"Spirits of the Dead" was a trilogy of Edgar Allan Poe stories from three European directors. The third story "Never Wager the Devil Your Head" was directed by Fellini. Fellini's representation of the devil was startling because it was so off-center: a girl in a pretty dress playing with a ball. A sudden closeup of her face showed a demonic smile and blood-red lips.
Unlike Poe's story, there is nothing especially cheerful about Fellini's film except its extravagance of visual detail. The last hours in Toby Dammit's life become a typical Fellini fantasmagoria, a descent into a maelstrom of grotesque settings, props and faces, including that of a little girl with long blond hair, not unlike the girl who called soundlessly to Marcello Mastroianni across the tidal rift at the end of "La Dolce Vita." Except for the fact that she has crimson fingernails and a definite leer, you'd hardly recognize her as Old Nick.
It's not topped by Anthony Hopkins doing in the police guards and borrowing a face in "Silence of the Lambs," nor the final scenes, especially when the lights go out.
From the BBC:
Alien named as top 18-rated scene
The gory "chestburster" scene in sci-fi classic Alien has been named the greatest 18-certificate movie moment.
i mean yeah, Sweet Jesus on the Cross! Seeing that in a darkened movie theatre was the most amazing thing..... what the fu*k was that!..... and if the rest of the cast was informed as to the real intentions of the scene they should have all received oscars, because what was so scary about the scene was the look of horror and terror in their eyes when Hurt had that monster burst out of his chest.
but nothing horrified me more than the opening beach scene of "Saving Private Ryan
Movie magazine Empire is marking its 18th birthday with a list of the top 18-rated moments in film.
John Hurt's bloody demise edged out the decapitation scene from The Omen, with the transformation sequence in An American Werewolf in London at three.
A second 18-rated poll, for the greatest shower scene, confirmed Psycho as the soap-sud champion.
TOP FIVE 18 RATED SCENES
1 Dinner chestburster - Alien (pictured)
2 Glass decapitation - The Omen
3 Wolf transformation - An American Werewolf in London
4 Crucifix abuse - The Exorcist
5 Ready Ralph? - Risky Business
In Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien, astronaut Hurt gets a mystery creature stuck to his face.
He appears to have recovered after it falls off but as he sits down to lunch, a fang-toothed creature explodes from his chest.
Movie lore claims that to heighten the sense of shock, the rest of the cast were not fully briefed on what was about to happen.
The decapitation scene in 1976's apocalyptic thriller The Omen horrified audiences by being shot in slow motion and from multiple angles.
Most of the films included in the top 18 are classic horror movies, such as The Exorcist, The Thing and The Evil Dead.
But raunch makes an appearance at number five with Rebecca De Mornay's entrance in Risky Business.
And gangsters make a significant contribution with Reservoir Dogs, The Godfather and Casino all making the chart.
In the shower scene poll, college comedy Porky's comes in at number two, with the volleyball team from Carrie at three.
I know it might not be the most memorable, but any list of great horror film moments wouldn't be complete without...
Just seen on Brit TV the greatest horror film moment in film history according to Empire magazine is from the film Alien when the thing bursts out of John Hurts stomach.
Since it is the biggest cornball nonsense since flash gordon in the 1950's who votes for this stuff??