100- The Wicker Man
99- Return of the Living Dead
98- To Kill A Mockingbird
97- Frankenstein
96- Blue Velvet
95- Diabolique
94- Jaws
93- Creepshow
92- Confessions of an Opium Eater
91- The Hills Have Eyes
90- Dumbo
89- The Blair Witch Project
88- Heavy Metal
87- The Shining
86- Night of The Hunter
85- Audition
84- Scanners
83- The Legend of Boggy Creek
82- The Birds
81- Tombs of the Blind Dead
80- Invasion of the Body Snatchers
79- The Crying Game
78- The Exorcist III
77- Event Horizon
76- The Shining
75- Wait Until Dark
74- Silent Scream
73- Gates of Hell
72- Poltergeist II
71- Akira
70- The Evil Dead

69- Zombie
68- Freaks
67- Prince of Darkness
66- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
65- Marathon Man
64- Poltergeist
63- The Wizard of Oz
62- When A Stranger Calls
61- The Shining
60- Pee Wee's Big Adventure
59- Jaws
58- A Clockwork Orange
57- The Exorcist
56- Psycho
55- It
54- The Changeling
53- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
52- The Ring
51- Jaws
50- An American Werewolf In London
49- Trilogy of Terror
48- The Exorcist
47- Eraserhead
46- Salem's Lot
45- Poltergeist
44- Repulsion
43- Friday The 13th
42- Seven
41- Reservoir Dogs
40- King Kong
39- The Thing
38- 28 Days Later
36- Silence of the Lambs
35- The Grudge
34- The Ring
33- Indiana Jones Temple of Doom
32- The Evil Dead 2
31- The Exorcist
30- Alien
29- Phantom of the Opera
28- The Shining
27- Full Metal Jacket
26- Dracula
25- Halloween
24- Suspiria
23- A Nightmare on Elm Street
22- The Serpent and the Rainbow
21- Invasion of the Bodysnatchers
20- Jaws
19- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
18- Nosferatu
17- Misery
16- The Thing
15- Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
14- The Blair Witch Project
13- Night of the Living Dead
12- The Exorcist
11- Psycho
10- The Shining
9- The Exorcist III
8- Night of the Living Dead
Jacob's Ladder
6- Un Chien Andalou
5- Poltergeist
4- Alien
3- The Shining
2- Carrie
1- Mulholland Drive



One day back in 2003, I met with Sacramento horror film gurus and co-creators of the annual Trash Film Orgy festival Darin Wood and Christy Savage, to come up with the scariest movie scenes of all time. We came up with a lot of great scenes and whittled it down to 100 along with the help of over 1,000 suggestions from loyal retroCRUSH readers. In the years that followed, it became one of the most popular features we ever had on the site. It even arguably inspired a 100 Scariest Movie Moments special that aired on Bravo in 2004. I enjoyed the chance to see the scenes collected, but was disappointed that they mostly talked about how scary the whole films were, and spent little time on the actual scene.

I've continued to receive a ton of email from readers with new suggestions for the list. I always felt that the list would evolve through time, and 4 years later, I think we're ready for the first major revision (by Viano at the Dhead). We moved a few scenes around, and added 10 new scenes (which meant we of course got rid of 10). The new scenes are highlighted in yellow on the right hand side.

I've also tried to include YouTube clips of each scene where possible. Of course, the temporary nature of that site will mean many of them will disappear as time goes on, so enjoy them while you can.

I also tried to make the interface more user friendly. Each entry now has the same toolbar on the right, so instead of going back and forth to the same giant menu, you can just click to any entry you like from each of them.

In the meantime, check out the new list and let me know what you think. Send your comments and suggestions my way and I'm sure we'll include them in a future incarnation.

-Robert Berry