1. Monster Squad (1987) Frankenstein Gets Sucked Into Vortex
Watching Phoebe’s feeble attempt to hold on to Frankenstein as he is being sucked into a vortex was one of the most heartbreaking moments of my childhood.
2. Godzilla aka Gojira (1954) Daisuke Serizawa Sacrifices Himself to Save Mankind
This is actually the movie that gave me the idea for this list. Serizawa’s sacrifice at the end of the original Godzilla film is not only sad but it is mostly forgotten by horror fans, which is even sadder.
3. Splice (2009) Dren Realizes She Doesn’t Look Like Other Girls
If the Barbie doll scene in Splice doesn’t make you cry then you’re even less human than Dren.
4. The Prowler (1981) Final Girl Almost Saved by Mentally Handicapped Red Herring
It may be hard to remember this scene, but there is a brief beautiful moment between Pam and Otto right before the final kill of the movie.
5. Alien Resurrection (1997) Alien-human Hybrid Says “Mommy” Before Being Sucked into Space
This scene is like the ghost in Three Men and a Baby, it makes the movie better if you just choose to believe it is real.
6. Return of the Living Dead (1985) Frank Takes Off His Wedding Ring Before He Incinerates Himself.
When you think “tear jerking” Return of the Living Dead doesn’t come to mind, but the movie does take a break from all the silly zombie shenanigans to give Frank a tearful goodbye before the poop really hits the fan.
7. Prom Night (1980) Jamie Lee Curtis Realizes the Killer is Her Brother
I always like to think Joss Whedon got the idea for the Buffy episode “New Man” from this scene.
8. Let the Right One In (2008) The Entire Movie.
We all remember our first crush, but did they really want to be your friend or were they just grooming you to be their next Familiar? We may never know.
9. Congo (1995) Amy Realizes She’s Not Like the Other Apes
I guess I have a thing about feeling left out. Amy, the talking gorilla, has a Dren moment when another gorilla totally throws some shade because she’s not like him.
10. American Gothic (1988) Cynthia Joins the Family
I wanted to end the list with a story of acceptance since it is filled with so much rejection. It always warms my heart to know that Fanny found a new sister at the end of American Gothic, even though it doesn’t quite work out for her.