When Looper polled its audience, asking which horror scene they would have refused to film, one in 10 respondents — 10.82% — chose the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 psychological thriller, “Psycho.” There’s just something about getting stabbed by Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) — a crazy man who dresses as his mother — that makes folks not want to take on the role of Marion Lane (Janiet Leigh). Fun fact: that’s not fake blood you’re seeing in that infamous scene; “Psycho” used chocolate syrup instead, as the film was shot in black and white.
A slightly higher number, 11.79% would not have participated in the scene from David Cronenberg’s “The Fly” in which Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) removed his fingernails and we’re cringing just thinking about it. Even more people could not handle shooting the scene from 1980’s “Cannibal Holocaust” with the woman impaled on the pole and we totally get that too. With 15.02% of respondents saying nay comes the eyeball scene in Eli Roth’s “Hostel” — you know, the one in which good guy Paxton (Jay Hernandez) severs Kana’s (Jennifer Lim) hanging eyeball after rescuing her.
One in five respondents, or 20.84%, cried no joy on Regan’s crucifix scene in “The Exorcist.” That’s all we can really say to describe it; if you know, you know. If you don’t, research at your own peril. The clear winner, though, with nearly 30 percent of the vote, comes from the “Human Centipede” franchise. It seems 28.27% of voters would refuse to participate in the birth scene in “The Human Centipede 2,” though we’re almost surprised that many people willingly watched the film, given that strapping someone down and forcing them to watch it seems like a form of torture befitting the “Hostel” or “Saw” franchises.