Bravo’s “Even Scarier Movie Moments” is a Pack of Lies

Posted by Peter Hall - October 21st 2006 @ 6:33 pm

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.

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  1. October 21st, 2006 | 9:48 pm | #1

    I remember when Bravo actually showed relevant movies with no commercials. Those were the days. The fact that they’re ranking Hostel number one in anything is rather silly. They’re no different than American Movie Classics at this point.

  2. October 21st, 2006 | 11:15 pm | #2

    Scariest Movie Moments? Isn’t that the show that had the expert critique of the genre from the Coors Light twins? Oh yeah, that was a shining moment.

    I just watched Hostel tonight. Liked it way more than you did. Then again, I was expecting more dreck like Cabin Fever.

  3. Katt
    November 1st, 2006 | 10:34 pm | #3

    Yes I saw the second half and I need some serious help.
    Do you know the name and director of the Japanese movie where the guy has a love affair with his daughter and tried to prove his innocence or, apologize by cutting his tongue off?
    Did Takashi Miike have something to do with this movie?
    I need to know, I need this movie!
    e-mail me,

  4. November 2nd, 2006 | 5:50 am | #4


    The short of it, though, is a South Korean movie called Oldboy, directed by Chan-wook Park with nothing to do with Miike.

  5. November 2nd, 2006 | 7:18 pm | #5

    My wife and I finally watched this show, and couldn’t believe how heinously they gave that plot point away. Oldboy is such a bad ass flick, and not knowing that particular fact is damn-near crucial!

    Then again, they ruined the end of just about every movie they covered.

  6. November 2nd, 2006 | 7:40 pm | #6

    Yeah, I was pretty offended that they ruined one of few climaxes that actually had my jaw agap.

    That countdown was such bullshit. I get angry thinking about it.

  7. Jeremy
    January 6th, 2007 | 5:55 pm | #7

    Actually Jenna Fischer was on Slither, not hostel.

  8. January 6th, 2007 | 9:57 pm | #8

    Yeah, but on this countdown, she was one of the people who loved Hostel.

  9. Mike
    April 6th, 2007 | 1:17 am | #9

    I agree with your clockwork orange hostel debate 100%. I loved the 100 scariest movie countdown and was pretty disapointed in the 30 scarier moments. Although i like alot of the movies on the list. One of my top horror movies would be Funny games from director michael haneke i found it more disturbing and real then devils rejects or even last house on the left both i find to be good horror movies.
    I found your blog though whlie trying to find the list for the 30 scarier movie moments i saw it last year remember alot but wanted to bookmark the list i had it from wikepedia but it’s been removed. Anyone know where i can find it?

  10. April 6th, 2007 | 4:04 am | #10


    30: The Grudge:
    26: Play Misty For Me
    25: Red Eye
    24: The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
    23: Manhunter
    22: American Psycho
    21: Dead Alive
    20: 2001
    19: Fear
    18: Army Of Darkness
    16: Saw II
    15: Exorsisim of emily rose
    14: Scanners
    13: Dawn Of The Dead(2004)
    12: Wolf Creek
    11: The Stepford Wives(original)
    10: Children Of The Corn
    09: Open Water
    08: Land of The Dead
    07: The Devils Rejects
    06: Veritgo
    05: Oldboy
    04: Videodrome
    03: Saw
    02: A Clockwork Orange
    01: Hostel

    That is the “Even Scarier” list (minus a few), the original Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments list is:

    100-28 Days Later
    99-Creepshow-Theyre creeping up on you
    98-Fulci’s Zombie
    97-Cat People (original)
    96- The Birds
    95-Jurrasic Park
    94-Pacific Heights
    93-Childs Play
    92-Village of the Damned (original)
    91-Shallow Grave (Danny Boyle’s)
    90-Night of the Hunter
    89-Alice,Sweet Alice
    88-Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    87-Black Christmas
    86-Wizard of Oz
    85-Blood and Black Lace
    84-Blue Velvet
    83-The Others
    81-The Howling
    79-Dracula (Browning)
    78-The Brood
    76-Evil Dead
    74-Willy Wonka (what the hell???)
    73-Blood Simple
    71-The Sixth Sense
    70-The Stepfather
    69-The Re-Animator
    68-The Black Cat
    66-Marathon Man
    65-The Tenant
    64-Near Dark
    62-The Wolfman
    61-The Devils Backbone
    60-The Beyond (not from beyond)
    59-Fatal Attraction
    57-House of Wax
    56-Single White Female
    55-The Vanishing
    54-The Changeling
    52-Phantom of the Opera
    51-The Dead Zone
    50. The Last House on the Left
    49. Diabolique
    48. The Thing
    47. Nosferatu
    46. The Sentinel
    45. The Wicker Man
    44. The Game
    43. It’s Alive!
    42. An American Werewolf in London
    41. The Hills Have Eyes
    40. Black Sunday
    39. Dawn of the Dead
    38. Peeping Tom
    37. House on Haunted Hill
    36. Cape Fear
    35. Aliens
    34. The Hitcher
    33. The Fly
    32. Pet Sematary
    31. Friday the 13th
    30. The Blair Witch Project
    29. The Serpent and the Rainbow
    28. When a Stranger Calls
    27. Frankenstein
    26. Seven
    25. Phantasm
    24. Suspiria
    23. Rosemary’s Baby
    22. Don’t Look Now
    21. Jacob’s Ladder
    20. The Ring
    19. Hellraiser
    17. A Nightmare on Elm Street
    16. The Omen
    15. Freaks
    14. Halloween
    13. Scream
    12. Misery
    11. Audition
    10. Wait Until Dark
    9. Night of the Living Dead
    8. Carrie
    7. Silence of the Lambs
    6. The Shining
    5. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    4. Psycho
    3. Exorcist
    2. Alien
    1. Jaws

  11. Sean
    April 16th, 2007 | 11:39 pm | #11

    I found that list a lot more agreeable for me.

    And Hostel wasn’t scary to me, strange people. I think the only part that really got to me was the whole eye thing, but, again, none of it was “Oh god, this is so scary it needs to be on a list” type of horror.

  12. Horror Muse
    October 26th, 2007 | 7:01 pm | #12

    And still a no-show for Event Horizon and Amityville Horror? Harumph.

  13. Josh
    October 20th, 2008 | 8:12 pm | #13

    ok now im 13, and i saw hostel with my frnds at a sleepover around 3 a.m. and yet it wasnt all that “scary” to me as it was disgusting (in a good way) definitley doesnt deserve number 1 ( also didnt think the omen is a very scary movie either, more “demented” shat scary)

  14. CP
    December 20th, 2008 | 5:09 am | #14

    GOD BLESS YOU! I watched this, and as the countdown went down I was saying to myself “okay well they haven’t listed HOSTEL yet, interesting” then, it got down past 2, then back from the commercial break BLAMMO! I turned the T.V. right off. While the whole concept I must admit is quite interesting, Eli Roth reminds me of horror’s Ben Affleck.

  15. Kay
    March 14th, 2009 | 11:08 am | #15

    Just have to say i wasn’t impressed with 30 ‘even scarier’ movie moments. PAH even scarier. Im not scared of movies myself but had to agree with most the list in the 100 scarier movie moments. Alot of them were classic horror so they had to be there in my opinion. But 30 esmm just made no sense really. They picked alot of the new modern movies which wernt on the first list for a good reason.

  16. Joe
    October 17th, 2009 | 8:46 am | #16

    Trying to find a recap of last nights 13 scarier movie moments on Bravo. Not that I agree at all with the list but there was one movie I missed the title that I am trying to find.

  17. Ashley Ketchum
    April 6th, 2011 | 11:51 am | #17

    FINALLY!!! people never agree with me when i say a clockwork orange should have been number one. its my favorite book/movie in the world, which is pretty messed up, but the psychological terror presented in the book and the film is much much worse than any disgusting torture flick. now i love eli roth and his work, but he did not deserve place 1. anthony burgess is a genius, and stanley kubrick presented that genius perfectly. thank you for noticing REAL art, not just bloody, disgusting gore.

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