I don’t go for horror movies. Sure, I watched a mess of them when I was a kid—The Exorcist, The Omen, and Rosemary’s Baby. I also saw Halloween and Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I Spit On Your Grave, all that stuff and more. I had a stronger constitution then. Now, I just don’t like being scared.
I even worked on a “horror” movie as the assistant film editor on The Blair Witch Project II, although the scariest part of that project was the silence in the screening room after the executives saw the first cut. Scary for the director, I should say, I thought it was pretty funny.
Anyhow, horror movies aren’t the only ones that are scary. Heck, you could argue that The King of Comedy, is Scorsese’s scariest movie (and that Taxi Driver is his funniest). I’ll never forget the final shot of Planet of Apes. When I was little, hiding under the covers, this made me think about the big questions of life. I couldn't explain it but this image frightened me more than anything I'd ever seen.
The movie I can’t get over, though, is Mad Max II aka The Road Warrior. Scared me as a kid and makes me jittery when I watch it today. It’s comic book stuff but effective.
Watch this scene and tell me you don’t get nervous in spite of how silly it all is.