October 31, 2012

The Best Bath Scenes in Horror History

The history of horror has always had a strange fascination with the bathroom, perhaps it’s because it’s usually the place where we’re most vulnerable, naked and alone, or maybe it’s just because they’re a pretty place to film. Either way the bathroom has been home to some of the finer moments in horror history and that’s worth celebrating, so without further ado, a few of my favourite bathroom moments in horror:

The Shining (1980)
Let’s begin with a classic, the horrific bathroom scene in Stanley Kubrick’s outright masterpiece The Shining. Beginning with a slow POV shot, we’re taken into the bathroom where things go from unsettling to downright terrifying in an impossibly short space of time. Bonus points of course go to the mint coloured bathroom suite - very stylish. 

The Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Jumping forward four years, we’ve got the classic bathtub scene in The Nightmare on Elm Street, which not only features the iconic Freddy Krueger glove rising from the water, but also a glimpse at what may be the deepest bathtub in the world. Or am I not getting it?

Bodysnatchers (1993)
A very underrated one for you here, the bathtub scene in Ferrara’s brilliant and scary Bodysnatchers. If you haven’t yet seen this movie, do make the effort to do so, but I’ll be giving little away to say that simply killing the poor Marti Malone isn’t what the Bodysnatchers have in mind. On a side note, those of us with a penchant for generic 90’s R’n’B should be well equipped for this scene.

Final Destination (2000)
Before the series slipped completely into over the top, things flying at your throat madness, the original Final Destination did have some reasonably unsettling moments to call its own. Namely, the bathtub scene in which one unfortunate teenager slips over some shampoo and winds up being choked by a wire with no chance of escape, all the more unsettling for being somewhat possible. 

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