Here's the list I came up with this morning:
--Hypodermic adrenaline needle into the heart. - Pulp Fiction
--A ball sack caught in the zipper. - There's Something About Mary
--A horse's cut-off head in the bed of a movie producer. - The Godfather.
--Having sex with a pie. - American Pie
--"The operation was called hobbling." Then Kathy Bates uses a sledgehammer to break James Caan's ankles. - Misery
--An alien bursts out of a man's gut. - Alien
--A woman must choose to kill one of her children. - Sophie's Choice
--A young man commits fake suicide. -Harold and Maude
--A head in a box. - Seven.
--Faking an orgasm in the middle of a restaurant. - When Harry Met Sally
--Walken and Deniro and Russian Roulette. - The Deer Hunter
--Pesci: "You think I'm funny?" -Goodfellas
--Deniro: "You talkin' to me?" - Taxi Driver
--The Wicked Witch melts. - The Wizard of Oz
--Murder in the shower. - Psycho
--The "Do you like fried chicken" scene. - Kramer vs. Kramer
--Steve Martin pissed off at the rental car lady. "Give me an F'ing automobile." - Planes, Trains and Automobiles
I could go on and on as I'm sure you could too. These are all great, priceless moments that audiences remember. Each one is completely outrageous or darkly humorous.
How does your script look? What are the moments people (readers) will be talking about after they finish your script?
It's worth thinking about.