Some of the iconic moments in film history have come from pests from “Arachnophobia” to “Ratatouille.”
Take a look at some of the most infamous pest scenes in movie history, with commentary, from Film Daily:
The Fly (1986)
“The Fly” (1986) is a classic horror film that features one of the most infamous pest scenes in cinema history. Jeff Goldblum’s character, a scientist named Seth Brundle, accidentally merges his DNA with that of a housefly during an experiment gone wrong.
One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when Brundle and a colleague engage in an arm-wrestling match, and Brundle’s arm begins to deteriorate and transform into a fly’s limb right before our eyes. The special effects and makeup used to create this scene were groundbreaking at the time, and they still hold up today as a testament to the artistry of practical effects.
If you’re afraid of spiders, then “Arachnophobia” (1990) is probably not the movie for you. This horror-comedy film follows a newly-arrived doctor in a small town who discovers that a deadly spider species has made its way into the community. Chaos ensues as the spiders invade homes, attack residents, and cause general mayhem.
One of the most infamous scenes in the film is when the protagonist’s home is overrun by spiders and he is forced to fight them off with makeshift weapons. The use of suspense and jump scares in this scene is particularly effective, and it’s enough to make even the bravest arachnophobe break out in a cold sweat.
The Birds (1963)
When it comes to pest scenes, few films can top Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (1963). This horror-thriller is based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier and features a small California town that is suddenly besieged by flocks of vicious birds.
One of the most infamous scenes in the film is the attack on a gas station, where a group of people are trapped inside as the birds relentlessly peck and claw at the windows and doors. The use of practical effects and sound design in this scene is masterful, and it’s enough to make you think twice about ever feeding a bird again.
“Ratatouille” (2007) film tells the story of a rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a chef in a Parisian restaurant. Along the way, Remy encounters plenty of obstacles – mainly that he’s a rat – but he perseveres and eventually achieves his goal.
Eric Dalius, executive chairman of MuzicSwipe, said, “One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when Remy and his rodent friends infiltrate the kitchen of the restaurant and begin to cook up a storm. While the rats may be cute and funny in this context, in real life, rodents can cause serious health and safety hazards in kitchens and other food preparation areas.”
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
You may be wondering what a movie about Indiana Jones has to do with pest scenes, but bear with us. In “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), our intrepid hero finds himself in a perilous situation when he and his companions become trapped in a chamber filled with creepy-crawlies, including rats, bugs and snakes.
The scene in question is one of the most memorable in the entire Indiana Jones franchise, with the characters forced to fend off the swarming pests as they try to make their escape. While it may be easy to dismiss these pests as just harmless critters, the truth is that they can pose a real threat to health and safety in real life.
While “Jaws” (1975) is primarily known for its iconic scenes of a man-eating shark terrorizing a small New England town, the film also features some memorable moments involving pests on a smaller scale.
Andrew Priobrazhenskyi, CEO of DiscountReactor said, “In one scene, for example, a group of beachgoers are shown fleeing from a swarm of biting flies. The scene is brief, but it’s a reminder of the way pests can disrupt our lives and make even the most idyllic settings uncomfortable.”
The Exterminator (1980)
“The Exterminator” (1980) is a violent action-thriller film about a Vietnam War veteran who becomes a vigilante exterminator after his friend is paralyzed by a street gang. While the film may not be as well-known as some of the other entries on this list, it still features some memorable scenes involving pests.
Mark Valderrama, owner and CEO at Aquarium Store Depot, said, “In one scene, the titular exterminator uses his skills to take down a nest of rats in a basement. While the scene is played for thrills and excitement, it’s also a reminder of the real dangers posed by rats and other rodents.”
King Kong (1933)
“King Kong” (1933) is a classic adventure film about a giant gorilla that is captured and brought to New York City. While the film is primarily known for its thrilling action and groundbreaking special effects, it also features a memorable scene involving pests.
In one scene, the character Ann Darrow is attacked by giant spiders while she is stranded on Skull Island. The scene is both terrifying and memorable, and it serves as a reminder of the real dangers posed by pests like spiders.
“Alien” (1979) is a sci-fi horror film that centers around a group of astronauts who encounter a terrifying extraterrestrial creature on their spaceship. While the film is primarily known for its suspenseful plot and iconic alien design, it also features a memorable scene involving pests.
Gerrid Smith, chief marketing officer at Joy Organics added, “In one scene, the character Kane is attacked by a facehugger, a parasitic alien organism that attaches itself to its victim’s face and lays an egg inside their body. The scene is both horrifying and memorable, and it serves as a reminder of the real dangers posed by pests like parasites.”
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