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Updated on Oct 12, 2020. Posted on Oct 12, 2020

Which Scary Movie Moments Are Actually Really Clever?

Basically all of Get Out, tbh.

If you're anything like me, then you're probably spending all of your free time in October watching scary movies.

Regina Hall's character watching a scary movie in a theater in "Scary Movie"
Dimension Films

And whether you want to admit it or not, a lot of these movies are full of really smart dialogue, details, and scenes.

So that got me thinking: which scary movie moments were so smart, they literally made you think, "Wow, the writers of this are so clever."

Malcolm arriving late to dinner at the fancy restaurant, then Anna leaving him at the table
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

One of my favorite scenes from The Sixth Sense takes place during the anniversary dinner. Malcolm walks in and apologizes for being really late, so we think that's why Anna is dismissive of him. She says "happy anniversary" and leaves. We think she says this to Malcolm, but the viewer doesn't yet know that he's dead, and she's actually alone and saying this to honor their relationship. This scene tricks the viewer and makes the final twist that much more jaw-dropping.

Maybe on your fourth viewing of Get Out, you realized a hidden detail that your friends never noticed before, and it actually made your jaw drop.

Georgina staring at her reflection in her bedroom window, and Walter running towards Chris with his hat on
Blumhouse Productions

For example, when Chris saw Georgina fixing her bangs in the reflection of the window, she was actually making sure her lobotomy scar wasn't showing. That's the same reason Walter was never shown without a hat on.

Perhaps there was really specific dialogue that you originally thought was a throwaway line, but then you learned how important it was later on, and it was actually pretty genius.

Casey, hiding in her house, on the phone with the killer
Dimension Films

When Ghostface asks Casey which door he's at, it seems like she has a 50% chance of escaping. But when you finish the movie, you realize there are two killers, so it doesn't really matter which door she chooses...she's going to die either way. This moment is super diabolical because it gives Casey (and the viewers) hope for survival, and only the killers know her true fate.

Or maybe you watched Hereditary and noticed that the movie in the background of the party featured a scene with a guillotine, foreshadowing Charlie's unexpected decapitation.

A24

What. The. Hell.

Whichever clever scene, quote, or moment you're thinking of, we want to hear it! Use the comments below to tell us which scary movie moments were so smart, you're genuinely impressed someone thought of them!

Dani's clothes getting more colorful in "Midsommar"
A24

FYI: Dani's clothes in Midsommar slowly started to get more colorful as the movie progressed, ending in a full-on rainbow/flower costume. This represented how much she blossomed throughout the movie.

The best responses will be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post or video!