Nightmare Fuel / A New Hope
"There was nothing you could have done, Luke, had you been there. You'd have been killed too."
- Capt. Antilles gets his throat crushed by Darth Vader with a sickening crackling sound. OUCH!
- The sight of the charred, skinless corpses of Owen and Beru (shown right). It is very briefly shown in the movie itself; you could easily miss it; but once you actually do see it, you can never unsee it.
- The IT-O interrogator droid used to interrogate Leia. Interesting euphemism, "interrogator droid". The radio adaptation actually shows us Vader's mind probe-assisted interrogation of Leia, and it's terrifying. First, he tries to convince her he's another rebel who needs to know where the Death Star plans are, before just causing her horrible pain.
- During this moment in the NPR version, Vader attempts to invoke her loyalty to her father. If you've seen the movies and know the truth, it's rather chilling.
- Perhaps the most chilling example is Obi Wan's new Krayt Dragon call in the 2011 Blu ray edition. This version sounds like someone being tortured in Hell.
- When Luke finds R2 in the middle of the Jundland Wastes, R2 warns him of several creatures approaching. Luke then tries to have a look with his binoculars and spots several sand people. Then suddenly one of them emerges right in front of him and attacks him.
- Ben Kenobi slicing off a patron's arm in the Mos Eisley Cantina, mostly because of how it's one of the few scenes in the whole saga where we actually see blood, plus said patron's realistic reaction to having his arm cut off.
- Even more disturbing was how little time it took the patrons to go right back to what they were doing, as if what took place was entirely routine. Though then again, Obi-Wan did say Mos Eisley was "the most wretched hive of scum and villainy"...
- In the scene itself, Cornelius Evazan's appearance. An Ax-Crazy Serial Killer who brags to Luke Skywalker that his crimes have given him the death sentence in twelve systems.
- The dianoga — that is, the amorphous tentacled creature in the trash compactor. We don't know anything about it, we don't even really see it, but really, it's a shapeless lurking predator that lives in filth and is trying to drag the heroes under the rubbish to eat them alive. That's plenty scary.
- Tarkin coldly ordering the instant destruction of Alderaan by way of the Death Star's superlaser. A civilization and planet, gone, in less than five seconds. And he gives zero fucks.
- Making things worse, we actually get to see a younger Tarkin in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where he stands out for his commentary that he believes the Jedi Council simply aren't effective generals, because they aren't willing to go to what lengths he considers necessary. Well, the Death Star is the embodiment of his philosophy about "necessary lengths", This is the man who honestly believes the Death Star is "going far enough".
- "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced."
- Rogue One makes it worse, overlapping with Harsher in Hindsight. It turns out the Death Star has settings — you can have a shot from a single power cell. Tarkin could have simply wiped out a few cities if he wanted, leaving some Alderannians to barter with him, but no — he opted for full power out of nothing but spite.
- Admiral Motti starts taunting Vader about how he hasn't been able to find the lost data tapes despite his outdated religion - then Vader makes a gesture and Motti is cut off as he's choked by an invisible force. Not only is this the first sign for the audience that the Force actually, really exists, but it's also quite different from Ben's description as 'life-giving energy'. Plus Vader's simple line, calm on the surface but with real rage underneath: "I find your lack of faith disturbing."