Disturbing Images From The Dark Side Of The Entertainment Industry

By Sophia Maddox | August 7, 2023

Meet the Xenomorph! Harry Dean Stanton's last moments in "Alien" (1979)

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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Though it's categorized as science fiction, Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece Alien is really a sci-fi/horror hybrid, or even a horror film set in a sci-fi environment. The titular alien (or Xenomorph) stalks the crew of the spaceship Nostromo like any great monster-movie creature of slasher-film psycho. One character describes it as "the perfect organism ... A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility." The first crew member to confront the fully-grown alien is Brett (Harry Dean Stanton), who experiences the perfect killing machine first-hand. It doesn't end well for him.

David Naughton having identity issues in "An American Werewolf in London" (1981)

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The Elephant Man's loss was the Werewolf's gain. The 1980 biographical film The Elephant Man was nominated for nine Academy Awards in 1981, including the Oscars for art direction and costume design. It was not nominated for its makeup, for the simple reason that there was no Academy Award for makeup at that time. People complained that there should have been a makeup category -- so the Academy invented one. Alas, it was too late for Elephant Man to win, but at the 1982 Oscars, the  first-ever Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling went to Rick Baker for his work on An American Werewolf in London. To date, Baker has been nominated for the award 11 times, winning seven.