I couldn’t help but notice that anticipation and excitement for autumn and the Halloween magic it contains has started to emerge across the internet over the last few days. September is upon us, Summer is slowly drifting away for another year and the countdown clock that silently ticks away at the top of this very page now tells me it is only 60 days until October 31st 2014.
To celebrate the journey toward Halloween I’m going to do something I’ve wanted to attempt since I first started writing here on Halloween Love … put together a definitive list of my personal favorite horror movie moments and scenes!
Being the movie nerd and slightly strange person that I am, I have actually had a list of my choices typed up for some time, and it gets updated on a regular basis. The saved version is a top 100 but because we are only 2 months away from the big day I’ll obviously be starting at number 60 and working my way down until I reach my favorite horror moment of all time!
You’ll agree with some, probably raise an eyebrow at others and hopefully a few will be pleasant surprises.
60 : Dawn Of The Dead 2004 : Opening scene.
The calm before the storm lasts just a few short minutes, then Ana (Sarah Polley), has her world ripped apart in spectacular fashion. Her loving husband is brutally attacked by an infected child, dying seconds later before we even get a chance to know the poor guy. Of course he instantly reanimates as a zombie, meaning a terrified and confused Ana has no choice but to flee onto the streets of a city in utter chaos. The whole scene is brutal, fast (like the zombies) and pleasingly messy!
The first time I watched this movie I was hopeful but expecting to emerge from the cinema underwhelmed. Ten minutes later Snyder had hooked me and I was along for the ride. Dawn Of The Dead isn’t perfect but it unfolds in a way that makes you want to discover what will happen, and combined with some clever casting the end result is a very solid modern zombie horror.
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