The Fog (The 1980 film by John Carpenter, not the dodgy remake) could be pretty eerie when it wanted to. Basically, there are leper pirate ghosts in the fog (really!) who want to cut you up with their hooks. It works in context. The spooky part of it is that once your house is surrounded by the glowing green fog, rather than bursting through the windows as you'd expect, the pirates politely knock at the door with their hooks. Knock... knock... knock... knock... Then they cut you up once you answer. It's like a slightly less painful version of Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses.
The seemingly impossible to kill Jason Voorhees was killed off (or so you thought...) in the fourth film, "The Final Chapter" (Which was followed by six more. Yeah...), but after a shoddy fifth movie sans Jason, he's finally proven immortal in the opening scene to Jason Lives. Tommy (the kid who managed to 'kill' Jason in part 4) is still traumatized by his childhood. Fleeing from a very low security mental home (see part 5!) he decides to finally stop Jason haunting him by... uh... digging up the body. Well, to each his own.
This just happens to be during a big storm. Tommy gets so mad that he pulls a post out of the metal fence and plunges it through Jason's cold, dead chest. 'Course, the date is Friday the 13th, so that metal post just happens to attract a bolt of lightning, which goes straight into Jason's heart and wakes him up! For the rest of this movie Jason is a decomposing zombie-man dropping maggots as he walks. Kickass.
Goths rejoice! The film you love to pretend you love makes an appearance (I refuse to acknowledge the release with the Type O Negative soundtrack, though)! Nosferatu is a silent movie from 1922. Everybody knows this face. It's one of those films the pretentious twats like to pretend still stand up today. For its time it's pretty terrifying though, and some shots are amazingly creepy and well thought out. The most notable moment is this shot featuring the shadow of Dracula/Orlock as he scales the stairs.
I dunno why they call him Tar Man, because there's no actual tar in the scene, or in the film, for that matter, but this zombie ends up being released from a container early in the comedy-horror (homedy?) Return of the Living Dead and the make up and the way it moves... Creepy. Apparently he was played by an insanely skinny mime artist. It moves in a way which just seems so inhuman, groaning "braaaaains!"...
During Matrix Reloaded, the incredibly dull and unattractive Trinity and the incredibly dull and unattractive Neo decide to have incredibly dull and unattractive sex. The scene is intercut with what would have otherwise been a good part of the film. Watching these two figures with the exact same pale skin tone and dark hair colour, covered in weird matrix plug sockets, writhing around without clothes is like something out of a Salvador Dalí painting. An incredibly dull and unattractive Salvador Dalí painting. Since the two of them look like twins, it's like watching an incest scene, and since Trinity's figure is so shapeless, it's almost impossible to tell what's her ass and what's Neo's. They appear more as if they're merging together in some revolting special effects shot or something. Truly terrifying and deserves a place in the top 100!
If you ever want to send a bunch of Americans crying into the fetal position, say "Large Marge sent me". When I had a gap in the list ("HooplaNet's Top 99 Scary Moments" doesn't sound so good), I thought I might as well include this, which I've noticed brought up in so many traumatized blogs on the internet. Apparently, this moment traumatized a hell of a lot of kids, particularly in the states. When Pee Wee has lost his bike, he ends up hitchhiking at one point. He's picked up on a dark, foggy night by a strange woman, who starts talking in a creepy voice and telling him about a road accident she saw on the same road. Then she decides to show Pee Wee how the body looked, by pulling a physically impossible clay-animated face. When Pee Wee is dropped off, she says "Be sure 'an tell 'em, Large Marge sent ya!" (whoever "em" may be). A moment later, Pee Wee finds out that Large Marge was the victim in the crash, and that he had been talking to a ghoooost!
Cartoons are great. Movies are great. Putting them together for this film was a stroke of genius. When you put cartoon eyes on a human character, however, you freak a hell of a lot of kids out. I'll never look at green acid that dissolves cartoons the same way again. Or Bob Hoskins. Wait, how did I look at Bob Hoskins before?
That's "parts". Not "pants". Because of it's 15 rating, don't expect much in the way of gore and violence, but The Mummy is surprisingly visceral. When Imhotep (The Mummy) is awoken for the first time, rather than some man in bandages, he's a CG animated living partly decomposed corpse. The CG is a little dated today but at the time it was quite shocking. The nastiest part is, in order to talk and see, he has torn the tongue out of one of the archaeologists' throats, and the eyes from his sockets, and somehow transferred them to himself. You can't help but feel sorry for the poor guy who can't see or speak.
Badass film. An Italian, thoughtless, style-over-substance gore film. The same as pretty much all the other Italian thoughtless style-over-substance gore films, but this was the first, which for some reason makes it okay. The film has tonnes of cheap special gore effects, but the one which sticks in everybody's eye is the moment when a Zombie smashes its arm through a wooden door, grabs a poor screaming woman by the hair and tries to pull her through the door...
...unintentionally pulling her to a sharp piece of wood which has stuck out (due to smashing its arm through the door, duh!) and still pulling until it goes right into her eye, then breaks off becoming the biggest splinter you could ever see, in the most painful (well... second most painful) place you could possibly think of.
This is an awesome, weird as hell, movie. I can't really put it into words, it's best you see it to understand it, but Stanley Kubrick apparently put together things with which you're familiar with things which are brutal to create a feeling of unease.
In this scene, two fellas enter a rather surreal house in which a funnily dressed couple live, and start trashing the place, beating the man of the house silly, and cutting up the poor woman's clothes and raping her in front of her husband, all whilst merrily singing "Singing in the Rain". The thought of it is funny, but watching it, not knowing weather to laugh, be frightened, smile or cry is extremely unnerving.
I personally found this moment quite exciting. Throughout the film so far, which I'm sure you all know about, not a lot has happened, just people getting lost, finding piles of rocks outside of the tent, a few odd spooky things but nothing too terrible, but because of the film's reputation, you know that something bad will eventually happen. At this point in the footage, the character Josh has vanished completely. The way it's done is so sudden, though - Rather than drawn out scenes of the others finding Josh's bed empty and debating where he could be before going out and looking for him, the footage cuts straight to outdoors in the pitch black, both characters screaming out "JOSH?!", as if they weren't worried enough already. Having the footage so suddenly cut to them searching for Josh, allowing you to guess for yourself that he's gone missing, is so jarring and sets you just in the right mood for what's to come. A little later, you can hear Josh's screams of agony coming from somewhere in the woods.
This one is a good, but slow, movie. Everybody knows the story really. What's cool is that we have a smart black guy as the 'hero' here - for its day that was a very odd thing to do, and even today rarely do we see a black guy in a film without him making dumbass jokes out of everything and calling everybody "foo". By the end of the film, it seems that our hero has survived the night, and the cavalry have made their way to the area with their guns, shooting all the zombies in the head. Problem is, from a distance, Zombies and humans look alike. As he peers out of the window to see what's happening, somebody points him out to a gunner and he takes a bullet to the head. End. BUMMER! Sometimes I find myself thinking that maybe the fella who pointed him out knew he was alive - an underlying theme there of how no matter how smart a man is, what he'd do for others, that certain folks would still wish them dead because of their skin colour, not just in 1968, even today. Then I find myself thinking "...nah".
One of those "I'm sure he'll get out of there... Oh wait..." endings. Poor Sgt. Howie was on this bizarre island to find a little girl who was missing. I won't spoil how, but he ends up on fire. A lot. Still, I'm sure he wasn't in as much pain as us fans were when we saw the remake with Nicolas Cage.
These two features get to share the same spot because they're basically the same thing - TV movies intended to scare and depress the hell out of anybody living in the mid-eighties knowing the arms race that was the Cold War was going on. The question on everybody's lips was "Is there going to be nuclear war?" and the answer the media was giving was "Nuclear war is scary". These two features are essentially saying "This is how you'd all die if there was one". Rest assured that these two would be much higher up on the list if they weren't so god damned depressing. It's the greatest scary moments, not the most upsetting.
Threads is a TV drama/play depicting a nuclear attack on Sheffield (Noo! Gatecrasher!) while When The Wind Blows takes things to a more personal level and has us watch a sweet animated elderly couple die of radiation poisoning. How bloody lovely.
Jason's mask is, as usual, somehow removed by the end of the movie. In this one, though, you hardly see any of his face when it happens, until a few moments later where you see him glaring out of a first floor window at our protagonist girl. The fact that you can't see him all too well works great, because he has this freaked up mongaloid face which you can just make out, half plastered in blood from the should-be-fatal axe wound in his head. His eyes aren't even level with each other. He then emerges from the building and chases the girl, who falls in the water, only to meet the apparently reanimated corpse of Jason's Mum.
As with the previous two movies in the series, we're left wondering what happened and what was some kind of crazy hallucination (all that damn weed the kids are smoking I tell ya) as the police drag off the still masked Jason with the axe still in his head. Did Jason really survive his drowning? Is he even alive? Did he somehow return from the dead? Crystal Lake is a very strange place indeed.
Akira is a classic "CyberPunk" Manga film (Anime) all about superhuman powers and science, and not the kind if superhuman powers where you wear your underwear on the outside and fly about like a fairy. Tetsuo's powers are being controlled by drugs which are causing him to hallucinate. After seeing little toys which appear to have come to life marching across his pillow and then vanishing, an enormous toy car monster and teddy bear monster break through the walls, with all kinds of surreal things involving toys, and they seem to be dripping with white liquid which turns out to be milk. Odd but very freaky, and it's a great movie so go pick it up and watch it now, unless you're one of those pussy ass anime fans who just want Dragonball and Pokémon clones.
Sometimes what you don't see is scarier than what you do. An audience can create in their mind something far more evil than can be displayed on screen if they're given the right ingredients. The ingredients, in this case, are a huge man in a screwy mask with a chainsaw, dragging a young feller kicking and screaming into a room with all sorts of strangeness hanging on the wall, and violently slamming the door shut.
Urotsukidoji involves an apocalypse of 3 worlds and horny demons who like to make girls sore with their many phallic tentacles. It's not the size that matters, it's how many you have. As gross and disturbing as all the tentacular action scenes are, a tentacle-free moment has made it onto this list. While Osaki - jock, stud, suspected god of all gods (aside from the Fonz) - is having a moresome with some hot animated ladies, his man parts somehow start to glow (!) and emit some kind of crazy beam which causes all of the girls to die (off screen) in horrible ways. He finds their bodies torn, twisted, split open, you name it - but things start to become very messed up for him as what's left of the bodies start to smile and laugh at him and even talk to him in demonic voices. This whole film is an example of how one man's sick fantasy can be another man's nightmare.
You've not seen gory violence until you've seen this children's cartoon about rabbits. I'm serious. Fellow Brits will all be nodding their heads right now, while yanks will already be searching YouTube, so all I need to say now is that this is definitely the second scariest feature starring rabbits. You heard me...
For those of you who don't know, this was a scene in which Willy Wonka took his guests through a strange, scary tunnel full of disturbing flashing images (originally even including genuine footage of a chicken having its head cut off) while screaming creepy poetry at them. Video games are what cause our kids to be disturbed, yes sir.
While Don Sutherland's afro-tache combo in this movie could have probably topped this list, I decided the ending would be more appropriate. See, pod-people are stealing people's likenesses in order to steal our planet, completely unnoticed (their planet is dying, duh!). When a pod-person notices a non-pod-person amongst them, they point to them and let out a nails-on-chalkboard screeching sound. After managing to escape capture, our heroes are reunited at the end of the movie, except one of them just so happens to no longer be a hero...
A bit of trivia for you - this movie has been made a total of four times so far. Two movies with the name "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", then one named "Body Snatchers" and one named "The Invasion". I do wonder if they'll finally complete the trilogy with a remake named "Of The".
A classic "jump" scare. When Roy Scheider is throwing chunks of every vegan's worst nightmare into the water to attract our humongous evil shark, it pops right up out of the water and scares the shyte out of Scheider and everybody present in the theatre. Funny how the thing you were after in the first place can be the biggest surprise.
Some hardcore horror fans hate this movie. I don't. Kiss my ass. This movie is a laugh because Wes Craven plays with the all-too-well-known horror clichés. He makes fun of them, abuses them, and uses your knowledge of them to make the movie even more exciting, and even turns it against you. In fact, Scream begins messing with you before it even gets to the movie title. Drew Barrymore was used in all of the promotion for this film. Her name and picture is on all of the posters. It looks like she's going to be the star. Little did we expect that she would have to receive a threatening phone call, watch her boyfriend get killed, be chased, brutally stabbed, and then hung, only to be found by her terrified parents, before the movie has even begun. A particularly upsetting part is when she tries to phone her parents for help, but is so wounded that rather than screeching the horror chick catch phrase "OGODHELPMEPLEASE", she can barely squawk "Mom!!" into the phone.
Don't you just hate when a blood test goes wrong? You know, when your blood leaps out of the petri-dish making crazy shapes and your head splits open sideways into some kind of crazy venus fly trap creature and tries to devour all of the people you're tied up to? The NHS just isn't what it used to be.
A lot of kids went to see this one. When you were a kid, dinosaurs were just awesome, weren't they? I mean seriously, until we discovered the Ninja Turtles and the Power Rangers, there was nothing more badass, which is why this scene gave us such an amazing blend of awe and terror. We just didn't know whether to scream or cheer. Was the T-Rex our hero or were we scared for the humans?
Due to the mixture of CG, animatronics and puppets used in Jurassic Park, it still isn't showing its age. HooplaNet challenges you to go back and take a look at this film and tell us they're not better creature effects than most of the all-CG stuff you get lately.
Sure, not everybody liked it (what movie adaptation of anything can you say the opposite about?), but the Silent Hill movie is probably the best film to come out of a video game. Naturally, the world of Silent Hill isn't half as mortifying when you're not in control of the protagonist, but there are still some beautifully disturbing moments. The one which stands out the most is the janitor creature. What was a disfigured dead body, strung up by barbed wire in the "real" world, is a living creature in the "other" world, crawling along with its hands, legs strung up behind it, infecting everything it touches with weird growing red stuff. Yum.
Another Manga film! Perfect Blue is an all out psychedelic horror which sets out to mess with your mind and scare the shyte out of you at the same time. It's all pretty confusing, and I can't guarantee that anybody watching this will understand it, even after watching it many times, but who gives a crap when you can have a good scare?
Mima is a pop idol turned movie star. In her new career, she finds herself doing more 'daring' things like rape scenes and photo shoots. At the same time, though, mysterious, grisly murders are happening, all related to Mima's reputation. Is there some crazed fan who wants Mima back in her old field a little too badly? Is somebody trying a little too hard to keep her from getting a bad name? Or has Mima just gone completely nuts?
Mima is scheduled for a photo shoot for a magazine. The photographer is known to end up turning a normal photo shoot into a nude photoshoot, but Mima goes along anyway.
...But apparently, somebody really didn't like it. Soon after, the photographer gets a pizza delivered to his home. The pizza guy strangely drops the pizza on the floor, expecting him to pick it up. "You sure are a weird pizza guy.", he says, as he bends to pick it up. While he's down there...
...The pizza guy rams a screwdriver straight into his eye. Then his stomach. Then his crotch! He runs into the other room to grab his phone, and is stabbed through the hand. What follows is an intense "psycho" hack 'n' slash sequence.
There are a number of live burial scenes which could feature on this list, but it'd have become incredibly depressing to have had them all. This one takes the cake, really. The Serpent And The Rainbow takes a look at what is believed to be the roots of zombie fiction - Voodoo priests using fugu-style poison to put people in a paralyzed, near-death state, bury them, then later dig them up and 'revive' them as an act of 'resurrection'.
Bill Pullman knows too much, and as a result becomes a victim of this, buried alive, with a complimentary live tarantula on his face.
Freddy Krueger is a dream demon. He was a child murderer, until he was burned to death by furious parents after not being found guilty because of some technicality. Then he became a demon who would visit people in their dreams. The catch here is that if he kills you in your dream, you die for real.
Being a dream demon and all, Freddy can do some crazy things. This isn't the real world after all, so he can bend 'reality' in his favour. Even with all that, though, it wasn't until the third movie when we saw Freddy take on a different form...
In this awesome scene, Freddy decides to take on the form of a giant Freddy-snake, and try to gobble up his victim. Things don't work out quite so well for him, however, when he gets a shard of broken mirror in his eye.
Cabin fever is a sick ass film about a flesh eating virus. It is one of the grossest things you'll ever endure, with blood vomiting, unintentional skin-shaving, people being torn up by dogs, you name it. It's an awesome movie, but even I have second thoughts about going back and watching it a second time. It does contain a lot of humour, but it's still almost as gut-wrenching to watch as The Charlotte Church Show. The worst moment has to be when a protagonist male opens a shed door to find a previously beautiful female character, lying there, looking up at him with pleading eyes, with half of her face eaten away revealing her jaws and teeth. So he cringes and kills her with a shovel. Now let's see him do that to Charlotte Church, too.
A lot of people consider Cabin Fever to be Evil Dead for the 21st century, and it doesn't sound too farfetched. Kids go to a cabin in the woods and get infected by some unknown evil... Kinda humourous kinda shocking... But these days we aren't afraid of demons and curses (at least, those of us who weren't brought up having ridiculous books claiming to have all the answers thrown at us all of the time), but we're all worried about health.
While we're (still) on the subject of nasty, skinless faces, Poltergeist deserves another spot. About half of this list could have been made up of moments from this film, but narrowed down to just two, its second feature on this list involves a scene in which the Daddy of the spirits' victim family heads into the bathroom to wash his mouth out (maggots on the chicken, ya know how it is...), spots a bit of a sore on his face and picks at it. Remember your parents always told you not to pick it? This is why. The feller ends up "picking" off his whole face.
What a brilliant end to a brilliant movie. In the climax of 'Lambs, our heroine, Clarice, is facing off against the deranged killer in the pitch black. The problem is, the bastard has night vision, and she doesn't. We watch the whole thing through his eyes, seeing her stumble around while he can see everything...
Demons ("Demoni") should be called "Cheese: The Movie". It involves a zombie-like plague of people with razor sharp teeth and claws, veins all over their faces, green goo dripping from their mouths and red eyes. It's dubbed and it features a blind man, a pimp, a guy with a motorbike and katana sword and 80s metal music. In other words, it's awesome.
The real impressive part, though, is when we get to see a person transform into one of these "demon" creatures. A person becomes a demon if they have had a wound inflicted on them by one. Then that demon will make it its goal in life to inflict wounds on more people. It's all part of the great circle of life, Simba.
As the infected woman writhes around on the floor, the pimp makes his way past everybody, yelling "Holy Shee'it! She's a friend o' mine!" in his best Baracus impression. After 'examining' her for a while he decides "they's some kinda mad man in here!". Until her fingernails start to split as claws grow through her fingers. Her eyes turn red, and the veins on her face pop up as her voice somehow breaks.
She shows off her massive tongue through her fingers (I won't comment on how sexually suggestive the expression is, the picture speaks for itself) then all her teeth fall out as new sharp teeth grow through.
"We gotta get outta here!", exclaims the pimp. He sure is street smart.
It's a shame the rather naff Exorcist II exists, really, because people avoided the brilliant 3rd film because of it. Exorcist III is the movie adaptation of the novel "Legion", which was the sequel to the Exorcist novel, and it's far more like the original film, and a far better follow-up.
This particular bit is a real shocker, though. As a nurse goes about her routine silently at night in the hospital, you're starting to wonder why we're watching nothing happening for such a long time, without any kind of suspense music or anything. That is, until somebody wearing a white robe suddenly comes power walking out of a room and 'prunes' her.
It's not necessarily the scariest movie ever, but it definitely has plenty of awesome scenes. In this scene, which I consider to be the scariest in the movie, the young boy Danny is riding his tricycle around the corridor, when he stumbles across the ghosts of two little girls who were apparently murdered by somebody who went mad from being in the haunted hotel.
Danny is shocked, though, because for a very brief moment he sees a shocking image of these little girls' dismembered bodies from a horrible axe murder.
Suspiria is an intense horror fairytale about evil witches. It has some brilliant light and colour effects like nothing you've ever seen before, and some amazing scares, but we'll go into that more later...
Interestingly these witches seem to have the ability to will people to die somehow or other (though a lot of the deaths are also hands-on murders). When a blind guy pisses them off, they get their revenge on him in a quite creative way.
You ever been somewhere where it's so dark it's hard to tell where you are? There might be light where you are but everything surrounding you may be pitch black, no streetlights, no nothing. This scene seems to give that same isolated feeling by using spotlights in the central area and not lighting anything else around. Just like the rest of the movie, the atmosphere is thick. Blind guy is walking home with his guide dog through a pitch black area like this. After we see some very strange unidentifiable shadows moving around, some intense music, the dog reacting to something, and blind guy shouting out the classic 'say this and you're doomed' line "Whose there?!" a whole number of times, things go quiet.
Then blind guy's dog decides to eat blind guy's throat.
Today's lesson: You may be blind but you should still feed your dog.
Requiem for a Dream is a film about drugs. It's just a bunch of kids who casually do heroine and the like but don't know quite what they're getting themselves into. Sounds preachy, but believe me, it's not. By the end of this film, everything goes completely to hell because of the drugs, and it really does become quite the horror movie, just without any men with knives or monsters (unless you count an evil refrigerator as a monster). The dealer has to go to prison, the girl has to sell her body for more drugs, the junkie guy's arm becomes infected and has to be amputated, the poor Mum (who was only doing diet pills!) has to endure electro-shock therapy. It's all happening at the same time, cutting between each person, getting faster and faster, until we see each of them curl up into the fetal position. You've grown attached to these characters throughout the film and they're brought to these horrible positions just because of substances. Extremely heavy stuff.
Michael Myers is the boogeyman. He has no compassion, no personality, he's a phantom. Some of the crew who worked on the movie (and some fans) refer to him as "The Shape" (he's even called this in the credits). What makes him so scary is how he's so good at stealth but acts so casual about it. You will catch him a whole number of times, standing in the shadows, and then having vanished before you know it. Sometimes you don't even realise you're staring right at him until a musical queue points him out. He's like a Ninja without the agility. In the original Halloween, we get to see Michael appear at a window, but he's gone again after the camera angle changes. Halloween is a great example of how suspense can be even scarier than the actual events it's building up to.
The killer in Saw (the first one - it was one movie once, believe it or not) is crafty. He doesn't kill people. He finds a way of making a person kill or torture themselves. This poor lady wakes up and finds herself with a strange contraption on her head, with a timer. She is told (and shown), that when the timer runs out, the device will snap inside out like some kind of reverse bear-trap and rip her head to pieces if she doesn't find the key. Where is the key? Why, it's in the stomach of the poor bloke on the floor next to her.
Just... Eraserhead. The whole movie. What the fuck? I'd love to explain the plot to you, but it's not really something you can explain, much like most of David Lynch's work. The most memorable part of this movie for most people, though, is the weird baby creature the character gets lumped with looking after.
If you want to avoid drugs, after Requiem for a Dream, go see this movie. Put the two together and you'll learn that once you're done being a prostitute, going to prison and having your arm cut off and you decide to quit, you'll see your friends' dead babies crawling on the ceiling. Drugs just aren't fun.
A lot of "Last House" is more depressing than scary, though it was incredibly disturbing in '72, and peppy background music featuring a kazoo and lyrics being sung about the killers hardly passes as frightening these days, but it's a great movie nonetheless...
...But then there's this bit.
In this scene, one of our antagonists dreams about being at the dentist. Or Doctor. Or something. The dentist/doctor, however, is the father of one of the two girls he and his friends just raped and killed. He is preparing to have his teeth looked at, when Daddy puts a hammer and chisel to his mouth. WHACK!
While we're on the subject of teeth, we might as well talk about Dustin Hoffman getting his mouth drilled out by a Nazi dentist (He had been eating too many Marathon Bars! Woop woop woop!! ...Oh, come on, it wasn't that bad).
A bunch of scientists are studying captured monkeys infected with RAGE. It makes them into sort of anti-Zombies. They go nuts and run around screaming wanting to bite or scratch who or whatever they can find. When a bunch of animal rights activists try to set the moneys free from a science laboratory, they learn their lesson when one becomes infected with rage, screams that she's burning, vomits blood on the floor and then proceeds to start spreading the RAGE virus by wounding whoever she can.
28 Days Later, London is empty. God damn PETA. That'll teach ya.
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This list also included games and tv shows, but I couldn't include them here for obvious reasons! Some of the films also appear twice.
It's finally here! Welcome to HooplaNet's Top 100 Greatest Scary Moments in Anything, Ever! What do we mean by "anything, ever"? Well... Media. You'll find moments from movies TV, music and even some books in here. Based on feedback from commenters, forum members, journalists, the World Wide Web and our own personal experiences, we've compiled this wonderfully terrifying list for you, one scary moment per page, for your convenience. So! Are you sitting comfortably? Tape those hairs to the back of your neck and we'll begin...