The 10 Scariest Moments From the Halloween Movies

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Mike Myers, the iconic killer from the Halloween movies, has been terrorizing us since 1978, and there have been enough horrifying moments to last us a lifetime.

With the 2007 Halloween remake airing as part of IFC’s Friday Night Frights, we’re reminiscing about some of the franchise’s more terrifying moments. Turn on all the lights and make sure you have an extra change of underwear on hand as we rundown some of the scariest moments to ever come out of the Halloween movies.

1. Karen’s Jacuzzi Death, Halloween II 

Oh, Karen. Don’t you know you’re not supposed to go off and have a romantic jacuzzi soak with your BF when you’re supposed to be looking after your patients? Unlucky for you, Myers was there to remind you.

2. Annie’s Backseat Strangulation, Halloween

If only Annie had checked in the backseat of her car in case some maniac was waiting to strangle her from behind. But that didn’t happen, and now we all are cursed to double check our cars before driving alone at night.

3. The Death of Nurse Daniels, Halloween II (2009)

The death of Nurse Daniels, played by Octavia Spencer, may not be the most creative of Myers’ kills, but it was one of the most brutal ways to go. She never gave up the will to live as she attempted to drag her bloodied body across the floor, but safety never came.

4. The Death of Bob Simms, Halloween

It’s not the pop out from the door to the right. It’s not the knife straight through Robert’s body and into the wall. It’s not the spooky shadows or the ghostly cracked-open door. It’s the underlying anticipation! We know it’s only a matter of time before Robert was hacked and slashed, but the suspense is killer.

5. Lynda van der Klok Meets Michael Myers, Halloween

If you want to stay alive in a horror movie, you must follow the fundamental rule — if you want to live, keep it in your pants. After Myers stabs her boo Bob, he comes for Lynda dressed underneath a white sheet and wearing Bob’s glasses. Michael Myers is the ultimate spokesman for abstinence.

6. Michael Chases Laurie, Halloween

Mike Myers practically invented the chase scene in horror movies. The killer takes his time while his victims frantically run around looking for a way out or a safe place to hide. Myers chasing Jamie Lee Curtis in the original Halloween still holds up to its infamy today.

7. Jamie Lloyd Meets a Corn Thresher, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers 

There’s nothing scarier than seeing a real-life bogeyman, but that was little Jamie Lloyd’s cross to bear. After being terrorized by her uncle as a child, Jamie grew up to be terrorized some more, and she finally met her end after Myers cornered her in a farm house. The Halloween killer has executed some pretty creative kills throughout his legacy, but throwing his niece in a corn thresher is tops.

8. John Strode’s Face Gets Melted Off, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers 

Raiders of the Lost Ark melted the faces off the baddies, and Halloween did more or less the same thing with poor John Strode. After getting tossed like a rag doll onto dangerous electrical circuits, Strode was not offered a quick and painless death.

9. Deadly Jaywalking, Halloween II 

There’s a price to pay for dressing up like Mike Myers. The price is death by fire. Ben Tramer of Halloween II ran away from the cops, and in the heat of the moment failed to look both ways before crossing the street. If it wasn’t the impact of the oncoming car that killed him, the fiery explosion sure did.

10. Product Testing, Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Mike Myers wasn’t in the third Halloween movie, subtitled Season of the Witch, but this death is still just as disturbing. When Joe Kupfer and his family go to the Silver Shamrock Novelties factory, poor little Buddy is the first to go — and in one of the most creepy ways possible. The fall to the ground isn’t scary, but the bugs and snakes oozing from his face (or wherever!) still haunts our nightmares.

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Weird Roles

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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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

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

David Byrne Dancing
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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

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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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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