Sometimes, films scare us…sometimes, they move us to tears. And sometimes, they have us laughing our butts off. There’s a reason we love movies so much, and it has everything to do with a well-crafted scene. These are just a few cinematic scenes that are practically perfect in every way.
The 1996 slasher film Scream, just one of the many horror classics conceived by Wes Craven, was at once a love letter to horror films as well as an effective addition to the genre in its own right.
Set in a small town with a history of tragic murders, the film centers on Sidney Prescott, a seemingly normal teen who starts getting mysterious phone calls as she and her friends are stalked by an unknown entity known as “Ghostface.” Before Sidney even appears, there is a lengthy opening scene featuring Drew Barrymore as Casey Becker, a teenager enjoying a night at home when she starts getting some unsettling phone calls.
At first, Casey is unfazed by these odd calls, assuming the person on the other end of the phone is simply playing a rude prank, but before long, she starts getting nervous, and once she sees her gutted boyfriend posed in her backyard, her panic intensifies. As her parents arrive home at the end of the evening, the camera zooms in on her body hanging from a tree on the property, finally cutting to the opening credits and capping off a perfect encapsulation of both Craven’s vision and the horror genre.
Despite initially flopping at the box office, Frank Darabont’s magnum opus The Shawshank Redemption went on to become one of the most beloved films of the 20th century, even earning a spot on AFI’s Top 100 list. Keep watching the video to see the most flawless scenes in movie history!
Do you like scary movies? | 0:17
As right as rain | 1:29
“You shall not pass!” | 2:40
A shot to the heart | 4:01
Chew on that! | 5:23
The original unboxing video | 6:29
Meet Keyser Soze | 7:51
Why so serious? | 9:05
May the Force be with you…always | 10:28
That’s no loofah | 11:27