In a recent poll, when asked what they fear the most, 99% of the population collectively replied “NEEDLES.” Admittedly, we just made that statistic up out of thin air but it doesn’t make needles any less scary. Today we are going to be counting down the most memorable movie scenes involving needles, intravenous needles to be exact (even though, a few sewing needle scenes could have been added as well). Don’t forget to leave your favorite scene in the comment section below.
10. Needle In The Eye – Dead & Buried (1981)
Dead & Buried is a must-see horror classic that has been largely forgotten and ignored by fans of the genre. The film is filled with plenty of memorable kills, but the most atrocious death in the movie comes in two parts. In the opening scene our victim is simply keeping to himself when he is seduced by a mysterious, beautiful girl (Lisa Blount) on the beach. Just when he thinks he’s about to score with the young lady, a hoard of townsfolk viciously beat and burn him alive.
But that’s only the beginning, the poor guy actually survives the attack. As our burn victim rests serenely in the hospital with a full body cast, he gets visited by a familiar face. The same girl from the beach, now masquerading as a nurse, comes back to conclude what she started with a huge hypodermic needle…right in the eye! Ouch!
9. Just a Little Pinch – Antiviral (2012)
David Cronenberg was apparently once asked what makes him queasy as a movie-goer. Without indecision, he replied: “Needles.” So it’s only strangely fitting that his son Brandon Cronenberg would make his feature film debut with a film gruesomely chockfull of the things. Antiviral follows a dystopian future where the celebrity-obsessed can pay to have the illness of their favorite celebrity injected into them. In the opening minutes of the film, we are greeted by a close up of a syringe penetrating the lip of a fan, who has paid for a strain of Herpes virus harvested from a star. It’s the first of many, many needle scenes, both injections and otherwise. Like father, like son indeed!
8. Nurse Marshall’s Death – Halloween II (1981)
With the sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween taking place at a hospital, you pretty much assume that our favorite masked killer Michael Myers would, at some point, dispatch at least one of his victims with a big-ass needle. Of course, he delivers when he takes out the lovely Janet Nurse Marshall (Ana Alicia) who gets a needle plunged right into her temple. On the bright side, she doesn’t need a flu shot afterwards.
7. Dakota’s “Friends” – Planet Terror (2007)
Marley Shelton plays Dr. Dakota Block in this Robert Rodriguez science fiction zombie horror flick. When we are introduced to Dr. Block she is introducing a patient to her three “friends”, three anesthetic needles, a yellow one to “take the sting off“, a blue one “you’ll barely feel”, and the red-headed friend assures you’ll never see her again. These friends of hers make multiple appearance throughout the film and ultimately she quick-draws a makeshift syringe launcher at a would-be rapist (played by king creep himself, Quentin Tarantino). With friends like that, who needs enemies?
6. Infection – Requiem For A Dream (2000)
Darren Aronofsky’s psychological drama Requiem for a Dream should be required viewing for all school children to guarantee that they stay far away from drugs. The film basically follows a bunch of dope fiends (Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans) as they fall deeper and deeper into despair. The most memorable moment of the film comes when Harry (Leto) decides to shoot up heroin despite the fact that he has an obviously infected lesion on his arm. He is later arrested for drug possession and ultimately has his arm amputated. See kids, just say no to drugs. Please god, say no to drugs!
5. Olivia Is Possessed – Evil Dead (2013)
The fourth chapter of the Evil Dead franchise, served as both a remake, a reboot and as a loose continuation of the series; the first neither to have Bruce Campbell as the main star or to be directed by Sam Raimi. Despite the apprehension of fans, the film was quite a satisfying gore fest, with plenty of memorable scenes for fans to enjoy. When Olivia (Jessica Lucas) becomes possessed by the demonic sprits she promptly begins take a piece a class to her cheek before she stabs her cabin mate reputably with a needle in the eye and face. Blood, pee and broken glasses everywhere.
4. Freddy vs. Taryn – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Taryn (Jennifer Rubin) is ex-junkie who finds herself in a mental ward after a few run-ins with the man our nightmares, Freddy Krueger. She has a long history with drugs and is overall a pretty screwed up girl. Though, in her dreams she is beautiful and “bad”. She transforms into a punk beauty, complete with a mohawk and switchblades. Unfortunately, she is no match for Freddy. After restraining her he changes the blades on his glove into syringes and injects her with some otherworldly green chemical, killing her. What a rush!
3. Ōdishon Torture – Audition (1999)
During the late ‘90s the best horror films were most definitely coming out of Japan and nothing proved that more than the Japanese psychological horror film Audition. The film is so brilliant because it is essentially a build up to the last fifteen minutes. After a phony casting audition gone awry we are greeted by one of the most disturbing moments ever on screen. This includes a man missing his tongue, both feet, one ear and three fingers and eating vomit out of a dog dish. Asami (our resident psychotic), decked out in her white dress and leather apron & gloves, begins torturing her victim with a needles slowly plunged in his tongue and chest before sawing off his foot. She does all this with such a girlish glee, it’s hard not to be just as gleeful as you watch in disgust.
2. The Needle Pit – Saw II (2005)
The first of many more to come, the sequel to the original Saw upped the ante in terms of complex traps for its victims. Though, the most memorable moment came from a rather simple predicament. After Jigsaw gathers a group of victims into a secure house, the mayhem immediately begins. In one trap, “The Needle Room”, the token tough guy character throws a women into a pit of needles to find a key. She’s in this pit for what feels like forever, getting pricked endlessly. Definitely one of the most memorable traps of the Saw franchise.
1. A Shot of Adrenaline – Pulp Fiction (1994)
In one of the most memorable moments from Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) share an unforgettable drugged-out evening together. We first see Vincent purchasing the finest heroin that the west coast has to offer. He then shoots up before heading over to meet Mia to take her out for a steak and a milkshake. After partaking in a dance contest, they return to the Wallace house. While Vincent is in the bathroom, Mia finds his stash of heroin in his coat pocket. Mistaking it for cocaine, she snorts it and overdoses. Vincent rushes her to his dealer’s house for help. Together, they administer an adrenaline shot to Mia’s heart, reviving her and cementing her spot in intravenous needle movie history.