Vintage Movie Scenes That Should Have Been Paused At This Exact Moment 

By Sarah Norman | August 17, 2023

This Scene From 'The Shining' Remains One Of The Most Surreal Paused Moments In Film History

Are you ready for the ultimate list of the most paused movie scenes of all time? Get ready to hit pause on your own movie nights, because we've scoured the internet and compiled a list of the most iconic, jaw-dropping, and just plain bizarre movie moments that have viewers hitting pause to catch every detail. From heart-pounding action sequences to mind-blowing plot twists, these are the movie scenes that have left audiences pausing and rewinding for decades.

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The famously paused bear suit scene in The Shining, a horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick and released in 1980, has become one of the most iconic and memorable moments in cinematic history in spite of its brevity. In the scene, Danny Torrance is running away from his father, Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson), and as he takes a hard turn through the Overlook Hotel's many corridors Danny comes face to face with a man wearing a bear suit on his knees in front of one of the Overlook's many apparitions.

The scene became so popular due to its unexpected and surreal nature, as well as the intense performance by Nicholson. The Shining was released in the era of postmodernism, a time when traditional narrative structures and conventions were being challenged and subverted in art and culture. As a result, the bear suit scene perfectly exemplified the themes and stylistic choices of the film, which blended horror and psychological thriller elements with a surreal and dreamlike atmosphere. The scene's lasting impact can be seen in its numerous parodies and homages in popular culture.

Phoebe Cates Was A Teenage Dream In 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High'

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a 1982 film that has cemented itself as a definitive high school classic, has left an indelible cultural imprint. One scene, in particular, remains seared in the minds of audiences, featuring the character Linda, portrayed by Cates, elegantly diving into a pool and discarding her scarlet bikini top, before proceeding to seduce her friend's older brother, Brad, played by Reinhold. The moment has been immortalized as "the most memorable bikini-drop in cinema history" by none other than Rolling Stone magazine, and it's difficult to contest that assertion.