‘The Thing’ at 40: Why the Chest Defibrillation Scene Remains Scarily Effective [Scene Screams]

John Carpenter‘s The Thing captures the exhaustive toll of paranoia and mistrust when a shape-shifting alien enters the ranks of an Antarctic research facility completely isolated and stranded by harsh weather conditions. The eponymous Thing could be anyone at any time, especially if its victim broke away from the group for even a moment. Carpenter used […]

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Ti West’s ‘X’ Introduces an Atypical Slasher Villain Through One Gory, Pivotal Kill [Scene Screams]

Writer/Director Ti West opens his ‘70s set slasher, X, to a gruesome crime scene, then backtracks to set the stage for the pending massacre. West bides his time, letting audiences get well acquainted with his cast. Once attachments are well in place, the filmmaker violently rips the rug from under viewers with a savage kill […]

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The Iconic ‘Poltergeist’ Clown Doll Still Triggers Nightmares [Scene Screams]

The restless spirit tormenting the Freeling home in 1982’s Poltergeist uses every scare tactic possible in its attempts to snatch young Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke). That includes utilizing each family member’s worst fears against them and, in turn, ours. Director Tobe Hooper tackled two phobias at once when the poltergeist targets Robbie (Oliver Robins), ushering in the climax […]

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The Blood Rave from ‘Blade’ Remains an Epic, Unmatched Superhero Entrance [Scene Screams]

Horror has finally seeped much more overtly into superhero cinema between the upcoming Moon Knight, Morbius, Werewolf by Night, and an MCU update on Blade. But perhaps they all owe a debt to the early pioneers and one particular box office juggernaut. A decade before Iron Man effectively launched the ever-expanding MCU as we know it, changing the landscape […]

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The ‘Final Destination 2’ Highway Nightmare Still Induces Anxiety [Scene Screams]

Every entry in the Final Destination franchise kicks off with a premonition of a lethal cataclysmic event. The original film set the bar high with a harrowing plane explosion mid-air. Its direct follow-up, released in 2003, upped the ante in terror with a far more statistically probable catastrophe that hits closer to home. Final Destination 2‘s opening premonition […]

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The Fiery Ending of ‘Drag Me to Hell’ Still Packs a Potent Punch! [Scene Screams]

Scene Screams is a recurring column that spotlights the scenes in horror that make us scream, whether through fear, laughter, or tears. It examines the most memorable, and often scariest, scenes in horror and what it is about them that makes them get under our skin.  Comedy and horror make excellent bedfellows because of their similarities. […]

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The Iconic Transformation Scene in ‘An American Werewolf in London’ Remains an All-Timer [Scene Screams]

Scene Screams is a recurring column that spotlights the scenes in horror that make us scream, whether through fear, laughter, or tears. It examines the most memorable, and often scariest, scenes in horror and what it is about them that makes them get under our skin.  So much about An American Werewolf in London makes it a standout […]

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The Scariest Scene in Bernard Rose’s ‘Candyman’ Shatters a Horror Taboo [Scene Screams]

Scene Screams is a recurring column that spotlights the scenes in horror that make us scream, whether through fear, laughter, or tears. It examines the most memorable, and often scariest, scenes in horror and what it is about them that makes them get under our skin.  It takes about forty minutes into Bernard Rose‘s Candyman before the […]

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