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Friday 18 April 2014, 11:21

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

A few weeks back I asked you what pushed your buttons in the horror genre. Here are some of the chilling scenes you came up with...

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    Comment number 1.

    David Cronenberg in Clive Barker's NIGHTBREED freaked me out. He wears a really creepy faceless mask (probably the best mask in horror history) with buttons for eyes and a zipper mouth. There is a scene in the film where he kills a family that is utterly terrifying.

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    Comment number 2.

    The head-on-a-stick scene in Wolf Creek. I don't watch that movie any more, it was just way too much IMO. The meat hook scene - which was bloodless - and end dinner table/Sally's escape scenes in Chain Saw Massacre (1974) are genuinely scary.

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    Comment number 3.

    A shiny steel door in a stench filled house,a curious intruder on one side,a huge bear of a man with odd features the other side,visitor ponders their next course of direction,silence broken as door briskly opens and arm wielding blunt mallet,comes down on the prey..end of.
    The dull dense thud of that piece of hardware on a skull,has remained with me for many a decade.Just the sound alone in that frame was as shocking an audio moment i can recall..for me forget shrieks and wails and visions of menace..the abrupt blunt force trauma handed out by Leatherface that baking hot Texas afternoon,did not need no Dolby Sound System to get it's horror across.Raw,barbaric and cold!

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    Comment number 4.

    the way Michael Myers stands and looks at Bob Simms after he pinned him to the door in the original (and best horror film of all time) Halloween.

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    Comment number 5.

    Of all the horror films I've watched over my lifetime, a few of them genuinely scary, most not so much, ironically the most terrifying scenes for me come from the oft overlooked sequel to The Amityville Horror, Amityville II: The Possession. For all its faults and sometimes cheesiness (the entire final act being a blatant, silly ripoff of The Exorcist), the first two thirds contain some truly goosebump moments. The scene where the camera acts as a POV of the demonic force coming from under the basement cellar and then walking through the quiet house as you hear otherworldly sounds stayed with me my entire life. And there are a number of scenes like that. That film was what the original Amityville Horror SHOULD have been but wasn't.


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