It's from the last five to ten second of the movie, so probably don't click if you want to have that little bit of fun kept unspoiled for your pleasure.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Sutherland Screams!
I'm not a dude who gets freaked out by movies. Very, very few horror movies have scared me in such a way that I slept uneasily that night, and only one has accomplished that feat since I turned 16.
That would be Invasion of the Body Snatchers, of all movies.
I only really decided to check the movie out in the first place via retrocrush's pretty awesome "100 Scariest Movie Moments" list (it's a fun read, and there's a few entries that will show up on my list, as well). Body Snatchers was one of the higher ranked movies that I had any interest in, and I remember a co-laborer from some church camp mentioning two things:
a) This movie had boobs in it.
b) This movie was actually halfway creepy.
That was good enough for me. When I saw it in a dollar bin one day, I figured it was worth it, so I picked it up and forgot about it for a few years, finally deciding to pop it in when nothing else in my DVD tower looked particularly appetizing.
It all starts out slowly enough, people are turned into emotionless copies of themselves, and the movie's heroes skulk about trying to figure out exactly what's going on. It has decent atmosphere but seems to take forever to get to its destination. Suddenly, Spock lets out a blood curdling scream, and the movie starts meaning business.
|This is business. Sort of.|
I slept maybe two hours that night.
Keep in mind, I was 23 when this all took place. I'm not even sure what it was - something about being lulled into a false sense of security, the completely unhuman sound, the creepy as all hell face that he makes when he screams. It all added up to nightmare salad for me.
So, why didn't this obviously potent scene make the list? Because I never want to see the scene again, much less want to see it over and over again. This is '100 favorite' scenes, not 'scenes that were effective that I never want to see again. Here's the scene, devoid of any further context.
I'm not proofing this to see if it's actually the right scene (I would certainly assume it is, given those creepy as fuck eyes). The fact that Donald Sutherland is standing there looking all screamy is already making my skin crawl.
We're done here.