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