June 12, 2012

Creepy Scenes- Running Scared (2006)

Every now and then we come across a scene in a mainstream flick that feels as if it belongs in a horror flick. Of course as horror fans, it's natural for us to love these scenes and spread the word about them, and so here we are.

Running Scared is an underrated little crime thriller flick from 2006, starring Paul Walker and Vera Farmiga. It's about a small time hood that gets caught up in the drama of trying to find a gun used in a murder, and save a kids life on the process, blah, blah, blah. It's a great movie, but the plot isn't all that important for the purpose of our discussion.

What is relevant to this discussion, is a little sequence in the middle of the movie that involves... a modern day nod to Hansel and Gretel, only far darker.

While on the run from the mob, little Oleg hides in the back of a van. In the van he finds two little kids who look terrified, and a yuppie couple named Dez and Edele who are child murdering pedo's. The couple takes the kids home, where everything is clean and sanitary and filled with toys... and cameras... and children's costumes... and body bags... you get the idea.

Now that is good stuff.
The thing that is so creepy about these scenes is that Oleg realizes that something is really wrong with these people, and while he's trying to figure a way out of the mess he's gotten himself into, everything starts to feels like a creepy fairytale. The writer and director did a great job at crafting this part of the movie in a subtly disturbing way. Even the security code to the alarm panel is creepy, playing the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" when the keys are pressed.

We don't want to totally spoil the scene for those who haven't seen the movie, so we will say nothing more other than this movie is great on its own, but for horror fans, the apartment scene almost makes it feel classic in a way. There's a payoff to be had here too, which we really liked.

See it. There's a lot going on in this scene (and movie), and we think you'll like it.

Nice rape-room.
Eew. Eew, Eew, Eew!
It took us three times seeing this movie to finally realize that they "rated" the kids. What the rating means, we do not want to know.


  1. I just watched Trust_ the other day. I'll probably post on that one.

  2. I'll watch pretty much anything with Vera Farmiga and Elizabeth Mitchell in it... well, actually, no; if they were in fucking Snow White and the Huntsmen, or What to Expect When You're Expecting, I still wouldn't have watched. But a thriller? I'm down for that. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of this neat-looking flick.

  3. Trust was interesting, Wizard. Even as a drama, it was pretty unsettling.

    We love those ladies too, Purgatori. When you see Running Scared, which I imagine you will at some point now, I'll be curious to see if you liked it as much as we did.

  4. Oh, it's Juliet from "Lost". I will have to watch this.

  5. But WHAT is the creature in the bathroom scene????

  6. I was wondering the same thing for so long I seriously want to know what that was about

  7. I seen this movie 3 times and cannot seem to figure out what the FUCK is that creepy shadow in the background of the bathroon scene where Oleg is kidnapped.... can anyone PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION I HAVE....

    1. It's basically the representation of how "creepy" and "evil" the couple is. Like showing how they're really monsters underneath. It was meant ot be abstract like that.