3. The Sapphire Ring Owner in Black Sabbath (1963)
Mario Bava, Italy’s horror trendsetter, was a master of colorful homicides and deeply impacting dread, and, in our eyes, his scariest flick is the impeccable 1963 anthology Black Sabbath, which features one of the genre’s all-time great shock moments.
It comes at the end of a segment titled “A Drop Of Water,” about a greedy caretaker who swipes a pricey ring from a recently deceased medium. The terrorizing sounds of water dropping (think the beat for Jeru The Damaja’s “Come Clean,” but unbearable instead of terrific) drive the sticky-fingered woman to madness, and then she comes face-to-face with the medium’s insane-looking ghost, as seen above.