Doomed – we’re all doomed!
Friday the 13th is creeping up and we’re embracing it with WM FRIGHT NIGHT – where we’ll present the best thriller, gore and horror films from acclaimed Japanese director Takashi Miike. Tune in from 5.05pm EDT for Ichi The Killer, Hara Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Over Your Dead Body and Visitor Q.
Until then take a look at our favourite movie moments that will twist your insides, get your pulse pounding and put you on the edge of your seats.
The Interrogation: Inglourious Basterds (USA/Germany, 2009)
There’s one word to describe this scene – excruciating. Tarantino set the tone early in this epic WWII film when a tense scene between a Nazi interrogator and a man hiding Jews underneath the floorboards. For an agonizing 4 minutes (which feels like forever), the audience is made to hold their breath in anticipation of what’s to come.
Bedroom scene: A Tale of Two Sisters (Korea, 2003)
Kim Jee-Woon’s Korean horror box office hit A Tale of Two Sisters expertly builds tension and a creepy atmosphere. The most terrifying scene sees the teenage girl Soo-Mi witnessing a floating corpse in her bedroom. Sheesh – can we turn the lights back on?
Sepukku scene: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Japan, 2011)
We couldn’t look past this scene full of blood and guts (quite literally). Seppuku (adomen-cutting) is a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment. In this unbearable scene a poverty-stricken samurai struggles to kill himself with a bamboo sword. You don’t want to watch it, but we bet you can’t look away.
The attempted escape: Misery (USA, 1990)
Rob Reiner’s 1990 Oscar winner has a deliciously evocative premise: the idea of being trapped in a bed, incapable of fleeing, held captive by your ‚Äònumber 1 fan’. It culminates in an attempted escape while the audience waits in agony to see if it’s successful or not.
The light scene: Wait Until Dark (USA, 1967)
In Terence Young’s thriller, a blind housewife (Audrey Hepburn) is terrorised by a group of criminals who believe she is in possession of a doll stuffed with heroin. The climactic sequence sees the criminals enter her apartment, in which Hepburn finally evens the score by cutting all the lights in her apartment. This scene remains one of the most exciting suspenseful movie conclusions we’ve ever experienced.