On this week’s episode of Slasher Studios, Kevin Sommerfield and Steve Goltz went over their most disturbing horror moments. Moments in horror movies that made them cover their eyes, hide their heads, or just make them think. Make sure to listen to our full show at the link below.
1. Pet Semetary-Gage is Killed
There is one thing that every parent hopes never to witness in their lifetime and that is the death of their child. In “Pet Semetary”, the Creed family moves into a new home, close to a road where high-speed truckers often carelessly drive by. They befriend their neighbor, Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne), who tells them about a pet cemetery and the burial grounds nearby. When the family’s young son, Gage (Miko Hughes), is tragically run over by a truck on the same road during a picnic and is killed, the father, Louis, considers burying Gage in the burial grounds. All hell breaks loose when Gage comes back from the dead and the father is forced to kill his son, watching him die yet again.
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2. Last House on the Left-Rape and Murder of Mari and Phyllis
Mari Collingwood (Sandra Cassel) plans to celebrate her 17th birthday by attending a concert with her friend, Phyllis Stone (Lucy Grantham). Her parents (Richard Towers and Cynthia Carr) express concern both at the band and Mari’s friendship with Phyllis. They let her go, giving her a peace symbol necklace as a gift before she leaves. Phyllis and Mari go to the city for the concert. On the way, they hear a news report on the car radio of a recent prison escape, involving criminals Krug Stillo (David A. Hess), a rapist and serial killer, his son Junior (Marc Sheffler), Sadie (Jeramie Rain), a psychopath and sadist, and Fred “Weasel” Podowski (Fred Lincoln) a child molester, peeping tom, and murderer. After the concert, Mari and Phyllis stroll the streets, seeking someone who might sell them marijuana. They find Junior, who leads them back to an apartment, where they are immediately trapped by the criminals. Phyllis tries to escape, then tries to reason with the criminals to let her go, but their captors subdue and rape her. Meanwhile, Mari’s unsuspecting parents prepare a surprise party for her.
The next morning, the girls are locked in a car trunk and taken to the countryside as the gang intends to leave the state. The villains’ vehicle malfunctions right in front of Mari’s house while police are in her home talking to Mari’s parents about her disappearance. Removed from the trunk, Phyllis is beaten as Mari realizes that they are near her own home while she is dragged to the woods. In the woods, the girls are untied and Phyllis is forced to urinate on herself by the gang. Mari and Phyllis are forced to have sex with each other and then Sadie performs oral sex on a weeping Mari. Phyllis runs away to distract the kidnappers and offer Mari an opportunity to escape. She is chased by Sadie and Weasel, while Junior stays behind to guard Mari, who tries to convince Junior that her father can help him, and she gives him her peace symbol necklace as a symbol of her trust. Phyllis manages to hit Sadie in the face with a rock and runs. She is then cornered, and Weasel stabs her in the back. She crawls away and manages to lean against a tree. Phyllis is then stabbed numerous times until Sadie can reach into her wounds and pull out her insides. Krug and Weasel amputate her hand and half of her forearm.
Mari eventually convinces Junior to let her go, but they are immediately halted by Krug. Sadie and Weasel present Phyllis’ severed hand and half forearm and Krug proceeds to carve his name into Mari’s chest. Krug then pulls down Mari’s pants and rapes her. Soon after this act, Mari vomits. At this point, the gang very briefly feel pangs of conscience. Mari quietly says a prayer then walks into a nearby lake. Krug shoots Mari and she floats on the top of the lake. Krug, Sadie, and Weasel wash and change out of their bloody clothes. The parents soon find the necklace and get their bloody revenge on the group.
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3. Martyrs-Anna’s “Rebirth”
“Martyrs” with a young girl, Lucie (Jessie Pham), as she escapes from a disused abattoir where she has been imprisoned and physically abused for a lengthy period of time. No signs of sexual abuse are identified, and the perpetrators and their motivations remain a mystery. Lucie is placed in an orphanage, where she is befriended by a young girl named Anna (Erika Scott). Anna soon discovers that Lucie believes that she is constantly being terrorized by a ghoulish creature; a horrible, disfigured, emaciated woman (Isabelle Chasse) covered in scars.
Fifteen years later, Lucie (Mylène Jampanoï) bursts into a seemingly normal family’s home and kills them all with a shotgun. Lucie calls Anna (Morjana Alaoui) to tell her that she has finally found and killed the people responsible for her childhood abuse and requests her help in burying the bodies. Upon arriving, Anna is horrified at the carnage, and worries that Lucie may have murdered the wrong people. Anna later discovers the mother is still alive and tries to help her escape, but the two are discovered by Lucie, who bludgeons the mother to death. Lucie is again attacked by the scarred creature, but all Anna sees is Lucie banging her head against the wall and cutting herself with a knife; the ‘creature’ is nothing more than a psychological manifestation of Lucie’s guilt for leaving behind another girl who was also imprisoned and tortured with her as a child. Lucie tells the apparition that she killed its tormenters and that it can rest, but it has no effect. Lucie finally realizes that her insanity will never leave her and slits her throat. She dies in Anna’s arms.
The next day, after mourning her friend’s death, Anna attempts to clean up the house and discovers a secret underground chamber. Imprisoned within is a horribly tortured woman, covered in scars with a strange metal contraption nailed to her head. While Anna attempts to care for her and clean her wounds, a group of strangers arrive and shoot the woman dead. Captured by the menacing newcomers, Anna meets their leader, an elderly lady only referred to as Mademoiselle (Catherine Bégin). She explains that she belongs to a secret society seeking to discover the secrets of the afterlife through the creation of “martyrs”. Systematic acts of torture are inflicted upon young women in the belief that their suffering will result in a transcendental insight into the world beyond this one. So far, all of their attempts have failed, and they have only created “victims”.
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4. Cabin Fever-The Virus Spreads
While walking in the woods, a man (Arie Verveen) comes upon a dog he believes to be sleeping. After poking it a few times, he pulls the dog up and notices that its flesh is rotted, spurting blood on him in the process.
Five college friends, Jeff (Joey Kern), Marcy (Cerina Vincent), Paul (Rider Strong), Karen (Jordan Ladd) and Bert (James DeBello), have rented a cabin in the woods. While driving to it they stop at a local convenience store for food. Outside the store, Dennis (Matthew Helms), a mentally handicapped young boy, bites Paul on the hand. At the cabin, Jeff and Marcy have sex and Paul and Karen go swimming in the nearby lake. Bert goes hunting for squirrels in the woods with a BB gun, but accidentally shoots the man who discovered the rotting dog, mistaking him for a squirrel. The man’s face is badly rotted. Scared, Bert shoots at him again to repel him before running back to the cabin. Later, the friends hear a knocking at the door and discover it is the diseased man. Desperate for help, the hermit tries driving away in their car, but vomits blood inside it. After the man exits the car Paul sets the man on fire and he runs into the woods, dying in the lake.
A young deputy, Winston Olsen (Giuseppe Andrews), shows up at the cabin and tells Paul he will call a tow truck. Karen drinks a glass of water from the lake and begins feeling ill. That night she is quarantined in the tool shed once Paul discovers rotten spots on her thighs. Fearing that they will also become infected, the others argue about what they should do. The next day, Bert realizes that he is also infected with the virus, but does not tell the others. When Paul and Marcy insist on helping Karen, Jeff, wanting to avoid becoming infected, runs into the forest with the remaining beer, which is the only reliable drinking source. Bert drives off to find a doctor.
Paul finds Marcy alone in the cabin, lamenting that they will all get sick. Since they’re “gonna be dead soon, anyway,” Marcy seduces Paul and they begin having wild sex. Paul expresses his concern that they are not using a condom, but Marcy half-heartedly assures him that she is healthy and they continue. Paul is not convinced and after they finish, he secretly attempts to disinfect his penis by pouring Listerine over it. Marcy discovers suspicious red hand-shaped marks on her back where Paul had grabbed her in the heat of passion.
Bert drives to the convenience store that the group visited earlier, pleading for a doctor and showing increasing signs of infection. Dennis stares at Bert and begins yelling, “PANCAKES!!” He then grabs Bert’s hand and bites it, infecting himself. His father (Hal Courtney) comes outside, accuses Bert of infecting the boy, and tries to kill him. Bert speeds off and the father grabs two of his friends (Richard Boone and Tim Parati) who arm themselves with rifles before pursuing Bert.
Marcy admonishes Paul for being so rough when they had sex, though seeming to secretly suspect the sores on her back are really a sign she is infected. Paul leaves the cabin to search for Jeff. Soon after, the marks he made on Marcy’s back devolve into scabby wounds, revealing she has long been sick. Paul comes upon the reservoir and finds the infected hermit’s body floating in in. Marcy notices her legs deteriorating as she is shaving them. She runs out of the cabin in horror, only to be killed by a mad dog. When Paul hears Marcy’s screams he returns to the cabin to find Marcy’s body ripped to pieces and the infected dog eating Karen’s face. Paul kills the dog with Bert’s rifle, then kills Karen with a shovel to end her suffering.
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5. I Spit on Your Grave-Jennifer is Raped and Gets Revenge
New York short story writer Jennifer Hills (Camille Keaton) rents an isolated cottage by a lake in the countryside to write her first novel. The arrival in town of the attractive and independent young woman attracts the attention of Johnny (Eron Tabor), the gas station manager, and Stanley (Anthony Nichols) and Andy (Gunter Kleemann), two unemployed youths who hang around the gas station. Jennifer receives a grocery delivery from Matthew (Richard Pace), who is apparently mildly mentally challenged, and befriends him. Matthew is friends with the other three men and reports back to them about the beautiful woman he met, claiming he saw her breasts.
Stanley and Andy start cruising by the cottage in their speedboat and apparently prowl around the house at night. One day, while Jennifer is relaxing in her canoe, they surprise her in their speedboat and tow her to shore. As she tries to escape, she is met by Johnny, while Matthew hides in bushes nearby. She realizes they planned her abduction so Matthew can lose his virginity. Jennifer fights but is chased by the men through the forest. Matthew refuses to have sex with her, so Johnny rapes her. They allow her to escape but track her down shortly afterward. Andy brutally rapes her anally, and after she crawls back to her house, they attack her again. Matthew finally rapes her after drinking alcohol, but he says that he can not reach orgasm with the other men watching. The other men ridicule her book and rip up the manuscript, and Stanley sexually assaults her. She passes out, but after the men leave, Johnny realizes she is a witness to their crimes and orders Matthew to stab her to death. Matthew cannot bring himself to do this, so dabs the knife in her blood and returns to the other men claiming he has killed her.
In the following days, a traumatized Jennifer pieces both herself and her manuscript back together. She goes to church and asks for forgiveness for what she plans to do. Soon after the men learn Jennifer has survived and beat Matthew up for deceiving them just before Jennifer gets her bloody revenge.
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