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10 Scariest Opening Scenes in Horror Movies

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They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but in the case of horror movies you can get a good idea of how scary it’s going to be by the first few minutes. Here’s a guide to unforgettable horror openers.

10. Scream

Wes Craven re-established his horror bonafides in a big way by killing off Drew Barrymore, Scream’s most bankable star, in the first five minutes.


9. Texas Chainsaw Massacre II

Sequels can actually deliver solid openers because you’re familiar with the material, as in Tobe Hooper’s sequel where two Texas toughies get the shock of their life from Leatherface.


8. The Stepfather

This cult horror classic stars Lost’s Terry O’Quinn as a serial marrying – and murdering – psychopath. The opener establishes his character perfectly.


7. 28 Days Later

Danny Boyle’s opening sequence opens with a brief, shocking sequence of a raid on an animal testing lab, but it’s the scenes of a deserted London when protagonist Jim wakes up that make it a classic.


6. Final Destination

The plane crash that kicks off the first Final Destination movie lets you know that death can come from anywhere, even if it is just a dream.

5. Halloween

Michael Meyers is an implacable stalker in the Halloween movies, which makes the opener of the first showing him as a child killing his sister even scarier.


4. Dawn of the Dead

The opening sequence of 2004’s Dawn of the Dead reboot blew people’s minds with how it shifted from domestic calm to all-out chaos.


3. Jaws

There’s so little happening in the opening to Spielberg’s giant shark classic, but every shot is framed expertly and leads up to the beast’s first attack.


2. Black Sunday

Mario Bava’s 1960 classic begins with the film’s villain, a witch played by Barbara Steele, put to death in grisly fashion only to vow revenge from beyond the grave.


1. Ghost Ship

The rest of this flick is kind of lousy, but the way a peaceful atmosphere is created and then bathed in blood in 2002’s Ghost Ship is epic.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…