Thursday, 3 March 2011

Greatest and Scariest Film Scenes
Movie Title/Year and Brief Scene Description
The malevolent character (an unblinking, glowing, watchful eye) of the even-toned, talkative, alert, "thinking" and "feeling" super-computer, named HAL-9000 (the reassuring, courteous voice of the disembodied HAL provided by Douglas Rain), who maintained the electronic systems of the spaceship - and coldly killed astronaut Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) in outer space and then tried to kill Dave (Keir Dullea) by not opening the pod bay doors - but HAL ultimately failed to outwit Dave - who decided to lobotomize the super-intelligent computer

28 Days Later (2002)
The opening scene in which bicycle courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) woke from a coma and wandered out to find London completely deserted, with haunting views of a virus-ravaged landscape; also the numerous attack scenes: in a church by an infected zombie priest (when a cross didn't repel the living dead), in a tunnel after getting a flat tire, and by a soldier zombie in the house

The film's promotional tagline: "In outer space, no one can hear you scream" foreshadowed the coming terror in this slasher film set in outer space; in an early scene, crew member Kane (John Hurt) was suddenly attacked by the 'face-hugging' alien as he explored the alien ship; also the claustrophic scene of trying to cut or extricate the face-hugger from Kane's face - and the film's most memorable scene - the horrifying, bloody, gory sequence revealing the birth of the hissing, razor-toothed, viscera-smeared baby alien as it burst from Kane's open chest; also the tense search for the alien - when the ship's cat Jones created a "jump"-scare moment as it hissed at the crew; also the scene of Brett's (Harry Dean Stanton) demise while searching again for Jones (the cat) when he encountered the gaping jaws of the full-grown Alien; and the startling moment when the Alien reached out to embrace Dallas (Tom Skerritt) in the ventilation shaft, followed by a high-pitched radio squeal; and the film's final scene on the shuttle craft when the sole remaining character - a female named Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) - ready for hibernation and stripped down to mini-bikini panties and T-shirt - realized the Alien was still onboard, and how she carefully donned a spacesuit and fought the creature to the death by expelling it out of the airlock

In the opening scene, Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver) nightmare, after returning in the year 2179 as the Nostromo's sole survivor (after being in deep hyper-sleep for 57 years), that an alien emerged or was birthed from her stomach; also the scene of the gung-ho Marines finding the cocooned-corpses of the colonists (with one still alive as a bloody chestburster emerged from her chest) in the large alien egg chamber of the nuclear-powered processing station of the seemingly-abandoned facility; also the scene of two face-huggers attacking both sole orphaned survivor Newt (Carrie Henn) and Ripley - and then Newt's capture by an alien as Ripley and Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) futilely tried to save her by opening metal flooring above her with a blowtorch; and the scary scene of Ripley's and Newt's first look at the egg-laying hissing Alien Queen mother/monster - and Ripley's final confrontation with the alien Queen stowaway after it first impaled android Bishop (Lance Henriksen) and tore him in two; she wore a walking, exo-skeletal cargo-loading shield as she fought against the beast - and then held onto the rung of an outer hatch ladder as the beast grabbed her ankle before she was ultimately able to expel the Alien into space from the airlocked hatch after a fierce struggle in the exciting climax

After the facility's chief medical officer Dr. Jonathan Clemens (Charles Dance), for whom Lt. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) had an affection, was killed by the Alien in the infirmary on the bleak and windy planet of Fiorina or "Fury" 161, in the film's scariest scene, Ripley then experienced an unnerving, close encounter with the Alien - it inspected her and hissed with its second maw in her ear, but left her unharmed

Altered States (1980)
The transformation scene where Dr. Edward Jessup (William Hurt), an experimenter in altered states using a sensory deprivation tank (in the basement of the medical school) and psychedelic drugs, regressed the evolutionary scale into a Neanderthal ape man - his anguished body pulsed in and out of a hairy ape shape, and he experienced other visions of a goat-headed crucifixion, a snake coiling around his neck, etc.

American History X (1998)
The infamous brutal and painful-to-watch curb-stomping scene in which former neo-Nazi skinhead Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) forced wounded black car thief Lawrence (Antonio David Lyons) to bite down on the sidewalk curb and then stomped on the man's head to snap his neck in half, to teach him a "real lesson"; after killing him, he spit on his body

American Psycho (2000)
The scenes of wealthy 27 year-old delusional New York stock executive serial killer Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) dancing and singing to the music of Huey Lewis and the News ("Hip To Be Square"), or Phil Collins ("Sussudio") as foreplay to violence - in one grisly instance in which he wore a clear rain-slicker in his apartment, he hit associate Paul Allen (Jared Leto) over the head with a shiny new axe head - with blood splattering over his face from the impact of the strikes (off-screen); in another scene, a nude and bloodied Bateman chased after fleeing hooker Christie (Cara Seymour) with a chainsaw and dropped it down on her from a stairwell - she died when it hit her in the back

 An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The horrific, visceral transformation scene (an Academy Award-winner for Best Makeup for Rick Baker) of backpacking American college student/tourist in the Yorkshires David Kessler (David Naughton) turning into a werewolf/lycanthrope - his body crunched and his skin bubbled as it grew hair and elongated; also the earlier scene of the werewolf's vicious attack on both American college students, Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne) and David, while in the English countryside; and the scene of the vicious attack on David's family by zombie gunmen; also the werewolf attack scenes shot from the POV of the predator

The scene of the ritualized slaughter of an ox/water buffalo by native tribesmen, juxtaposed and intercut with the killing of Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) by Willard (Martin Sheen) with a machete
In this comedic horror film set in medieval times England in 1300 AD, hero Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) was thrown into a demon-infested pit where he retrieved his confiscated chain-saw weapon and vanquished two deadites; shortly later when confronted by another hag-like deadite (Billy Bryan) who threatened: "We shall feast upon your souls" - he threatened her ("Yo, she-bitch, let's go") and then shot the monstrous creature over his shoulder with his 12-gauge shotgun ("boomstick")

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