History NightmareFuel / HeyArnold

21st Jul '17 11:52:26 PM CJCroen1393
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** The Jungle Movie's sneak peek gives some NightmareRetardant, though--[[spoiler:Curly's just fine. He seems pretty miffed at Arnold though, presumably because of that incident]].
22nd Jun '17 9:25:54 AM WanderingBrowser
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* There was one episode where Arnold and the gang are telling scary stories. Arnold's tale is called "The Headless Cabbie" which involves a cabbie driver picking up a woman who wants to go to the park because she's lost her little dog (she even gives the cabbie a scarf since it's late at night and he won't be cold). As the cabbie drives through the park, he hears barking, and the lady says that's her dog. The cabbie keeps driving, the barking continues, he doesn't see the little dog, but the lady keeps imploring him to go faster and faster, sounding and becoming more demonic. The story reaches its climax when the scarf gets caught on a tree branch, and since the cabbie is going so fast, the scarf winds tighter and tighter... ''until it finally cuts his head clean off''. Not surprisingly, Harold is traumatized by the story. The ending of that episode is pretty scary through implications. The crew decides to take a shortcut to the ice cream parlor that same night through the park, and all the while Harold worries that they'll see the ghost of the decapitated cabbie. As they follow the route the cabbie took, more and more elements of the story starts to show up. They see a hook-handed man past a bridge, find a little terrier dog, and - in the big scare climax - hear a cabbie riding up to them, with a woman cackling evilly in the carriage. The kids then learn that everything had a rational explanation. The hook-handed man was actually seen in shadow holding a watch display and the cabbie driver was just Ernie, taking a job for extra money, and the creepy woman laughing was just Mr. Hyunh... laughing creepily for the heck of it. As they leave though, a woman approaches Ernie explaining that her dog has gone missing and she wants to know if he can give her a ride to find it. Ernie agrees and also accepts the scarf she offers him...



* Nobody can forget the Ghost Bride episode. It was insanely creepy and scary, and it actually ended with the implication that [[spoiler:a secondary character was killed by the ghost[[note]]Which gets ''worse'' when you realize that '''Curly doesn't appear again after this'''.[[/note]]]]. Wow, how this episode was left in, one can wonder.
** Plus, Arnold reassured everybody else that [[spoiler: Curly would be just fine, despite him and the gang]] ''[[spoiler: leaving him locked in a crypt after tying him up.]]''
** Also, the whole Ghost Bride's origin story. [[spoiler: Her fiancee abandoned her on their wedding day, and he married her sister; this made the abandoned bride to literally go axe crazy and murder them both right in the middle of their honeymoon, and next morning, when the cops arrived, she was still there, throwing rice and humming the Wedding March next to the murdered couple, before committing suicide by jumping out of the window.]] All this was shown as graphically as censorship allowed it in a kids' network.
* While the Wheezin' Ed episode wasn't that creepy, it ends with an asthmatic disturbing breath and laugh that ended everything as ambiguous as every "supernatural" episode.
** It's the animation of Gerald's story that is creepy, particularly the scene of the shadowy figure of Ed about to choke a man. The horrific wet *crunching* noise sounds disturbingly realistic, too.



* In the episode, "Sid The Vampire Slayer", Sid accuses Stinky of being a vampire after being rattled by a vampire movie. Arnold insists Stinky couldn't possibly be a vampire and goes to Stinky's house with Sid to prove it once and for all. Sid is more than willing to 'eliminate' Stinky, but after seeing his reflection in a mirror, decides he couldn't be a vampire after all. However, after Arnold and Sid leave, Stinky is seen talking to a bat about how two guys came by accusing him of being a vampire. Immediately after this, Stinky is seen GROWING HUGE FANGS WITH NO CUTAWAY, and laughing maniacally. This never comes up in the show again, and happens in the final season.



* "Four-Eyed Jack" ended without the usual ambiguity that the other supernatural episodes ended with. That is to say, we find out the ghost is DEFINITELY real, and though he doesn't appear to be too malicious beyond scaring Gerald for kicks, he still looks [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100222162509/heyarnold/images/c/cb/Four-Eyed_Jack,_phantom.jpg extremely creepy.]]



* The "Pigeon Man" story Gerald tells in one episode; the sinister "alien music" is spine-tingling.
** The "Stoop Kid" story is scary too, for similar reasons.
* The 'Haunted Train" episode. Grandpa tells the kids a story about a train engineer that suddenly went [[AxeCrazy insane]] and drove his train off the rails, killing everyone on board. On the anniversary of the event, The ghost comes back on the train, hypnotizes anyone who happens to be at the station into boarding, and drives them '''''INTO HELL WHERE SATAN HIMSELF BOARDS TO DRAG THEM OFF.''''' Later, the kids go to the station to see if this is true, they get on a train ([[spoiler:which later turns out to be a train for steel mill relief workers]]) and Brainy shows up OUT OF NOWHERE after they are on a moving train and he says he doesn't know what he's doing there. Later, after they decided the ghost train was just a myth, Brainy is seen sitting on a fence watching another train passing by, and the ghost engineer (whose appearance is terrifying by itself, and bears a passing resemblance to Leatherface) is shown sitting in front of the locomotive, singing the song about the haunted train Gerald sang earlier on. Sweet dreams.


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!!Supernatural Terrors
''Hey Arnold'' was mostly a SliceOfLife affair, but episodes focusing on Hillswood's UrbanLegends and ghost stories were their own kind of creepy. Especially because whilst two of these episodes ended with the story being debunked, others weren't quite so straight-forward...
* "Pigeon Man": As Gerald tells the legend of how Pigeon Man may have hatched from an egg left by aliens, we hear spine-chilling "sci-fi" music as an enormous egg hatches, revealing a twisted man-bird thing that is, mercifully, only seen in shadow. It then flashes to a barren, desolate-looking park as the shadowy figure digs up a worm... though MoodWhiplash promptly kicks in as it is stolen by a pigeon and the scene immediately cuts to a well-lit shot of a man in a tatty-feathered bird costume as Gerald, in a far more playful voice, discusses the alternate theory that Pigeon Man is just a kooky old man in a giant pigeon suit.
* "Stoop Kid": The story of how Stoop Kid came to be abandoned on his stoop is kind of creepy, but it's the final shot of the legend, with Stoop Kid as a red-eyed, fang-toothed, slavering abomination [[PrimalStance hunkered over on all fours]] and glowering at the camera, combined with the music, that truly sends a shiver down the viewer's spine.
* "Wheezin' Ed": Again, the creepy animation sells the legend as truly scary -- especially the gods-awful wet '''crunch''' that is played when Gerald discusses the titular gangster's fondness for breaking peoples' necks with his bare hands. The legend sequence ends with a blood-curdling image of a man's shadow as he points and screams in terror, zooming out to reveal his shadow is being cast with the light from three candles mounted on ''human skulls on sticks''. Oh, and then there's the episode's ending, in which we see a shot of the cave and hear asthmatic breathing and a wheezy laugh as our last shot of the episode, implying that Wheezin' Ed's ghost may have been RealAfterAll.
* "Four-Eyed Jack": In this episode, after Arnold and Gerald find an old set of NerdGlasses, which Grandpa reveals belonged to Four-Eyed Jack, an eccentric scientist who lived in the boarding house's cellar and accidentally killed himself in an accident involving refried beans in a pressure cooker, and who haunts the house on stormy nights looking for the glasses. The episode resolves itself with the apparent "haunting" turning out to be Grandpa suffering from really bad digestive problems in a hidden cellar bathroom... right up until the final minutes, when it turns out that Four-Eyed Jack's ghost? ''He's RealAfterAll!'' Though he doesn't appear to be too malicious, beyond playfully scaring Gerald for kicks, he still looks [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100222162509/heyarnold/images/c/cb/Four-Eyed_Jack,_phantom.jpg extremely creepy.]]
* "Haunted Train": This one's a real three-fer in terms of creepy stuff:
** The legend itself is sure to stick with you. It involves an engineer just going screaming off the deep end in the middle of a trip one day for no apparent reason, deliberately derailing the train. Whilst Grandpa's voice-over says that nobody ever saw the engineer or the train again, on-screen, we get to hear an awful "meat-slicing" sound, before the engineer's ''severed hand'', fingers still clenched tight in a death-grip on the throttle lever, comes tumbling into view and lays there on the embankment. Ever since that day, on the anniversary of its derailment, Engine #25 returns to its station at midnight, where it hypnotizes anyone unwise enough there into boarding it. Once they're aboard, it ''drives them off into Hell'', where '''{{{Satan}}} himself''' clambers aboard to drag them off into eternal damnation!
** Then, there's the chills of the episode as Arnold, Gerald and Helga set off to investigate the story, where everything Grandpa said seems to be coming true. Particularly shocking is the moment when, after they board the train, [[spoiler:which later turns out to be a train for a local steel mill's relief workers]], Brainy shows up ''out of nowhere'', scaring the other kids to death, only being able to shrug and say he "doesn't know" why he's there with them.
** The true icing on the cake is the ending; after Grandpa admits he basically told the three kids the story of the Haunted Train to stop them from being bored, he gets a sly look and adds he's not saying that the story about the crazy engineer ''didn't'' happen. Cue a cut to the train-tracks beside them where the train comes roaring around... and the ghost of the mad engineer is sitting on the front of it! His appearance is awful enough, with greenish-gray pallor to his skin and a distorted face that is uncomfortably reminiscent of [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]], plus his right sleeve has visibly been stitched shut over the stump of his right hand. In a deep, rumbling voice, he starts singing his own little ditty about the haunting... during which the train ''comes off of the '''rails'''!'' And then the final shot of the episode is his face, close-up and seemingly ''melting like wax'', before everything is cut off by the screen being '''engulfed in flames'''. [[SarcasmMode Sweet dreams, kiddies!]]
*** The lyrics he sings aren't exactly wine and roses material, either: http://heyarnold.wikia.com/wiki/Haunted_Train_(episode)/Lyrics#The_Haunted_Train
* "Sid The Vampire Slayer": Sid accuses Stinky of being a vampire after being rattled by a vampire movie. Arnold insists Stinky couldn't possibly be a vampire and goes to Stinky's house with Sid to prove it once and for all. Sid is more than willing to 'eliminate' Stinky, but after seeing his reflection in a mirror, decides he couldn't be a vampire after all. However, after Arnold and Sid leave, Stinky is seen talking to a bat about how two guys came by accusing him of being a vampire. Immediately after this, Stinky is seen '''growing huge fangs''', with ''no cutaway'', and laughing maniacally. This never comes up in the show again, and happens in the final season.
* "Ghost Bride": Nobody who ever saw this episode has ''ever'' forgotten it. This episode was insanely creepy and scary, and it actually ended with the implication that [[spoiler:a secondary character was killed by the ghost[[note]]Which gets ''worse'' when you realize that '''Curly doesn't appear again after this'''.[[/note]]]]. Wow, how this episode was left in, one can only wonder.
** Plus, Arnold reassured everybody else that [[spoiler: Curly would be just fine, despite him and the gang]] ''[[spoiler: leaving him locked in a crypt after tying him up.]]''
** Also, the whole Ghost Bride's origin story. [[spoiler: Her fiancee abandoned her on their wedding day, and he married her sister; this made the abandoned bride to literally go axe crazy and murder them both right in the middle of their honeymoon, and next morning, when the cops arrived, she was still there, throwing rice and humming the Wedding March next to the murdered couple, before committing suicide by jumping out of the window.]] All this was shown as graphically as censorship allowed it in a kids' network.
* "Headless Cabbie": The titular legend involves a cabbie driver picking up a woman who wants to go to the park because she's lost her little dog (she even gives the cabbie a scarf since it's late at night and he won't be cold). As the cabbie drives through the park, he hears barking, and the lady says that's her dog. The cabbie keeps driving, the barking continues, he doesn't see the little dog, but the lady keeps imploring him to go faster and faster, sounding and becoming more demonic. The story reaches its climax when, after being scared off the road by a hideously deformed man with a hook for a hand, the scarf gets caught on a tree branch, and since the cabbie is going so fast, the scarf winds tighter and tighter... ''until it finally cuts his head clean off''. Not surprisingly, Harold is traumatized by the story.
** As with most of these episodes, this one truly hits the creep-o-meter through the roof with implications in the ending. The crew decides to take a shortcut to the ice cream parlor that same night through the park, and all the while Harold worries that they'll see the ghost of the decapitated cabbie. As they follow the route the cabbie took, more and more elements of the story starts to show up. They see a hook-handed man past a bridge, find a little terrier dog, and - in the big scare climax - hear a cabbie riding up to them, with a woman cackling evilly in the carriage. The kids then learn that everything had a rational explanation. The hook-handed man was actually seen in shadow holding a watch display and the cabbie driver was just Ernie, taking a job for extra money, and the creepy woman laughing was just Mr. Hyunh... laughing creepily for the heck of it. As they leave though, a woman approaches Ernie explaining that her dog has gone missing and she wants to know if he can give her a ride to find it. Ernie agrees and also accepts the scarf she offers him...
20th May '17 4:45:27 PM valhallaerikson
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* In the episode "Mugged" Arnold was robbed by a local hoodlum in the opening of the episode. There was nothing cartoony about the scene, it was an terrifyingly accurate portrayal of a person being put in that situation.
6th May '17 2:22:12 PM Pamina
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* "Part-time Friends". Arnold and Gerald work together at a flower shop with Gerald being the boss since the owner injured her leg and appointed him as the temporary manager. After Arnold gets into a fight with Gerald and says that he doesn't want to be friends with him, Arnold's Grandpa tells him about a similar incident that happened to Grandpa himself when he was Arnold's age. Arnold then begins to have a nightmare dream where he and Gerald are old, still former friends, and can't remember what they were fighting about. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRGogGbYaLU The dream takes a turn for the disturbing]] when it cuts to ''the old, withered, corpse of Arnold's Grandpa who's still alive'' where he says something along the lines of "Well, what did I tell ya, Shortman?" while some ominous music plays. He then proceeds to laugh in a ''really, '''creepy''' way'', only for his ''jaw to crack and fall off his skull''.

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* "Part-time Friends". Arnold and Gerald work together at a flower shop with Gerald being the boss since the owner injured her leg and appointed him as the temporary manager. After Arnold gets into a fight with Gerald and says that he doesn't want to be friends with him, Arnold's Grandpa tells him about a similar incident that happened to Grandpa himself when he was Arnold's age. Arnold then begins to have a nightmare dream where he and Gerald are old, still former friends, and can't remember what they were fighting about. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRGogGbYaLU The dream takes a turn for the disturbing]] when it cuts to ''the old, withered, zombie corpse of Arnold's Grandpa who's still alive'' Grandpa'' where he says something along the lines of "Well, what did I tell ya, Shortman?" while some ominous music plays. He then proceeds to laugh in a ''really, '''creepy''' way'', only for his ''jaw to crack and fall off his skull''.
27th Nov '16 11:34:36 AM thecarolinabull01
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* The monitor lizard eating the parrot at the end of "Helga's Parrot" can be a little unsettling to younger viewers.

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* The monitor lizard eating the parrot at the end of "Helga's Parrot" can be a little unsettling to younger viewers. Hell, even some older viewers find it unsettling.
25th Nov '16 5:00:43 PM thecarolinabull01
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** This is more of a Nausia Fuel than Nightmare Fuel, but since her dreamy sighs are implied to be orgasms and her poem in "Helga's Parrot" could pretty much be titled "Arnold Makes Me Horny", it makes you wonder just how innocent Helga's intentions are, especially disturbing since she's only nine.

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** This is more of a Nausia Fuel than Nightmare Fuel, but since her dreamy sighs are implied to be orgasms sound a lot like TheModestOrgasm and her poem in "Helga's Parrot" could pretty much be titled "Arnold Makes Me Horny", it makes you wonder just how innocent Helga's intentions are, especially disturbing since she's only nine.
25th Nov '16 4:55:44 PM thecarolinabull01
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** This is more of a Nausia Fuel than Nightmare Fuel, but since her dreamy sighs are implied to be orgasms and her poem in "Helga's Parrot" could pretty much be titled "Arnold Makes Me Horny", it makes you wonder just how innocent Helga's intentions are, especially disturbing since she's only nine.
12th Nov '16 12:56:20 PM isrflo62
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13th Aug '16 11:54:55 PM maxwellsilver
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[[caption-width-right:313: [[NightmareFace Well, it wasn't like Cousin Arnie was creepy enough already.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:313: [[NightmareFace Well, it wasn't like Cousin Arnie was creepy enough already.]]]]
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1st Aug '16 9:24:33 AM ndboy
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* The 'Haunted Train" episode. Grandpa tells the kids a story about a train engineer that suddenly went insane and drove his train off the rails, killing everyone on board. On the anniversary of the event, The ghost comes back on the train, hypnotizes anyone who happens to be at the station into boarding, and drives them '''''INTO HELL WHERE SATAN HIMSELF BOARDS TO DRAG THEM OFF.''''' Later, the kids go to the station to see if this is true, they get on a train ([[spoiler:which later turns out to be a train for steel mill relief workers]]) and Brainy shows up OUT OF NOWHERE after they are on a moving train and he says he doesn't know what he's doing there. Later, after they decided the ghost train was just a myth, Brainy is seen sitting on a fence watching another train passing by, and the ghost engineer (whose appearance is terrifying by itself, and bears a passing resemblance to Leatherface) is shown sitting in front of the locomotive, singing the song about the haunted train Gerald sang earlier on. Sweet dreams.

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* The 'Haunted Train" episode. Grandpa tells the kids a story about a train engineer that suddenly went insane [[AxeCrazy insane]] and drove his train off the rails, killing everyone on board. On the anniversary of the event, The ghost comes back on the train, hypnotizes anyone who happens to be at the station into boarding, and drives them '''''INTO HELL WHERE SATAN HIMSELF BOARDS TO DRAG THEM OFF.''''' Later, the kids go to the station to see if this is true, they get on a train ([[spoiler:which later turns out to be a train for steel mill relief workers]]) and Brainy shows up OUT OF NOWHERE after they are on a moving train and he says he doesn't know what he's doing there. Later, after they decided the ghost train was just a myth, Brainy is seen sitting on a fence watching another train passing by, and the ghost engineer (whose appearance is terrifying by itself, and bears a passing resemblance to Leatherface) is shown sitting in front of the locomotive, singing the song about the haunted train Gerald sang earlier on. Sweet dreams.
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