10 Scariest Horror Movie Scenes Of All Time

Ready to get scared?

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As the days grow colder and nights become longer, that can only mean one thing – Halloween is on its way and the time for binge-watching horror flicks is about to begin.

Everyone always has that one movie they'll never forget because it scared them so much they couldn't sleep without the light on for a week or have straight-up refused to watch the movie ever again.

However, throughout time horror has changed, as most films nowadays don't rely on jump scares as much as they rely on the disturbing and slow burn scares that tend to have a greater impact than, say, a classic monster/killer jumping into the screen.

With this list, we are focusing on the ten scariest horror movie scenes, ranging from classic to modern-day films.

It's important to note that there is no shortage of excellent horror movie scares In fact, even some of the supposed D-grade pictures can at times have more genuinely terrifying moments than traditionally 'good' features.

Still, the following scenes - with some subjectivity, of course - are ones that have kept plentiful horror hounds talking over the years.

10. The Exorcist III - The Nurse

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While The Exorcist III didn't live up to the first film, it still gave us one of the all-time great scares.

The Exorcist author William Peter Blatty makes his directorial debut here, writing and directing The Exorcist III, and bringing back Father Damien Karras, who is discovered to be still alive but confined to a psych ward.

Father Karras has no memory of what happened earlier in his life to land him in this ward. Instead, his body has been possessed by the 'Gemini Killer' who has kicked off a series of gruesome murders.

The Gemini Killer possesses other patients in the hospital, causing them to commit brutal murders. The scene in question shows an extended hospital corridor with a night nurse going about her duty, checking a room off camera and then going back to her desk.

Immediately, the room door reopens, and a figure dressed as a white nun appears behind her with giant shears. The scene then cuts to a decapitated statue, implying the nurse's fate. This sequence works so well due to the fact there was absolutely no build to the scare at all.

As we see the nurse walking around, all we hear is the sound of her footsteps and doors opening and closing. There's no backing track to suspect a scare would happen any time soon.

Then, suddenly, as the white nun appears, a sharp zoom and screeching music happen all at once, creating one big scare for the audience.

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