Question of the week: your favourite horror shock

After last week’s favourite comedy moment, it’s time to go on a great mental trek to ask this week’s question:

What’s your favourite horror shock? You know, which moment in a horror movie (or TV show) most gave you the willies?

My favourite horror movie is still The Thing, but this is my favourite horror movie shock:

Answers below or on your own blog, please




  • TemplarJ

    That was exactly what I was going to put forward! I saw a whole cinema audience reduced to gibbering wrecks after that.
    There’s a good one involving a bus and a (cheerleader?) in Final Destination as well that had a similar effect. But the next best is the end of Blair Witch Project, that gave me weeks of willies, and not in a good way.

  • The finale of Blair Witch Project is very scary, it almost makes up for the mind numbing tedium that comes before it. *shudder*
    Most of The Shining qualifies for me. I have to be feeling particularly brave to re-watch that film.

  • SK

    I tend not to get shocked in horror films, because knowing the genre of the film I’m watching means I am expecting some kind of shock, even if I don’t know exactly what.
    That said, I do remember the first sight of one of the monsters (on the low-light camcorder picture) in The Descent, standing next to one of the oblivious cavers.

  • Ooh, ooh, just remembered – the ending to the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Great shock ending.

  • Gareth Williams

    Can I be a pain and ask if anyone knows the answer to the following question (this topic is close enough to allow me an excuse to ask):
    I was watching After.Life, it’s not good, and they used one of the oldest, clíched scenes in horror: The ceiling lights going out one at a time as someone is walking/running down the corridor.
    Does anyone know what the first film to use this scene was, i.e. when it was original?

  • First watch of Ringu – knew what was going to happen (knew enough about the film) but still jumped a ****ing mile high when the bit with the TV near the end happens…. eek!
    Agree about the Shining being just super unnerving.

  • “First watch of Ringu – knew what was going to happen (knew enough about the film) but still jumped a ****ing mile high when the bit with the TV near the end happens…. eek!Agree about the Shining being just super unnerving.”
    The original Ringu is bloody unnerving because it’s so alien and weird in places, and the ending – wow.

  • “First watch of Ringu – knew what was going to happen (knew enough about the film) but still jumped a ****ing mile high when the bit with the TV near the end happens…. eek!Agree about the Shining being just super unnerving.”
    The original Ringu is bloody unnerving because it’s so alien and weird in places, and the ending – wow.