The A.V. Club is counting down the scariest, creepiest, and most nerve-shredding opening scenes in horror-movie history.
The scenes themselves range in length, from about a minute to a good 15 or 20, with the only criteria being that they must constitute the first scene or passage, excepting a credits sequence. The films range in quality as well, because even a terrible horror movie can start exceptionally strong.
This list was originally published to The A.V. Club on October 25, 2016