This disturbing thriller starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas is filled with scenes that leave you breathless. But one of the most frightening is one of the last scenes.
Close’s deranged character, Alex, is fighting Michael Douglas when suddenly it seems the horror is finally over after he drowns her in the bath. A few seconds go by, and you feel like you can breathe for the first time in the whole movie. Alas, Close jumps out of the tub, and your heart jumps out of your body. This is one of the most paused scenes because audiences couldn’t believe she was still alive!
Steven Spielberg surely didn’t realize to what extent his 1975 movie "Jaws" was going to terrify audiences. For months, people were afraid to go into the water, and we don’t blame them.
The opening scene of Jaws is one of the most frightening and certainly the one that made viewers pause the most. We see a young woman floating in the water, ominous music playing, and something hunting her from beneath. Since people didn’t know what to expect, doubting if Spielberg would just let us see a woman attacked like that. He did. And we had to pause and rewatch it just to convince ourselves.
The Ring (2002)
When it came out in 2002, "The Ring" was some of the most horrifying movies anyone had ever seen. It left audiences in terror for weeks to come. There were plenty of scenes that made people jump out of their seats, but one of the worst was the one where Samara is standing in front of the well, and for a second it felt like she was coming out of the screen to get you.
Horror buffs and masochists paused and repeated this several times just so they could enjoy the effect over and over.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
"Pulp Fiction" became a cult film from the moment it was released back in 1994, considered by many to be Quentin Tarantino’s best work. There are many notable and classic scenes throughout "Pulp Fiction," but the one where Bruce Willis is in the shower is the most paused one.
Bearing no relevance whatsoever to the rest of the movie’s plot, Bruce’s moment in the shower without clothes on left audiences pausing over and over to check if their eyes had fooled them.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Everybody loved seeing Tom Holland and Zendaya star in a Spider-Man movie. For the 2017 film, "Spider-man: Homecoming," there’s a scene where Zendaya’s character is reading a novel while sitting on the gym bleachers, and audiences paused the scene several times to get a peek at what it was.
It turns out she’s reading the famous novel "Of Human Bondage," which ironically enough is about an orphan that lives with his uncle and aunt.