The 100 Scariest Movie Moments

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments is an American television documentary miniseries that aired in late October 2004 on Bravo.[1] Aired in five 60-minute segments, the miniseries counts down what producer Anthony Timpone, writer Patrick Moses, and director Kevin Kaufman have determined as the 100 most frightening and disturbing moments in the history of movies. Each segment includes interviews from horror genre experts and other celebrities who experienced the listed films, as well as film clips and movie stills from the films covered.[2] This 2004 offering was followed up in 2006 by the two-part sequel, 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments, as well as another countdown, 13 Scarier Movie Moments.[1]

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments
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Screenshot of the program
Written byPatrick Moses
Directed byKevin Kaufman
StarringWes Craven
Peter Jackson
Stan Winston
Bruce Campbell
Rob Zombie
Tom Savini
Leonard Maltin
Rob Reiner
Klimaszewski Twins
The Broken Lizards
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Executive producer(s)Kevin Kaufman
Ian Levy
Patrick Moses
Producer(s)Anthony Timpone
Editor(s)John Topol
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Kaufman Films
DistributorBravo Cable
Original networkBravo
Original releaseOctober 26, 2004 (2004-10-26)
Followed by30 Even Scarier Movie Moments


The countdown included 100 films, mainly from the 1970s to 2000s, although films from the 1960s and earlier are also featured. While the list mainly comprises horror and thriller films, science fiction films such as The Terminator and Jurassic Park are included. Even children's films such as The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory made their way onto the countdown.

The top five films included on the list were predominantly from the 1960s and 1970s.

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ranked fifth for the scene in which Leatherface bashes Kirk's skull in with a sledgehammer.
  • Psycho ranked number four for the death scene of the private investigator Arbogast.
  • The Exorcist ranked third for the scene where the possessed Regan MacNeil's head spins clockwise during the exorcism.
  • Alien ranked second for the chestburster sequence.
  • Jaws was placed at the number one spot for the opening scene in which the unseen shark devours Chrissie Watkins during a midnight swim.


Film Rank
Jaws 1
Alien 2
The Exorcist 3
Psycho 4
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 5
The Shining 6
The Silence of the Lambs 7
Carrie 8
Night of the Living Dead 9
Wait Until Dark 10
Audition 11
Misery 12
Scream 13
Halloween 14
Freaks 15
The Omen 16
A Nightmare on Elm Street 17
The Haunting 18
Hellraiser 19
The Ring 20
Jacob's Ladder 21
Don't Look Now 22
Rosemary's Baby 23
Suspiria 24
Phantasm 25
Seven 26
Frankenstein 27
When a Stranger Calls 28
The Serpent and the Rainbow 29
The Blair Witch Project 30
Friday the 13th 31
Pet Sematary 32
The Fly 33
The Hitcher 34
Aliens 35
Cape Fear 36
House on Haunted Hill 37
Peeping Tom 38
Dawn of the Dead 39
Black Sunday 40
The Hills Have Eyes 41
An American Werewolf in London 42
It's Alive 43
The Game 44
The Wicker Man 45
The Sentinel 46
Nosferatu 47
The Thing 48
Les Diaboliques 49
The Last House on the Left 50
The Dead Zone 51
The Phantom of the Opera 52
Demons 53
The Changeling 54
The Vanishing 55
Single White Female 56
House of Wax 57
Cujo 58
Fatal Attraction 59
The Beyond 60
The Devil's Backbone 61
The Wolf Man 62
Deliverance 63
Near Dark 64
The Tenant 65
Marathon Man 66
Duel 67
The Black Cat 68
Re-Animator 69
The Stepfather 70
The Sixth Sense 71
Them! 72
Blood Simple 73
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 74
Candyman 75
The Evil Dead 76
Signs 77
The Brood 78
Dracula 79
Poltergeist 80
The Howling 81
The Terminator 82
The Others 83
Blue Velvet 84
Blood and Black Lace 85
The Wizard of Oz 86
Black Christmas 87
Invasion of the Body Snatchers 88
Alice, Sweet Alice 89
The Night of the Hunter 90
Shallow Grave 91
Village of the Damned 92
Child's Play 93
Pacific Heights 94
Jurassic Park 95
The Birds 96
Cat People 97
Zombi 2 98
Creepshow 99
28 Days Later 100


Produced by Sharp Entertainment, 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments, a two-part sequel to this title, aired on Bravo and Chiller in October 2006, with Hostel topping the list.

This was followed by Sharp Entertainment's 13 Scarier Movie Moments which aired in October 2009, with The Descent ranking #1.


  1. ^ a b Tim Dirks. "Greatest Scariest Movie Moments and Scenes". American Movie Classics. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "The 100 Scariest Movie Moments: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 24, 2011.

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