If you know me, I’m a big fan of the weird. My Splatter Elf series is all about exploring the weird, the silly, and the surreal and throwing it into a fantasy world. Many of my influences have come from freaky-ass movies. So if you ever want to blame anything for my jacked-up brain, we can start here.
In a movie with loads of trippy, weird junk happening, this scene is particularly freaky. I don’t even want to know what is happening. It makes me cringe on multiple levels.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Yeah, this is self-explanatory.
The Serpent and the Rainbow
The haunting line of “Don’t bury me” always stuck with me. Bill Paxton does an excellent job in this Wes Craven gem. (RIP)
The typical scene to suggest would be the twins in the hallway or the creepy swamp lady in the bathtub, but I’m going with this more psychotic scene of Jack Torrance stalking his wife up the stairs. It’s terrifying to watch on multiple level, but mostly because you know that Jack has completely lost his shit at this point and no one is safe.
An image that scared the piss out of me when I was child was seeing Randall Flagg standing amid the corn, his eyes flashing. Nothing is more freaky than the avatar of the Devil watching you from far away. Especially since I used to have nightmares about dark shapes watching me from far away. *shudders*
Creepy music. Check. Giant toys leaking milk. Check. Um, that’s it. What else could you possibly want?
An infamous, intense scene that can really strike a nerve, literally. I imagine having your hand burned to a crisp would freak most people out. Bene-Gesserits don’t screw around.
David Lynch makes his second appearance here, simply because he’s David Lynch and the king of freaking people the eff out. This scene stands out particularly in a movie filled with insanity simply because it’s another impending dread moment.
James Wood digging around in his guts with a gun. OK. Freaked out.
Again, not going for the obvious, but I remember seeing part of this scene in the trailer and thinking “What the hell is in that bag?” If I only knew, I would have stayed away. One of the freakiest, creepiest, most disturbing movies ever.
So that’s my list. What are some of your favorite freaky scenes?
Philip Overby is the author of the Splatter Elf series, weird, bloody fantasy with a darkly comic twist. If you’re interested in picking up the current titles, you can get “The Unicorn-Eater” and “River of Blades” now for Kindle. He lives in Kawasaki, Japan with his wife and collection of magic stones and key chains.