The Most Frightening Horror Scenes You’ll Ever See


Jaws had two scenes that were scenes I would have to say were two of the most frightening scenes I had ever seen. The first opened the movie and the last was towards the end of the movie.

A young lady decides to go skinny-dipping with a friend however due to the friend being intoxicated he falls to sleep while attempting to shed his clothes.

Seconds later the young lady unfortunately discovers lurking nearby the reason most people are afraid to go in the ocean, a great white shark that will not only attack her but she will not live, as some do, to talk about it.

The music that we’ve come to recognize even many years after seeing the movie as the music from the movie Jaws along with the mounting suspense were very essential elements to this extremely terrifying scene. But what most people remember about that scene was the woman’s screams as she was being eaten alive, right before she was dragged under the water for the last time.

Robert Shaw’s character, Quint, shark hunter and more modern up to date version of Melville’s captain Ahab archetype also is devoured by the shark but his killing was nothing like what was previously seen in the movie. If you weren’t truly moved by seeing this man being dragged from the boat in the mouth of that monstrous sea creature, then you should have checked your pulse.

I still remember when the helpless man slides to the end of the boat where the shark waited with its mouth agape. As the man entered the mouth the shark the shark bites down into the midsection of the man with its razor-sharp teeth sending blood spewing from the man’s mouth.

Fortunately for him, the ordeal would be over very soon, but not before we, as an audience would see one of the most graphic and truly terrifying scenes ever put on film.


There are so many truly disturbing things about the climatic sequence in this movie I truly don’t know where to start. For starters, Jo Beth Williams’ character slipped into their unfinished in-ground pool that was filled with muddy water and was suddenly surrounded by a horde of skeletons. If that wasn’t enough, what about the coffins that suddenly jutted to the surface filled with even more skeletons inside? If being surrounded by that much death doesn’t get to you then maybe you should again, check your pulse.

And considering the rate at which everything was happening during the sequence if you wanted to catch your breath Steven Spielberg made that all but impossible.

The Exorcist

In my opinion much of Reagan’s possession that was portrayed on screen was if not frightening, it was certainly disturbing. But what disturbed me the most was when the young girl takes on the form of a contortionist “from hell” and walks down the steps basically bent over backwards. It doesn’t get anymore disturbing than that let me tell you.


The scene when Laurie Strode, Jamie Lee Curtis’ character appears to be trapped in the closet and doomed to die at the hands of Michael Myers. The tension alone that John Carpenter was able to build during that exact moment made that scene one of the cornerstone scenes of the movie. Of course his signature musical score helped to inject a tremendous about a tension into that moment as well.

An American Werewolf in London

The opening sequence in of ” An American Werewolf in London “, Griffin Dun’s character “Jack” is torn to pieces by the werewolf. His terrifying screams as he is being mauled is sure to leave an indelible mark upon the psyche long after the sound enters the viewer’s hearing. The scene is one for the ages and arguably one of the most terrifying scenes ever put to film.


Psycho was made before a time when there were as not as much killing in horror movies as there are today. In fact if I’m not mistaken there were three people killed in the movie but the most notable and frightening was the “shower scene”, where Janet Lee’s character was hacked to death by Norman Bates’ alter ego, “mother”.

And even though the scene was shot in black and white, as the rest of the most was, due to the director’s decision to lessen the shock value from people seeing so much blood that was shown in the scene, the scene was still very unsettling and undoubtedly one of the most well-known horror movie scenes in motion picture history.


In “Mirrors” Keifer Sutherland’s character’s sister played by Amy Smart was laying in the bathtub taking a bath and then suddenly something comes over her and she began placing both of her hands in her mouth. If you’ve seen the movie you know what comes next. She begins ripping her mouth from her lower jaw, which was a very disturbing sight.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

I would be remiss if I didn’t add “A Nightmare on Elm Street” to our list of some of the most frightening scenes ever put on film. Because whenever there is a horror movie where the killer (Freddy Krueger) wears a glove with razor- sharp blades on it, you undoubtedly will have a scene or two in the movie where someone will be sliced up pretty badly. And that is exactly what happened in our next scene.

Freddy Krueger decides to “crash the party” of a young couple that’s looking to “mix it up” under the sheets. Which is where the young lady found herself, under the sheets awaiting her friend who was in the bathroom.

In her anticipation of what was to come she suddenly realizes someone under the sheets with her, someone other than her friend. Before she knows what hit her, that someone, Freddy Krueger, tears her flesh to shreds, absolutely slaughtering her and peppering her bedroom walls with so much blood that the room looked as though some type of animal had been hacked to pieces in there. The scene was not only one of the best scenes in the movie it also was one of the most disturbing and frightening scenes I’ve every scene on screen.

If you managed to see any or possibly all of the movies I have recounted here, then you know how essential these scenes were to their respective movies. Not only were they “water cooler” scenes many of them for some people were very unsettling and for others very frightening.