Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Saved! Access Favorites in your account profile. Removed from my favorites

Don't Get Scared, Huh? 11 Terrifying Movie Scenes To Test Your Scream Reflex

We go to the movies to feel something, to be transported away from the regular old world to another place, another life, with the intention of losing ourselves. A good film captures the experience and delivers it in a nice package. A great film expounds it onto viewers, gets beneath their skin, and serves up a heavy dose of catharsis.
For some films, simply covering your eyes isn't enough. Scenes that irk viewers so much, they have to leave, faint, or vomit. But horror films aren't necessarily the go-to genre for this reaction – James Franco's 127 Hours had audiences throwing up in their seats. And this year's Gravity has been hailed as one of the most anxiety-inducing movies of late.
It takes a certain caliber of movie-making to bring out the primal instincts in audience members. And there's often one scene that sends them over the edge (sometimes it's the entire movie). These are those scenes. The ones that don't simply incite fear, but terror. And that's something that never rests easily.
Warning: The following pages contain graphic imagery.
Photo: Courtesy of American Film Institute.