The 25 scariest opening scenes in horror-movie history

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.

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This list was originally published to The A.V. Club on October 25, 2016

  • Jaws

    1

  • Scream

    2

  • Suspiria

    3

  • Halloween

    4

  • Night of the Living Dead

    5

  • The Ring

    6

  • 28 Weeks Later

    7

  • Twilight Zone: The Movie

    8

  • Final Destination 2

    9

  • It Follows

    10

  • Ghost Ship

    11

  • The Stepfather

    12

  • Dawn of the Dead

    13

  • When a Stranger Calls

    14

  • Them

    15

  • Black Sunday

    16

  • Carrie

    17

  • The Hitcher

    18

  • Day of the Dead

    19

  • Darkness Falls

    20

  • Cube

    21

  • The Conjuring

    22

  • The Pact

    23

  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    24

  • The Beyond

    25