Even in slow motion and from multiple angles, the bucket of blood scene in Carrie - both the 1976 original and the just-released remake, starring Chloe Grace Moretz - lasts less than a minute. But it's easily the most iconic moment, and possibly most important, in the entire movie.
That's not an uncommon thing in horror movies, though. Tons of fright flicks over the years have had a specific gross and unforgettable scene that practically defines the entire film. Here are seven notable examples - see if you can guess the movie from the scene alone.
A.The scene: A convulsing man is held down by members of his crew when a grotesque, toothy creature bursts out of his chest, much to everyone's shock and horror.
B.The scene: A girl with long, black hair obscuring her face crawls out of a TV set and towards the terrified man watching.
C.The scene: As a woman is showering, a shadow appears on the other side of the curtain. The curtain is suddenly yanked aside and the woman is repeatedly stabbed by a silhouetted figure.
D.The scene: As a doctor attempts to use defibrillator paddles on an unconscious man's chest, the patient's chest suddenly collapses inwards, revealing a toothy maw that chomps the doctor's forearms clean off.
E.The scene: A girl in her nightgown, unnaturally arched over backwards, scuttles down a flight of stairs like some kind of horrible human spider.
F.The scene: A sleeping teenager is sucked into a hole in the middle of his bed, which then erupts in a geyser of blood that drenches the bedroom ceiling.
G.The scene: During a press conference, a man trying to demonstrate his telepathic talent picks the wrong subject, and his head ends up exploding in a giant gush of crimson goo.
A. Alien. Too easy, right? The chest-burstee, John Hurt, would later recreate the scene for Mel Brooks' comedy Spaceballs.
B. The Ring. The scene is also in its Japanese precedent, Ringu, and is arguably even creepier due to the lack of unnecessary special effects.
C. Psycho. As actual gore goes, this one is quite tame - it's up the viewer's imagination to fill in the gaps, with help from some especially gruesome sound effects.
D. John Carpenter's The Thing. We could have added, "in a remote arctic research base" but that would have made it too obvious.
E. The Exorcist. The head-spinning and puking scenes might be more famous, but for a snippet of a scene that lasts less than five seconds, it's incredibly disturbing and difficult go forget.
F. A Nightmare on Elm Street. The teen in question was none other than Johnny Depp.
G. Scanners. Aside from perhaps the literal bloodbath in Carrie, no horror movie is more closely identified by a single scene than David Cronenberg's cult classic. The special effect still holds up today, although Michael Ironside - as the intended target of the scan who turns the tables on Louis Del Grande - looks weirdly orgasmic.Follow @JamShowbiz