Best Horror Scenes

  1. I’ve been sitting on this entry for many weeks now, at a loss for how to talk about this film. Watching it can put you in remarkably uncomfortable place. Angst is thoroughly unpleasant. Completely devoid of entertainment value and a protagonist, Angst is more like a study of psychopathy with a Director of Photography that opted to completely reinvent the way you shoot a film. The camera work is legendary, including a crane shot early in the film that begins high over the rooftops of a prison, then floats seamlessly down to the street where it meets The Psychopath as he exits the prison gates.

    It also makes liberal use of an early, ad hoc version of a SnorriCam, a camera device rigged to the body of the actor, usually facing the actor, to create the appearance of them remaining stationary while everything around them moves. A full 13+ years before the actual SnorriCam was officially invented, they take the concept one step further and use a custom rig that allows the camera to capture its subject in 360º. Instead of the camera being anchored to the environment, it’s anchored to The Psychopath, and in turn, the viewer. The effect is disconcerting and dizzying, and incredibly effective.

    Angst is often spoken about in the same sentence as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and I can understand why. Both are incredibly bleak studies on a disturbed and violent mind whose motivation seems to be driven purely by the desire to murder. Both also feel very, very real at times, and are incredibly punishing and difficult to get through.

    “Recommend” isn’t a word I would use with a film like this, but if you’re looking for a unique experience in Horror, are interested in seeing a different approach that is completely unflinching, undecorated, spare, and undeniably groundbreaking, or maybe you just want your day ruined while also being wildly inspired, this may be the film for you!

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    “Best Horror Scenes” is a collection of scenes I feel are some of the most affecting in horror. Some may be simple black cat scares, others may be more subdued or nuanced. Many come from films that aren't necessarily "horror" but have elements or threads of horror, and all have the same general effect: unease, dread, fear, shock, disgust.

    If you have recommendations for scenes to include please feel free to suggest via comments or by contacting me!

    * Obvious footnote: Clips may contain spoilers!

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  2. I’ve been sitting on this entry for many weeks now, at a loss for how to talk about this film. Watching it can put you in remarkably uncomfortable place. Angst is thoroughly unpleasant. Completely devoid of entertainment value and a protagonist, Angst is more like a study of psychopathy with a Director of Photography that opted to completely reinvent the way you shoot a film. The camera work is legendary, including a crane shot early in the film that begins high over the rooftops of a prison, then floats seamlessly down to the street where it meets The Psychopath as he exits the prison gates.

    It also makes liberal use of an early, ad hoc version of a SnorriCam, a camera device rigged to the body of the actor, usually facing the actor, to create the appearance of them remaining stationary while everything around them moves. A full 13+ years before the actual SnorriCam was officially invented, they take the concept one step further and use a custom rig that allows the camera to capture its subject in 360º. Instead of the camera being anchored to the environment, it’s anchored to The Psychopath, and in turn, the viewer. The effect is disconcerting and dizzying, and incredibly effective.

    Angst is often spoken about in the same sentence as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and I can understand why. Both are incredibly bleak studies on a disturbed and violent mind whose motivation seems to be driven purely by the desire to murder. Both also feel very, very real at times, and are incredibly punishing and difficult to get through.

    “Recommend” isn’t a word I would use with a film like this, but if you’re looking for a unique experience in Horror, are interested in seeing a different approach that is completely unflinching, undecorated, spare, and undeniably groundbreaking, or maybe you just want your day ruined while also being wildly inspired, this may be the film for you!

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    View all scenes at besthorrorscenes.com

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    “Best Horror Scenes” is a collection of scenes I feel are some of the most affecting in horror. Some may be simple black cat scares, others may be more subdued or nuanced. Many come from films that aren't necessarily "horror" but have elements or threads of horror, and all have the same general effect: unease, dread, fear, shock, disgust.

    If you have recommendations for scenes to include please feel free to suggest via comments or by contacting me!

    * Obvious footnote: Clips may contain spoilers!

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  3. When I discover a film I feel is really special in some way, I usually drag as many people to the theater as possible to see it with me before it’s banished to the streaming realm forever. I’m always excited by the challenge of choosing people I’m sure will enjoy it as much as I do, but I’m not always right.

    With Under the Skin (2013), I had about a 50% success rate with people either really loving it or really hating it. With Let the Right One In (2008), I hit a near 100% success rate with the only complaint being having to read subtitles (which is clearly not a complaint about the movie and says more about the viewer). With Blue Ruin I hit my first home run (did I use that sportsball metaphor correctly?). Now, I’ve only shared it with about 4–5 people, but across the board everyone really loved the movie.

    Director Jeremy Saulnier needs to write the handbook for making great films on a small budget. The budget for this film was around $420,000, which is just remarkable. I’ve never made a film, but this just seems like an impossible challenge. I’d love to know how they pulled it off. I’m so glad they did.

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    “Best Horror Scenes” is a collection of scenes I feel are some of the most affecting in horror. Some may be simple black cat scares, others may be more subdued or nuanced. Many come from films that aren't necessarily "horror" but have elements or threads of horror, and all have the same general effect: unease, dread, fear, shock, disgust.

    If you have recommendations for scenes to include please feel free to suggest via comments or by contacting me!

    * Obvious footnote: Clips may contain spoilers!

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  4. It’s not Horror, it’s Haneke.™

    I dare you to watch this film without looking away once. I dare you to watch almost any Haneke film without looking away. They’re very often confrontational and require work on the viewer’s part to decode. I’ve finished Haneke films with other people where nobody really agreed on what we all just watched (The White Ribbon (2009), which is incredible).

    The Piano Teacher isn’t quite so oblique but it’s definitely a challenging watch. Isabelle Huppert’s performance is one to be studied. In fact, there are several actors that have referenced this performance as inspiration for their own award-winning performances. I do wonder, though, with an actor of this calibre, how do you say, “Um, Mrs. Huppert, in this scene I’m gonna need you to masturbate feverishly while huffing a stranger’s discarded sperm-soaked tissue.” I’m just glad we have someone like Haneke to ask the tough questions.

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    “Best Horror Scenes” is a collection of scenes I feel are some of the most affecting in horror. Some may be simple black cat scares, others may be more subdued or nuanced. Many come from films that aren't necessarily "horror" but have elements or threads of horror, and all have the same general effect: unease, dread, fear, shock, disgust.

    If you have recommendations for scenes to include please feel free to suggest via comments or by contacting me!

    * Obvious footnote: Clips may contain spoilers!

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  5. Orphan is a little too slick for its own good. It looks and feels stylistically like so many other films, which in turn made it difficult for me to really recall anything specific about the film other than the final act. I did remember that I was surprised at how much I liked it, so I gave it a re-watch.

    It is much better than you might expect it to be. Isabelle Fuhrman, who plays the titular orphan, is phenomenal and really makes the film work. Vera Farmiga is great but I grew very tired of the frequent weeping sessions, which she tends to lean on a bit too much. Peter Sarsgaard is creepy, and not in a good way. More in the completely two-dimensional male ego way. There is a sort of weak backstory for the family that’s entirely unnecessary, not really used, and barely even touched on.

    I wouldn’t consider this my first choice if I were digging through the archives looking for something to watch, but it isn’t half bad for a back-up plan. If it wasn’t for Isabelle Fuhrman’s performance, I’d pass this one over completely.

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    “Best Horror Scenes” is a collection of scenes I feel are some of the most affecting in horror. Some may be simple black cat scares, others may be more subdued or nuanced. Many come from films that aren't necessarily "horror" but have elements or threads of horror, and all have the same general effect: unease, dread, fear, shock, disgust.

    If you have recommendations for scenes to include please feel free to suggest via comments or by contacting me!

    * Obvious footnote: Clips may contain spoilers!

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Best Horror Scenes

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“Best Horror Scenes” is a collection of scenes I feel are some of the most affecting in horror. Some may be simple black cat scares, others may be more subdued or nuanced. Many come from films that aren't necessarily “horror” but have elements or threads…


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“Best Horror Scenes” is a collection of scenes I feel are some of the most affecting in horror. Some may be simple black cat scares, others may be more subdued or nuanced. Many come from films that aren't necessarily “horror” but have elements or threads of horror, and all have the same general effect: unease, dread, fear, shock, disgust, etc.

* Obvious footnote: Clips may contain spoiler

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