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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.