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[[caption-width-right:350:That's quite some itch there. [[spoiler:Quite surprising how that is all a delusion from a HatePlague.]]]]

Ahh Higurashi...how you rival ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' in terms of insanity, mind rapes, and wet-the-bed scariness...

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* The alternate character reading for 'Watanagashi' can be horrifying on its own, but when combined with the ACR for 'Matsuri', it becomes pant-pissingly scary. 'Watanagashi' can be read as either 'cotton-drifting' or 'intestine drifting'. Pretty bad on its own, right? Well, 'matsuri' can be read as either 'festival' or 'feast'. So, the Watanagashi-Matsuri can be referred to as either the 'Cotton Drifting Festival' or ''''Intestine Drifting Feast.'''' Sweet dreams!
* One scene where a young Lolita with a speech impediment, kidnapped by a psychopath, picks up a knife. Obviously she's going to go down swinging, right? '''WRONG'''. She picks up the knife, starts speaking in perfect adult Japanese, braces the knife's handle against the wall and headbutts it seven times before she dies. This being Higurashi, absolutely no explanation is given for this at all until late in the same season. [[spoiler:Just look below.]]
* The [[spoiler:Rika [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] scene.]] First of all, when [[spoiler:Shion injects the vaccine into Rika, she starts convulsing for a few moments. Her suicide scene in the manga is even ''worse'' than the anime. Full of screaming, even scarier and gorier images, and a girl literally driving a knife into her neck.]] When she falls to the floor she stares at [[spoiler:Shion]] before dying while in a giant pool of her own blood. The look [[spoiler:Shion's]] face throughout it sums it up.
** Speaking of which, that laugh and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8wLU6E8Zsg subsequent ear-piercing scream.]] '''Dear god''' is it hard to fall asleep after that.
*** Try reading the VN version then! In Which Rika [[spoiler: not only headbutts the knife, but repeatedly slits her throat, she scratches it a bit and then RIPS IT OPEN! All while Shion is watching and saying that is 'a beautiful animalistic act' and starts laughing!]]
* In the Tatarigoroshi-hen story arc, the audience knows just what Watanagashi is all about. That doesn't make the opening to the first chapter any easier: A man is poking a bag in a canal with a stick, complaining that it stinks. When it bursts, the camera pans slowly across a decaying, maggot-infested corpse whose hands had freakishly long nails driven through [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-c81ZbIAjc EVERY SINGLE JOINT]]. Later on, you learn that [[spoiler:that person's death is often a trigger for Satoko's EvilUncle to return, and it's implied that that maggot infested corpse is Mamiya Rina because we later learn that he only comes back after Rina gets knocked off, when the police are tracking him.]]
* The scene where Satoko left to get soy sauce from a neighbor and never returned. [[spoiler:Why did she never return? Shion kidnaps her and [[ColdBloodedTorture take a look at the crucifix scene below]].]]
* The ending of Watanagashi-hen itself has one of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlfZAvbS-Cg most bed-wetting Nightmare Fuel scenes in history]]. After the main character evades two different attempts on his life by the same person and is told she was found dead, he's left alone in his hospital room. All of a sudden, someone grasps his wrist. GUESS WHO??? Not just her after she's supposed to be dead, though. Her with blood running down her face and over her body. She says that she changed her mind about her promise not to kill him, and even the subtitles get into the game here, fading from white to bright red. Then she readies her nail, and the last thing you see before the screen goes red is her hammer coming down right at you as she laughs hysterically.
** In the English dub, she asks Keiichi if he really thought she'd give him that third wish (to not kill him), calling him a "silly, silly boy" before ramming [[strike:the hammer into his face]] a nail into his finger. Of course, we find out that [[spoiler:by this time, Shmion is/are dead, and the Shion we see (which points to the BackupTwin point) is actually a delusion, and Keiichi suffers a heart attack and dies]].
** Which makes [[spoiler:Hinamizawa Syndrome]] much worse: you're not only losing your mind and your life, you're ''having screwed up hallucinations''. Your last moments of life are full of madness and horror.
** It was handled fantastically in the manga. He's left alone, and there's a full-page spread of Keiichi just sitting there and ''OhCrap why is there a hand there?'' You flip the page, and you find the ''exact same shot'', only that a terrifying face has emerged to accompany the bloody hand, rising from under the bed. The final two pages are, to be blunt, EXTREMELY DISTURBING.
*** Sure, the manga makes it worse [[spoiler: in showing Mion's corpse with her broken neck and torn-off fingernails from when she crawled out of the well, guess who was afraid of their bedside for a month after that revelation?]], but the sound novel is just as bad. Keiichi actually tries to hold a conversation with Mion as she slowly crawls out from beneath the bed, [[spoiler: even though he knew it was a hallucination.]]
* There's a point where Keiichi is on the phone in his room, speaking to the police. He's been keeping this correspondence a secret from his friends, because he knows they're hiding something from him and have been getting increasingly creepy. After he hangs up the phone, his father comes in to ask what he and Rena were talking about. When Keiichi says that he wasn't on the phone with Rena, his father responds with something like, "Not on the phone, she showed up an hour ago and went right up to your room. I passed her on the stairs just a moment ago." This is when Keiichi figures out that Rena was standing outside his room, [[http://mymangalist.net/chapter/higurashi-no-naku-koro-ni-onikakushi/3/50 listening in on a phone conversation he explicitly told her he was not having]].
** In the anime this point is even more horrific if you re-watch the scene where Keichii is on the phone. The camera takes various points of view, first from the ceiling, then from behind the telephone. This is done to add a circling atmosphere of paranoia and disorientation. Then it shows from the ceiling, ''a crack in the door'', the floor, etc. When you find out that Rena was spying on the conversation, you realize the crack was '''her vantage point'''.
** The original game and manga version of the door scene has Rena explaining how she knows what Keiichi is eating for dinner: ''she was stalking him at the supermarket where he bought his dinner.'' [[spoiler:Of course though she was just playing a joke on him and it was innocent. It's revealed in Tsumihoroboshi that Rena often goes grocery shopping with Keiichi's mother, which is why she knows what he has for dinner.]]
* As told in one of the TIPS of Tatarigoroshi-hen, there's a recording of an interview found between a reporter and the hospitilized Keiichi. The reporter asks him what happened after he got pushed off the bridge and how he escaped the gas cloud that killed everyone else in Hinamizawa. As the reporter begins poking holes into Keiichi's story, he descends further and further into insanity. Finally, Keiichi rants about how he can wish death upon people and how he caused the disaster by wishing for Hinamizawa to die as he fell of the bridge. After mentioning hearing Oyashiro-sama's footsteps behind him, he wished "death by water" on the reporter, and the tape cuts off as he starts laughing psychotically. The TIPS then notes that Keiichi died a few days later, and the reporter drowned while on a fishing trip several years afterwards.
** This is handled superbly in the manga where you really see how mad Keiichi has gotten, the death by water comment is more a Fridge Horror as it is noted a few pages earlier that the reporter died when his boat capsized. Then after 10-15 pages of creepiness they top it of in the last 3 pages first with Keiichi suddenly screaming out to the reporter: ''Don't let yourself be killed by a curse from the likes of me'' with his completly crazed face in the background. Then the creepiest thing of the all is the final page where it is noted that Keiichi died a few days later and there are records of him saying ''There's an extra footstep again...'' complete with a pair of legs walking across a completely black floor.
** Not to mention that somewhere (believe it may be the VN), the police report following the arc. The body count is totalled up and physical injuries taken into account. [[spoiler: Then Satoko appears on the screen as her abuse from Teppei is recounted. The text then moves on to suggest sexual abuse. Satoko's face becomes clear, sporting her DullEyesOfUnhappiness and the music turns chillingly ominous. Then it all goes quiet, leaving the reader to make their own assumption of what happened.]]
* In Onikakushi-hen, we are made to believe that the two girls in the arc are psychopathic killers, only for the answer arc to come along as show us how wrong we are. [[spoiler:''Keiichi'' himself was delusional, and hallucinated many of the things in that arc. The ohagi was ''Tabasco sauce'', for example]].
* And then there are those times when Rena thinks there are maggots under her skin...[[spoiler:even though it is a sign that she is infected with the [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]].]]
** "I thought that I wanted to harm myself. I even cut myself. Back then, when I slashed my wrists with a razor blade, mixed with my blood, a countless number of maggots came oozing out of me. Moreover, if they didn't overflow out of me, they would once again return inside of my wounds, wriggling their way back in. I scratched at the wounds on my wrist, trying to dig them out of me. It was just... so itchy."
* Shion and the fingernail punishment'''.'''
** And the ''music'' during the scene'''.'''
* There's a scene in Onikakushi-hen where Keiichi slams Rena's hands in his front door and screams at her to go away as she pleads with him to stop. The scene feels quite long, but in actuality only lasts about twenty seconds. Keiichi then returns to his room and looks out the window to see Rena standing just outside his house ''in the rain'', looking up at him and mouthing, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry..."
** Even worse in the manga is where Rena is still at the door in pain, and keeps chanting "I'm sorry" in a muffled voice, all the while possibly ''scratching'' at the door doing so.
* In the Visual Novel, Keiichi smashing the bat against the ground during his practice swings. The sound effects and the way the camera shakes made it scarier.
* Keiichi takes a phone call from a distressed Shion, who supposedly went missing a number of days previously. He has only recently found this out, and pleads with her to tell him that he's wrong. All she can do is sob. He then begins to poke holes in her confession that she spoke to another person who went missing around the same time; if she's telling the truth, the only way she could have spoken to them is to have done so ''after'' they went missing. There's a moment of silence after he points this out to her, and then she begins to [[LaughingMad laugh hysterically.]] Without another word, she hangs up.
** The PS2 version of the scene is much creepier. The scene plays out the same right up until the moment of silence. Then Shion starts laughing in a more psychotic style than the anime, then out of nowhere, the volume suddenly become ten times louder as the screen goes, black, is then filled up with text that is Shion's laughter, and then we get a shot of Shion in a completely dark room where all that can be seen is her face, which can be only describe as a [[SlasherSmile clown-esque deranged smile]], all while the laughter goes on.
** The PC visual novels weren't a slouch in the nightmare department, either. Sure, there's no voice acting at all, but it doesn't even matter. Before that point, every silent moment was punctuated by cicadas, crickets, or something else. When you scroll through the text with ENTER, piece by piece and then the laugh suddenly fills ''lines'' of text with ''nightmarish'' speed, the program suddenly wrestles control ''away'' from you and shows those scary eyes with a ScareChord... and then ''silence.'' Utter and absolute. The loudest and most disturbing silence.
* The manga version of the OrphanageOfFear from Takano's childhood in Matsuribayashi-hen. The anime version is awful, yes, but most of the violence there is ''implied''...[[spoiler:In the manga, you get to ''see'' what the orphanage staff considers "punishment." The ''lesser'' punishments involve being beaten within an inch of your life while wrapped in a mattress. The "special" ones...Takano's friend Eriko is ''fed to chickens while still alive.'' Miyo herself is ''lowered into a latrine face first'', and only Takano Sr.'s last-minute rescue saves her from dying there.]]
** The next [[http://www.mangareader.net/571-31115-12/higurashi-no-naku-koro-ni-matsuribayashi/chapter-4.html page]], [[spoiler:when Eriko's eye pops out of the socket in a bloody mess.]] Doubles as NauseaFuel.
* "She kept talking about a ghost-like being, 'Oyashiro-sama.' Night after night, it came to her. It would stand by her bedside and look down at her."
** Even WHILE knowing [[spoiler:that's Hanyuu]], in the manga when Keiichi is going insane himself, there's a couple of scenes where he is thinking about how he feels someone is watching him, and behind him in the darkness are a pair of faint glowing eyes. And then the darkness ''breathes''.
** [[spoiler:Hanyuu]] has a strange tendency to follow people who are going insane. Lunatics claiming to hear 'I'm sorry' over and over again when there's no one there- [[spoiler:that was her apologizing for not being able to stop it]]. Imagine being in [[spoiler:Hanyuu]]'s position, completely helpless to do anything but watch people go insane, [[spoiler:and pleading for forgiveness only makes it worse....]]
** [[spoiler:Hanyuu when she becomes angry. Those blank eyes along with the blood red pupils and the voice are really creepy]]
* Rena's curt "Shiranai." [[note]]"I don't know."[[/note]] when asked about a dismembered body in the rubbish heap in Onikakushi-hen.
* Satoko's uncle, [[EvilUncle Teppei Houjou]]. [[spoiler:Wow, if he sics Rina on you, because he's gonna make you his chick for a while. And [[strike:double]] [[strike:triple]] tenfold woe if you're one of the kids he's taking care of. Wanna get beaten regularly, be forced to buy alcohol for him and his friends (never mind that you're PROBABLY NOT EVEN A TEENAGER YET), and being forced to lie when the local child welfare agency and your friends try to rescue you, lets you beats the crap out of you?]]
* [[spoiler:Rena]] killing [[spoiler:Rina]] in ''The Atonement Chapter'', manga version. She dies quickly in the anime, no problem. A few smashes and she's dead, no real pain. In the manga, it's a slow and painful death, where we hear her begging for life as she realizes [[spoiler:Rena]] isn't just beating her, but killing her. It makes even ''her'' sympathetic.
** Not only [[spoiler:Rena's]] bipolar face-changes from dull to [[LaughingMad smiley]] to serious, but the [[spoiler:EyeScream when she checks to see if Rina's really dead! And her cold calculation: "Rina...has become completely immobile."]]
** Even in the anime, the death of [[spoiler:her and her pimp]] are JUST A TAD on the graphic side, to the point where [[spoiler:Rina's]] face is just a mashed up thing with teeth falling out. The shadow that falls over half her face in the censored version did ''nothing'' to shield us from the horror. And the uncensored version...*shudders*
** In the manga where you see the toothless corpse with broken arms and fingers, complete with [[FishEyes eyes bulging out]].
* The two-page spread in the second volume of ''Tatarigoroshi-hen'' about Keiichi's maddening rants and thoughts about killing Satoko's uncle, and how to make it a perfect crime. It was hard to read the sentences not just because it was all vertical and close together, but because of how frightening it was to read through a mental breakdown.
* Onikakushi-hen itself. [[spoiler: Two teenage girls see their friend acting strange, so they try to cheer him up. He avoids them, screams at them, and injures one of them much more then once. They still try to help him, and they try to cheer him up one more time before he goes away with Irie. They get beaten to death as a result.]]
** Even the original is bad enough, before you realize what's actually going on. This kid moves to a town. For absolutely no reason, the two best friends he's made start [[spoiler:stalking him, and then go threatening him, then to sending goons after him, and finally try to drug him into killing himself. All the while, he's being convinced that he's been slated for death by a ''god''. Oh, and pretty much everyone he's identified as being willing to tell him anything get killed. All the while, you know ''exactly'' what's going to happen, since they showed it in the first scene.]]
*** The fact that your friends can easily get into your house [[spoiler: leaves nowhere safe. The reality of Keiichi's paranoia is suffocating, especially when you look at it through his eyes. There's no-one to turn to, no-one you can be sure is on your side. You're alone in a village full of these kinds of people, any one of them could be out to get you. You could die at any time. Put together his behaviour of the first three arcs and Keiichi matches the criteria of a Paranoid Schizophrenic]] Remember they portrayed Higurashi as a nice anime on the surface? [[SchmuckBait Guess who bought that cover and watched the first arc alone at night.]]
** Even worse is the [[spoiler:flashback in Atonement. Even if it was only a past iteration of the GroundhogDayLoop, just imagine being in his shoes, having a flashback of murdering ''your best friends'' over a misunderstanding.]]
*** Coupled with the parts of that scene that were left out in Onikakushi-hen but brought back for Keiichi's flashback, specifically [[spoiler:a beaten and bloody Rena reaching her hands out to Keiichi with a smile on her face and gently telling him to "Believe in me" before he bashes her face in.]]
* [[spoiler: Shion]] repeatedly stabbing [[spoiler:Satoko on a crucifix.]].
** And in that same episode, the moment where [[spoiler:Shion calmly orders Mion to jump in that well and die so that Shion can take her place and [[WoundedGazelleGambit act like the victim]] once more.]]
* The lyrics for the PS2 port of the original novel contain what could be part of the creepiest nursery rhyme in human history:
** ''"Be good little children and go to sleep,'' ''OR ELSE THE HANDS'' '''WILL DRAG YOU DOWN.'''"
* [[http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y104/kj1980/usoda_manga.jpg YOU LIAR!!]] Now with ten times more facial contortion.
* More generally, people on this show have an unnerving tendency to die by ''clawing their own throats out with their fingernails.'' * shudder*
* The opening song has a line that translates roughly as "I'll cut off your fingers and leave them in the forest."
* Shion's and Mion's grandmother. Most depictions of her throughout the series prior to Kai show her horribly grotesque and ''screaming'' in rage.
** How about seeing her [[spoiler:beaten corpse, courtesy of Shion]]? ''[[MadnessMantra "USOTSUKI USOTSUKI USOTSUKI USOTSUKI USOTSUKI USOTSUKI USOTSUKI!!"]]''
* The manga omakes, especially the ones with Satoshi and Satoko's future teddy bear. They're supposed to be funny, and are, but can also be quite creepy.
* The part in Rei where [[spoiler: Rika dies by getting her head LOBBED OFF by a truck after she finally got her sane reality]] screwed me up for a few hours.
** And it doesn't stop there. Rika is [[spoiler:''shunted into yet ANOTHER alternate reality'', just when she finally [[EarnYourHappyEnding earned her happy future]]. First of all, the idea of being put in another reality is depressing and terrifying enough. But in this reality, Keiichi is nowhere to be seen, the girl who in other realities is her best friend is instead a bully, and the entire town of Hinamizawa is slated for demolition because the dam project went unopposed.]]
* The sudden changes in the eyes of any of the characters (mostly Rena and Mion), in the first arc is absolutely horrifying to watch late at night.
* Any of the mad laughter in general. Although it can sometimes cross over to {{Narm}} territory
* [[http://www.tenmanga.com/chapter/HigurashinoNakuKoroniHimatsubushi5/150850-11.html What the hell is with this page?]] Is the boy hallucinating or is he... AAAUUUUUGHHH!
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JiToRdwVyw Keiichi Oishi no Uwasa Jikenbo ABC]] is a charming, upbeat, {{Engrish}} filled rap sang by Oishi and Keiichi. I was happily listening to it...only to become incredibly confused when [[spoiler: at the song's end, Keiichi began making strange gasping and gurgling noises.]] Since I wasn't all that familiar with the series, [[{{FridgeHorror}} it took her a while to realize what it was]]--[[spoiler: "You're not scratching at your throat, are you?"]]
* The Hinamizawa village, location-wise, was based off a real village called "Shirakawa-go". The anime is already nightmarish, now imagine ''living there'' and then watching it. ParanoiaFuel at it's strongest.
* Shion's path into insanity in [[spoiler:Watangashi and Meakashi]]. The anime left out a good portion of it, but the manga drives it home. She honestly thinks she's doing something good. It gets a bit depressing when she's having revelations and flashbacks mid-insane moment. For example, [[spoiler:Satoko's death scene]].
* [[spoiler:Satoko's death..]] In the anime she's killed with a stab to the head. In the manga she's stabbed less, but dies of blood-loss, as her killer is having adorable-depressing flashbacks, while thinking of [[spoiler:her brother and how she will be stronger when he comes back]]. Pick which is more horrifying.
* In the Watanagashi/Meakashi arcs, [[spoiler: Shion imprisons Mion and takes her place '''without anyone ever realizing the truth, not even Mion's two best friends''']]. That's high-grade ParanoiaFuel right there.
** The effect is enhanced since Watanagashi-hen--which is part of the Question Arcs--tells the story from Keiichi's point of view. The reader isn't told what's going on until the Answer Arcs start.
* Think about what everyone must have thought when they learned [[spoiler:their "nightmares" happened in other worlds]]. Especially Shion.
* Shion's hallucinations of [[spoiler:Mion]] after [[spoiler:killing her.]]
* [[spoiler:Shion's]] [[http://mangahelpers.com/downloads/read-online/16487/197 close up head injury]] after her suicide in the manga. We get an [[TastesLikeDiabetes adorable]] "What could have been" then..'''Wham'''.
* The constant "mask" faces of the Minagoroshi-hen manga adaptation.
* The notion that Miyo [[spoiler:killed her own boyfriend.]]
* You know Rena's hatchet? Remember Tatarigoroshi-hen? [[spoiler:Keiichi used Rena's hatchet instead of a random axe in the sound novels and manga..To wreck Teppei's house.]] Just when we thought it was innocent in that arc.
* Though complete with Narm, there's one part in the live action adaption where Rena is [[spoiler:not really]] harassing [[spoiler:Keiichi, clawing at the windows, saying things like "A?" "B?" "C?" "[[LaughingMad HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHahahahahaha!]]"]] And then you think it's all over and [[spoiler: WHAM! She's behind him!? That wasn't in the anime!! Or manga. Or sound novels. ]]
* From the live action movies. Moreso a TearJerker then pure horror however [[spoiler:Rena being ''shot'' at the end of the second movie, and Satoko meeting Teppei.]]
* [[spoiler:Rena]] chopping up [[spoiler:Teppei and Rina]] was more graphic in the manga.
* [[FillerArc Kai's first arc]]. Note this is all in [[spoiler:[[TrapMaster Sa]][[GenkiGirl to]][[BreakTheCutie ko]]'s]] perspective. [[spoiler:Imagine being a child of 9, living on her own with her 9-year old best friend, after both of your parents were killed. You're shunned by almost the entire village (save for everyone at school) because of a mistake your now dead parents made. Your best friend is acting strangely and differently, and you wake up at night because of her talking to "herself" about how she's going to be KILLED and nothing can be done. One day, you notice a strange man is stalking you and your best friend, but no matter who you tell, nobody believes you, not even your friends! You decide to tell the local doctor, a good friend and manager of your baseball team, but upon arriving, find out he apparently committed suicide. So, to catch the strange man in the act, you set up traps so you'll be alerted if someone comes in the vicinity. Your trap goes off that very night. You wake your friend and let her know, and she proceeds to hide you in the closet while allowing the strange MEN (yup, there's more of them) to kidnap her. After the noise dies down, you sneak out and go to the temple nearby that belongs to the family of your best friend. What do you find? Her DEAD, brutally murdered, her killers nearby and now chasing after you. You're barely saved from them as you fall off a bridge escaping them, and you wake up soon after on the shore. (pretty much a role recall of Tatarigoroshi with her being in Keiichi's perspective) So, you go to town, only to see it's swarmed with police officials making a huge deal about something around your school. Upon looking through the window, you see the open-eyed, drooling CORPSES of your teachers, schoolmates and friends, making you the ONLY survivor of the entire TOWN. The resulting shock makes you a vegetable, barely conscious. A police officer at your bedside tells you that your friend, Rena, is missing, but left behind her bloodied hat as a possible sign. You awaken a while later with memory of this, and you realize exactly what the sign meant, so you call a nurse. Too bad that nurse is involved in the conspiracy! Guess what? You'll be dead by morning, and nobody will even be able to prove you were murdered.]] [[FridgeHorror Let all of that]] [[AdultFear register for a moment]].
* The "Limit" chapter. It's a fanfiction that won a contest and was drawn up by one of the Higurashi mangaka. The entirety of it is horrific, it's a Shion-Mion-Keiichi arc where Shion starts to act strange all of a sudden, and a TearJerker being that it's post-Kai. It reaches its limits when [[spoiler:Keiichi and Shion delusion (?) a [[OffWithHisHead headless]] Mion. Mion continues to ask for her head, horrifying her already psychotic murderer sister.]] The worst part is that Satoko [[spoiler:has decided to finish the now dead Shion's business.]]
* It's something of a toss-up as to which member of the main group commits the most horrific acts, but the extreme contrast between [[spoiler:Shion's]] initial portrayal, and just how far off the deep end she goes, is its own special kind of horrifying. If not for the GroundhogDayLoop ResetButton, she wouldn't even be able to see the MoralEventHorizon anymore.
* When you get down to it, [[spoiler:the parasite that causes Hinamizawa Syndrome]]. Seeing the main characters commit horrible acts of violence against each other is scary enough, but you need to remember: at their core, the main characters are all good people and genuinely like each other. [[spoiler:The fact that Hinamizawa Syndrome drives them to that point is pretty scary, especially if you know someone suffering from a similar mental illness.]]
* Miyo preforming a vivisection on [[spoiler:Rika's ''unwilling'' mother]] in the manga. It isn't explicit, going for a GoryDiscretionShot, but it still hits. [[spoiler: Miyo's deranged laughter, the horrific way her face and eyes are drawn, and her victims screams of pain all let it sit. It gets worse with hindsight]]
* The scene in Episode 5 at the end, where [[spoiler: Shion]] is looking down from the window, sent chills down my spine.
* Something about the beginning of episode 20, [[spoiler:where Shion is tormenting Keichii and manipulating the townsfolk with phonecalls, all while nonchalantly eating a popsicle]] is disturbingly psychotic.
* In episode 26,[[spoiler: it shows Rena talking with the police after taking the entire school hostage. The camera then pans up to reveal a shot of Rena's maggot-infested neck.]]
* Also in episode 26, the scene where [[spoiler: Rena repeatedly smacks a young girl over the head with the handle of her machete]].
* Rika telling Miyo to [[spoiler:disembowel her while she is still conscious and aware so that she may remember the event in her next world.]] You don't actually see it, but the idea sent shivers through me. In the manga, [[spoiler:you actually get to see the whole process. And yes, that means they actually show Takano drawing Rika's internal organs out of her body while she is still alive. To top it all off, Takano laughs histerically while doing so.]]
* The manga's version of [[spoiler:gangs' deaths]] in Minagoroshi. [[spoiler:In the anime, they either have a GoryDiscretionShot or are overshadowed by awesome. In the manga they're shot, in the head, on screen. Complete with an up close of their heads. Mion's death is even onscreen, and everyone is tied up. The build up for Satoko's death is excruciating, because you know it's going to happen and that you're going to get an upclose; in her case, you get a close up of the bullet hitting her]] It's pitiful and horrifying. But you know what's the worst part about the chapter? [[spoiler:Naked Rika being vivisected by Takano]].
** To say nothing of the actual [[spoiler:Hinamizawa Gas Disaster]]. [[spoiler:You know what's going to happen, but seeing the villagers being rounded up, not knowing that they're about to be killed is terrifying, especially in the manga, which makes it clear that not all of the Yamainu are entirely on board with the plan. One old man in the classroom tries to open the door to let a little air in... and abruptly drops dead. His wife goes to see what the matter is... and drops dead. Everyone else in the room drops dead, until the only person left is Tomita (one of ThoseTwoGuys). His eyes are filled with terror and confusion... and he falls over.]] Finally, there's [[spoiler:Takano's [[AGodAmI declaration that she is Oyashiro-sama]]. It's pretty clear she's even freaking out the two Yamainu with her]].
* We all may think that the series itself is already pretty terrifying, but some of the fanart ''[[UpToEleven kicks it up even further!]]'' [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/305075/artist_request-baseball_bat-blood-blue_eyes-crazy_ Behold]], and let your bodies shiver and [[TearJerker your eyes water]]. (Site may be NSFW.)
* [[spoiler:Miyo Takano]] becomes horror incarnated the moment [[spoiler:she's]] revealed to be the villain.
* [[spoiler:Satoshi's death scene]] in the manga of the Eye Opening arc.
* Yes, even Higurashi Kira has these. Episode 2, which features Rika and Satoko becoming {{Magical Girl}}s, features a really dense fog that makes the residents of Hinamizawa act hostile towards those unaffected. And what's proof that someone was effected by said fog? Take a look at the insane look on their face, as well as the red eyes (with the same-colored pupils but now narrowed), and sometimes even blood running down their cheeks from their insane eyes, as if they were TearsOfBlood. And what makes it scarier? Those effected by the fog are just as crazy as characters were when infected with the [[HatePlague Hinamizawa Syndrome]] in earlier portions of the anime, [[ZombieApocalypse with insane zombification added to the terror]]. Brrr...
* Eiko Shimamiya. The music itself is quite lovely and very catchy. But... the translations were truly scarring. Prime example being "The raindrops turn into droplets of blood and travel down my cheeks, If there’s no place for me to return to anywhere anymore" from VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi. Yes, this is the opening of an anime that is basically made of Pure Nightmare Fuel. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKV195eXg7I Go on, click it]].
** The above has a music video of its own.
** And let's not forget "Naraku No Hana," which is just as pretty to listen to, provided you don't look up the translation.
** Higurashi anime OST in general has ''really'' scary music in it. Tatari, Giwaku, Senkou... the list goes on.
** Notable gems from the visual novel OST: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V_Ri0hJgYk Demonic Institute]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s868ggza9-0 Cave]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQIhog2VJ0w Days of Children]], with the latter filling the OminousMusicbox position.
** The main theme from the anime OST makes you just tense and shiver all on its own. So naturally they play it in every allready scary and disturbing scene. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuofG8a7EEk Don't click if it's dark.]]
* The way Mion and Shion suffered for being born as identical twins may be one of the creepiest things in the series from a psychological standpoint. Hinamizawan tradition holds that if twins are born, one of them will be a devil child, so it's a strongly held custom to promptly kill one of the newborns. Mion and Shion avoided this fate, but the superstitions about twins made Shion--the second-born--an outcast in the family. Meanwhile Mion, as the firstborn, had the important position as the next family head. [[spoiler: Since neither Shion nor Mion felt this treatment was fair, they used to impersonate each other so both of them could share being "Mion" and take a break from being "Shion". One day however, Shion, while pretending to be "Mion," was taken by the family and given a tattoo to mark her as the future family head. For whatever reason, the twins chose not to tell anyone about what had happened. (Possibly they were too scared of how their family would react.) The sisters decided to keep the incident a secret and ''permanently swap their names and identities.'' Let's recap. Both twins forever lost the privilege of having their own names and had to see those names used by someone else. Both twins permanently lost the luxury of expressing their own mannerisms, were forever after forced to portray the habits of someone else, and had to watch someone else act like them. Both twins had to express foreign personality quirks, and could never again indulge their native preferences and behavioral patterns unless they ensured that it didn't blow the act. The former Mion--now Shion--had to deal with going from being the favored twin to being a pariah in the family. The former Shion--now Mion--had to deal with suddenly receiving the responsibility of being the next head and she had to deal with the guilt stemming from the fact that her sister's life was ruined as a result of sharing the privilege of being Mion.]] Is it any wonder that their relationship is strained for most of the series?
* In the first manga arc after Keiichi kills Rena and Mion. He runs from his house to a phone booth by the side of the road. Keiichi then calls up Ooishi and tells him that Oyashiro-sama is standing right behind him. Ooishi then begins hearing strange gurgurling and coughing noises from the other end of the phone. Turn the page and you get a image of Keiichi TEARING AT HIS THROAT. It looks really friggin realistic too. What's worse is that Keiichi is crying in this scene which makes him look like an old creepy Ventriloquist dummy.
* Just Outbreak all together. The government stops helping Hinamizawa, there's no food because the stores are closed, no water, and those who don't get shot down when they try to leave the village, kill each other. It's like [[spoiler: all of the other worlds where they killed the villagers in the school by gassing them and shooting whoever escaped]], only ''so'' much more cruel.
** Think about it this way, if the main protagonists (mainly Keiichi and Rena) [[spoiler:[[HeWhoFightsMonsters have to get infected with the parasite]] '''just to survive''']] you know this isn't going to end well.
** When Keiichi, his parents, and the other kids sans Rika get to Okinomiya, everything is destroyed as if there was a huge outbreak like back in Hinamizawa. It was stated earlier that [[spoiler: pretty much every country has something close to the virus behind Hinamizawa Syndrome, but even though the UN swept it under the rug, Each country continued its research. Thanks to research that had been done, Japan had successfully made it into a biological weapon, only to have it accidentally leak out and infect some of the population in the country, mainly in Hinamizawa and neighboring towns. Their reaction? Something along the lines of "Oops. Well, let's cut them off and observe what happens."]]
** The idea of a [[spoiler:Global Hinamizawa Syndrome epidemic]] as mentioned in the ending of Part One.
** It's also implied that this is what happened after [[spoiler: Bernkastel stopped Miyo from going out to play with her friends, which would've caused her to lose her parents in a bus accident. Everything's still the same on the outside with Keiichi, Rena, and the Irie Institution being there and Satoshi disappearing, but without Miyo around, Takano Hifumi's research on brain parasites was recognized by the United Nations and the development of the virus being turned into a biological weapon got a early start, leading to a extremely CrapsackWorld.]]
* In Onisarashi hen [[spoiler:Natsumi's grandmother attempting to calm the wrath of Oyashiro by drowning puppies in the bath]]
** Also in Onisarashi hen [[spoiler:Haruko Kimiyoshi after killing Natsumi's grandmother forcing her teenage daughter to help her chop up her corpse]]
** And not to mention the ending of Onisarashi hen reveals that [[spoiler:Natsumi was the one who killed her grandmother not her mother and that her mother's insanity was all a delusion caused Hinamizawa syndrome. She in fact was the one who chopped her grandmother up into pieces and the fact that she was doing this with a mixture of vomiting and a really creepy smile was just horrific.]]