Specifically, the opening disaster scenes, which prey on our everyday fears (flying, driving, carnival rides and now crossing bridges).
Bludworth himself seems to be nightmare fuel for various reasons: 1. He is played by The Candyman himself Tony Todd. 2. He knows more about death more than anyone else. 3. This is the big one: He may as well be the reaper himself and only gives the protagonists cryptic advice because he took pity on them. The other characters on the list were either already dead or too busy to talk to him.
Out of all the deaths, one of the most disturbing and drawn out from the first one was the teacher's.
Final Destination 2
The shadowy, skeletal hands.
Nora's death by Evil Elevator. Especially because it can and has actually happened.
Final Destination 3
Busted or not, the tanning bed death in the third movie is still horrific.
From the third movie, Erin's death. For extra Paranoia Fuel, the first video that shows after typing 'Death by nailgun' in Youtube's search bar is a clip of that exact scene. Coincidence much, or maybe this, too, is a part of Death's plan?
The entire concept is bad enough. (Oh, you managed to avoid dying? Fine. Now your death will be several times more horrifying, painful, or both.) Then there are some of the deaths themselves. To this day, I am unable to listen to the song "Roller Coaster of Love" thanks to the third movie, where it played as two girls were burned alive in tanning booths.
That scene is the reason why I will never ever EVER use a tanning booth. The rest of the deaths seem hilarious, okay, except for the ones at the end, but the thought of dying that way! Ugh! It doesn't help that where I am from, a 10-year-old girl managed to give herself something like 2nd degree burns to 70% of her body.
As a avid roller coaster rider, the sequence at the beginning made this troper cringe. Granted coasters don't work that way (they use air for compression on the safety bars to keep them locked down during the high speeds. Not oil as shown here) and the whole thing implausibly started over a camera that was dropped and wrapped itself on the track. But the way the rest of the sequence was shot was still frighteningly realistic.
As a former theme park employee I would agree on the oil thing and the typical air compression system. Roller Coasters are taken care of every morning and have alarm systems if something is wrong with it just so things like that never happen. However, consider some of the deaths like the razor sharp swords at the school and other pointless deaths that seem implausible. The whole planet has no OSHA standards. It's very probable that the Roller Coaster really would realistically use a horrible horrible safety system like that. Death is less of a dick than trying to point out all the mechanical flaws like only he knows.......and the Voodoo Shark is gone.
The Final Destination
Samantha's sons watched as their mother had a rock launched into her face.
Final Destination 5
The nail was on the gymnastics bar was terrifying for some reason, I really thought she was going to slice her Achilles tendon or something. But when she actually did die, that was just, AHH. The fact that she's still twitching is even more horrific.
The LASIK surgery scene in the fifth movie. Holy crap.
Oh Lord. The trailer featuring that scene started airing roughly two weeks before I was scheduled to get LASIK. It turns out LASIK doesn't work that way, which should be comforting, but really isn't.
Something that is also comforting is that the girl in that whole laser situation got saved by the protagonists, still makes the death possibly greusome and nightmarish, kinda like the car-wash death in final destination 4/The Final Destination.
The scene in question is here, oh how I pity the curious. Don't watch if either you are planning on getting a LASIK operation or just have eyes.
The whole concept of "Taking another's life for yours", case you don't know it, if you're on Death's list, you can kill a person who wasn't even on Death's list, be it on purpose or by mistake, they take your spot on the list and you get their lifespan and you're homefree. Sounds fair and well, but then conflict comes in, do you have what it takes to kill a completely innocent person who wasn't even on Death's list, just so you can live longer? It gets worse as you realize that even if you do kill a person, you don't know how long they were even gonna be alive! For all you know, the person can either live for a long time before dying or suddenly die the next day, week, maybe even next hour. The countdown to your impending death doesn't help things either.
That bloke getting impaled on acupuncture needles, almost burning to death and having his head crushed by a Buddha statue... Just... Damn.