This is not a ‘best of’ list. This is a list of movies that failed to impress us but left us with some memorable scenes.
One couldn’t help but notice a desperate attempt fall back to sequels (Suspiria, Jeepers Creepers 3, Jigsaw, IT, Rings), but before you write the year off completely, here’s a list of some scary (and not so scary) scenes that made us snigger, and others that gave us a jump.
Don’t scroll further if you’re queasy or easily spooked.
A small town, little kids and one nasty clown, that’s more or less the premise of this film. It’s bad enough to see Pennywise in full bloom throughout IT, but this scene towards the end where our modern day monster goes dancing on a stage is a whole other league altogether. This one probably trumps all others because something as normal as a stage performance gets a grim twist. Like someone took a pleasant childhood memory and turned it into a nightmare.
- A cure for wellness
Premise: Promising young corporate heads to a seemingly shady resort atop a hill in search of his lost boss.
Scene: What he did NOT sign up for was a nice little swim with eels. He goes through hell to realise, this is, after all, A Cure For Wellness. The only other scene that gives this one tough competition is when the eels are dropped, in generous amounts, into the patient’s mouths.
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- Gerald’s Game
Premise: Middle-aged couple heads for a romantic weekend to a cabin in the woods hoping to re-ignite their love life.
Scene: Shit gets pretty real. Really fast. The worst is when the wife is catching a little snoozy (hands tied and all), and she senses something licking her feet. It’s not the dog.
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- Get Out
Premise: Mixed-race couple heads out for the weekend to meet the girl’s parents. The boyfriend only sees one problem in this – his race.
Scene: The house, the set-up, the lawn parties, are all pretty white-washed. He wakes up in the middle of the night one day, finds his girlfriend’s mother kicking it with some tea and a book. She insists on a quick chat-up. He listens, and soon finds himself hypnotized, unable to move, scream or shout. It is then when the ‘real’ him is shown falling endlessly into an abyss all the while quickly drifting away from the small window which was his conscious mind once. Check out the scene to understand this better.Not the best scene for those often find themselves wondering what it’d be like drifting through space.
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- Alien: Covenant
Premise: Aliens, foreign planet, alien carcasses, plants that make you sick, and a broken space ship.
Scene: You know you’re meat when there’s an alien tail in your shower. The worst kind of threesome there is. It starts off with a couple getting hot and heavy; alien tail makes an appearance, and the next minute there’s bucket-loads of blood.
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Premise: Damned souls who play victim to Jigsaw’s evil games.
Scene: Sand pit that fills up with sand and eventually leaves the two occupants plastered with sharp metal. Do they survive?
- Jeepers Creepers 3
Premise: Creature who comes out to feed every few years, preys on a small town.
Scene: This scene is the first where we seen the Creeper this close to a live human. Anyone who loved the first movie and skipped the second, can appreciate that.
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Premise: Tired old farmer kills wife who wants to flee the wheat-field life.
Scene: The farmer tries to make peace with what he did but knows he’s doomed when the dead wife starts to stalk him.
- The Crucifixion
Premise: A nun dies during a exorcism and leaves behind one really curious journalist.
Scene: This one, only because it’s pretty enough to belong to a frame on a wall.
- The Evil Within
Premise: A mentally disabled boy, a possessed mirror and the hunger to kill.
Scene: Where the ‘creature’ is literally unzipping a man’s skin. Makes for a good laugh.
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Premise: College hazing event where newbies are force-fed raw meat. Our main girl here didn’t like it at first but soon develops quite the craving.
Scene: She wakes up from a dream, notices her boyfriend next to her and is just about to go in for a snuggle when she realises just how bad her hunger for raw human flesh has become.