Nightmare Fuel / Beauty and the Beast
The Disney film
"So, you've come to stare at the Beast, have you?"
- The West Wing, which is much darker and more gothic than the rest of the castle.
- According to Word of God, the Beast hides the carcasses of animals he's slaughtered in there. I.e, because if Belle hadn't come along he would've turned full Beast and, as mentioned below, lost his humanity.
- The Beast's first full appearance (see above image), when he confronts and drags away Maurice.
- Jump Scare: "WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!"
- The Beast locks up Maurice afterwards, likely with the intention of keeping him there until he eventually dies from hunger or older age.
- This happens in-universe for Belle, when she asks the Beast to come into the light to see him properly; as his foot appears her eyes get wider and wider, and when he's fully revealed she's clearly terrified.
- The Beast when Belle disobeys him and goes into the West Wing. For the only time in the movie Belle seems to be in danger of actual physical harm from him, as he smashes furniture in rage with single blows of his paws. On top of that, the way he yells can be enough to scare a child.
- According to Word of God the Beast is slowly losing his mind, and according to the novelization it's just slow enough that he's aware that it's happening. This is clearly seen in the musical when he screams at Belle for nearly touching the rose, ripping her sleeve in the process. This causes her to run and the Beast screams out "I'm sorry! I didn't mean to frighten you! I don't mean to hurt you! You don't understand! There is so little left of me. There's so little left..."
Beast: She'll never see me as anything... but a monster. (a petal falls off the rose) It's hopeless.
- The creepy spidery coach-thing that whirrs like an angry insect hive as it transports Maurice back to the village. You never see this thing again during the rest of the film. It makes you wonder where it's hiding. Or what it used to be.
- Monsieur D'Arque, the asylum owner, is WAAAAAAY scarier than even the actual Beast himself. Played by the same person who voiced Frollo, and looked like Frollo.
- Forte the Organ from the Enchanted Christmas version. His snide grin and black eyes. He is voiced by Tim Curry, aka Pennywise among other things.
- "The Mob Song", especially when you get older and you realize this can and HAS happened in real life.
- In the stage version, the servants who have been turned into objects are gradually turning into full-fledged inanimate objects. They even comment on a few servants that this has already happened to (including a "dumb as a brick" coworker who is the wall behind the stove).
- To elaborate: rather than simply transforming into sentient-but-mobile household items, the servants of the castle are still essentially human, but as each day passes, they become more and more object-like, slowly losing their humanity. It's implied that once they completely become objects, they'll either be dead, or stuck forever as human souls trapped inside immobile, sightless, voiceless items. In this case, the former actually seems like a kinder alternative.
- Gaston suddenly stabbing the Beast in the side with a huge Slasher Smile on his face even after the Beast spared his life.
- Then, directly afterwards, comes his Disney Villain Death: even though it's less Family Unfriendly than, say, the deaths of Ursula or Scar, the sheer height of his fall and his terrified expression and long, high-pitched scream make it chill-worthy. If you pause the movie when he's falling, you can see skulls◊ in his eyes.◊
- That's nothing when you take into account the former option for Gaston's death: when stabbing The Beast on the roof before falling off, he reacted while falling to his doom in a very similar fashion to Heath Ledger's Joker when Batman threw him off the roof in The Dark Knight.
- Also consider the Beast's death itself, the placement of the wound looks like Gaston stabbed him and punctured his lung (and knowing Gaston, knew exactly where to stab him to do it), which is a truly agonizing way to die. His obvious pain and struggling to breathe as he says his last words to Belle combine this trope with Tear Jerker. He is also visibly bleeding from that wound.
- The first wolf chase when Maurice takes the right path instead of the left path like Philippe wanted to go. Because, really, it's not like you're gonna run into trouble on a dark, eerie, forbidding path instead of a sunny, cheerful well-traveled path.
- And among other things, the music preceding that part and leading into it. There's a good reason it didn't appear on the original soundtrack.
- When Phillipe runs off, leaving Maurice alone, all the man can do is mutter "oh no" to himself as storm clouds gather. Maurice then hears an ominous growl, and sees three wolves off in the distance, staring him down. The image by itself is Nothing Is Scarier as they simply stare down the camera, sizing you up from a distance. Maurice appropriately takes off running, and the wolves are able to cover the ground between them and Maurice in moments.
- The second chase as well. There's a reason that pack is the page image for Savage Wolves.
- While it's both Heartwarming and Awesome, the Beast arriving to Belle's rescue with a full out roar is a poignant reminder that he is dangerous and not somebody to be messed with.
- According to Word of God, Gaston was originally supposed to survive the fall and then get eaten by said wolves in a deleted scene. It was deemed too dark.
- One of the villagers plucking Babette (the feather duster). It's the same as pulling someone’s hair.
- If you recall that she has a human form as a housemaid and that her feathers correspond to her skirt, this could be considered the same thing as rape, which is so much worse. The chuckling from the villager and Lumiere's reaction add to the effect. Consider that Lumiere probably gave that guy 3rd degree burns which seems a little harsh otherwise.
- It could have just been the equivalent of ripping off her skirt, which is... not nearly as horrifying as rape but still plenty unsettling.
- Not like it mattered, the guy was back up about 5 seconds later, helping Lefou corner Footstool.
- And speaking of which, Lefou and the other villagers were given a right scare when they realized that everything in that kitchen was alive and hostile, including the stove (complete with Evil Laugh) and the cutlery. Yeah, they hightailed it out of there quick, fast, and in a hurry.
- Overlapping with Tearjerker: After Belle leaves to take care of her father, the Beast bays out of sorrow. After watching him become more gentle and human-like throughout the film, it's both heartbreaking and horrifying to see him revert to animalistic roaring. The scene quickly cuts to Belle riding out of the castle as quickly as possible with a look of terror on her face. It's all too clear in that moment that while the Beast has grown on her, she still hasn't forgotten his ugly side.
- If you listen carefully, when watching the Special Extended Edition, you can hear breaking glass and wood as she rides away. The Beast is destroying things in the West Wing again, likely with even more ferocity than when Belle nearly touched the enchanted rose.note
- Gaston's line about having six-or-seven strapping boys is unnerving. What if, hypothetically, Belle gave him a daughter? What would he do to that child and to Belle? Drown the daughter like they used to do to weak, underbred puppies considering how he views women? Beat Belle?
- The alternatives would be just as bad. If he did accept a daughter, he'd probably want to make sure she was the prettiest girl in the village and that she did whatever he thought was best for her, which would probably mean marrying whatever man he thought was most suitable. And he probably would not take well to learning if his daughter fell in love with another man or planned to elope.
- Even the idea of Belle giving him a boy can be disturbing. What if, instead of taking after his father, the little boy would be more of a Book Worm like his mother? Would Gaston beat him? Would he hate him? Would he consider him a failure? Would he be ashamed of him, and not consider him his son at all? Regardless of the gender of his children, Gaston could have become an Abusive Parent quite easily.
- Even if the hypothetical boy turned out to be a hunter, like his father, Gaston's ego is still a force to be reckoned with. What happens if they're remarkably worse at it, or heaven forbid, better at it than him? His children may very well be pushed into Do Well, but Not Perfect territory, and since the villagers have been supportive of Gaston up to this point, there's no doubt they'd still follow him up to this point, which could mean either A) his kids adopt this as normal behavior, with the only dissenting figure in their life being their mother (and at this point, it's clear things did not go well for her), B) the villagers would adopt some or all of his child-rearing tactics, subjecting the other children to this kind of treatment, or C) both of the above. This is to say nothing of what happens if they all turn out like Gaston...
- Gaston's determination to make Belle his wife, including locking away her father in an insane asylum... purely because he can.
- Which gets even worse, by his reaction when Belle seems to have feelings for someone else, a "monster".
Belle: He's no monster, Gaston. You are!
- Gaston's "proposal" to Belle, which is basically a G-rated rape scene. The way he follows her around the room, telling her what their marriage would be like and how many kids they would have, along with him trying to kiss her at the end, is all very unsettling.
- The very beginning of the movie can be scary for younger viewers. The eerie music combined with the stained glass pictures, while both beautiful things when you're an adult, can make kids not want to watch the movie at all.