Scary For Kids

100 Greatest Scary Moments

100 Greatest Scary Moments was a TV show that aired on British TV in 2003. It went through a list of the best scenes from horror movies and scary TV shows.

100. Train Pulling Into A Station
The first scary movie ever made. This film from 1895 was only fifty seconds long and showed a train pulling into a station in Marseille, France. People who saw it thought the train was going to burst through the cinema cinema screen and it caused pandemonium in theaters.

99. Night of the Hunter
Robert Mitchum plays a crazed and murderous preacher with the words Love and Hate tattooed on his fingers.

Also, the underwater scene when we see the children’s mother lying dead at the bottom of a lake. Robert Mitchum pursuing the children.

98. Doomwatch
An episode of the old British TV series when the world is under attack by a super-intelligent breed of rats.

97. The Roswell Footage
The alleged alien autopsy footage released in 1995, which is claimed to show scientists disecting a real alien.

96. Breathe
The music video for this song by The Prodigy.

95. The Singing Ringing Tree
An old children’s movie from 1957. Although the film-makers didn’t realize it, the entire movie is nightmare fuel for kids.

94. Cat People
The old black & white movie from 1942. A woman is walking to the bus stop in the dark and hears footsteps following close behind her. Just as she gets to her stop, the bus arrives scaring the wits out of her.

93. The Thing from Another World
An old science-fiction movie from 1951 which was based on the short story “Who Goes There”. A man opens the door and finds The Thing standing right in front of him.

92. The Stone Tape
A British TV movie from 1972 where a group of paranormal investigators go into a haunted house. They find a note to Santa Claus written by a child that reads, “All I want for Christmas is please go away…”

91. Star Wars
When Darth Vader first appears on a spaceship in his black cape and we hear him breathing heavily through his mask.

90. Dracula (1931):
The 1931 movie where Bela Lugosi plays Dracula, especially his voice and mannerisms.

89. Protect and Survive
A British Public Service Announcement about what to do to survive in the event of a nuclear war. At the time, that seemed to be a very real threat and it terrified people.

88. The Day of the Triffids
The 1981 version made by the BBC drama. The scene where a character attacks one of the plants.

87. Cracker
An episode of the British TV series “To Be a Somebody” featuring Robert Carlyle exacting revenge for the Hillsborough disaster. The scene where he opens the parcel that contains his bomb, but nothing happens because the police switched it.

86. Dead of Night
A classic horror anthology movie from 1945. The segment “The Ventriloquist’s Dummy” when the ventriloquist is arguing with the dummy.

85. Peeping Tom
Murder scenes filmed from cameraman’s point of view.

84. Cape Fear
The original 1962 movie when Robert Mitchum as Max Cady comes after Sam’s daughter and she tries to hide in the school basement.

83. Whistle and I’ll Come To You
An episode of the BBC series A Ghost Story for Christmas based on an M.R. James ghost story. The scene with the Bedsheet Ghost.

82. Captain Scarlet — The Voice of the Mysterons
The whole thing.

81. Brookside
An episode of the British soap opera when Trevor is murdered and his body is hidden under the patio.

80. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Disney movie which features a transformation scene of the Queen from beautiful woman to ugly old crone.

79. 1984
The 1954 BBC adaptation. The rat scene in Room 101.

78. The Incredible Hulk
David Banner’s transformation in the TV Series from Human to Hulk

77. The Twilight Zone
The episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” when William Shatner looks out the window of a plane and sees a Gremlin on the wing that no one else can see.

76. Children of the Stones
A scene with a brilliant white light from the stone.

75. Lonely Water


A British Public Service Announcement that warns children about the dangers of drowning in rivers and lakes. A dark hooded figure comes to abduct any children who play too close to water. Especially the ending “I’ll Be Back”.

74. The War Game (1965)
A chilling docudrama about a nuclear attack on a British town. It gave the public a grim realisation of the consequences of such an attack and was banned from TV for 20 years because of the disturbing scenes. The whole thing, pretty much.

73. Alice Cooper
All of his music videos and performances.

72. Frankenstein (1931)
The scene where Frankenstein is coming to life.

71. Thriller (1982)
The entire music video by Michael Jackson.

70. Quatermass (1958)
“Quatermass and the Pit” — Opening the alien spacecraft.

69. The Tripods (1984)
Scene in which man comes out of the alien spacecraft.

68. Shallow Grave (1994)
When three friends bury their dead roommate in the woods.

67. Misery (1990)
When Annie breaks Paul’s legs with a sledge hammer.

66. Theatre of Blood (1973): All of it but especially the man eating his poodles.

65. Fatal Attraction (1987)
The scene where Alex boils the pet bunny rabbit. It created a new term for obsessed ex-girlfriends – Bunny Boilers.

64. Reservoir Dogs
When Mr Blonde cuts off the cop’s ear while listening to “Stuck in the Middle with You”.

63. Armchair Thriller (1978)
An episode of the British TV series called “Quiet as a Nun” that featured a faceless nun in the attic.

62. Suspiria (1977)
The Dario Argento movie. All of it, especially the scene where a girl looks out the window and the killer smashes the window, tries to drag her out, then comes in and kills her.

61. Blue Velvet (1986)
The scenes with Dennis Hopper as the crazed Frank Booth.

60. Where’s Your Head At
The music video by Basement Jaxx.

59. Tales of the Unexpected (1980)
The British TV series based on the short stories of Roald Dahl. In one episode called “Royal Jelly”, a father insists on feeding his baby with honey and it gradually turns into a bee.

58. Candyman (1992)
The scene in which she summons Candyman and he stabs the man through the chest from behind.

57. Eastenders
An episode of the British soap opera when Trevor Morgan is menacing Little Mo Mitchell.

56. Marathon Man (1976)
he scene with the Nazi dentist torturing Dustin Hoffman by drilling into his healthy teeth.

55. Good Fellas (1990)
The scene where Tommy appears to be offended at being called “funny” by Henry. “How am I funny? What is so funny about me?”

54. Doctor Who (1963)
The opening titles.

53. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
All of it, but especially the part where the woman takes refuge in the basement and is stabbed to death with a trowel by her own daughter who has turned into a Zombie.

52. V (1984)
When a woman gives birth to a lizard baby.

51. Rosemarys Baby (1968)
The scene where Mia Farrow has a dream that she is being sacrificed to the devil.

50. Hammer House of Horror (1980)
The episode “The House that Bled”, when a group of children are having a party in a haunted house. A pipe breaks and pours blood all over everyone.

49. AIDS — Don’t Die of Ignorance
A British Public Service Announcement narrated by John Hurt, featuring a gravestone being chiselled with the word ‘AIDS’.

48. Les Diaboliques (1955):
A French horror movie where a woman sees her dead husband lying in the bathtub. He stands up, dripping with water and comes towards her. She is so terrified, she drops dead of a heart attack.

47. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956):
All of it — allegedly based on the Communist scare at the time.

46. Final Destination (2000)
The original film, all of the death scenes. Also the scene where a flight loaded with US high school students is about to take off when passenger Devon Sawa has a terrifying premonition that the plane will crash.

45. The Vanishing (1988)
The original Dutch version. The scene at the end where a man wakes up and strikes a match, only to realize that he is buried alive.

44. The War of the Worlds (1938)
The radio production by Orson Welles. When it was broadcast in 1938, many people thought it was real and that America was being invaded by aliens from Mars. A few people were allegedly so terrified that they committed suicide.

43. The Birds (1963)
When Tippi Hedren was attacked by birds in the attic and they pecked her face.

42. Salem’s Lot (1979)
When a young boy finds his dead brother floating outside his bedroom window, tapping on the glass and begging to be let in.

41. Ghostwatch (1992)
When the TV studio descends into chaos as it is taken over by a poltergeist and the host is possessed.

40. The Others (2001)

39. Dr Who The Daleks (1963)

38. Nosferatu (1922)
When only see the dark, misshapen silhouette of the vampire Nosferatu slowly walking up the stairs.

37. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
When the childcatcher arrives and tempts the children with lollipops.

36 Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)
When Christopher Lee as Dracula hypnotises a woman and goes in for the kill.

35. Come To Daddy
A music video by Aphex Twin where a scary and ghoulish monster screams in an old lady’s face.

34. The Wicker Man (1973)
When Christian policeman Edward Woodward is captured by pagans and they burn him alive inside the Wicker Man and he keeps yelling, “Oh God! Oh Jesus Christ!”

33. The Sixth Sense (1999)
When Hayley Joel Osmet tells his mother, “I see dead people”.

32. Coronation Street
An episode of the soap opera where Richard The Killer AKA Richard Hillman murders Maxine.

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