That fact is a Greek tragedy. (2010). One of the prop books used in the movie, sold in an online auction for $586, and proceeds went to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that assists more than 45,000 disadvantaged women each year as they transition into the workforce. [Katie Rife], Poor Chrissie. One of the best directed scenes ever! But Wan plays hauntings like a conductor plays an orchestra. A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them. Use the HTML below. [Alex McLevy], “They’re coming to get you, Barbra!” For nearly 50 years now, that line has cast a pall over joking threats of potential mayhem, evoking a disturbing possibility: Maybe, just maybe, they really are coming to get you. Carpenter’s stylized staging of the sequence treats the gaze of the young Michael Myers as elemental; slipping from artful expressionism into lurid voyeurism, the whole unshakeable sequence suggests the perspective of a killer whose psyche could be the dark side of film itself. 5,56 sec. Faust is a tragic play in two parts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two.Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German-language stages. Besides that, the entire premise is laid out in a few short sentences, meaning the sequence—and entire film that follows—needs no clarification, just an ongoing white-knuckle wait for the other shoe to drop. [A.A. Dowd], If you showed somebody unfamiliar with The Stepfather its opening scene, absent any context, they’d be likely to assume that it’s the movie’s finale. But that just makes it all the more unnerving to watch Henry methodically alter his appearance: trimming his shaggy hair, shaving his beard, and even disguising the color of his eyes via contact lenses. Menu. The films range in quality as well, because even a terrible horror movie can start exceptionally strong. With Halloween right around the corner, and Horrors Weeks in full swing, The A.V. It’s a miniature zombie movie, told in barely more than six minutes, that nonetheless encompasses an entire narrative unto itself. Following the film's premiere, a string of other films focusing on Satan worshippers and black magic were produced, including The Brotherhood of Satan, Mark of the Devil, Black Noon, and The Blood on Satan's Claw. [Mike D’Angelo], The opening moments of Steve Beck’s supernatural sort-of-thriller Ghost Ship are a microcosm of everything great about horror movies. The interview setup offers no safety, because the first shot establishes that the doll is still sitting right there with them. Johnny, teasing Barbra about how scared she’d been as a kid, pretends that this dapper dude is stalking her, but finds out soon enough that he’s speaking the truth (though he doesn’t get much time to appreciate the cruel irony). It begins with Dr. Sarah Bowman (Lori Cardille) imagining herself staring at a pretty picture in an otherwise featureless room, before a dozen writhing zombie arms burst through the wall. On paper, the opening of The Conjuring is pure boilerplate (a creepy doll that seems to move when people aren’t around) bracketed with excess information (paranormal investigators listen to the story of the creepy doll and explain what they think is behind it). 1,76 sec. In this case, it’s the VHS tape possessed by an evil spirit, providing a bevy of allegories and ideas for discussion. Pretty creepy. The scene where Damian visits his attic and starts ranting at the statue of Jesus on the cross, is like an angry adolescent having a … When the tape breaks, the restless duo start playing a series of car games, from the reckless (driving with the headlights off) to the shamelessly nostalgic (a ’50s and ’60s TV-heavy game of “Name That Tune”). Without being able to contact the individuals, he tries to work out who they are, but he can only account for four of them. “The Devil’s Brigade” (1968) The classic World War II film starring William Holden, Cliff Robertson, and a slew of recognizable actors tells the true story of a special fighting unit of Canadian Army and U.S. Army soldiers whose initial hate for each other turns to respect and camaraderie that helps them succeed in an impossible mission. Bonus points for doubling the carnage, as these movies always do, by chasing the vision of impending catastrophe with the actual one that follows. The films range in release date from 1960 to next year, when a festival favorite of ours will finally hit theaters. A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them. He starts the conversation on a black screen, before cutting into an extreme close-up of a creepy doll’s eye, which he pulls back from slowly. [A.A. Dowd]. The scenes themselves range in length, from about a minute to a good 15 or 20, with the only criteria being that they must constitute the first scene or passage, excepting a credits sequence. The Seventh Seal (Swedish: Det sjunde inseglet) is a 1957 Swedish historical fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman.Set in Sweden during the Black Death, it tells of the journey of a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) and a game of chess he plays with the personification of Death (Bengt Ekerot), who has come to take his life.Bergman developed the film from his own play Wood Painting. Faust is considered by many to be Goethe's magnum opus and the greatest work of German literature.. Five strangers' day begins with an elevator ride in a Philadelphia office tower. [Alex McLevy], The nerve-jangling first 20 minutes of When A Stranger Calls began life as a 1977 short called “The Sitter,” by writer-director Fred Walton and co-writer-producer Steve Feke, who’d go on to make the feature-length version. That’s not a great advertising strategy, and neither is the sight of watching the mob beat its victim—whether he’s innocent is up for debate—with iron chains, nail him to a stone wall, and throw quicklime on him so he starts dissolving before our eyes into a fizzy goop. CLACKER #1 You look awesome today. With Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green. Even more running time elapses before John Hurt gets some very nasty chest pains in Alien. And the best fright flick of the new millennium is half over before anything remotely frightening occurs. How very meta. Devil (2010) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Before the audience even sit down to munch on their popcorn they are aware that the film will be a horror mainly due to the title ‘Devil’. The communication radio in the elevator is broken but the guards, Lustig and Ramirez, observe the individuals via CCTV as events unfold. Black Sunday doesn’t just show the repulsive, but treats it as though it were self-evidently beautiful: blood spurting from a spike, flesh glistening under a brand, a gargoyle mask being fitted over a young woman’s face. Day Of The Dead may not have been the gore-soaked Gone With The Wind that its creator intended, but for a few minutes at least, Romero staged his own ghoul-infested version of the Battle Of Atlanta. I enjoyed the cinematography. Drew Barrymore’s Casey was not going to make it, no matter how hard she fought back. The horror then goes from micro to macro as our traumatized heroine steps out into blinding daylight to discover that her entire neighborhood—and by extension, the entire planet—has gone straight to hell. 6 OMITTED 6 7 INT. The book that Miranda asks Andy to retrieve for her twin daughters is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. He chooses one, seemingly at random, and, in the blink of an eye, tiny lines appear across his face. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city. In a way, it is—or, rather, it’s the finale of an otherwise unseen prequel that would introduce Henry Morrison (Terry O’Quinn), a man whose expectations regarding the ideal family unit are both unrealistically high and horrifically unforgiving. The success lies in the timing of the reveals, as well as the unexpected incorporation of the mom, given that parents are usually the ones to show up and scream after the fact. Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation. A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village. The film begins with a person committing suicide by jumping from a building narrated by Ramirez (Jacob Vargas) who mentions that his mother tells him stories of the Devil roaming the earth, and it always begins with a suicide. It lasts just long enough to establish a mood of haunted paranoia, as though these are the only people left on Earth—and then all hell breaks loose. What wrongdoing did each of the trapped people commit. I can’t wear cropped pants. Instead, the girl ends up chum, and the unwitting star of the scariest opening scene in all of horror. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie … Time is running out for the occupants of the elevator, as Bowden realizes he has to get them out quickly. [Katie Rife], The late Wes Craven was a master of reinvention, and the opening of 1996’s Scream heralded yet another new chapter in his career. When Wan turns to the humans menaced by this doll, he uses his lighting scheme to conceal faces, corners of rooms, and the doll itself. When it comes to the spooky stuff, sometimes it’s good to get right down to hair-raising business. New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. Steel your nerves and secure your popcorn, because these are The A.V Club’s 25 scariest opening scenes in horror-movie history: Even in his giallo movies, suspense was never really Lucio Fulci’s thing. Their longer take on the story is sluggish in its final hour (until the excruciatingly tense finale, that is), but act one has been honed into a devastatingly effective weapon. © Lions Gate Films The scene in which Rosemary is raped by Satan was ranked No. But, what happens next is anything but ordinary. Especially the opening scenes and the scenes inside the elevator shaft. Director-cinematographer Mario Bava’s style is exclusively visual (the acting here is nothing to write home about), hearkening back to expressionist silent film and 1930s Universal horror; his lush, textured black-and-white images relish and even fetishize the torture and torchlight. Meanwhile, five strangers are trapped in an elevator in the building where the jumper committed suicide. Plenty of great horror movies, in other words, take their time getting to the good stuff. And the camera pulls back at the end to reveal the monster floating, above the door, in a great and chilling tease for the movie to come… if only it lived up to that prompt. Tomasz Wasilewski’s Glupcy, Chris Messina to Star in HBO Max Pilot ‘Verbatim’. The devil in The Final Conflict is the Lucifer Morningstar of the Old Testament, who was thrown out of Heaven because of his pride and jealously. The opening credits run with different speeds in the two versions. Snyder’s coup de gras: a stylishly disturbing credits sequence that sets an end-of-the-world montage to the apocalyptic folk of Johnny Cash’s “When The Man Comes Around.” On a whole, Snyder’s Dawn is no patch on George Romero’s. George Romero’s first zombie movie eventually serves up a small army of hungry corpses, but it kicks off with a single, slightly lurching guy (Bill Hinzman) in a suit, looking like just another mourner at the cemetery where Barbra (Judith O’Dea) and her brother, Johnny (Russell Streiner), have arrived to place a wreath on their father’s grave. It’s repulsive, excessive, and oddly titillating, just like the rest the film. [Sean O’Neal], Darkness Falls is a dreadful movie, a paint-by-numbers teen horror flick that can barely marshal the energy to put the “jump” in its jump scares. Duel is a 1971 American action thriller film written by Richard Matheson, which is based on his own 1971 short story.The film marks the feature-length directorial debut of Steven Spielberg and was distributed by Universal Pictures.. Dennis Weaver portrays David Mann, a business commuter from California driving a Plymouth Valiant while on his way to meet a client. The actor vanishing silently into a darkened room ends up being far more chilling than any jump scare, and the whole sequence sets up a film that marks McCarthy as one of the more promising young horror directors working today. Great horror can trick its audience into not being able to look away. Instead, the opening traffics in different, more relatable anxieties: social misery, loneliness, cruel mockery, and an empathetic fear for Carrie herself, who seems so unequipped to navigate this nasty world. 23 on Bravo's The 100 Scariest Movie Moments. At least a half-hour passes in Psycho before Marion Crane takes that fateful shower. It’s the stuff campfire scares are made of, but The Hitcher turns into something more fundamentally unsettled, combining Hauer’s magnetism, the mystery of roadside landscapes, and the intimacy of a car interior into a source of both mounting discomfort and seduction. [Jesse Hassenger], Gruesome by the standards of its time, Black Sunday was the movie that put Italian horror on the map: a lurid Gothic tale of cobweb-filled crypts, fog-shrouded cemeteries, and devil-worshipping Moldavian vampire-sorcerers. Much has been made of the problems Steven Spielberg suffered with his mechanical shark, whose malfunctions supposedly forced the director to rely more on implication than special effects. stuff for evil ladies: http://zindiq.co/2017/09/28/the-rad-girls-who-wear-leatherface-masks/A bit more sophisticated horror movie, for a change. To watch the first two and a half minutes of THE DEVIL… Countless stylized Italian horror and giallo movies followed in Black Sunday’s creaking footsteps, but the first time is still one of the best. Watch horror movies try and fail to ruin bed. Those are some of my favorite movies, folks, but I admit their openings pale in comparison to "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead". She takes refuge in a friend’s similarly stylish apartment, where she’s besieged by an unknown supernatural assailant as Goblin’s music whips itself into a pagan frenzy in the background. In Philadelphia, Detective Bowden is still grieving for his wife and son, killed in a hit-and-run five years ago. When someone jumps from a skyscraper onto a truck, Bowden is sent to investigate. 0,92 sec 2.34 All of these elements come together beautifully in Landis’ prologue to the 1983 anthology film Twilight Zone: The Movie, which opens with comedians Albert Brooks and Dan Aykroyd cruising down a dark, winding highway toward some unknown destination, jamming to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Midnight Special” on the car radio. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Functioning essentially as a stand-alone short film, the 13-minute sequence informs the viewer that all the rules of horror movies—rules that Craven himself had helped establish—no longer applied. Even Wan’s exposition has a visceral tension. [Noel Murray], A critical and commercial failure in its initial release, The Hitcher has earned a well-deserved cult following. 2.14 Again, the woman is dragged a few inches further. Was not expecting who the "devil" was. Serving as a prologue to the film’s main plot, the scene rewinds to 1927 and the murder of a suspected warlock in the basement of the Seven Doors Hotel, so named because it contains one of the seven portals to hell. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Her delayed first period sends her into a panic, to which her classmates respond by pelting her with tampons, laughing and chanting “plug it up!” as she pleads for help. ANDY runs in. Like the Final Destination franchise on a whole, this disaster movie in miniature plays on a collective fear of senseless demise, building a diabolical Rube Goldberg device from of our anxiety about freak accidents. A deaf and mute writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window. When someone jumps from a skyscraper onto a truck, Bowden is sent to investigate. Just because you’re paranoid… [Mike D’Angelo], John Carpenter’s genre-defining Halloween was not to the first to use a stalking “creep’s eye” point of view for its opening scene (Bob Clark’s Black Christmas did something similar four years earlier), but it remains the standard. The source of dread isn’t the movie’s invisible, shape-shifting monster—a protean metaphor if there ever was one—but the most basic properties of movie style. Then the doc wakes up on a helicopter heading to an abandoned Florida city, on a search for human survivors of the zombie apocalypse. The Italian director was more into gross-out gore, and there’s plenty of that in the opening scene of The Beyond. The much-imitated opening, in which a 17th-century witch (Barbara Steele) curses her executioners, still disturbs. But there’s still something exciting about a scary movie that’s scary from the very start—one that opens with a big shock, sets a perfect tone immediately, or begins ratcheting up the suspense from the first frames. Answering a ringing telephone on the far end of a long hallway, prep-school student Kat (Kiernan Shipka) receives bad news (the voice on the line is an unholy croak), before having visions of an ominous snowbank, a demolished car, and a man in a long, black overcoat. Directed by John Erick Dowdle. Shooting the scene over the course of five days, Craven reportedly kept Barrymore, a devoted vegetarian, upset throughout filming by telling her stories of animal cruelty, a sadistic little touch that fits nicely with his ethos. Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pretty good movie all around. That disconnected moment leads into a classic “alone in the house” scenario, and director Nicholas McCarthy is practically Spielbergian in his narrative cleverness. And her death, when it inevitably did arrive, was brutal. A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected. Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) is called to the scene to aid in the investigation. This chilling prologue sequence, set on Halloween in 1963, is almost its own short film, with an ending twist that is perhaps more disturbing than the bloody murder that precedes it. Director Joseph Ruben, working from a screenplay by Donald E. Westlake, doesn’t try to be cute, showing Henry with bloodstained hands and arms the very first time we see him, standing in front of his bathroom mirror. It went by fast though. A man in a prisoner’s jumpsuit awakens, confused, inside a massive, cube-shaped room with four hatches. 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