The 12 Most Terrifyingly Heart-Stopping Movie Moments

Alien

It’s an easy pick, sure, but the most oft-mentioned when your film editor put the question forward on social media — even though it’s a scare softened by years of discussion, homage, and parody (hi, Spaceballs). But just imagine how completely stunned audiences must’ve been back in 1979, when that affable crew dinner was disrupted by the appearance of what was lurking inside John Hurt’s very upset stomach.