Top 10 Scary Nightmare Scenes from Movies

Oh, do I love a creepy and scary nightmare movie scene. Here are the Top 10 Scary Nightmare Movie Scenes and guess what, most of the scenes are from horror movies. I remember watching my very first scary nightmare scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) when Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) falls asleep in class. That scene still holds up today as one of my favorite creepy scenes of all time. A younger Lin Shaye played the teacher in that scene. Thanks to WatchMojo for posting this video.


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Top 10 Disturbing Nightmare Scenes from Movies

  1. The Woman Appears from The Woman in Black (1989)
    • The Woman in Black (2012)

      Directed by James Watkins


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      Official Synopsis: In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals.
      Cast: Mary Stockley, Victor McGuire, Jonathan Taylor, Daniel Radcliffe, Patricia Winker, Roger Allam, Neil Broome, Tim McMullan, John R. Walker, Chloe…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy

  2. Zelda from Pet Sematary (1989)

    • Pet Sematary (1989)

      Directed by Mary Lambert


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      Official Synopsis: With dreams of a better life, the young doctor, Louis Creed, and his family--his wife, Rachel, their daughter, Ellie, and their three-year-old toddler, Gage--move to their new home in the small rural town of Ludlow, Maine, alarmingly close to a busy highway. However, when Rachel's cherished tomcat is inadvertently killed in an awful accident, a desperate Louis will reluctantly take his friendly neighbour's advice to bury it in an ancient Micmac graveyard--a mystical burial ground imbued with reanimating powers. Despite the terrible results and the insistent warnings from a recently deceased, tragedy-stricken Louis is forced to go back to the Indian cemetery, hoping that, this time, things will be different. But, can the dead return from the grave?
      Cast: Stephen King, Brad Greenquist, Dale Midkiff, Susan Blommaert, Richard Collier, Miko Hughes, Denise Crosby, Michael Lombard, Liz Davies, Matthew August…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama

  3. Karras’ Dream from The Exorcist (1973)

    • The Exorcist (1973)

      Directed by William Friedkin


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      Official Synopsis: A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.
      Cast: Max von Sydow, Eileen Dietz, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, John Mahon, Ellen Burstyn, Donna Mitchell, Kitty Winn, Rudolf Schündler, Rudolf…
      Genres: Horror

  4. Beyond the Grave from Carrie (1976)

    • Carrie (1976)

      Directed by Brian De Palma


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      Official Synopsis: It's nearing the end of the school year. High school senior Carrie White is a social outcast, largely due to being unwise to the ways of the world based on her upbringing. Her mother, Margaret White, is a religious fanatic, her extreme views primarily targeted against sex, which she believes is a sin. She even believes natural associated processes such as menstruation are a sin, about which she has refused to mention to Carrie. Mrs. White's beliefs were taken to that extreme largely because of her own failed marriage and her husband Ralph long ago having run off with another woman. The only adult authority figure who tries to help Carrie with her life is her phys ed teacher, Miss Collins, who is nonetheless warned not to get too close to go against how Mrs. White chooses to raise Carrie, Mrs. White whose beliefs are well known in the community. An impromptu event that happens among Carrie's phys ed classmates against her leads to her classmates being punished. One of those students, self absorbed Chris Hargensen, vows revenge against Carrie for that punishment, the method of the revenge associated to the phys ed class incident. Another student however, the popular Sue Snell, begins to feel sorry for Carrie. In wanting to help her get out of her shell, Sue asks her boyfriend, the equally popular Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the senior prom instead of her. This move does not sit well with Mrs. White, who in her extreme view believes Carrie will fall prey to sin. All these competing issues lead to Carrie deciding on an impulse to use a newfound skill to free herself from the figurative chains that have long been placed around her, with tragic consequences.
      Cast: P.J. Soles, William Katt, Priscilla Pointer, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Sissy Spacek, Cindy Daly, Nancy Allen, John Travolta,…
      Genres: Horror

  5. Birthing from The Fly (1986)

    • The Fly (1986)

      Directed by David Cronenberg


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      Official Synopsis: Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis) by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man. This Science-Gone-Mad film is the source of the quotable quote "Be afraid. Be very afraid."
      Cast: David Cronenberg, Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Michael Copeman, Leslie Carlson, Joy Boushel, George Chuvalo, Carol Lazare, Shawn Hewitt
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance

  6. Twins from Dead Ringers (1988)

    • Dead Ringers (1988)

      Directed by David Cronenberg


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      Official Synopsis: The Mantle brothers are both doctors - both gynecologists - and identical twins. Mentally however, one of them is more confident than the other, and always manages to seduce the women he meets. When he's tired of his current partner, she is passed on to the other brother - without her knowing. Everything runs smoothly, until an actress visits their clinic, and the shy brother is the first to fall in love. Will they be able to 'share' her ?
      Cast: David Cronenberg, Barbara Gordon, Jeremy Irons, Denis Akiyama, Damir Andrei, Stephen Lack, Murray Cruchley, Hadley Kay, David Hughes, Heidi von…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama

  7. Chestburster from Aliens (1986)

    • Aliens (1986)

      Directed by James Cameron


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      Official Synopsis: 57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from the first movie, she is called back, this time, to help a group of highly trained colonial marines fight off against the sinister extraterrestrials. But this time, the aliens have taken over a space colony on the moon LV-426. When the colonial marines are called upon to search the deserted space colony, they later find out that they are up against more than what they bargained for. Using specially modified machine guns and enough firepower, it's either fight or die as the space marines battle against the aliens. As the Marines do their best to defend themselves, Ripley must attempt to protect a young girl who is the sole survivor of the decimated space colony.
      Cast: Lance Henriksen, Tom Woodruff Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Daniel Kash, Mac McDonald, Michael Biehn, Ricco Ross, Chris Webb, Bob…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

  8. Lots of Bugs from Drag Me to Hell (2009)

    • Drag Me to Hell (2009)

      Directed by Sam Raimi


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      Official Synopsis: Christine Brown is a loans officer at a bank but is worried about her lot in life. She's in competition with a competent colleague for an assistant manager position and isn't too sure about her status with a boyfriend. Worried that her boss will think less of her if she shows weakness, she refuses a time extension on a loan to an old woman, Mrs. Ganush, who now faces foreclosure and the loss of her house. In retaliation, the old woman place a curse on her which, she subsequently learns, will result in her being taken to hell in a few days time. With the help of a psychic, she tries to rid herself of the demon, but faces several hurdles in the attempt.
      Cast: Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel, Justin Long, Sam Raimi, Paul Edney, Bridget Hoffman, Octavia Spencer, Alexis Cruz, Bojana Novakovic, John Paxton,…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Comedy

  9. The Nun from The Conjuring 2 (2016)

    • The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (2016)

      Directed by James Wan


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      Official Synopsis: In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England, where single mother Peggy Hodgson believes that something evil is in her home. When Peggy's youngest daughter starts showing signs of demonic possession, Ed and Lorraine attempt to help the besieged girl, only to find themselves targeted by the malicious spirits.
      Cast: Javier Botet, Patrick Wilson, Robin Atkin Downes, Jamie Soricelli, David Thewlis, Joseph Bishara, Jesse Michael Fullington, Steve Coulter, Vera Farmiga,…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

  10. Classroom Nightmare from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

    • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

      Directed by Wes Craven


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      Official Synopsis: On Elm Street, Nancy Thompson and a group of her friends (comprising Tina Gray, Rod Lane and Glen Lantz) are being tormented by a clawed killer in their dreams named Fred Krueger. Nancy must think quickly, as Fred tries to pick them off one by one. When he has you in your sleep, who is there to save you?
      Cast: Johnny Depp, Lin Shaye, Robert Englund, Robert Shaye, Heather Langenkamp, Joe Unger, David Andrews, John Saxon, Jsu Garcia, Joseph Whipp,…
      Genres: Horror