Disturbing Images From The Dark Side Of The Entertainment Industry

By Sophia Maddox | January 17, 2024

Medusa, the Gorgon, in "Clash of the Titans" (1981)

We've got something for every ghoul and boy in this assortment of 60 of the most bone-chilling images from pop culture, sure to whip you into a spooky frenzy -- click on, if you dare. Proceed with caution -- you don't want to be the first dude who goes out to investigate the ruckus in the barn, but you don't want to be the Final Girl either, if you know what we mean. Ready, set -- boo.

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The 1981 Greek-mythology movie Clash of the Titans is a masterpiece of special effects. The stop-motion animation by visionary animator Ray Harryhausen looks clunky by today's standards -- in particular, the Kraken (the monster Perseus must battle at the end of the film) moves like something from another world. But if you saw Clash of the Titans when you were a kid, the deadly Gorgon Medusa scared the pants off you. She, too, was obviously stop-motion, but the scene in her lair featured a combination of lighting, sound effects, dramatic tension and general spooky ambiance that somehow worked.

Christopher Lee and comely co-stars of "Dracula A.D. 1972" (1972)

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Today we know the late Christopher Lee as Saruman from the Lord of the Rings saga and Count Dooku from Star Wars -- but in the '60s and '70s he was one of the iconic actors of the horror genre, portraying Dracula in feature films 10 times. Seven of those Dracula movies were made for Hammer Film Productions, the British production company that specialized in stylish, gothic films about classic horror characters played by creepy actors (Peter Cushing and Oliver Reed were also Hammer stars). Hammer films were also famous for their alluring female cast members, who were sort of horror's equivalent of Bond Girls. Here, Christopher Lee is enduring another day at the salt mine with (clockwise from top left) Stephanie Beacham, Marsha Hunt, Janet Key, and Caroline Munro. Munro actually was a Bond Girl in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Hunt appeared in Never Say Never Again (1983), but is more famous for being the subject of the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar."