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Jancy Richardson

There's nothing like a long, hot shower at the end of an exhausting day... except for when a deranged lunatic decides to stab you in the back. From the gory to the creepy, the shower has played a big part in some of horror's greatest moments — check out 10 of the best horror movie shower scenes!

10. Evil Dead (2013)

Antagonist: Scalding hot water

How scary is it? Being scalded on bare flesh is an unpleasant idea, but compared to other imagery in Evil Dead, it doesn't seem so bad.

9. Arachnophobia (1990)

Type: Spiders

How scary is it? Yeah, OK, it's only a spider, but considering that this could totally happen for real, it's definitely pretty scary.

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

Antagonist: Whips

How scary is it? Less scary than wonderfully eroticized, the dramatic visuals of this ultra gay/BDSM sequel conjure up what Pinhead might consider a quiet night in.

7. Carrie (1976)

Antagonist: Menstruation, Teenage Bullies

How scary is it? Again, it's the realism that makes this scene, but it's more upsetting than scary. Carrie's very real pain and fear — played to perfection by Sissy Spacek at her finest — are what give this moment its last effect.

6. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Antagonist: Slasher

How scary is it? Seeing smart-mouthed Meg stabbed in the back isn't so much terrifying as confusing: for those watching Sleepaway Camp for the first time, the pool of suspects is narrowing. Just who the hell is killing all the kids at camp?

5. Dressed to Kill (1980)

Antagonist: Slasher

How scary is it? The idea of an intruder lurking in the house, especially when you're naked and vulnerable, is a very real fear for most people. De Palma exploits our fears to great effect in this classic slasher thriller.

4. Final Destination (2000)

Antagonist: Supernatural strangulation

How scary is it? The 'accidents' in the first Final Destination movie are executed well, provoking empathy from viewers despite the far-fetched Tom and Jerry set-ups. This wild, flailing victim struggling against asphyxiation is particularly painful.

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Antagonist: Threat of drowning

How scary is it? The fear of drowning is a particularly claustrophobic one, and the desperation in this typically imaginative Nightmare on Elm Street scene is palpable.

2. IT (1990)

Antagonist: Pennywise the Clown

How scary is it? It's a freaking evil clown popping through the floor of the showers when you're butt-ass naked! It's insanely scary!

1. Psycho (1960)

Antagonist: Slasher

How scary is it? The first, most famous and greatest horror movie shower scene of them all, recently lovingly homaged by Janet Leigh's daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, in Scream Queens.

If you want to be put off baths as well as showers, check out some of the greatest horror movie scenes to scare you away from the tub!

What's your favorite horror movie shower scene?

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