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.
"Ghostbusters" is a timeless comedy classic that combines humor, supernatural elements, and a lovable cast of characters. Its iconic theme song and memorable one-liners make it an absolute joy to watch. The 1984 film became a cult favorite almost instantly. Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis exterminating ghosts — how much better can it get?
There’s one particular scene where viewers paused over and over again just to see if their eyes were not deceiving them. In the famous scene where the ghosts break out onto the street, and everybody is in panic, you catch a glimpse of a famous adult film star, Ron Jeremy, in the crowd.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
This one is for die-hard Marvel fans, which have probably already paused this scene more times than they can count, however even if you are not a groupie, some scenes are worth watching. In the 2014 film "Guardians of the Galaxy," director James Gunn makes sure to make a scene filled with little easter eggs for audiences to find.
In the scene where we see The Collector’s Museum, you see all types of items, including Howard the Duck, Cosmo the Spacedog, a dark elf, a frost giant, Infinity Stones, and more. Each of these things has a meaning and backstory in the Marvel Universe.
The Ring (2002)
When it came out in 2002, "The Ring" was some of the most horrifying movies anyone had ever seen. Many movies came out that year; however, not all left such an impression as this one did. The film left audiences in terror for weeks to come.
Plenty of scenes 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 so that they could enjoy the effect over and over.
Fatal Attraction (1987)
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!