Nightmare Fuel / Flash Gordon

The comic strip

  • A lot of what Queen Azura does to Flash; she brainwashes him continuously via a magic drug, which has the added effect of giving him nightmares.

The Filmation cartoon

  • Some of the animation for the monsters, as well as the monsters themselves.
  • The starving, emaciated prisoners in Ming's mines who are explicitly stated to be blind from radiation poisoning.

1980 film:

  • For as campy and entertaining as it is, the Memory Eraser scene is surprisingly intense.
  • Some of the Aliens and Monsters (and their strange clothes) could qualify.
  • The scene with the Wood Beast is genuinely tense, especially after Barin performs a Mercy Kill on a young man (barely out of teenage) after he's bitten.
  • Klytus' death, complete with bulging eyes and tongue. Squick.
  • Barin grabs a visor off of a mook, realizing too late that the thing is wired directly into the poor guy's brain via his eye sockets. Cue the mook's agonized death cry and Barin's Squick reaction.
  • The bore worms. They're never shown on screen; all we get is Aura's panic when Ming orders Klytus to use them on her. But that, combined with the name BORE WORMS suggests something outrageously nasty.