They are rare these days, admittedly. After decades of all kinds of horror movies, the ability to shock viewers has become harder and harder.
We have just about seen every way a ridiculously hard to kill maniac killer with superhero strength can kill a cheerleader. We have usually already guessed who the mystery killer is.
Plus there are only so many times you can watch someone have their insides ripped out by some slavering beast.
But there are moments in horror movies that have really left us speechless.
These moments are burnt into our very souls.
Here are our picks…
…and there’s a whole bunch of spoilers, obviously.
SO NO COMPLAINING ABOUT THE ENDINGS OF FILMS BEING RUINED FOR YOU.
Let’s go then.
20. Final fling
Movie: Paranormal Activity (2007)
Okay, above is only the trailer. Watch the ending here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODRlB1omcak SPOILER! SPOILER!
Anyone expect that? No, didn’t think so.
19. There’s goes Johnny
Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Johnny Depp is turned into a slushy
18. Eat The Parents
Movie: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
A young girl feasts on her family.
17. Zombie vs. Shark
Movie: Zombi 2 (1979)
Zombie fights a shark. I think I missed this Attenborough episode.
16. Robert Carlyle buggers off and leaves his wife to be eaten
Movie: 28 Weeks Later (2007)
I never trusted that Robert Carlyle. It’s his shifty eyes.
15. ‘Who’s laughing now’
Movie: Evil Dead 2 (1987)
You have to hand it to Sam Raimi.
14. Tarantino gets knob rot
Movie: Planet Terror (2007)
Painful to watch.
13. ?Choke on em?
Movie: Day of the Dead (1986)
I like to think that if I am ever in that situation that I have the presence of mind to come up with something funny.
12. Baby in the blender
Movie: Braindead (1992)
No way to treat a baby.
11. Giving it some real head
Movie: Re-animator (1985)
Being decaptitated should not stop you getting some oral sex.
10. Bath Time
Movie: I Spit On Your Grave (1980)
The worst sound I have ever heard in a movie as she strips him of his manhood.
9. On a wire
Movie: Audition (1999)
The most boring movie ever – until the last 30 minutes.
8. The Final Piece of the Jigsaw
Movie: Saw (2004)
The moment Saw got even better as we realised the killer was in the room all along.
7. Chest Turns Into Teeth
Movie: The Thing (1982)
Nobody saw that coming.
6. Best advert ever for road safety
Movie: The Orphanage (2007)
This kid gave me nightmares for weeks, but the old woman’s face after being run over by a car was too gruesome to put up on the site.
4. Three rape
Movie: The Evil Dead (1981)
The tree does what?
Movie: Psycho (1960)
Finding out that Norman was pretending to be his dead mother while killing people was genuinely shocking and probably gave my grandparents kittens.
2. Giving It Head
Movie: The Exorcist (1973)
It is funny now, but at the time it must have been very shocking.
1. What the hell is that?
Movie: Sleepaway Camp (1983)
I have no idea what it is. All we know is that it has genitals and makes a horrible animal noise.
Inside – Betty Blue wants a baby really badly
Ring – Coming out out of the TV and moving really strangely