Bathroom Nightmares: The Definitive Guide To Shower Scenes In Horror Movies

Cabin Fever (2002)

Cabin Fever Shaving Scene

A group of teenagers rent a cabin in the woods, instantly making themselves dead meat, in this case at the hands of a flesh-eating disease.

This bathroom scene shows one of the female characters Marcy (Cerina Vincent) attempting to shave her legs in the bath but all of her skin gets in the way and falls off. While we can see the illness has struck her, it isn’t until she takes a swipe of her blade over her shin that she sees the extent this disease has taken on her. Stripping away chunk after chunk of seemingly normal skin, she is left with nothing but a bloody, hacked up leg that undoubtedly left women everywhere wanting to grow out their leg hair.

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Gibb Freddy vs Jason Shower

It took over a decade for it to finally happen (longer actually), but in 2003 fans finally got to see horror’s two biggest icons – Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees – duke it out on-screen. In the film, Freddy has become unable to haunt people’s dreams as the citizens of his hometown, Springwood, have generally forgotten about him. In order to regain his power, Freddy manipulates Jason into resurrecting himself and traveling to Springwood to cause panic and fear, leading to rumors that Freddy has returned. A murderous rivalry ensues.

After Jason is resurrected, he wastes no time and promptly finds his first teen to slaughter, and it’s a glorious sight to behold. Annoying teenager Trey (Jesse Hutch) has just had sex with his girlfriend, Gibb (Katharine Isabelle), and is acting obnoxiously – telling her he “doesn’t like to be touched after” – and generally being a jerk. When Gibb goes in the shower, Trey doesn’t even get a chance to relax before Jason appears and proceeds to stab him a good dozen times before he promptly lifts the bed and breaks the young man in half.

The Grudge (2004)

The Grudge Shower Hand

After the success of Hideo Nakata’s Ringu and its inevitable US remake, J-horror became a worldwide phenomenon, one which film makers from both the East and West were quick to capitalize on. One of the more popular movies released as part of this new wave was Ju-on: The Grudge, which was already a sequel of director Takashi Shimizu’s direct-to-video Ju-on: The Curse.

Sam Raimi’s production company Ghosthouse Pictures jumped on board with a US remake, bizarrely asking Shimizu to return to the franchise yet again to helm an English language version, making this his third film based on the same story. No matter which rendition you prefer, the most memorable moment, in both films, has to be the shower scene. Honestly, how would you feel if you had some random ghost hand holding onto your head while you washed your hair?

Antichrist (2009)

Antichrist Shower Scene

Lars von Trier’s Antichrist is not the type of movie you want to watch right before you go to sleep; or before you eat; or before you do anything, really. It’s not just that there is a little gore here and there; it’s that the movie is so overwhelmingly disturbing in every imaginable way that you will have no safe haven to turn to once it’s over.

This controversial film starts off contrasting a sexual act – a married man and woman having loving sex with a violent act – a toddler falling to his death out of the window. In slow motion we watch as the nameless couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) have sex in the shower and the bedroom as their son accidentally falls from a window to his death. The scene is beautifully shot, and sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the sexual violence to come.

Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead Shower Scene

The fourth chapter of the Evil Dead franchise, served as both a remake, a reboot and as a loose continuation of the series. The film follows Mia (Jane Levy), a drug addict who is determined to kick the habit. To that end, she asks her brother and a bunch of their friends to accompany her to their family’s remote forest cabin to help her through withdrawal.

After a mysterious Book of the Dead is found and read from, an ancient demon is inadvertently awoken. All hell breaks loose when the malevolent entity possesses Mia. After Mia first becomes possessed she takes a shower to wash off the grime, and instead she’s scalded with boiling water. And it’s not a pretty sight.

We could perhaps go on like this forever, so it might be best to stop here. But first, honorable mentions: New Year’s Evil (1980), The Burning (1981), Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993), The Faculty (1998), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), What Lies Beneath (2000), Scream 3 (2000), The Ring (2002), Resident Evil (2002), Seed Of Chucky (2004), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), The Covenant (2006), Teeth (2007), Sorority Row (2009), The Ward (2010), The Roommate (2011), Contracted (2013) , Housebound (2014) and The Babadook (2014).

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