Excitingly Mettel Ray has started up her second blogathon after the great success of her ‘My Movie Alphabet’ one last year (check out my entry here). This time around she has one called ‘Breaking Emotions’ where we are given an emotion (or two) and we have to respond with scenes that cause us to experience it. For more details check out her site via the link above.
This week I’m tackling fear, so take a look below at five of my scariest scenes!
I saw this scene back in high school when my English teacher thought it would be a great idea to show the opening of Scream to his class of young teenagers. Let’s just say that it stuck with me for many nights afterwards (I’ve never been great with horror films), and although I have never gone back to Scream, I have been informed that this scene is still as tense as it seemed the first time that I experienced it.
It wasn’t that long ago that I watched Audition and I still vividly remember how multiple scenes in it truly freaked me out, but none more so than when we first see that bag move. I knew something was going to happen, and I suspected that it was to do with the bag, but I still received that ice colt shot to the heart of pure fear when the damned thing moved!
The entire film leads up to this moment, the confrontation which we knew had to happen, and then when it does, shocked doesn’t even begin to cover the reaction I felt. A bewildered, horrified, and scared few seconds await once Sutherland finally catches up with the figure in red…
If you haven’t seen Cabaret then skip on to the next entry because I think that this is one of the most effective, and downright chilling moments I have ever seen committed to film and you should experience it properly within the context of the film. What starts out as a relaxed scene with two of our leads taking a drink, then takes a turn towards the musical when a young man steps up in the beer garden and begins to sing. His voice is innocent and pure, his blonde hair like an angel, and then it’s revealed that he is a member of the Nazi youth. That’s scary enough, but then the scene becomes more and more horrific as an increasing number of German citizens stand up and join in with the anthem. It’s a devastating scene that encapsulates the entire Nazi subplot of the film in just a couple of minutes.
Here’s a scene which truly scarred me for life. As a child I developed a real fear of open water and the possibility of something lurking underneath. And then I watched Jaws. It truly took one of my deepest fears and then made it reality upon the screen, and in fact then reinforced that fear with the most menacing of scores! Since then I have watched Jaws many times (it’s in my top ten favourite films after all) and the power of this scene no longer makes me leave the room out of fright, but it still manages to send a shiver right up my spine, and haunts me whenever I go to the beach.
So there are my picks for Mettel Ray’s blogathon! Let me know what you think below, and be sure to check out her site here!