Top 25 “Oh Shit!” Moments in Horror Movies (with video)


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Here are the jump scares, third-act revelations and just plain crazy moments in horror that made us exclaim “Oh shit!” (or perhaps something even a little bit stronger). Brace yourselves!

25. Alien chest burst in “Alien” (1979)

How great would it be to go back to a time before the world was intimately familiar with the “chest-bursting” of the “Alien” movies and see poor John Hurt ruin everyone’s dinner for the very first time? How amazing it must’ve been to be sitting in a movie theater on opening night of Ridley Scott’s now-classic sci-fi horror film and see this scene with a crowd that had absolutely no idea what was coming. Due to all of the “Alien” sequels (and the unfortunate “Alien vs. Predator” spin-offs), we now barely even flinch when a “chest-bursting” happens, but back in the summer of 1979, audiences were as speechless as the cast.

24. “I know who I am!” in “Angel Heart” (1986)

Sure, you knew that Robert De Niro was the devil the whole time, with or without Mickey Rourke’s groan-inducing “Lou Cypher. Lucifer” line. But what you probably didn’t know was that Johnny Favorite, the long-lost musician who owes his soul to Satan, and Harry Angel, the seedy private investigator hired by the Prince of Darkness himself to track Johnny down, were the same person. This final revelation forced a considerable re-evaluation of all the film’s previous events – and certainly made that crazy sex scene with Lisa Bonet even more gross and a lot less hot.

23. Ending of “The Blair Witch Project” (1999)

What is this house? Who lives in it? Why won’t Michael respond to Heather’s cries shortly after disappearing from her view? Oh my god – why is Michael facing the wall … kind of in the way described in that earlier story we heard? Oh my god, why did Heather fall down? HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD? So much for sleeping a wink during the second half the summer of ’99 … and, for some, beyond.

22. Sink kill in “The Blob” (1988)

“What is this?” It’s the Blob, you fool! The underrated 1988 remake of the ’50s B-movie creature feature had the benefit of being a product of the go-for-broke ’80s, a decade in which horror filmmakers didn’t let limited resources (no CGI yet) keep them from exploring the most over-the-top indulgences of their twisted imaginations. Because of “The Blob,” we all know that the best thing to do if a sink is clogged is to walk away … to the next town. Bonus bit: Kevin Dillon exclaiming “Don’t touch him!” upon witnessing the poor dude getting sucked down the drain. Don’t worry, fella – we won’t.

21. Basketball kill in “Deadly Friend” (1986)

Anne Ramsey’s gig in-between “The Goonies” (1985) and “Throw Momma From the Train” (1987) was Wes Craven’s hey-why-not B-movie that feels like one big decompression from the fact that his “Nightmare on Elm Street” has become a series dictated by box office success and not by his own creative control. “Deadly Friend” stars Kristy Swanson as the murdered girl next door brought back to life by via a computer brain that used to be inside a robot dog (yeah). Zombie robot girls can do lots of cool things, like throw basketballs really, really hard at people’s heads.

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Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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