Black Christmas (1974)
“The ending: this type of ending was just not done at that level of sophistication before. The way the ending is presented to the audience with the police leaving Jess is bed, turning out the lights to the room (Jess is drugged unconscious), the pan of the camera down the hall and up the stairs, the sound of Billy laughing, then the wide pan out, then the pan up to the attic door in the ceiling and then the voice of Billy singing “Bye Baby Bunting, Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting” , and the creaking open of the attic ceiling door, and the visible body of Mrs. Mac still tied up and then the visible body of Claire wrapped in cellophane still in the attic window, then the voice of Billy saying “It’s me Billy”, then the slow pan away and outside of the window in the attic then from on top of the house to show the lone policeman guarding the outside of the house standing on the porch while Jess and the Billy are still inside. Then the slow pan further away and the start of a phone ringing and getting louder and louder and the focused live shot on the house with the phone ringing reaching a crescendo. It’s just so haunting and so terrifying.” — Analytica0
“The attic scene is honestly terrifying. They made those dolls so scary looking. The giant jack in the box trying to crawl through the vents is the stuff of nightmares.” — u/linzjustine
Flowers In The Attic (1987)
“It’s like Misery with a touch more incest.” — Varishna
“The man moves into the attic while a family on vacation, and it’s filmed from his perspective. He watches the family while sleeping. There’s a creepy bathroom scene where the man comes down from the attic while a woman is in the shower and he (unbeknownst to her) stands in the bathroom with her while she’s in the shower.” — u/queergriefauthor
House of the Devil (2009)
“It was the scene in House of the Devil where she starts to.. feel funny.. right when the creepy hand is reaching around the door in the dark, dank attic staircase.” — u/kriziaamberreads
“For me it’s always going to be the scene in Hereditary where the mom is banging her head on the attic door.” — brokeboiy
Living Dolls (Short, 1980)
“A guy stuck in some room (an attic, maybe?) with a bunch of mannequins that moved around, and the ending was of him screaming inaudibly as a heartbeat plays over it. The final scene was somebody walking into the room, and a mannequin head turned to face that person.” — u/eye_far_ted
The House That Screamed aka La Residencia (1969)
“It was about a girl who gets sent away to a boarding school and the only boy in the school was the head woman’s son who lived on the property but wasn’t allowed to see the girls. Of course he would meet them in secret though. He was secretly dating one of the girls but it wasn’t the main character, then the girl he was dating gets sent a note saying to meet in the greenhouse and she goes and then gets murdered.
Then at the end of the movie the head of the boarding school goes to the attic I think and finds her son there, standing over a table with different girls body parts put together. And the mother looks on horrified as he explains that he was the one making the girls disappear, because he was taking the “best parts of them” that reminded him of his mother because his mother always tells him he needs to find a woman like her, so he made his own.” — u/BunBun984
The Grudge (2004)
“I usually hate jumps cares however there is one near the beginning of the grudge where the help goes into the attic and sees the dead eyed woman. That shat me up.” — tondrias
The Changeling (1980)
“The attic in THE CHANGELING scared the pickles out of me when I was a wee lad.” — flyingguillotine
Hider In The House (1989)
“In what I’d like to call maybe one of the most terrifying plots in recent history. A psychotic killer (Gary Busey) is released from a mental asylum due to volume and time spent even though his psychiatrist does not think hes fully cured. Where does the killer end of going. Well he sees a beautiful house being built and decides to hide in a secret room in the attic. The psycho is full of craziness drawing weird pictures and stalking the children at night. The whole thing is down right haunting.
Without going to much into detail with the plot and spoilers, I wanted to point out that even though technically this is a B movie it rises above your normal sex crime thrillers into a whole new territory. The movie has a whole slew of creepy men always lurking in the corners. At certain points you even begin to like the psycho killer for his vigilance.
This is the first time ive recommended a movie on here but they movies premise really gave me willys. It’s biggest flaw is that its mildly predicable but at the same time still fun and interesting.” — u/karmagod13000
Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989)
“Almost every Halloween fan I know hates this scene, and for understandable reasons. Michael unmasking himself and crying in front of Jamie humanizes him, making him less mysterious and scary, at least according to some people.
Call me crazy, but it’s actually one of my favorite scenes in the entire movie. To me, it was just fascinating to see Michael actually reconsidering his actions and maybe feel remorse in how he was treating his niece. I wish they could’ve done more with that concept because it could’ve been interesting to see.” — u/LucidDreamer247
The Birds (1963)
“The scene where Tippi Hedren goes into the attic ruined my childhood.” — [deleted]
Honorable mention: the intro to the ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ TV series
“It’s still rather amazing that a show geared toward kids could have one of the creepiest intros ever, but the “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” opening pulls it off. And all they need is a rowboat, some swings, a fan (?)…and one clown doll (of course).” — u/gf120581