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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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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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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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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…