GFT Blog: Thrilling Scenes

To celebrate John Krasinski's critically acclaimed horror A Quiet Place screening at GFT Saturday 19 - Tuesday 22 May, the GFT team talk terror!

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A long and winding shot of the Rocky Mountains, electronic brassy keys mixed with medieval hymn; It doesn’t take a genius to know how the credits of the film entrance us from the very first second. Using the only work on the soundtrack that was actually made for cinema – the opening scene eases us into the madness with only flickers of what’s to come. More tunes from the likes of Kubrick regular György Ligeti (see 2001: A Space Odyssey, Eyes Wide Shut) easily make The Shining a landmark of horror.

Danny Hoffmann
Marketing and Engagement Assistant 

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"This will be fine" I thought, "A film set in some caves... easy!"' As a teenager, I’d been there, done that, with a foray in to some Staffordshire catacombs. The Descent is just a film about six women journeying through a cave, right? Well... it is about that, but my word, I have never experienced a film like it. This film not only reminded me of that Staffordshire cave, but made me feel as though I was literally back in it - and worst still, I realised that this teenage trip was clearly an untreated trauma buried in the caves of my memory. From the eerie fiery glow of a flare masking what’s hiding (making you desperate to just turn the 'big light' on!), to forgetting that you do have lungs to breathe, The Descent remains on of the most horrible horrors I have ever experienced, and I loved every 95 minutes of it!

Jodie Wilkinson
Public Engagement Coordinator

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I’m not one for horror films (tend to watch them with my hands over my eyes), but Robin Hardy’s sensationally weird The Wicker Man made a huge impact on me the first time I saw it. The disturbing folksong and Christopher Lee’s spectacular turn as Lord Summerlee make so many scenes memorable, but the one that I find most haunting is near the fiery finale: the moment Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) emerges from ‘the escape’, to find Summerlee and the islanders gathered round... waiting on him. This is the moment he realises he has been trapped. Watching it for the first time, I felt that sudden awareness of the devastating ending awaiting him, and with every repeat watch, I still find that moment utterly chilling.

 Margaret Smith
Marketing and Press Coordinator

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Not only is Zombie Flesh Eaters a must see for any zombie lover, it contains one of the most horrific, scream out loud moments I have ever experienced.  Everything about it plays out to perfection. Olga Karlatos scrambling for safety from the shambling undead and just when she thinks she is safe it turns nightmarish as her head is slowly pulled towards a broken splinter of the wooden door. The score does a great job of increasing the slow, agonising sense of dread and the end result is gruesome.  This scene is truly EYE-conic (I’m so sorry)

Chris Kumar
Programme Assistant

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There are many scenes from Silence of the Lambs which I love for how unsettling they are but this one continues to put me on edge like no other. It’s when Clarice is in Buffalo Bill’s house, sussed out it’s him and he bolts away suddenly. He proceeds to stalk her in the pitch black with his night vision goggles as she fumbles around, shaking gun in hand. The rising tension, just how vulnerable she is and the feeling she’s being preyed on gets me every time.

Georgia Stride
Film Hub Scotland Knowledge & Network Coordinator

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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