Nightmare Fuel / Film

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Do you remember as a kid, you couldn't wait until you were 17 so you could watch R-rated movies without your parents' permission? Well, the scariness of these movies may make it feel like it wasn't worth the wait. (And some of these movies aren't even rated R.) So, to all the kids out there... try not to grow up too fast.

For examples from animated movies, see either the NightmareFuel/Western Animation Film or Anime and Manga section.

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This section is separated by genre and placed in alphabetical order by film. Before you add examples here, check the index above and make sure that movie doesn't already have its own page.

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     Comedy 
  • In Breakfast on Pluto, a case of Mood Whiplash qualifies for this trope. In one scene, Kitten is slow-dancing with a man at a club when a bomb goes off, blowing up the club they are in. We then get a pan over all of the dead, dying, and injured people, including some very nasty burn wounds, twisted bodies, and sounds of moaning and crying. One of the injured is Kitten herself, which is made even worse when she gets accused of planting the bomb because she happens to be an Irish man who wants to be a woman (the film takes place during the Irish Revolution, and Kitten - who had nothing to do with the bomb - happens to be in London.)
  • Bruce Almighty: The idea of a random human getting nigh-omnipotence is pretty scary. Aside from the spontaneous orgasms and lavish gifts he gives his girlfriend, Bruce's treatment of everyone else varies from prankish (The girl whose skirt he blows up) to downright cruel (Evan, particularly in the deleted scenes, and the news crew he busts for drugs). In the several weeks Bruce spends as God, he relishes in dishing out Disproportionate Retribution to everyone who so much as annoys him. Bruce's actions are scary enough, but had someone even less scrupulous gotten the powers, then the terror really starts. Accidentally bump into them in the street? Better hope they're not a vengeful God or you could find yourself on a one-way trip to Hell. And that's not even getting into the prayers...
  • Doctor Strangelove: The Downer Ending where the entire world is destroyed by nuclear war, while Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again" provides an eerie Soundtrack Dissonance over the credits.
  • For a series of comedy movies aimed mainly at kids, you'd think the Ernest P. Worrell films wouldn't be that bad. You'd be wrong.
    • Ernest Scared Stupid is easily nightmarish for any youngster, especially at the parts where the troll appears almost out of the blue to capture Joey and Elizabeth.
    • Ernest Goes to Camp has Ernest on the end of a disturbingly realistic beatdown from one of the construction workers.
    • Ernest Goes To Jail has Nash. He had no problem getting Ernest sent to the electric chair, is so bad the other inmates are afraid of him, and and attempted to blow up the bank with Ernest's friends still inside. What's really part of the nightmare fuel is Jim Varney's performance: despite the fact he's being played by the same man as Ernest, he convincingly manages to not act a single thing like his trademark character.
  • Junior. The Arnie baby is an example of computer animation gone disturbing.
  • The Large Marge scene from Pee-wee's Big Adventure was no doubt frightening to children.
  • One scene in UHF involves a parody of the rock chase scene in the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Weird Al is chased by an unusually persistent boulder. Bereft of context, the idea of a giant, sentient rock determined to hunt you down to the ends of the Earth and crush you can be quite frightening.

     Crime & Mystery 
  • Angels & Demons has Eye Scream, branding, drowning, choking to death on dirt, and immolation. Self-immolation, too. Freaky beyond measure. Also, the Pope after his impromptu exhumation is really, really disturbing-looking. In another vein, Vittoria attempts CPR on one of the four kidnapped Cardinals, only for it to come to her attention (and the viewer's) that the man's lungs are punctured— because blood squirts out of the open wound in his chest to hit Robert in the face. Gahhhhh.
  • Basic Instinct begins with Catherine Tramell (from the back) having passionate sex with a guy in a very warm and rosy setting. She proceeds to tie his hands to the bed with a silk scarf, and just as they are about to climax, things turn very quickly from eroticism to pure horror as she takes an icepick and starts savagely stabbing the guy to death. We don't even see the poor guy die, we just watch him scream madly and struggle to get away as Catherine keeps stabbing, getting bathed in his blood as the movie cuts to the next scene.
  • The Black Dahlia: The last scene where Josh Hartnett's character is talking with Scarlett Johansson's character, then looks back to see the Dahlia's corpse spread out on the lawn just like it was when she was found. The sharp violin music really makes it a freaky moment.
  • Canoa, a film from Mexico. From the very first scene we're told a group of workers got lynched by a town who mistook them for communists. It takes one hour of build-up to get to the point where the fanatic villagers storm the house where the young victims are. As the aggressions begin, some of the victims watch in horror, as impotent as the spectator. The lynching scene is so long, graphic and horrible, there's only one thing capable of making it worse: It really happened.
  • Eastern Promises has a lot of other violence, but it's the throat-slitting that takes the cake. The amount of rape in that movie doesn't help. Also, the very first scene, with a heavily pregnant 14 year-old girl stumbling into a shop and asking for help, then collapsing into the blood that's been dripping down from between her legs, is crazy squicky. A sexually abused 14 year old girl miscarrying is bad enough. The fact that she dies, worse still. The fact that the person who'd been doing the abusing was Semyon...
  • Fatal Attraction. When Glenn Close's character Alex Forrest takes the pet rabbit belonging to the daughter of her lover Dan Gallagher and boils it alive in a pressure cooker. This grotesque act of evil was chilling enough to earn an entry on the Moral Event Horizon page, has given many people who watched it some serious nightmares, and was enough to coin the phrase "bunny boiler" for Yandere-types soon afterwards.
    • The scenes where Alex kidnapped Dan's daughter. You can really feel Beth (Dan's wife) complete panic as she runs around searching for her daughter. That's every parent's worst nightmare—that your kid could so easily go off with a stranger despite your multiple warnings otherwise, that the stranger could be some perfectly normal-looking person rather than the psycho that they truly are, and though she returns the little girl unharmed, let's face it, she could have harmed her if she wanted to.
    • The climax where Alex shows up in the house to try and kill Beth. Before she attacks her, as she's talking about how resentful she is of Beth, she unknowingly starts cutting herself in the leg with the knife she's holding. It all finally escalates when Alex finally snaps and screams, "YOU'RE A STUPID SELFISH BITCH!" and attacks.
  • Gozu: The kid in the 'yakuza killing' car staring down a barrel of a gun motionless with a smile that could be used for warfare. Perhaps Manami waking up to find a man with a cow's head wasn't surreal enough. And the ending: not even a spoiler could prepare you for what happens.
  • Kalifornia. The scene where Early makes the store clerk lie down and cover his head, and makes him believe he might get out of it alive. And then, with the guy sobbing in terror, Early shoots him. The image of a yellow smiley-face cushion exploding in fluff and blood is haunting.
  • Memento: The scene where he is casually talking on the phone in his hotel while he removes the bandage from his new tattoo only to find that it reads "Never answer the phone." He asks who it is on the other line and gets no answer, followed by the photo of him bloody after a killing being slid under the door to his hotel.
  • Oldboy (2003): The tongue-cutting scene.
  • Rear Window: Lars Thorwald's off-screen murdering of his wife and how he apparently chopped her body parts into individual pieces. There's a brief implication that the item he had stored in his hatbox was her head.
  • Reservoir Dogs. When Mr. Blonde is through with his torture, you'll never listen to "Stuck in the Middle With You" quite the same way. And that dance.
  • Smokin' Aces. Specifically the scene when one of the Tremor brothers falls on a chainsaw. Eli Roth of Hostel would be impressed.
  • The Trial (1993 version). The labyrinth of dilapidated corridors as a metaphor for a heartless bureaucracy awakens some childhood fears in some people. A rare case of creating a really unsettling effect without using any horror-associated elements.
  • Untraceable. The first victim wasn't that horrible, but the guy being roasted alive, and the guy being submerged in acid. Add to that the fact that he was a cop.
  • Zodiac is a lovely example of occasional terror, especially the basement scene. That you never know what was really going on made it oh-so-much worse.

     Documentary 
  • Dear Zachary: The idea of a mother killing her child is bad enough in fiction but it's worse cause this actually happened.
  • Earthlings. Basically the entire film is Nightmare Fuel, as you are watching real animals in the most abhorrent conditions and unimaginable pain possible.
  • Waltz with Bashir: A full-on shot of a nightmarish, wild pack of dogs running at the camera to finish actual footage of the immediate aftermath of the massacre in Lebanon in the 80s.
  • NineEleven has this as a given, due to it being live footage of a terrorist attack that killed almost 3,000 people. Some standouts:
    • Entering the stricken North Tower, Jules immediately hears someone screaming. His narration states that this is a woman who is burning because of jet fuel that shot down the elevator shafts, and she's a few feet offscreen because Jules didn't want to film something so horrible.
    • Later, you can hear the impacts of things falling from the upper floors of the North Tower. Some of these impacts are from people who jumped to escape the floors above the impact. Jules seems more shaken by this than anything else before it.

     Drama 
  • The Accused. The gang rape on its own is bad enough, but it's the cheering of the men watching and the ringleader picking out who gets to go next all while Sarah is screaming and crying that pushes it into true Nightmare Fuel territory. That, and the fact that the premise of the movie was based on a true story. That scene was apparently serious Nightmare Fuel for the actors who were playing the rapists; Jodie Foster had to repeatedly reassure them.
  • The Big Shave: Martin Scorsese's short 1967 film begins with some simple shots of a bathroom while some jazz plays (specifically Bunny Berigan's version of 'I Can't Get Started'), and shortly after, a man walks in. He begins to shave. Then he keeps on shaving. He shaves too much. The film is often seen as an allegory for what the United States was doing to itself in The Vietnam War. The film can be viewed here.
  • Biutiful: A roomful of sleeping immigrant workers, a total of about 25 men, women and children, all die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. When their boss comes in to wake them, they're just all lying there dead. And somehow, it goes From Bad to Worse: the main character, Uxbal, can communicate with the dead to some degree, and as he tries to apologize to one of the dead women, a friend of his, you briefly see the spirits of the dead people suspended weirdly against the ceiling, their faces contorted with fear. It's all the most disturbing because there's no sound effects or dramatic music stings to highlight it. And towards the end of the film, Uxbal (who is dying of cancer) sees himself on the ceiling in the same way in his final hours. It's very, very effective.
  • Blindness. The uncomfortably extended group rape scene is difficult to sit through. It is so amazingly vulgar, while showing surprisingly little in comparison. The pained cries of the victims push this into nightmare territory.
  • The Brainwashed and Crazy scientist's shooting rampage in The Bourne Legacy, especially the scenes of the other scientists panicking and cowering.
  • Braveheart: The ending, where William Wallace's torso is ripped open and his intestines are scrambled around while he is still alive. It is horrific to imagine enduring that much pain knowing that the damage is irreversible, and you're already as good as dead.
    • The scene where an English commanding officer tries to rape Murron with the help of two of his soldiers is really uncomfortable to watch. He forcefully shoves her on a hut, then lays on top of her and kisses and licks her while making disgustingly lustful noises. Murron has to settle on violence in order to escape, resulting in her biting the rapist's cheek and even then she doesn't stand a chance against him. The soldier then hits her, calling her a bitch. If it weren't for Wallace, Murron would have ended being brutally gang-raped. It's already creepy enough that the Dirty Old Man flirts with her before the attempted rape and makes perverted notes on how Murron reminds him of his daughter.
  • Coma. Unconscious victims go from the OR to the Jefferson Institute, where you think is a nice care home for the terminally ill, but in reality keeps them naked and tube-fed hanging on wires from the ceiling, and the people in charge steal their organs to sell on the black market. If you're in any way afraid of hospitals or medical paraphernalia, don't watch this movie.
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. Michael Gambon's monologues are nightmarish, particularly when he lectures his wife, loudly enough so that everyone in the restaurant can hear, that she's not allowed to masturbate because as her husband, only he gets to decide when she gets touched.
    • Helen Mirren (the wife) and her lover concealing their affair from said abusive husband by stowing away, naked, in a truck full of slaughtered pig parts.
    • The murder of her lover by stuffing the pages of his book down his throat until he chokes to death.
  • Covenant Rider: A flashback scene had a young Wichita Slim tied to a post and branded for misbehavior. The combination of a little boy screaming and the burn on his shirt ensured that Covenant Rider would never, ever be watched after the first time.
  • Dahmer: Particularly the part at the end when he slices the one guy's chest and stomach open and sticks his hands in his intestines.
  • Dogtooth contains a heckton of this. First off is the idea that parents could go to such an extent to isolate their children from reality - they keep them on their expansive estate and redefine several concepts so that their kids are scared into staying.
    • The scene with the cat is just pure nightmare fuel, from beginning to end. A cat appears in the yard at one point. Frightened, the son grabs a pair of gardening shears and decapitates it, while the two daughters watch out the window and scream. When the mother calls the father at work about this incident, they agree that it's a "good opportunity" to further hammer down the message about the dangers of the outside world. The father dabs red paint on his shirt and splits open his clothes with shears, and greets the family by saying that their previously-unspoken-of brother is dead, killed by a cat, the "most dangerous creature in the world." Both the brutal violence of the cat's death (which is shown onscreen) and the idea that such an innocent animal would be given such a terrifying portrayal are creepy.
    • When the son is seen playing with a toy airplane, one of the daughters fights him for it in a childlike manner, grappling for it. She eventually gets the airplane. Subsequently, the girl finds him in the kitchen and (to teach him a lesson) cuts his arm with a chef's knife - the bluntness of the moment is shocking.
  • Downfall (Der Untergang):
    • There's one person guaranteed to haunt your dreams; Goebbels, the guy who looks like the freaking crypt keeper himself. You know the world has come to an end when Goebbels makes Hitler himself appear to be nothing more than a raving drunk.
    • The fate of Goebbels' children. Just in case you started to feel sorry for anyone else.
  • Eyes Wide Shut: About 75% of the soundtrack easily qualifies as Nightmare Fuel. Try listening to the Masked Ball sequence late at night, alone in a dark house. This piece includes sinister strings in a minor key with a backmasked basso profundo voice chanting in Romanian. Try to sleep. The following night, play the most frightening piano piece known to man, Gyorgy Ligeti's Musica Ricercata No. 2 as played by Dominic Harlan, on your Ipod as you walk down the street alone in the dark. Paranoia like you have never known it before.
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring: Van Ruijven's attempt to rape Griet as well as when Catharina tries to suddenly stab the picture of Griet.
  • The Good Earth: The locusts!
  • Gorillas in the Mist The horrible, horrible scene that depicts the murder of Dian Fossey's favorite gorilla Digit at the hands of poachers. But the worst is when they find his corpse propped up against a tree in a sitting position, with bloody stumps where his head and hands used to be. Also tear-jerkingly sad and Truth in Television.
  • I Am Dina. At the beginning, the heroine, then a little girl, causes a the contents of a huge cauldron full of boiling lye to be poured on her mother. First you see the mother, completely scalded. Then the little girl, waiting on her own in an attic, listening while her mother screams constantly for hours, maybe days, before dying.
  • Inglourious Basterds Whenever Brad Pitt's character pulled out his knife, scalped the Nazis and carved swastikas onto the foreheads of the survivors.
  • Inland Empire. David Lynch apparently can't get enough of suffocating suspense and so, being David Lynch, distilled this to an even worse extreme in this film. Slasher Smile, bleeding mouths, and distorted faces combine to create one horrific image. The scene in question.
  • The Invisible: Nick's predicament. Imagine being a spirit doomed to watch helplessly as everyone around you falls to pieces when they believe you're dead, seeing that people you hated or ignored are suffering horribly, while you yourself are dying, and the only person who can save you is the one who put you in a coma to begin with.
  • Iron Jawed Angels They're not called that because they had their mouths pried open with metal instruments and were force-fed raw eggs through a tube shoved down their throat. But after watching that scene, that's all you'll think of. Made even scarier by the fact that it's Truth in Television.
  • Irreversible: The French film has several scenes with extremely graphic violence. Within the first few minutes, a man's arm is broken and the film's protagonist bashes the face of another man into pulp with a fire extinguisher. The camera stays on the violence for long, nauseating, unflinching shots. Later in the film, a woman is cornered in an under-street tunnel and brutally raped and beaten. The sequence lasts for over ten minutes, again without a single cut. The first half of this movie is essentially one long Moral Event Horizon, and somehow it becomes worse when it gets better.
  • Isadora:
    • The death of ballet dancer Isadora Duncan, when the long scarf she wears become entangled in the car's wheel, snapping her neck. The movie manages to recreate in horrific detail.
    • Also disturbing is how her kids drown in when the car they're in accidentally rolls into the Seine.
  • The Last King of Scotland:
    • The scene where Garrigan finds Kay's mutilated body. It's utterly horrific.
    • Garrigan being suspened from the ceiling by hooks through his chest
  • The Last Sin Eater
    • "Who's going to take away MY sins, Cadi Forbes?"
    • Brogan Kai: a man who viciously beats a preacher to death onscreen, rigs a decision to choose the next Sin Eater to marry a woman, and is perfectly willing to murder his own son (and says so to said woman's face, no less!). And even then his father was worse
  • The Manchurian Candidate (2004):
  • Men Behind the Sun: A dramatization of the medical experiments of the real-life Imperial Japanese Army's Unit 731 during the Second World War, this film was known for its very graphic depictions of surgical procedures, including human vivisection. Most of it can be found on Youtube; if you feel particularly brave you may do a search. There's a single scene where a child is vivisected.
  • Munich: The scenes depicting the actual Munich hostage crisis, especially in the scene where one of the athletes is shot in the mouth at point-blank range and survives. Thanks to Spielberg's brilliant and powerful execution, the intensity and brutality of those scenes will be haunting your nightmares for quite some time, no matter how jaded you are. It's scary enough as it is, but on top of that, everything depicted in those scenes actually happened. And the guy who got shot in the face? He was played in the movie by the son of the real guy. That had to have taken a lot of courage.
  • One Hour Photo:
    • The nightmare scene, in which Robin Williams's character's eyes explode with blood. Made all the more disturbing for coming in what is otherwise a fairly conventional thriller film and therefore being completely out of context.
    • The concept is pretty creepy: The idea of people you only see in passing and take for granted finding ways to maliciously invade your privacy.
  • The Piano Teacher. It features the most screwed up woman ever, named Erika. Notable scenes: the opening scene in which Erika and her mother fight about the fact that Erika came home late, even though she's 40-plus years old, and the fight turns physical. There's also a scene in which Erika cuts between her legs and a trail of blood streams down the bathtub's side, when Erika appears to be attempting to rape her own mother the next-to-last scene in which Erika forces her young male student to rape her while her mother is within earshot and Erika looks like a corpse. The thing comes together to conclude: This protagonist is a very, very screwed up human being.
  • Ray: The scene where he has a hallucination that his drowned brother is in his suitcase.
  • The Secret Garden 1987:
    • In any of the film adaptations, Mary walking through the house to find Colin can be deeply unsettling. The 1987 version takes this Up to Eleven with scary music and a lightning storm raging outside the manor — and let's not forget the cutaways to the light playing off of the dark, ugly statues.
    • There's also the opening from that same movie, where Mary's wandering through a house where everyone except her is dead or dying from cholera, and she doesn't even understand what's happening. Special mention goes to the lingering shot on Mary's dying parents, with their faces twisted up in pain.
  • The Secret Garden (1993):
    • The 1993 film replaces the cholera epidemic with an earthquake. The scene built around said earthquake, while short, could still be a case of Nightmare Fuel.
    • The 1993 film also gives Medlock a very creepy Leitmotif.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire: The depiction of Blanche's descent into insanity. Especially her Freak-Out moment after Stanley tears the paper lantern off of the lightbulb.
  • Testament, which takes place in a single town and focused on the effects a nuclear war has on a small group of people. The worst is the main character nursing her children through radiation sickness and watching them die one by one.
  • Titus: the exquisitely shot but horrific scene where Lavinia is found on a stump, having been raped and with her hands and tongue cut off. Twigs have been stuck in the stumps, and when she opens her mouth, blood streams out.
  • Trainspotting If the dead baby didn't creep you out, Renton's withdrawal hallucination of it crawling on the ceiling will.
  • United 93 This movie has a terrorist hijacking an airplane, and also show you how everyone in the plane were struck with panic and terror in the process. Consider the commotion that happened amongst air staff and air traffic controllers on the ground. The kicker? This is not only based on what actually happened on one of the planes in September 11, 2001, but its even documented as accurately as the filmmakers were able to, down to the details.

     Educational 
  • Prior to the advent of privacy laws in the 1980s (although supposedly some of these films claimed that permission from the surviving family members was obtained), many driver's education films that depicted the grim aftermath of accidents showed photos and live-action film of the victims. Often, these films — some filmed by corporate sponsors, others by a given state's highway patrol or department of public safety — showed the victims lying in pools of blood, mangled beyond recognition (and in some cases severely burned) and in various states of consciousness if not dead. The idea, of course, was to warn of the possible consequences of failing to obey traffic laws and basic driver's safety ... but seeing such things as emergency workers extricate the charred body of a father of four from the burned shell of a car, or a once babelicious teenaged girl screaming in pain while her face is shredded to ribbons was enough to give many of their viewers sleepless nights.
    • In addition to the lack of privacy laws, many of these films did not have disclaimers warning of the graphic footage these students were about to view; it was up to the teacher to decide whether to warn them. Again, the idea was to scare students into driving safely ... but the shock of seeing a little red-headed boy (in a Little League outfit) being pulled from beneath the chassis of the drunk driver's car that just hit him, for instance, was enough to cause more than one nightmare.
    • The Ohio State Patrol issued several driver's education films during the late 1950s through early 1970s, which were distributed nationwide. Several of these films have been posted on various video sharing sites. Memorable films, along with Nightmare Fuel-inducing scenes, included:
      • Signal 30, a 1959 film "shot in living - and dying - color," and the first of the series of films. The goriest of the scenes included a fiery collision on a narrow state highway between two loaded semitrailer trucks, where both drivers are killed (their charred bodies are shown being removed) and a truck driver — on a late-night run trying to make deadline on a load of 20 tons (40,000 pounds) of steel pipe — crushed against the steering wheel and dashboard of his truck by the load, which had shifted after he apparently fell asleep behind the wheel and drove off the road note . Although no death was involved, there is also footage of several cars not only failing to stop for a stop sign but not even slowing down at an intersection where a deadly wreck had just happened; once, one of the cars clears the intersection mere seconds before oncoming traffic passes through the intersection, and a few minutes later, several pre-adolescent boys are shown riding their bikes and failing to stop for the stop sign, again barely avoiding traffic that had the right-of-way.
      • The movie's title, by the way, was police code (at the time) for a report of a car accident involving a fatality.
      • Mechanized Death, from 1961, where the mangled body of a dead baby is found beneath the car, the impact of the crash so severe she was thrown through the floorboard; the responding officers only being aware of a possible body yet to be found after seeing a baby's bottle wedged in the door.
      • Wheels of Tragedy, from 1963. Another truck driver, having driven for hours without a break to make an inflexible deadline on a hot load of freight, rams his speeding semitrailer truck into the back of a sedan; the driver, who was killed outright, is shown with his head wedged in the steering wheel. Spookier was a bloodless scene: A beautiful 15-year-old girl is shown being pulled from a creek, in which she was thrown after the car she was riding in goes off the road. The other two passengers were injured but (apparently) survive, but the harrowing scene comes when a rookie state patrolman — through whom this film is told — carries the girl's lifeless body to the shore and cries "Damn, damn, damn!" ... just before the camera zooms up to the deceased girl's face. Other memorable scenes include a woman lying in her bed at a long-term care facility, sedated to numb the pain from injuries of a crash two years earlier; and the crushed skulls of two young men, thrown from their car after ramming into the rear of a cattle truck (that had pulled over for a mechanical problem).
      • Highways of Agony, from 1969. It isn't always young drivers who cause accidents, as one segment in this film grimly warned. A 77-year-old man, driving well over the posted speed limit on a road covered in black ice, crashed his car into an overpass, causing it to burst into flames on impact and killing both him and his wife; as footage of their bodies — burned nearly to skeletons — being pulled from the burned out car is shown, we learn that the only way they could be identified is through (badly charred) identification papers that somehow didn't burn. Later, the bodies of three young people, a 16-year-old girl and men ages 20 and 26, their faces with expressions of fear and pain frozen on them, are shown strewn on the ground; the 26-year-old driver — all three of them were drunk after a night of partying — had driven around a lowered railroad crossing gate in an attempt to beat an oncoming train. Although the images were grainy, there was the story of the drunk driver who crashed his brand-new sports car into an oak tree, the crash so violent that he suffered enough injuries to kill three people.
    • Not part of the Ohio State Patrol-series of films, but equally nightmarish:
      • Last Date, from 1950 and starring a young Dick York (of Bewitched fame), about the lone survivor of a crash, Jeanne, that killed her bad-boy boyfriend, Nick (York), and a family of five in the car he crashes his hot rod-converted 1932 Ford Model A note  into. First, we see Jeanne helplessly sit by as Nick attempts to pass a slow moving semitrailer truck on a narrow curve, and then — through her eyes — an oncoming car quickly appear in sight (this effect achieved through time-lapse photography), before the screen goes dark in a deafening crash. In the final scene, Jeanne — conceding she was a fool for accepting Nick's offer to go for a ride, knowing he already had a reputation for driving recklessly — looks at her permanently disfigured face in a mirror (having become that way after being thrown through the windshield), screaming out "My face! My face!" before throwing a hair brush into the mirror and beginning to cry. Viewers never see her face, but the moral is clear.
      • The Last Prom, from 1980, where a prom date ends with the death of a beautiful young girl named Sandy, the only child of a respected couple from a small Indiana town. Chilling was Sandy's best friend, who is able to walk out of the crushed van but is holding her face, apparently disfigured beyond recognition, and screaming in agony. This was a color remake of a high school prom tragedy film that had been issued in the mid 1960s.
      • Only Stwpd Cowz Txt N Drive, a 2008 British public service movie aimed at stressing the dangers of distracted driving, specifically texting while driving. The centerpiece of the film is the crash scene wherein, as the main protagonist reads a text message on her Smartphone, the car she is driving drifts into the oncoming lane of traffic, resulting in a multi-car accident that kills two of her passengers and three others. The segment came under criticism after showing the violent whiplash being suffered by the girls (two of them have their heads rammed together during the whiplash) and a young girl pleading in vein for her parents — who are shown dead — to wake up.
      • Death on the Highway, produced by an organization known only as the Suicide Club, is put together with a little less polish than, say, the Ohio State Highway Patrol films, but it may as well be the nastiest road safety film of them all. Three of the accidents shown in the film involve dismemberment, with the worst one being a 130 km/h motorcycle collision in which the driver is literally cut in half. Even the narrator is horrified by the sight that greets him. Other nightmare-inducing moments in the film include a crash in which a young woman has all her arms and legs torn off and is virtually decapitated by the force of the impact, a multi-car pileup that results in the deaths of sixteen people, a driver burned to death inside his car, and a drunk-driving accident in which two young boys have their arms torn off when the vehicle scrapes against a brick wall. The filmmakers' use of a bright red filter to highlight the gore adds greatly to the effect.
      • And then there's California's answer to Signal 30, the Red Asphalt series, in which viewers are subjected to five short films' worth of horrific vehicular carnage. Which of them is the worst is up for debatenote , but one thing's for certain - it's enough to make you think twice about driving recklessly in the future. "Highlights" of the series include a careless motorist who is left permanently blind following an accident, another guy who loses a massive amount of blood but miraculously doesn't pass out, a particularly grisly wreck where the victim's jaw is smashed up pretty badly, a guy who has the skin on his leg rubbed off down to the bone, a crash involving two SUVs where the victim's skull is completely pulverized (leaving emergency personnel to deal with the nauseating task of scooping up the bits of brain left strewn on the pavement), an unfortunate motorist with a large chunk of his face missing, a shot of a severed arm, and images of mangled corpses. Lots and lots of mangled corpses.
      • Arizona's answer to the Ohio State Highway Patrol films, For Want of a Seatbelt, is a non-stop cavalcade of Facial Horror as our narrator guides us through a gruesome slideshow of accident victims' mutilated faces in a tone reminiscent of a coroner giving a courtroom autopsy briefing. The worst accident featured in the film involves an unlucky driver who crashes his car into a wayward horse and is subsequently crushed to death by the animal, with the grisly results on display for all to see.

     Fantasy 
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen:
    • Giant moon people who's heads can fly off, their bodies still moving around.
    • A giant three headed bird creature and a giant sea monster.
    • People getting their heads cut off, with the heads still alive sometimes.
    • The Grim Reaper constently showing up.
  • Alice In Wonderland: The 1988 Czech version features reanimated skeletons of small animals and a scene of pure madness at the tea party. Makes it even more eerie that there is no music whatsoever in the movie except for the squeaks and clinks of old clothing, footsteps, and winding-gears. This is a Jan Švankmajer film. The same guy made a film where a dude eats his own dick with mustard. Yeah, Nightmare Fuel is a given for his films.
  • The rather unique 1983 Hercules film starring Lou Ferrigno features a low-budget but extremely creepy sequence of a villain's corpse slowly disintegrating into dust, including a trypophobia-inducing stage which looks as if it had no skull. Take on account that it's supposedly a kid's movie.
  • Willow: The opening sequence, in which Queen Bavmorda's death dogs track down the escaping midwife who carries the child Elora Danan out of Nockmarr Castle. Later on there's a ferocious battle with a two-headed monster, and a positively scarifying scene where Bavmorda transforms the rebels into squealing pigs.

     Horror & Thriller 
  • August Underground's Mordum: Like A Serbian Film, it's an almost nonstop assault of one unimaginably depraved act after another, up to and including rape with a severed penis, cannibalization of a headless and maggot-infested infant, a young child's rotten corpse being sexually abused, and a woman who is covered in blood and vomit being cut open and "gut fucked".
  • Begotten: God disemboweling himself at the beginning, Man writhing helpless in the mud like a child in agony and as if it were badly disabled, the faceless robed figures, the lack of sound save for birdsong or the throaty gurgling of Man and the stark black and white coupled with the grainy footage all comes together to make one of the most uncomfortable and disturbing things once can ever experience. It's like every black metal album cover ever made into a movie directed by David Lynch.
  • The Beyond, by Lucio Fulci. Even with the heavy Executive Meddling, there are still plenty of scenes full of squick. A small sample includes Tarantulas eating out a guy's tongue and a girl seeing her mother's face getting melted off.
  • Black Christmas (1974): Every single scene with the killer.
    "Agnes, it's me, Billy... Don't tell anyone what we did..."
  • Black Sabbath: The 1963 Italian horror film (yes, the one a certain band was named after) has three segments. The first two (or last two, if you see the dubbed AIP version) are your typical, run of the mill horror stories. The finale, "Drop of Water", however, is possibly the scariest thing ever filmed. If you've seen the film, that thing's face has haunted your dreams. If you haven't seen it, look it up on Google Video.
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, also a brilliant example of Paranoia Fuel. Contains the most messed-up set design in anything ever, as well as a psychotic sleepwalking Conrad Veidt.
  • Caltiki The Immortal Monster:
    • This 1959 Italian rip-off of The Blob (1958) had a couple good ones. A memorable one involves Max, who has become more deranged throughout the film, as he holds a gun on his girlfriend. Cue monster, which comes up behind him and does what Blob rip-offs do best. Now imagine his agonized face, blood oozing from his mouth as he's crushed, then his face disappears for a second, enveloped by monsta. Then his face, a freaking skull by now, reappears while his arm is still flailing wildly.
    • An earlier one involves a diver who comes face to face with Caltiki and ends up in a face-off. Specifically, the skin of his face is gone, including eyelids, but leaves the eyes and you can still see him breathing.
  • Dead End: Thoughout the movie various phenomena happening to the family are pretty disturbing, mostly because they're just abnormal enough that things seem very wrong.
  • Dead of Night: The very end part with the dummy strangling the architect before he wakes up back into an endless dream loop.
  • Dead Silence. Every single closeup of that ventriloquist's dummy and its giant eyes that slowly start to move on their own.
  • Death on Demand: Sean slices open Tammy's leg, then starts pulling her back using muscle tissue he rips out of the wound.
  • Devil Doll: Demonic Dummy Hugo is sitting motionless in his cage. After a long lingering shot in dead silence, his eyes make a slight movement, reminding us that he is indeed, alive, and the camera pans across the room.
  • The Devil's Rejects. The woman escaping the motel room wearing her husband's face.
  • Drag Me to Hell
    • The ending, in which the final shot is of the female protagonist being Dragged Off to Hell, as demonic hands grab her and slowly bring her down to Hell as her piercing scream reverberates throughout the whole scene.
    • The early sequence where Christine has the seer Ram Jas read her fortune. As she holds out her hand for him to try and see into her future the tension starts to build up and the music turns ominous. Then out of nowhere a quick flash of the Lamia's face appears, with burning yellow eyes and razor-sharp teeth against a background of flames and accompanied by a high-pitched screech. So many sleepless nights because of that one shot.
  • Dying Breed. A group of cannibals grab a few hiker girls and rape them to get more children or else die from inbreeding, and eat the men.
  • El Orfanato Three things in particular merit this list: 1) the bit with the medium and the screaming, invisible children, 2) the car-crash, 3) Tomas.
  • "Enemy": The dream with the spider-headed woman is very creepy, but the very last scene is utterly terrifying.
  • Evilspeak. Pigs being possessed and eating people, including a scene where said pigs break into a woman's bathroom and eat her while she's in her bath, messy decapitations aplenty, and blood and gore all over the place with ominous chanting in the background. And as if that wasn't nightmarish enough already, the movie ends with the possessed computer flashing a message saying "I will return."
  • Fallen: The song "Time is On My Side" due to context.
  • Gnaw: Food of the Gods II. Although the movie is ostensibly about the giant rats, the deaths they cause are shown in quick cuts, whereas Elmond Delhurst's death by turning into a bubbling puddle of "super cancer" is drawn out to ludicrous lengths (almost a full two minutes) with many loving closeups of his swollen, pus-oozing, tumor-covered face. It's frankly a relief when he finally keels over and dies.
  • Frayed draws its nightmare fuel from several sources: slasher movies, birthday clowns, mental hospitals and child molestation. The worst is a prolonged and extremely graphic sequence near the beginning of the movie where a person gets their head beaten to a pulp. The sound effects alone ensure that the viewer will have a tough time getting to sleep that night.
  • Fright Night (1985):
    • The transformation scenes, such as when "Evil Ed" changes from wolf to human.
    • The particularly freaky scene where Amy, the main character's girlfriend, turns into a freakishly cartoonish vampire with More Teeth than the Osmond Family.
  • Ghost Ship: A crowd of partygoers are sliced in one fell swoop by a snapped wire. The lack of reaction is especially eerie - there's a few moments of stunned silence, then everything begins to fall apart. See it here.
  • Heartless: The scene where Papa B produces AJ's severed head. Then the head comes to life and starts screaming and begging for mercy as Papa B slowly bites the skin off one cheek. The worst thing is that Papa B isn't even eating the flesh, he's just doing it to be sadistic.
  • The Hitcher. The truck pull scene. It makes you look away from the screen before a cut to black.
  • Hostel: The scene where Paxton clips off Kana's eyeball. Between Kana's horrific screaming, the tense music, and the imagery, this is a very daunting scene to watch.
  • House on Haunted Hill (1959) has a fantastic Jump Scare. A woman is inspecting a wall for secrets? the camera close to her. Then she stands up and finds herself facing an old woman with a face twisted into an inhuman grin. It comes out of nowhere and can be terrifying if not expected.
  • The Innocents, based on the novella The Turn of the Screw. The ending, the full implications of which (necrophiliac pedophilia) are more than a little disturbing.
  • It's Alive: A horror trilogy about an experimental fertility drug causing babies to be born as monsters that would kill when scared. A commercial for it in the early afternoon, the one where the camera revolves around an innocent-looking bassinet, and then suddenly yosee the lizard arm hanging out of it and that awful whining scream sounds.
  • Kill Theory: You and your friends are stuck out in the middle of nowhere and have three hours to kill each other, or a madman will kill all of you. Add in Paranoia Fuel in the question of which of your friends can you trust and who will betray you to save themselves?
  • Lake Mungo. The cell phone footage and the autopsy photos.
  • L: change the WorLd: The Death Note spinoff pulls this off with the symptoms of the killer virus at the centre of the plot. The various sores with the severe bleeding and the tears of blood make its victims look disturbing, not to ignore their moans and screams of pain. The named character who uses a syringe of infected blood to commit suicide and deny the villains use of him continues screaming even when the camera isn't focused on him, and when he is "neutralised" the last shot the audience (and his preteen daughter) gets of him is his wholly bloodshot eyes along with his severely charred face. L describes his impending death by heart attack as peaceful.
  • Lucker the Necrophagous: Unlike the victims in most other slasher films, the ones in this don't die immediately, instead writhing in agony for up to a minute in some cases. It's incredibly disturbing, as is the villain murdering a prostitute and leaving her body to rot for four weeks before having sex with it.
  • Mad Love: Peter Lorre. It came out in 1935, but that neckbrace/metal glove costume remains freaky, and Lorre was never freakier. "Yes, they cut off my head. But that Gogol, he put it back... HERE!"
  • The Man Who Laughs has more Conrad Veidt, this time as the most unbelievably disturbing-looking protagonist in all of film. See the page on Slasher Smile, and you too will understand.
  • Maniac!:
    • The ending... having your victims suddenly come to life before you and kill you right there? Creepy, to say the least.
      • As the Cinema Snob put it: "Hehehehe, I JUST SHIT MYSELF!"
      • Want to see an even more disturbing version of the above scene? Watch the remake where you see it from the perspective from Frank himself!
    • Not to mention, Joe Spinell's performance in this is genuinely chilling.
  • Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders: It's a terrible film and not scary during the day, but disturbing enough—in part because it's so badly made—to be rather spooky at the time of night/morning when everything is spooky.
    Crow: (as Merlin) Remember to believe in magic...or I'll kill you.
  • The Messengers: the scene with the little kid reaching for the corpse on the ceiling.
  • Mirrors:
    • The part where the MC's sister's reflection rips her own jaw off, and when the MC looks in his rear view mirror and sees his dead sister there afterward..
    • The woman in the mirror on fire that jumped out screaming.
  • The 1982 Australian horror film Next of Kin (not the be confused with the Patrick Swayze film of the same name) has often been compared to The Shining, and for good reason. It is terrifying. The entirety of the third act, in which the heroine is forced to defend herself from the Big Bad and her second-in-command, will haunt your dreams for days. The ominous score and lead actress' intense performance add greatly to the Nightmare Fuel.
    • Really, there's just something inherently frightening in the idea that not only is your family possibly cursed, but that some of them are actively trying to kill you.
  • The Night of the Hunter: The "Once there was a pretty fly" montage.
  • Night Skies: Some distubing scenes of alien abduction. Oh and victims can't trust what they see at all.
  • The Russian movie Nochnoy dozor (2004) (aka Nightwatch). The freaky doll with the spider's legs and the sequence in the beginning with the frying pan.
  • No Telling: A doctor is experimenting on lab mice, but then moves onto bigger things. The film remains relatively calm until the last 15 minutes or so. As it turns out, the doctor stole a little girl's dog, sewed it's legs off, then bought a calf, cut it's legs off, and put the calf legs on the dog. The worst part? It moves. However, the movie does end on a bittersweet note. While the dog dies, the doctor's wife leaves him, and he gets punched in the face by a farmer.
  • Pencil Face: A short film, where a girl finds magic pencil; the face is already scary on itself. But, the girl draws various things she wants and the girl gets sucked into black hole
    • The creepy background music and lack of dialogue contribute to the Nightmare Fuel
  • Phantasm series:
    • The origin of the Tall Man: He's the body of the funeral parlor's first owner, who broke into the other universe only to be killed and then controlled by a gold sphere.
  • Phantoms, based on the book by Dean Koontz. all the people in the vaguely astronaut-like Hazmat suits appearing out of the shadows, their face-plates completely black; the single shot of the empty army command center with a few papers blowing in the wind; and the bit at the end where all the people who were the Phantom-creature's snack food are standing still assembled in the middle of town.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray The titular painting is scary as balls. First of all, it's in color, when the rest of the movie's black-and-white. Second of all, they always cut to it very suddenly and startlingly, with a piercing music sting to accompany it. And thirdly, it's just freaky-looking.
  • Piranha 3D: Every death scene. Maybe it was how good the effects were, maybe it was just how painful it looked.
  • Pontypool:
    • A zombifying virus spread not through blood or air, but speech; you can be infected simply by listening to a term of endearment. The repeated madness mantras of the infected are some of the creepiest things ever committed to film, especially combined with their expressions. The movie taking place within a radio studio makes it sometimes almost unbearably claustrophobic. Then there's the Downer Ending....
    • "For your safety, please avoid contact with close family members and refrain from the following: all terms of endearment, such as "honey" or "sweetheart"; baby talk with young children; and rhetorical discourse. For greater safety, please avoid the English language... Do not translate this message."
  • Pulse (Kairo):
    • As the movie progresses, and mankind steadily dies off or vanishes, the ghosts become much more visible, more obvious, and more common.
    • The Lady In Red in the sealed room, with her dreamlike, stumbling gait, creeps up on a hapless protagonist slowly, ever so relentlessly slowly...
    • Death itself showing up in human form to claim the main male lead, coming closer and closer to the screen, slowly, naturally, until his eyes fill the audience's field of vision.
    • The fate of those touched by the ghosts' nihilism. They don't die, they don't even scream or writhe in pain. They just fade, becoming a dark stain on the wall. All they leave behind is a faint "Help me... help me..." barely on the edge of hearing. It doesn't help that, in the director's view, humanity is hopelessly isolated and every person is utterly alone, even in death.
  • Pumpkinhead:
    • After Lance Henriksen's character has called up the demon to avenge his young son's death, he's driving with the boy's body wrapped up on the front seat of his truck. A bump causes the body to roll off, unraveling, and ask in a soft, scared, little-boy voice, "What'd you do, daddy?"
    • Pumpkinhead had a few subtle moments. Every scene the monster's in, it has a slightly different face until, at last, it has Henriksen's.
  • Recorded Live, a student film by S.S. Wilson, the man behind the Tremors series. A man goes to a job interview, only to find there's nothing in the office but a film reel with "do not erase" written on it. Suddenly the film comes to life and advances on the man, who runs for his life. He discovers the film can be driven off with a magnet, but eventually it outsmarts him by moving under the carpet and springing up from beneath him, enveloping the poor bastard and leaving nothing behind when it moves away. Then it sends out another letter to a job applicant, and returns to its reel. And the film makes a "fast forwarding" noise every time it moves. You'll never hear that sound the same way again. And you can watch it here.
  • The Red Skulls: It's easy to forget it's supposed to be a "Gang War of the Quasi-Zombies" movie because even though the special effects are bottom-line cheesy, some of the actors actually seem to be demented in a way that's not fake...which either means they're better actors than this film deserved, or that they really are that messed-up in the mind.
  • Red State: The execution scene. Guy tied to a pole, they wrap him in clingwrap, including his head, and all the while he's screaming for help, before they put a revolver on top of his head and shoot him. And you can see the blood in the plastic wrap. Even more disturbing were the serene faces of the other sect members.
  • The Australian creature-feature Rogue, which features a boatload of tourists getting attacked by a massive crocodile. It's more terrifying than Lake Placid, if only for the fact that the people in that film could simply call for a helicopter to get them out of there. In Rogue, the tourists make it to "safety" by swimming to a small island in the middle of the river. At least, until they realise they're standing on a tidal island that will eventually disappear as the water rises. They can't call for help either, they're in the middle of the outback with no reception. They've got no chance but to try and swim for it. As an aside, on the special features the director mentions that even bigger crocodiles are on record as having been around in living memory in Australia. And tourists still go swimming in northern Australia.
    • At one point, early in the film, one of the tourists is snatched by the crocodile without any of the others noticing. This is Truth in Television, as there have been reports of people being snatched by crocodiles despite being among crowds, with nobody around them aware of it until they have noticed the person has gone missing or they spy their corpse floating down the river.
  • A Serbian Film.
    • It features tons of snuff and rape and what can only be called "rape squared," by which we mean being drugged and forced to rape a woman who you then kill, then rape her some more, and then forced to rape your son as your brother rapes your wife. There's also mention, though not shown, thank God, of "newborn rape."
    • Milos' rape face. It will haunt your nightmares.
  • Shivers is easily one of the most messed-up things ever put onto film. However, the part when one of the penis monsters comes out of the guy's mouth easily takes the cake as the squickiest part.
  • Spellbound: Dr. Murchison threatens to kill Dr. Peterson, but with a few choice words on Peterson's part her life is spared. The camera switches to Murchison's point of view as the aim of his gun follows her out of the room. She shuts the door, and the hand holding his gun turns, as though he's pondering his next action. Then, slowly, the hand turns some more: at himself you. That's right; you're experiencing a first-person suicide. It also doesn't help that the hand and the gun are highly detailed models, so their movement is highly unnatural.
  • Re-Animator alumnus Brian Yuzna's 1989 directorial debut Society ends with a solid 20 minutes of brain-searing Body Horror as the hero discovers that his upper-crust family and associates literally feed on the poor by grafting into their victim's bodies and sucking the life out of them in a disgusting orgy of slimy, melded flesh.
  • The Testament Of Doctor Mabuse by Fritz Lang (1933). The Grand Theft Me scene, where the spectre of Mabuse enters the body of the man reading his will is extremely horrifying. It scared the living daylights out of this troper, who avoided the very name of Mabuse for years.
  • There's a suddenly terrifying moment in 13 Ghosts where Cyrus sees several of the ghosts suddenly bursting into flames screaming.
  • The Toolbox Murders:
    • The murders, especially due to the basic, almost nonchalant way they're filmed.
    • When Vance first dons his ski mask, it's slightly askew, giving this weird Uncanny Valley effect, plus there's Laurie's completely off the top of her head description of the afterlife, essentially an And I Must Scream scenario.
  • Turistas, a 2006 thriller about a group of American tourists in Brazil, after a mishap with a bus, decide to head to a local bar for some drinks. Only it goes downhill from there as they are drugged, have all their possessions stolen, and are lured into a house where a mad doctor guts them for organs to sell on the black market. Brazil wasn't too happy about this movie.
  • The Unborn. The opening scene, where out jogging, you run into a stray glove in the road. You turn around and see the owner of the matching one standing right behind you, just staring. An odd cut, and you're suddenly faced with a pit bull wearing a papier-mâché human mask. He waddles off into the woods, and for no real reason, you decide to follow him. You come across the mask lying on the ground, and dig down into the dirt to find the strings attached to a disturbing-looking fetus in a jar. Zoom in slowly on its little swollen face, and the eyes burst open.
  • When a Stranger Calls Back, (The made-for-TV sequel to the original When a Stranger Calls.), has an innocent schoolgirl stalked by William Landis, a psychopathic ventriloquist who, in the film's climax, paints himself to look like the wall behind him, so if the lights are off, he's practically invisible. It sounds cartoony, but when you see him do it, and realize that it could actually be done in real life, it's utterly creepy.
  • The White Ribbon. Imagine this: you live in a small German village in the months leading up to World War I. Strange events begin to happen to citizens. Someone strings a wire to trip the doctor as he rides his horse, a worker falls through a weak floor and dies, two children go missing at separate times and are found severely beaten, one of them nearly blinded. What can you do about this? Absolutely nothing. You can't find out who is behind these crimes, and if you pursue suspicions, your reputation is likely to be ruined. That is what happens to the protagonist and narrator of this film. The cinematography and atmosphere of the film are so cold, it's like you are watching a serious version of Village of the Damned (1960), where the children don't have psychic powers, but are still creepy and are clearly hiding something, but there isn't a single thing you can do about it, so you better just leave.
  • Zombi 2/Zombie Flesh Eaters/Zombie. The movie contains an excellent and painfully slow scene of a face being pulled toward a very long splinter of wood. Lucio Fulci, the director, was known for including lots of gore in his movies. And doing it well.

    Sci-Fi 
  • The Abyss: Lindsey drowning in the damaged submersible, while her husband has to watch, no less. The water's rising and she's clearly terrified, trying to breathe right up until the submersible has completely flooded.
  • Donnie Darko: Frank the Rabbit. That is all.
  • Doomsday. The "cookout" scene; the worst part is that it doesn't bother with discretion, it really just keeps on going and going.
  • Fire in the Sky: The scene on the alien craft; this film is not billed as a horror but it probably should be.
  • Gamer: The concept; it takes place in the future, in which online video games have you controlling real, living, breathing people. If you're playing a first-person shooter, there's no respawning at all, so when your player dies, he's permanently dead.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Humma Kavula is a semi-insane missionary living amongst the Jatravartid people of Viltvodle VI, and a former space pirate. (It was presumably during his time as a pirate that he lost his legs and had them replaced with telescoping mechanical spider appendages). He wears thick glasses, which make his eyes appear normal when worn; however, when he removes the glasses, he appears to have shrunken black pits where his eyes should be.
    • The scene where he surgically removes Zaphod's second head behind a curtain while Zaphod is aware and complaining is a bit disturbing.
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man: The fight between the now very tiny Scott Carey and the spider. Yes, it was made over fifty years ago and on a shoestring budget. However, the whole appearance of the spider was very, very creepy. From when it first appeared crawling out of the crate to when after the basement floods, it tramples on top of the matchbox that Scott now lives in. Finally, the battle when the spider crawls over him is chilling, and when Scott stabs it, it's enough to give one nightmares. Then you see that red hour glass shape on the bottom of the spider, you realize what type of spider it was leading to a Fridge Horror.
  • The Philadelphia Experiment: A man and a destroyer are sent forward through time as a result of the experiments, which were meant to make the ship temporarily invisible. Time travel certainly isn't all that scary, but that way that the movie pointed out the mechanics of molecularizing the objects moving through time and putting them back together is disturbing; let's just say the crew of that destroyer has a rather permanent tour, and that they've never felt closer to their ship.
  • Saturn 3 had the most terrifying robot in history. It's introduced to us from the feet up (around 1:40 in this trailer), looking for all the world like a skinned, metallic corpse with tubes for veins and metal plates where its muscles would be. Slowly, more of it is revealed, until we come to its head... or lack of one. All it has on top are two insectile, twitching, glowing eyes on an arm. It doesn't talk — it merely flicks its eyes around to stare at you. When you combine those attributes with its measured tread, its deliberately inhuman movements and the fact that it's learning directly from the thoughts of the murderous, psychotic handler who has a stalkercrush on Farrah Fawcett, it invokes the eeriest elements of the Uncanny Valley, essentially recreating Frankenstein's Monster in space. But scarier. What happens near the end of the film isn't pretty either: the handler places his own brain inside the robot, which wears the front of his face like a mask.
  • Skyline:
    • The images of hundreds of people getting sucked up into space ships, all of them screaming.
    • The aliens dissolve the heads of human victims and leave the brain intact for, all intents and purposes, a battery.
    • The giant "Tank" Aliens, who use their tentacles to capture humans and forcibly (no doubt painfully) suck them into their bodies.
  • Starship Troopers: The brain bug; not just what it did to people, but what the humans did to it once it was captured. Allegedly, the sequels expanded on the theme, especially how it controlled its human victims.
  • Strange Days: In the near future, there's a technology that allows to encode and record on disc someone's sensorial experience, allowing another person to experience it later on playing the disc as if watching a movie, re-living everything like if he made it himself. The serial killer in the movie uses it to record his experience while he rapes and kills women, and in the meantime he puts another sensorial machine onto her victims so that they can feel his excitement while he rapes-kills them, enhancing their fear, which would be disturbing enough by itself. But the feedback works both ways, therefore the assassin himself feels the victim's feelings as if he's being raped and killed himself, only exciting him even more, in a perverted infinite loop of murdering. The whole thing is so sick that when the protagonist find a disc made by the killer and watch it he gets terrifically shocked and he's incapacitated for a while.
  • Sunshine: Several characters die by simply being roasted by the sun, due to having no atmosphere or objects blocking the sun from them. While for one, it was something akin to a religious experience, the crew got to listen to the other screaming in pain for about a minute while the sun's rays coming through his visor destroyed his face and head, and the rest of his body simply superheated and boiled.
  • Supernova. The crew members of the ship all die in very creepy ways. One of them melts into the structure of the suspended animation pod that should have kept him safe during the hyperspace jump. Unfortunately, his doesn't seal completely. The rest of the deaths are as bad. When it was in the theaters, this movie was rated PG-13; it has since been re-rated to R.

    Superhero 
  • 3DevAdam: Back in the 1970s, there was apparently a portion of the Turkish film industry who couldn't care less about copyright laws and made unauthorized films about a number of superhero, action/adventure and sci-fi properties. That's just kinda weird, but one of the most infamous was this film, which involved Captain America, a Mexican wrestler known as El Santo, and Spider-Man. Except it wasn't Spider-Man; it was an evildoer called Spider-Man with a similar costume to Spidey's. Even that wouldn't be so bad, except that this "Spider-Man" doesn't just want to rob banks or take over the world, he's also a serial killer and rapist. There's some unfathomably freakish imagery, like he has some gerbils or hamsters eat someone's eyes out.
  • Kick-Ass: The torture and attempted execution scene is incredibly unbearable to watch. They light Big Daddy on fire, and watch him burn, complete with blisters and torched flesh in the aftermath as he struggled to breathe, and eventually suffocate.
  • The Toxic Avenger: The transformation from 98-pound nerd Melvin Ferd into Toxie. His skin bubbles, pustules form all over his face, and his hair falls out.

    Western 
  • A Fistful of Dollars. Ramon Rojo himself is this. His series of crimes throughout the film, such as murders, robberies, massacres, ruining families or attempted rape, do not have a motive behind them, and are committed simply For the Evulz. That's on top of being a bastard whose only joy seems to be the violence, an extreme jerk in his interactions with, oh, pretty much everybody, and the brains of a gang of illegal rum-runners who keeps a stranglehold on the life of a small town.
  • Once Upon a Time in the West. Specifically, Frank. His first appearance is enough of a creepy guy, killing an entire family right down to their youngest child. Then later, it's revealed that when Harmonica was younger, Frank forced him to "keep his lovin' brother happy" by using the poor kid as a human hanging stool, such that when his strength gave out, said brother would die, all while Frank has the most terrifying Slasher Smile ever.
  • The Searchers includes not only the very eerie abduction scene of Debbie in the cemetary but also the possible crossing of the Moral Event Horizon in our hero shooting out the eyes of a Comanche's corpse so that he will forever wander blind in the spirit world.
  • However, none of the previously mentioned examples are compared to a scene from the movie Django, when some outlaws cut off a man's ear and make him eat it. Very disturbing. It's probably the most sadistic scene in the entire Western genre. Several villains in Sergio Leone's films has cruel acts, but this goes too far!

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