If you had a chance to see Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island over the weekend, you no doubt noticed it’s quite a strange trip. Equal parts mystery, thriller and horror, it’s got a little bit of everything. I call it a nice departure for Marty, who normally sticks to conventional stories that avoid the surreal.
After exiting the theater, I began pondering other flicks I found to be particularly chilling. Specifically, individual scenes that are forever embedded in my memory for their disturbing qualities. Some are famous, others not widely known, and a couple border on the obscure.
Rest assured, they all share the common bond of being extremely ominous. So, pull up the covers and prepare for weirdness. Here are ten creepy movie scenes. (SPOILERS DEAD AHEAD!)
10. “Meet Frank” from Donnie Darko
Whether you love or loathe Donnie Darko, you gotta give it props for being out of the ordinary. Whenever Frank appears, I twist in my seat. I think it’s the distorted voice that makes him so unpleasant. Either that or the damn rabbit suit. Or maybe the nightmarish musical score. Nah, it’s all three.
9. “Dueling Pedophiles” from Lolita (1962)
On the surface, this clip seems pretty tame. Until you realize that Clare Quilty (Peter Sellers) and Humbert Humbert (James Mason) both like sleeping with underage girls. Quilty’s uncomfortable exchange with Humbert can be best described as one lying, lecherous sicko trying to one-up another. This pair is anything but “normal.”
8. “The Mystery Man” from Lost Highway
Pick a scene from any David Lynch film and there’s a better than average shot it’s creepy. The eccentric writer/director really knows how to make an audience uneasy (and frustrated). Who the hell is the pasty-faced freak show played by Robert Blake? Your guess is as good as mine.
7. “Simon Says” from Session 9
This surprising little indie fright-fest is perfect viewing for a cold stormy night. There’s something dangerous lurking inside the abandoned walls of Danvers State Mental Hospital besides asbestos. It’s an unearthly force that preys on the weak-minded. This film is fu**ing eerie with a capital E.
6. “Hot and Cold” from Funny Games
Why watch the remake when the original will do? A gruesome twosome drag an innocent family into the depths of hell laughing all the way. Writer/director Michael Haneke’s dark study on the artifice of fictional violence is chock-full of chilling scenes. Here’s one of the best. Wink.
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