Moviegoers share the scariest moments out of the genre
Many people often enjoy being scared. It’s a strange thought, isn’t it, for someone to choose to be terrified, but for many the thrill that comes with triggering your fight or flight response can be exhilarating. This response that your body perceives itself to be in danger can produce adrenaline along with other brain chemicals such as endorphin and dopamine, which can cause you to feel a form of euphoria. It’s not just the horror genre that can deliver that reaction though, and now fans are sharing the scariest moments in non-horror movies.
While the whole point of a good horror movie is to terrify you, other movies can have their moments as well. Just because a movie doesn’t sell as horror doesn’t mean it’s devoid of a good scare or two. A recent example is that of Sam Raimi Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesswith the evil Dead director infusing the superhero movie with some downright gruesome moments. A fucking scarlet witch limping towards me after slaughtering a bunch of supers? No thanks!
Moviegoers discussed the matter on Reddit, offering their own examples of moments from movies that terrified them even if they didn’t fully bargain for it.
The Lord of the Rings The trilogy had quite a few tense and scary moments, but one of the first was grumpy but sweet old Bilbo who became possessed by his desire for a ring. No one expected this!
The Ringwraiths were always meant to be awful, but the way this scene was shot left you gripping the edge of your seat.
IndianaJones is a family-friendly action-adventure movie, but the face-melting visual effects were just awful to behold. Many children had to hide behind their pillows for this.
Parasite is an interesting movie, not exactly a horror, but it’s marketed as a thriller so close enough. There are fantastic moments when the tension is just too much to bear.
A user highlighted the scary baby scene featured in Trainspotting as Renton goes through heroin withdrawal and is haunted by the baby who died earlier in the film.
The Mummy almost falls under the horror genre as it is a horror comedy, intended more for family entertainment. For some children, these scenes were nightmares.
Often horror movies tap into our fear of the paranormal, of the inexplicable, but often the real things can be even more gruesome. Saving Private Ryan does a phenomenal job of capturing the horror of war.
One movie that users kept bringing up was Mulholland Drivea 2001 mystery/thriller. The surreal film made many posters on this thread uncomfortable.
This user explains what makes this scene so terrifying.
Many films often cross genres, a fantasy film will often have terrifying monsters, a mystery film may have the weird jump scare, and a historical war film may shake you to its core. Humans love a good scare, and sometimes the ones you didn’t expect can be the best.