“The Exorcist,” “Halloween,” “The Shining” — although these classic horror films came out decades ago, they still manage to terrify. But what horror scene stands out as the scariest all?
Variety’s Marc Malkin canvassed Hollywood searching for the spookiest scenes from Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”), Danny McBride (writer of the new “Halloween”), Shonda Rhimes (Shondaland founder) and Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean,
“Anything from ‘The Exorcist,'” said Sarah Paulson, who imitated Regan MacNeil’s (Linda Blair) voice when the character becomes possessed. “When she’s like, ‘Oh Dimi, why do you do this me?’ The little person inside writes, ‘Help me’ from inside and it’s backward — I mean no, absolutely not.”
Jamie Lee Curtis, the star of the “Halloween” franchise including the new 11th installment, agreed with Paulson, dubbing “every single second” of “The Exorcist” as the scariest.
For many stars, a few creepy moments were so scary they felt compelled to take extra precaution and avoid a similarly (albeit unlikely) grim fate.
“‘Scream’ is why I still can’t be in the house on my own,” said Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”). “The opening scene where they turn the light on and you can see him and he’s outside in the garden — now I can’t live on a ground floor, ever. And I’m afraid of picking up landlines.”
David Gordon Green, who directed this year’s “Halloween” film, revealed that because of the original 1978 movie, he has to check his car’s backseat in case there’s an intruder.
Yara Shahidi (“Grown-ish”) said the teacup hypnosis scene in 2017’s “Get Out” made her stop drinking tea “for a minute, and as an Iranian, that was just difficult.”
Watch the video above for more star freak outs.