I always seem to forget about Drag Me To Hell. And every time that I do remember it, another scene pops into my head. Sorry to say that it isn’t the scene where the toothless gypsy woman gnaws on Christine’s face in the parking garage. It’s all about jump scares this time, and Drag Me To Hell has one of the best jump scares of all time in the scene below. There’s even a precursor jump scare to the main jump scare to warm you up a little bit.
I think the reason that the ‘Window Demon’ jump scare works so well is because there is already a sense of chaos established after Christine sees the shadow come under the door. Things are already ramping up, so when the jump scare happens, it’s effective and mostly because of the intense sound design of the demon’s voice. If you didn’t jump at all at that moment in the scene, then congratulations to you for being better than everyone else who did jump! There’s a cake coming in your honor and maybe a stripper too. I’m writing with sarcasm by the way, so you can’t hold me to those promises.
In 2005, director Neil Marshall blew my mind with his jump-scare heavy creature feature, The Descent. And he didn’t waste any time getting us hooked because in the scene I’m highlighting for this edition of Holy Sh*t Horror, the opening credits haven’t even ended yet before the insanity begins and you’re left with your mouth open. Don’t drool though, because that’s gross.
Now, if this clip below isn’t a PSA to make sure you keep your eyes on the road while you’re driving, I don’t what is. It’s also a PSA about what can happen to you if karma catches you cheating on your wife.