Of course, not everyone is going to agree with our choices, least of all hard-core horror geeks. And so we'll admit, we were a little nervous when cult horror experts Zack Carlson and Lars Nilsen, of the famed Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, offered to weigh in on our list. Would they love it? Hate it? Praise its genius? Rip it to shreds?
It is with great pride that we turn our picks over to Zack and Lars, who will be commenting on our list (five picks at a time) and then, after the big reveal on October 31, offering their own ranked lists of Most Iconic Horror Scenes. Whom will you agree with more -- them or us? Stay tuned and find out.
In this installment, Mr. Carlson takes on our next five picks. Read on!
Zack Carlson is a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest in Austin Texas. He also programs Terror Tuesdays, a weekly series of cult horror films from the '70s and '80s with glorious 35mm prints. He wrote a book called 'Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide To Punks On Film' that you can buy really soon. It features reviews of every film that punks appear in, even when they just walk by in the background chewing on a rat. He doesn't eat vegetables. He's never had a beer or a cup of coffee in his life and it's too late to start now, so don't worry about it.
See our full list of 20 Most Iconic Horror Scenes, which we'll keep revealing -- at noon daily on the Moviefone Blog -- until October 31.
15. 'A Nightmare on Elm Street': Bathtub Claw
Zack: I have to throw a silver medal at this and instead choose the opening segment where Amanda Wyss gets slammed into every corner of the ceiling, blood a-blazing. This effect was brilliantly achieved with a full-sized rotating bedroom, and the exact same set/process would later be redressed and used for a scene in BREAKIN' @: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO. No shit.
14. 'The Omen': Nanny Suicide
Zack: "It's all for you, Damien!" Yes, it's great. However, no one can claim this is 1/10th as shocking as David Warner's glass decapitation later in the movie. If you've gotta go out, do it with panache.
13. 'Rosemary's Baby' Revealed
Zack: I hate to be a dissenter. I'm a team player. One for all. But there's such a perfect moment in this that I need to shout it loud and proud. Watching the immeasurably talented Ruth Gordon clutch at the air and yell "Hail Satan!!!" is one of the truest pleasures a viewer can experience. Hail Gordon.
12. 'Frankenstein': "It's Alive!"
Zack: A real, live, bona fide masterpiece. It's a collection of great moments. Eclipsed only by THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and its earth-shatteringly tragic, perfect uttering from the heartbroken monster: "We belong dead."
11. 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre': Door Slam
Zack: The 12-year-old boy in me -- which constitutes 78% of my total -- has always been nutzoid for the chainsaw-through-the-paraplegic scene. But yes, I admit that the metal door slam (and the hammer bonk that precedes it) is perfect horror filmmaking. Don't forget that hanging-a-live-person-on-a-hook bit, either. Interestingly, the original TEXAS CHAINSAW house is now a fairly respectable restaurant in Kingsland, TX. The food ain't great, but wander upstairs and you'll see a framed poster for MASSACRE in the offices. Warms the heart.
The Alamo Drafthouse, called the #1 theater in America by Entertainment Weekly and one-upped by The Guardian which called it "the best cinemas in the world," is known for its one-of-a-kind film programming. Zack Carlson, programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest, and Lars Nilsen, creative director for the theater, have helped build the theater's esteemed reputation with regular cinematic trips into the horrific and weird with their weekly Terror Tuesday & Weird Wednesday midnight shows.