Nightmare Fuel: Dance Moms
Abby described herself in her Facebook bio as "your worst nightmare". Apparently, she wasn't kidding, and this applies to both her and the show.
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- Maddie's "Disappear" solo combines this with Tear Jerker. The music is excellently creepy, and Maddie does such a powerful job of conveying her character—an abused girl who kills herself via drowning—that it seems scarily real.
- "Where Have All the Children Gone?" is easily one of the scariest dances to date, if not the scariest. The accompaniment isn't music, it's actually spoken-word, which makes it all the creepier. All the girls are wearing the exact same white dress, Vivi-Anne pushes Mackenzie on a creepy swing, and if it wasn't scary enough, the girls start disappearing one by one after some act of suicide with subtle hints as to how they killed themselves. Nia clutches her throat, Chloe clutches her stomach, Maddie slits her wrist, Paige jumps offstage, and so on.
- "I See the Kite Flying", the "sequel" to "Where Have All the Children Gone?". In this one, each girl is a mental patient, rocking back and forth or hitting themselves in the head. The same monotone returns for this one, making it just as eerie.
- Just read the lyrics for the "song". They just sound written by a lunatic.
- "The Last Text". It depicts the girls "texting and driving", and the "car" that they're in crashes. The girls then die off one by one except for Paige (the driver), who is completely immobile for most of the dance, and Maddie, who is showing subtle hints of going crazy. Then at the end, when everyone save Maddie and Paige are dead, Maddie goes to touch Paige and she slumps over, revealing that she was dead all along. As Maddie tries to revive her, we hear police sirens wailing in the background, and Maddie runs offstage.
- The musical accompaniment, "Describing the Car Crash", is Nightmare Fuel all on its own. The eerie and ominous sound, the loud bang that sounds every few seconds, and the fact that it repeats over and over for the two most frightening minutes of your life.
- You could see a look of near-horror on Abby's face watching the dance. If Abby's scared by one of her own dances, you know it's scary.
- This image of Mackenzie laying "dead" on the ground, with blood all over her hand.
- Abby can sometimes be genuinely terrifying, and it doesn't help with how hammy she can get. Case in point, the violent scuffle between her and Kelly.
- Right before Kelly attacks her, you can see her gnashing her teeth and apparently trying to bite her.
- The "Amber Alert" routine, which has been said to nearly rival "The Last Text" in its level of Adult Fear-filled storytelling. If the idea alone (child abduction) isn't enough to creep you out, the actual dance itself will send chills down your spine, with special note going to the ending. Mackenzie has been killed by her "abductors", and Maddie approaches her. She is smiling. She lifts up Mackenzie's head (which had been hanging downwards), and recoils in horror when she realizes that her sister is dead. She then runs away.
- Mackenzie's fate is in and of itself pretty frightening, especially due to the lack of true details.
- But then it gets worse: what happens in real life?
- The song that accompanies it ("Touch" by Lights Fade Low), just adds to the eerie atmosphere.
- Look at how the dance and song go together. Exactly when Mackenzie gets taken by the abductors, there is some creepy, scratchy Marble Hornets-esque distortion that starts sounding in the song...
- The scene with a burned-out Abby wearing no makeup with her hair in a mess having an emotional breakdown in front of the moms is at the very least unnerving to watch.
- Jojo's prom queen solo, as seen in the page image. It's a Carrie inspired dance that is being performed by an 11 year old. Because there's nothing wrong with that. Anyway, the dance starts innocently before surprising you with some Psycho Strings that sound out while Jojo thrashes onstage. From then on, it becomes an intense and disquieting orchestral piece of madness that Jojo dances to.
- Her final stance in the dance, which depicts her frozen with one hand clutching her chest and the other outstretched, with her mouth open in a silent scream.
- Abby has now managed to upstage "Prom Queen" with a Jojo solo that's even more terrifying: "Straighten Up", which has the poor girl dancing in a straitjacket until halfway through.
- Remember the "Electricity" dance from back in season 1 with the stripper costumes? Remember the "Fantastic" dance from season 2 that made the girls look naked? Now just think about how those dances were conducted by a 40-something year old woman.