7 Drums In The Deep
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
We’ve just discovered that the Dwarves of Moria were overrun by Orcs and massacred, and so naturally Pippin chooses this moment to accidentally knock the skeletal remains of one of these dead guys down a well, thus alerting the Orcs to their presence. The genius lies in the way the noises go on and on as it falls – how deep is that bloody well, anyway? – thus heightening the tension to unbearable levels. And then we hear the chilling response: the dull, mournful thump of a drum, down deep in the bowels of the world... and all the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and scream.