WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Also, a few SPOILERS are ahead for some of the films on my list.
With James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 hitting theaters this week, I thought I’d make a list based on one of my favorite movie genres: horror. This list was made with the intention of bringing you what I consider to be some “out of left field” movie scenes from a select few horror movies. What I mean by that, is these scenes sort of appear out of place and don’t necessarily go right along with the story. You may be watching these films and wonder: “Where did that scene come from, and why was it used in the film?” This was how I felt when I watched these scenes on this list.
A few of these scenes listed here appear randomly and can distract the viewers from the main storyline. However, that’s not to say that these scenes aren’t scary. Quite a few of these scenes have even given me nightmares. To be frank, I have had nightmares after only viewing some of these scenes for the first time. Here is my list of the “Top 5 Horror Movie Scenes That Appeared Out of Nowhere.”
5. Cleopatra’s Demise: Freaks (1932)
Freaks is one of the most controversial horror films in history, but it also has one of the craziest endings in film history. Cleopatra, a trapeze con-artist, gets her due by the end of the film. The freaks get their revenge by disfiguring her and turning her into a freak herself. They melt the flesh off her hands to resemble duck-like feet while also cutting off her legs and deforming her torso by placing feathers all over her. Watch the freaky ending below:
The film’s ending is a big change of pace for the characters. They are shown as gentle beings, part of one happy family in a sideshow. The freaks take care of one another and look out for each other. However, when threatened they will strike, and boy, did they ever strike back against Cleopatra. I can’t say she didn’t deserve this, but this ending still shocks me to this day.
4. The Woman In Room 237: The Shining (1980)
Jack Torrence was asked by his wife Wendy to check on room 237 after his son Danny claimed he’s been strangled by someone. While slowly being taken over by the ghostly spirits, Jack investigates the room. As he enters the room, he notices a naked woman. What appears to be a young beautiful woman, however ends up becoming a hideous ghost of a dead person. Unfortunately for Jack, the ghost wasn’t as she appeared to be. Watch the scene below:
This scene was very creepy and disturbing. It certainly caught the audience by surprise, as it did with me. Many people have sympathetic memories of this unsettling movie scene.
3. Zelda: Pet Sematary (1989)
In one of the film’s side stories, Rachel discusses with her husband how she was forced by her parents to take care of her dying sister named Zelda. Her parents had asked her to feed Zelda when needed. Watch the scene here:
What makes this scene so chilling is all the makeup effects used to bring the character of Zelda to life. She’s very sick, and we see her body become skinless and her bones start to protrude out of her body. Her skin stretches as Rachel narrates and mentions how her sister is beginning to look like “some kind of monster.” You can’t tell me that this scene doesn't give anyone nightmares; it sure gave me some!
2. Face Peeling: Poltergeist (1982)
Here is yet another scene that sort of comes out of nowhere. We learned in the film Poltergeist that the house has a demonic presence surrounding it. One of the parapsychologists who is staying overnight at the house has a haunting dream where he witnesses his flesh falling off his bones. You can watch the gruesome scene below:
The scene has some great special effects, but clearly did not need to be in the film. The house was already disturbing enough with all the objects being moved spontaneously around the house, not to mention Carol Anne being taken away by the poltergeists. This scene still gives me nightmares, no matter how many times I’ve re-watched it.
1. Nazi Werewolves: An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Seriously, where the hell did this scene come from? The first time I watched this movie, this scene scared me shitless. This has to be the scariest and most frightening scene in the entire film, and of course it’s a dream sequence. None of this truly happened to the major character, but that didn’t stop me from feeling sorry for David and his family. Here is the scene:
This scene uses great makeup effects along with the rest of the creature effects as seen throughout the rest of the film. These Nazi Werewolves are a sight to behold, especially if you want to be kept up at night. The entire film is incredible, but this scene definitely did not need to be in the movie. However, it’s become a cult favorite with most fans referencing this scene when this movie is mentioned.
So those are my choices for the top 5 horror movie scenes that appeared out of nowhere. Out of the five listed, which one has scared you the most? Also, were there other scenes I missed that appeared out of place in a horror film? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section below and don’t forget to share!