Today’s horror scene that I love comes from the 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera.
In this famous scene, which was directed by Rupert Julian, Mary Philbin unmasks the Phantom (played, of course, by Lon Chaney). Both of their reactions are justifiably famous.
I have read that Philbin was apparently not told what Chaney would look like when she removed the mask, which contributed to her state of shock. I don’t know if that’s true but I hope it is. It’s certainly a good story.
Was this horror cinema’s first “jump scare?”