Plastic Death Match Presents:
This here is a list of some of my favorite scenes from horror and/or monster movies. This isn’t an all-inclusive list by any means. It’s not my all-time top favorites, just the ones I could remember over the last couple of days. They’re great though they vary wildly – from horrific to humerous to just plain weird. So enjoy, because I just went through a lot of pain and suffering to make a couple of low-grade screenshots, some with animation! Oh, and this list probably contains massive spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movies, you might wanna skip reading the text.
Bride of Frankenstein (1931)
After a long day of graverobbing, who doesn’t want to kick back in the crypt and enjoy some booze? That’s exactly what Dr. Pretorius does. And when the Frankenstein’s monster-on-the-run shows up, well, why not invite him to join you? I love this scene because it’s just so damned amusing in an insanely weird sort of way. Hell, I can’t say as I’ve never been tempted to break into a crypt, steal a corpse or two, and then get plastered, but fortunately I’ve never followed through… yet. Mwahahaha.
Bullet In The Brain
The Howling (1981)
Poor guy got shot through the skull. But wait! He’s a werewolf! No stupid non-silver bullet is gonna hurt him! So when he comes back to full glory, he gives a great one-liner (“I want to give you a piece of my mind!”) before yanking the offending bullet out of his brain. Nice.
Christopher Walken Gets Gang-Probed By Midget Aliens
Yeah, this one is pretty self-explanatory.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Every good horror movie (and horror-movie related list) needs to include a random gratuitous sex scene. I chose the one from AWiL not because it stands out or treads new ground or anything, but because the scene was set to Van Morrison’s Moondance, which, as we all know, is one of the greatest songs ever to exist. “A fantabulous night to make romance, ‘neath the cover of October skies…”
Curse of Frankenstein (1956)
This is a must-have because it’s one of the earliest examples of explicit violence in a horror flick. When I say explicit, though, I don’t mean super-gory and gross or anything. I just mean the first time you could actually see it happen. Before Curse, about the most violent thing you could expect to see in a horror movie was, say, the monster slugging the Wolf Man while the Wolf Man jumped on his back. And speaking of that…
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
For better or for worse, this was the scene that started the slippery slope to random crossover monster battles. Of course, the Frank Monster and the Wolf Man were actually friends throughout most of the movie, but at the end, they had a bit of a falling-out. And then came the POWs and the ZAPs and the BOINKs! …and then everything blew up. And flooded. And the peasants rejoiced.
Horrible Monsters Enjoy a Cartoon
This stands as simply one of the strangest scenes I’ve ever witnessed in a movie. After a whole lot of terrible terrible destruction, violence, and troublemaking, the evil Gremlins head to the local theater to enjoy a showing of Snow White. And man, do they ever get into the groove. They all even bust out singing with the “Hi Ho” song, because apparently part of their evil Gremlin powers includes the ability to hear one line of a song and instantly know most of the lyrics. Special props go to this smooth mofo for being too cool to remove his sunglasses during the show.
Slow, Silent Approach
Nosferatu (1922), Halloween (1978)
There’s nothing scarier than the silent, steady, implacable approach of a hideous vicious killer monster. This type of scene was used to great effect in both these movies. Count Orlok stalks Hutter, who feebly tries to hide in his room. Michael Myers stalks Slutty Teenage Girl That Says “Totally” A Lot, and she doesn’t do much because she thinks it’s her boyfriend. Man, these two scenes freak me out far more than all of the dumbass “jump scare/loud orchestra hit” scenes I’ve ever seen, combined. Kudos!
The Unfortunate Collapse of Civilization
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
This isn’t the best horror movie. It isn’t the best zombie movie. Hell, it isn’t even the best “Dawn of the Dead” movie. But it is good, and the opening scenes of a nurse witnessing the total collapse of order and civilization just never fail to send a shiver down my spine. Then she’s knocked out in a car crash, and the chaos continues with news flashes throughout the opening credits. Good gravy, this is just such an insanely effective opening!
Well, that’s my list. If you haven’t seen these movies, I hereby demand that you go out and see them now. And you will like them. Or else something’s gonna come get you in your sleep… mwahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!!!