What’s on my mind this Halloween night? Blood, guts, and those wonderful scares that have you peeing your pants. As a horror movie lover, Halloween is one of my favorite nights of the year. Not only do I get to scare people without feeling guilty, I also get to watch scary movies 24/7. It’s paradise for a freak like me. While everyone enjoys watching the non-spooky classics like Hocus Pocus on ABC Family, what I really need is some gore. Which is why I have compiled this list of the 10 bloodiest and best horror movie scenes to whet your appetite for flesh. Note: this list does not include every bloody scene because there are just too many to name. But it has a bunch of the really good ones.
1. The Shining (1980)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd
No one can deny it, Stephen King is the master of all things horror. There is a reason movies adapted from his books appear twice on this list. While I am currently obsessed with everything King has ever written, it is true that nearly every novel features blood, gore, and scares in every sentence. I have to mention that the book for The Shining is even scarier than the movie, but the film is certainly a classic. One of the scarier scenes is when Wendy (Shelley Duvall) is searching for whoever attacked her young son Danny (Danny Lloyd). She stumbles on a couple of gallons of blood pouring out of the elevator doors. It’s one of the images that sticks with you when you see the movie, and more than earns a place on this list.
‘The Shining’ – Elevator Scene
2. Carrie (1976)
Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Sissey Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving
The second of the Stephen King entries, Carrie also has an iconic scene involving a gallon of blood. While what happens after telekinetic teen Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is doused with pig’s blood at the prom is certainly terrifying, it’s that picture of her waving and smiling just before the thick red liquid hits her that is really memorable. Because we all know what happens when Carrie gets angry, and it results in one of the biggest bloodbaths in cinema. While it’s now become popular to fight against bullying, all you need to do is watch Carrie to see what happens when you pick on that weird quiet girl in your class. You never know – she could go crazy and kill all of you with her secret powers. The re-make, directed by Kimberly Pierce and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, is due out March 15, 2013 and it certainly looks like it will live up to the original.
‘Carrie’ Trailer – 2013
3. The Thing (1982)
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David
While not as well known as that other John Carpenter classic, Halloween, The Thing is certainly memorable for it’s bloody good scenes of gore. Set in Antarctica, it features a group of men on a scientific base who encounter a dog running away from a Swedish guy with a gun. When the guy starts threatening to kill the members of team in order to continue his pursuit of the husky, the Swede gets taken out by MacReady (Kurt Russell). But when the dog takes refuge with the other animals in the pen, it becomes clear that not everything is as it seems. It’s beautiful and completely disgusting to watch the alien dog attack the rest of the pups. The Thing is way ahead of it’s time in terms of special effects, and the gore in this movie is definitely fun to watch.
‘The Thing’ – Dog Scene
4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Heald
Not only is the movie a wonderful thriller, it also features on of the freakiest death scenes ever. Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) has the honor of being one of the scariest villains of all time. As the incredibly smart murderer who likes to eat human liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti, Lector kills with a precision and frenzy that is wonderful to watch. The award for bloodiest scene has to go to his escape plan, which involves skinning several people alive and putting them on display. While the image is taken out whenever the movie plays on television, it has been burned into my mind ever since I saw the unedited version. That bloody, deadly angel like figure tied to the prison cell will always give me chills.
‘The Silence of the Lambs’ – Escape Scene
5. Saw (2004)
Director: James Wan
Cast: Cary Elwes, Leigh Wannell
While I will be the first to admit that this series has gone on for way too long, the first movie was definitely one of the best horror films of it’s time. The unique mixture of suspense, mystery, and what would be called “torture porn” made for a fun new look at terror. When you have Wesley from The Princess Bride (Cary Elwes) as a doctor who cuts off his own foot, you obviously have scary film gold. And while it spawned 6 progressively worse sequels, the original still holds up. The film starts out with two men chained to the pipes in a bathroom with a dead body in the middle of the floor. What happens after that is truly terrifying and twisted. But the ending is what takes the cake, with Dr. Lawrence Gordon finally using a saw on his flesh. It is gruesome and painful to watch, but it is completely impossible to get it out of your head.
‘Saw’ – The Ending
6. Psycho (1960)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
This may seem a bit cliche, considering it’s a classic, but Psycho needs to be honored on this list. It pretty much invented the slasher film genre, and it’s still pretty creepy even today. Hitchcock was a genius, and the shower scene is iconic. While they may have used chocolate syrup instead of fake blood, it still feels the same – especially when you hear that music. By the way, there is also a re-make of this movie and it stars Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates. Don’t even bother watching it – it’s absolutely terrible.
‘Psycho’ – The Shower Scene
7. Poltergeist (1982)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Cast: JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Craig T. Nelson
Special effects has gotten to the point where we can see a bunch of giant blue people on the screen and they look completely real. But back in the 80′s they were still figuring some things out. But when you see a guy rip off his own face in a bathroom mirror, whether it looks a little dated or not, the image will stick with you. It’s not the most well known scene from a film filled with great lines and scares, but I think it deserves a little more recognition. Not only does it have an exploding steak and a maggoty piece of chicken, but then the guy starts tearing off his own flesh. Poltergeist follows a family as they deal with the paranormal happenings inside their home. The really scary thing? It’s based off of real haunting experiences – Steven Spielberg (who helped write the film) simply took several different signs of ghost activity, amped them up, and mixed them together to create drama. Good luck sleeping in a house after that.
‘Poltergeist’ – The Bathroom Scene
8. Alien (1979)
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
This movie is one that is close to my heart. The first time I watched it, I was so scared that I didn’t sleep for several nights. Since that night I have actually had to research the movie to death in order to make it less terrifying. I know more about the production of Alien than almost anyone, and if you watch it with me I’m sure to annoy you with my constant factual interruptions. For instance, the iconic scene of everyone eating dinner after Kane (John Hurt) wakes up from his little nap with an alien embryo attached to his face was filmed without telling the other actors what was going to happen. So when the little alien bursts from the guy’s chest, the reactions on everyone else’s faces are absolutely genuine, and probably match what happened to my face while viewing the scene. Oh boy, is it a bloody good time.
‘Alien’ – Alien Birth
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Director: Wes Craven
Cast: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
As Johnny Depp’s first movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street certainly lives up to the rest of his career with Tim Burton. He may have been cast as the pretty boy who dies pretty early on in the film, it’s definitely memorable. I mean, he gets sucked into a bed that spews blood everywhere – what could be more awesome than that? The villain Freddy Kruger haunts the dreams of a bunch of teenagers, killing them while they sleep. When Glen (Johnny Depp) can’t stay awake he finally gets the Freddy treatment. The moral of the story is that you shouldn’t go to sleep, or wear belly shirts.
‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ – Glen’s Death
10. American Psycho (2000)
Director: Mary Harron
Cast: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Jared Leto
While Christian Bale might be known for fighting the Joker as Batman in The Dark Knight, he once played an incredibly convincing serial killer. The creepy thing about Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is that he can talk so calmly about the random facts of a rock and roll band while he’s preparing to chop someone in half. Nearly every death in that film is bloody, but considering how much I love “It’s Hip to be Square” by Huey Lewis and the News (which is also featured in Back to the Future), this one happens to be my favorite. Watch and enjoy the blood and the gore.
‘American Psycho’ – It’s Hip to Be Square
So that’s it, the list of some of the bloodiest horror scenes. I hope you enjoyed re-living some of the gore on this Halloween night. Only 365 days until next year’s fear fest…
If you have any scenes that you would like to add, make sure to comment below!