October 26, 2014

31 Days of Creepy Scenes, #6: Boom, Headshot

They've given us nightmares, given us chills, made us cringe, made us laugh, made us gag, and made us stare at the screen in awe: these are the scenes that pop into our minds when we think of great Horror Films, and we love them all.

*We recommend that if you've never seen these scenes before, that you experience them for the first time unspoiled in the movies that they come from, if you can. With that in mind, we'll try to be as spoiler-free as possible while discussing them; try, being the key word here.

Another day, another Lucio Fulci Movie!

After Zombie (1979), Lucio fulci went on a bit of a zombie kick with his films: In 1980, he released City of the Living Dead; and in 1981, it was The Beyond and The House by the Cemetery. These three films, though not exactly related to one another, made up what many consider to be his unofficial "Gates of Hell Trilogy."

Each of the movie was fantastic in their own right, and all of them boasted some classic scenes, but it may be the headshot scene from The Beyond that was the best of them all.

In the film, our heroes are doing their best to survive the onslaught of hordes of (very slow moving) zombies, when they find themselves in the morgue. Out of nowhere, the little girl they are traveling with suddenly becomes possessed, and attacks Liza...

...and gets her little red dome blown off.

The headshot happens so quick, and feels so random, that you just can't help but be shocked by it. It's also funny to note that the guy who shoots her in the head with a perfect shot, spends most of his time shooting the undead in their midsections, to no effect whatsoever. Maybe he finally got wise all of a sudden?

The Beyond makes no sense at times, and feels all kinds of random throughout, but it' scenes like this that make it one hell of a compelling watch. It's definitely one of Fulci's best, and one that every Horror lover should see.


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