Friday, October 15, 2010

The scariest shots of all time?

My dear friend Kimberly Scampone (who runs her own film site here) came up with a freaky idea for a topic: The scariest movie shots of all time.

Her choice was certainly a good one: the shot of Jack frozen at the end of The Shining.

So the wheels/reels of my movie-mad mind started turning. What did I think were the scariest shots of all time? Here are a few of mine, in no particular order, save for the last.

The close-up of Janet Leigh's mouth in the shower scene of Psycho.

The subtle change in Anthony Perkins' visage at the tail end of the same film.

Raymond Burr's "death stare" directly into the camera when he realizes he's being watched in Rear Window.

The chilling shot of Robert Walker, all calm, cool and concentrated during the tennis match in Strangers on a Train.

The first track-in/zoom out in Vertigo

And lest people think all my choices are Hitch shots, I would also go for the blood pouring from the elevators in The Shining.

The shot of Michael Meyers verrry slowly rising in the background in Halloween.

The very first shot of Anthony Perkins in Silence of the Lambs.

The shot of blood spurting from Linda Blair during one of her medical procedures in The Exorcist.

The chest-burster baring its teeth in Alien.

And finally, the only shot that has ever made me scream out loud  - the chumming scene from Jaws.

This list cannot possibly be all inclusive, so I want to see LOTS  of comments on this. (Note: The selections do NOT have to be from horror movies.)  If I don't get them, I'm going to find you, clamp the Clockwork Orange device on your head and make you watch ALL these shots on an endless loop so that you'll have nightmares for the next 20 years!


ME said...

Oh my did you pick them. I would have to agree that Jack is the craziest looking person I have ever seen in The Shining. It will be forever burned in my memory. Anthony Perkins takes a very close second.

ME said...

Also Strangers on a Train when we see his image in the woman's glasses on the ground.

Allison M. Dickson said...

The overhead shot of "mother" running from the room with the knife raised at the detective in Psycho. OMG! Gets me every time!

Also, the shot of the girl's hand coming out of the top of the well in The Ring got me. As well as most of the shots in the video from that movie. The image of that burning tree in particular.

The shot of the wheelchair at the end of that shadowy hallway in Session 9 also freaked me right the hell out.

All of your shots were excellent picks. And it's fitting you picked a lot of Hitch, because his movies were shot so brilliantly that you can remember shots like individual pictures.