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[[caption-width-right:340:"Mongrel who disobeyed the [[SchmuckBait warning]]. [[PrepareToDie Taste]] [[NintendoHard bitter]] [[LostForever death]]."]]
Naturally, ''VideoGame/LaMulana''[='=]s titular TempleOfDoom is riddled not just with challenging puzzles and enemies, but ways to scare away archaeologists from exploring further in their journeys.

'''Warning!''' ''Spoilers below!''
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* The sacrificial pit of Chi You in the Confusion Gate, where a seemingly endless line of virgins fall down a tall pit to their death on the spikes below. Their blood is dripped onto the mini-boss Chi You, who regenerates HP whenever a drop of blood drips onto him. Somehow, the old 8-bit graphics do not make this any less shocking and disturbing, and the creepy music (which by now has been drilling itself into your head for an hour or more) doesn't help matters, either.
* The Confusion Gate is filled with large head-statues which look '''entirely''' [[StepfordSmiler too happy]]. The aforementioned sacrificial pit has several of them.
* In the remake, solving Eden's sole puzzle. [[spoiler:Which dissolves the UncannyAtmosphere and reveals the Eden's true nature as the Confusion Gate / Gate of Illusion, along with a high-pitched scream as the area's true colors come into view.]]
* [[spoiler:The Mother's third form in the original game. A giant, pale-faced version of the Virgin Mary who rains crosses and {{tears of blood}} that explode into walls of flame. Also, it's holding ''a skeletal baby''.]]
** [[spoiler:In the remake, said baby fights alongside the ghastly skeletal version of Mother's second form by firing a laser beam at you!]]
** [[spoiler:Crossing into FridgeBrilliance, The Mother's Japanese name is 聖母 ("seibo") which means "Holy Mother", which is another name for the Virgin Mary.]]
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7JsN-FySM0 music]] of the Gate of Illusion. ''Especially'' when [[spoiler:you activate the Tree of Eden -- dispelling the Eden illusion, revealing the true nature of the Gate of Illusion, ''and'' hear a particularly loud form of the sacrificial maidens' scream!]]
* The background in the Temple of the Moonlight has demonic faces woven into walls made out of red vines or tentacles.
* Tiamat in the original. She has [[NightmareFace a very creepy and distorted facial expression]] when doing a certain attack, and another one after losing a certain amount of health. If she kills you, this SlasherSmile tends to be the last thing you'll see before the GameOver screen...
* [[spoiler:Around the end of the original game's secret [[VideoGame/KnightmareIITheMazeOfGalious Maze of Galious]] area, the game reunites fans of the game that inspired ''La-Mulana'' with [[DemBones Yomar]], the boss of World 1, except he's wearing pajamas -- ''made from'' '''''human skin'''''.]]
* The remake's Shrine of the Mother looks utterly grisly. Skeletons hang from walls, there are entire shelves of bones, and the place is littered with skull walls and crush traps. It's implied that the skeletons are former life forms that tried to bring Mother back into the sky and [[YouHaveFailedMe failed]]; had Lemeza not come along to put Mother out of her misery, humanity as we know it could've joined them.
* The trap sound itself can send many a player into a panic, especially since the traps they entail cause substantial damage or break puzzles at best and outright kill the player at worst.
* The first time you get blasted by a BoltOfDivineRetribution will make you paranoid as hell, [[ProperlyParanoid justifiably]] [[JumpScare so]]. The remake somewhat lessens this by putting blue eyes in rooms where you can get zapped, although arguably, knowing which rooms can get you zapped can make solving puzzles much worse.
* In the remake, if you enter a DevelopersRoom without the correct software combination, [[NothingIsScarier there will be no one there, but the developer's corresponding BGM will still be playing]]. Prepare for a JumpScare if you're entering the room in the Gate of Illusion, because that room triggers the "scream" version of "Wonder of the Wonder"!
* Speaking of empty rooms, there's the remake's Hell Temple, which has a room that is empty AND is silent.
* The infamous "don't read this again" tablet in the Mausoleum of the Giants in the remake's PC version. When you first read it, it warns you not to read it again or else you will "suffer the pain of death." [[SchmuckBait It's not joking.]] Reading the tablet again not only heralds the trap sound and the game's difficulty increasing [[LostForever permanently]], but also three giant skulls glowing and facing you momentarily (pictured above) before shattering.
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