Two years ago Bravo did a phenomenal countdown of the top 100 Scariest Movie Moments. They had some great picks with some great placements, but more importantly the talking heads on the show really knew their stuff. Though I hadn’t seen a single promo for this year’s 30 count "Even Scarier Movie Moments", I happened to catch roughly the top 20.
I’ll not complain extensively about their inferior lineup (who really gives a damn what the guy who wrote the When a Stranger Calls remake has to say?), but this can’t go unchecked. The number 2 moment was the Singing in the Rain rape scene from A Clockwork Orange. The number 1 was Hostel – not one specific scene, but Hostel in general.
Stanley Kubrick plays second fiddle to horrorfrat boy Eli Roth? Are you kidding me? I don’t care if you liked Hostel or not, there is absolutely zero argument that any scene from that movie is more psychologically or morally damaging than any one frame from A Clockwork Orange.
The rest of the "countdown" has some interesting choices, though it does weight on the more modern side with choices like Saw and Saw II placing high, but that top choice is a pack of lies. Just because Eli Roth talks a good talk in your interview segments, doesn’t mean you have to back slide him the number one slot. But even if his appearance on the show didn’t have an influence on his film’s placement, the notion that one of the most controversial and influential films of all time from one of the greatest directors of all time is weaker in impact than a cro-mag browed euro-torture film is just recockulous.
At least it had the awesome Jenna Fischer talking horror, even if she was one of the Hostel devotees.