We are currently in the heart of the horror movie season, with movie lovers using the Halloween holiday as an excuse to sort through the world’s film library to find titles that will scare the pants off of them. But while many will look to classic standards like John Carpenter’s The Thing, Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead or Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, let’s not forget that the horror genre isn’t the only place to find genuine terror in cinema. In fact, some of the scariest moments ever put to film have been wrapped in films more accurately described as dramas, action movies, and even family-friendly adventures.

Don’t believe me? Read on, watch the clips, and prepare to be scared!

Trainspotting – The Baby on the Ceiling
Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting would give anyone second thoughts about trying heroin. But while the entire film is absolutely brilliant, there’s only one sequence a person really need watch in order to understand this message. In the story, Renton (Ewan McGregor) has nearly suffered an overdose, so his parents take him back home, lock him in his childhood room, and force him to go cold turkey. The representations of Renton’s withdrawal and his hallucinations are downright terrifying, from visions of his AIDS-afflicted friend to creepily appropriate game show clips, but far and away the scariest bit is the image of his friend’s dead baby crawling across the ceiling. Don’t do drugs, kids.

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