SPOILER ALERT, if there’s a film listed here that you have not seen, you may skip to the next title. There are no pictures for the scenes I mentioned so just skip the text until you get to a film you have seen or do not care about being spoiled. That said, enjoy!
Watching a movie in theatres can be unpleasant: People talking during the movie, talking on the phone, obstructing your view, etc. But I’d like to talk about the moments that remind us why watching a movie with a big crowd can also be fun. When the energy in the audience is perfect. Everyone’s in sync with suspension of disbelief, investment in the story, and overall respect for the film. From laughing at comic relief to screaming at jump scares, these are the moments I love.
#10. Let The Right One In – Swimming Pool
I was sitting in the theatre thinking “Wow, this is a really well-done vampire film. But nothing that blew me away,” and then this scene happened. The execution of the carnage is what does it. Everyone in the audience had their mouths wide open when that head splashed into the water. Moral of the story: Do not mess with Eli.
#9. The Raid: Redemption – End Of The End Fight
This movie had many moments that could easily make this list, but I have to choose just one. Definitely the big finish. The entire fight is one “Oh!” moment after another. When Mad Dog gets stabbed in the neck, you think it’s over but no! He keeps going. Right to the end when his entire neck is opened up and the audience claps for a fight well done. Moral: Do not mess with Mad Dog.
#8. There Will Be Blood – Final Confrontation
“I drank your milkshake!” This intense confrontation reaches its boiling point in the final scene and the audience loved every bit of it. Mr. Plainview just goes off like a psycho and we’re laughing at the whole thing. Right up until he beats Eli (not the vampire) to death with a bowling pin. That ain’t funny. Wait, it actually is. Moral: Don’t mess with Daniel Plainview.
#7. Watchmen – Locked In With Rorschach
It’s safe to say Rorschach stole every scene he was in. After he deep fries one of his fellow inmates, he announces to everyone within earshot “I’m not locked in here with you, YOU’RE LOCKED IN HERE WITH ME!” Cue the cheers from the crowd. Moral: Do not mess with Rorschach. Or Dr. Manhattan. Yeah, definitely not him either.
#6. Iron Man – After Credits Scene
There were many great moments including that tease with War Machine that left the audience whining. But the best moment actually occurs after the movie’s finished. The first and best scene that introduces the Avengers hype. It kind of dissipated over the next Marvel films but when this happened, the audience ignited with excitement.
#5. 300 – I Am Not Your Queen
This movie is bad to the bone, steel and stone, full of testosterone. But this moment involves a woman and her form of penetration. After being betrayed, raped, and humiliated in front of the council, she shanks the traitor of Sparta. The crowd went nuts every single time. Sorry, Rose. Spitting on a man may be disrespectful, but this chick got her point across with a sword to the gut. Moral: Do not mess with Spartans, men or women.
#4. Borat – That Scene
You know what scene I’m talking about. I’ve never seen an entire movie theatre turn into a circus like that. People were literally out of their seats, rolling, crying, kicking, dropping popcorn and laughing uncontrollably. I was right there with them. It was impossible not to laugh. It was infectious. Moral: People can’t resist laughing at two grown (and hairy) men wrestling naked and runing wild in public wreaking havoc.
#3. The Dark Knight – Magic Trick
It was one of those moments where you’d miss the next few lines of dialogue because the audience is still reacting to what just happened. I saw this movie six times in theatres and every single time the Joker slammed that guy’s head into the pencil, people freaked the hell out. Moral: Don’t mess with magicians.
#2. Paranormal Activity – The Whole Thing
Yeah, I can’t pick a specific scene. The entire experience deserves a spot on this list. From start to finish, everyone was on the edge of their seats, collectively screaming at those key moments and all hating Micah for being such a @#$%! Before the film started, I told Philbert Lui it was real. I’m sorry, Phil. But it was funny. Moral: Don’t be Micah.
#1. Grindhouse (Planet Terror / Death Proof) – The Whole Thing
Again, it was the whole experience. It’s a shame it didn’t do well at the box office. But watching it opening day with people who loved movies. It was unreal. Starting with a trailer for Hobo With A Shotgun (for those who saw it in Canada) the laughter, screams, and cheers kicked off and didn’t stop till the very end. After Planet Terror ended, people were clapping and yelling for the next film to start. The fake trailers, the missing reel, the climax to Death Proof, all among the many highlights. Watching this with such a cool crowd made this #1 and it will be hard to top.
Let us know if there are any moments that stick out for you that are not on this list.