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20 Most Iconic Horror Movie Scenes of All Time

Not many film genres have their very own season ... but horror does. From early October to the wee hours of November 1, a horror freak's
fancy turns to all things cinematic in nature. And that doesn't just
mean "Hey, let's throw 'Halloween' in again"; in the past weeks Twitter
has been awash with requests on "which horror classic I should watch," a
question that is music to any horror fan's ears. We'll be focusing on
some smaller, stranger, and even imported horror titles later in the
month, but starting today we'll be offering you a daily dose of truly
iconic horror.

Cynics may want to exclude themselves from the party, however, since all 20 of the movies we're about to cover are exceedingly well-known films.
That's the tough part about finding "iconic" scenes: obscure films
rarely have them. But we do have 20 of the most instantly recognizable
horror scenes on tap, complete with commentary from some seriously
knowledgeable genre lords. So feel free to guess which horror flicks
we're about to applaud for, and then when we're all done you can share
the "OMG no-brainers!" we "like, totally forgot." We can always do a
sequel next Halloween.

Check out the full list of 20 most iconic horror scenes -- which we'll keep updating all the way up to the announcement of No. 1 on October 31
-- below. Or, just come on back to the
Moviefone Blog every day at noon to see each scene as it's revealed.

20. 'Hellraiser': Pinhead's Arrival

19. 'The Fly': Help Meeee!

18. 'The Ring': Samara Crawls Out of the TV

17. 'The Amityville Horror' Screams "Get Out!"

16. 'Night of the Living Dead': Opening Graveyard Scene

15. 'A Nightmare on Elm Street': Bathtub Claw

14. 'The Omen': Nanny Suicide

13. 'Rosemary's Baby' Revealed

12. 'Frankenstein': "It's Alive!"

11. The 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' Door Slam

10. 'American Werewolf in London' Transformation

9. 'Carrie': Blood Shower

8. 'Friday the 13th': Jason Flips Out

'Scream': "Do You Like Scary Movies?"

6. 'Poltergeist': They're Heeeere!

5. 'Halloween': Opening Scene

4. 'The Shining': "Heeere's Johnny!"

3. 'Alien': Chestburster

2. 'The Exorcist': Pea Soup & Head Spins

1. 'Psycho': Shower Scene

Source: Moviefone

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Comment by MothGirl Wings on November 3, 2010 at 3:40am
John Barrymore's transformation scene in "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (1920) - one of the most iconic scenes in a horror film, ever ever ever. Peter Lorre in "Mad Love" with that very insane mask on - Lionel Barrymore, dressed as an old lady in "Devil Doll" (1935), several scenes in "The Old Dark House" (1932), especially the end one where the insane brother who has been locked in the attic is freed, are remarkably atmospheric and truly scary. And blood and gore and over the top special effects are nowhere in sight - they didn't need them - those films trump the more modern day films any and every day.
Comment by MothGirl Wings on November 3, 2010 at 3:27am
Bela Lugosi is quite wonderful as Igor in the Universal Frankenstein sequels, and needs to be included here. His role in "Island Of Lost Souls" is also particularly iconic and memorable when he asks "are we not men?". Dozens of amazing moments in horror films come to mind, but I don't see them mentioned on your list. Where is Lon Chaney Jr in "The Wolfman", or Claude Rains as "The Invisible Man" or Max Shreck in "Nosferatu"? And on and on, I can think of so very many more wonderful actors and films that have been totally overlooked.......
Comment by MothGirl Wings on November 3, 2010 at 3:18am
I don't care for any horror films past the 1950ts, (with the exception of Hammer Horror) and really hate the way gore became part of that genre - so my faves would all be from the Silents, the early Universal horror films, and some of the Hammer horror as well as some of Roger Corman's films. Let me go think on this one - ahhh, I do make one exception for post classic era horror and that would be Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu" - some excellent scenes in that.
Comment by Classic Movie Man on November 1, 2010 at 5:39am
Not a huge fan of horror films past the classic era I would have some silents in there probably bits from Caligari, Nosferatu and the unveilng scene of Chaney from Phantom of the Opera. Also not much love in this list for the Universal horror films only one example appears very stingy surely that series includes the most iconic horror films of all. The introduction of Lugosi in Dracula (1931), the coming to life of The Mummy (1932) and the unveiling of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) immediately come to mind.

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