The 100 Greatest Scary Moments on TV and film hosted by Jimmy Carr. Celebrity guests include John Carpenter, Janet Leigh, Wes Craven, Alice Cooper, Robert Englund, Christopher Lee and Stephen Spielberg.
Actor Jack Nicholson’s cry of “Here’s Johnny” as he axes his way through a door in pursuit of his wife is the most terrifying screen moment of all time, according to a UK poll.
It beat classic terror scenes such as the head-spinning scene in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist and the moment a severed head tumbles from a hole in a boat in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
Viewers voted for their top scene over a number of weeks after a shortlist was drawn up by a panel of experts. Two of the scenes are from once-banned “video nasties”, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and The Evil Dead (1981) .
They were both chosen for their overall effect rather than specific moments.