Nightmare Fuel / Frozen
Don't come BAAAAACK!
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Frozen is one emotionally grueling film.

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     The Disney film 
  • Elsa's powers are triggered by her showing any emotion, and they cannot be turned off. She's seen using them to attack at some points.
    • In the first scene, she accidentally hits Anna in the head with an ice blast, knocking her out, and screams for her parents. They are just as confused and scared as she is.
      • Even better, the first thing they do is ask, "Elsa, what have you done?", even though they didn't know if she caused it or not. That must have hit right in Elsa's self esteem.
    • Imagine being poor Elsa and having to hide away all alone, completely afraid of yourself for years on end. It's heartbreaking to hear her shout for the others to leave her alone, because she doesn't want to hurt anyone and is so afraid she will.
    • The biggest result of her powers: the eternal winter that literally freezes an entire kingdom in ice. For all we know, the entire world was in the deep freeze and we just don't see it.
    • Elsa can create sentient life at will, which basically makes her a goddess. Sure, said life could be cute and friendly like Olaf, but it could also be Marshmallow, a rampaging mountain of temperamental snow fully willing and able to toss someone off a mountain as retribution for getting hit with a snowball. While Marshmallow was an intentional creation, Olaf was not, meaning that in a moment of stress or panic Elsa could unleash such a creature without even realizing she had done so.
  • Whenever her extreme fear takes over, Elsa's ice turns black and sharp. Case in point, when she accidentally freezes the water fountain during the ball. Her ice is no longer soft, and it's not polished and refined, but instead it's rather feral-looking. Props to the animators for being able to illustrate Elsa's emotions so well just through the appearance of her ice.
  • Elsa nearly killing the Duke's men with her ice powers. The two may be villains, but they are after all only acting on the Duke's orders, and their potential horrible deaths would have made Elsa a killer for real, even if she was doing it out of self-defense.
    • Arguably, what makes it scarier is how Elsa went from merciful to murderous. At first, she merely pleaded with them to leave her alone. She didn't begin to fight until one of the men shot at her. Even at the start of the battle, it looks more like she's only trying to keep them away from her than outright hurt them. But after it cuts back from Hans defeating Marshmallow, Elsa is actively trying to kill them. Of course, you could argue she hardly had a choice.
    • Two armed men chasing down and cornering a terrified twenty-one year old girl is a little more than punch clock villainy.
    • Look for the brief shot where Elsa begins actively and aggressively (there's a gif of it here). The look of hatred and pure rage on her face is downright chilling. If Hans had not called her off, she would have killed both of those men for sure.
    • The first crossbow bolt fired at Elsa almost nailed her in the head, comming withing inches of her face before she caught it. Had she been even a bit slower, that bolt would have gone right through her eye.
  • When Elsa and Anna are taken to the trolls so they can heal Anna's head, Grand Pabbie tells her that her powers will only get stronger and that while they can be beautiful, people will also fear them, and that fear will be her enemy. This is accompanied by him conjuring a glowing effigy of an older Elsa creating her ice magic only to suddenly be attacked and presumably killed by an angry mob and letting out a terrified scream as they all take her down. They're doing this to Elsa when she was eight-years-old.
  • When their parents bring Anna to Grand Pabbie to heal her from the damage done by Elsa, the first thing he asks is about Elsa's powers is "Born with the powers or cursed?", as if Pabbie is a doctor and Elsa's powers are some sort of medical condition. It's treated as a throwaway line, but in reality, it can create numerous Fridge Horror scenarios in this already frightening universe. For instance, there could be other people like Elsa in similar situations, and instead of being born with them, they could've gotten it in situations as simple as provoking the wrong person.
    • King Agdar specifically knew where to go when they found Anna was struck, and the way he reacted when told about Elsa's possible future, you could infer he had an older family member who dealt with a similar situation.
  • The wolves coming after Kristoff, Sven and Anna, especially when one grabs Kristoff and drags him behind the sled. The glowing eyes are the first thing we see of them.
    • Two of them latch onto him and don't let go while Sven is moving at full speed. It's pretty obvious that if Kristoff wasn't wearing his heavy winter clothes, he would have probably bled to death from severe puncture wounds.
  • Marshmallow growing icepick fangs and claws to fight off Hans and the guards, as pictured above. And earlier, when he didn't have them, what he screams in Anna and Kristoff's face:
    • It's scary enough the first time he shows up, given how close he comes to actually killing Anna and Kristoff.
    • To make it worse, when Marshmallow screamed "DON'T COME BAACK!" he was only verbally chastising them for bothering Elsa. In the original animated version of the scene, he was actively trying to seriously injure, if not outright kill Anna and Kristoff.
  • The Duke of Weselton's judgmental hatred of magic and sorcery and those who practice them as "monsters", to the extent of even tarring the next of kin with that brush (he was dead set on thinking Anna a co-conspirator with Elsa at the beginning) and wanting them killed at all costs is also pretty nasty, even if not in Hans' league. Ironically had Hans not changed his mind by lying to him about Anna's death, he would have probably attempted to kill Anna too.
  • After The Reveal, Anna nearly freezes to death, completely alone and not just alone, but weakly pleading for someone to help her. No one hears or even bothers to go back to the room she's locked into, thanks to Hans lying to everyone that she was already dead.
    • Even worse, Hans' case would technically be right. The blizzard Elsa has caused was already making the room grow colder and speeding up Anna's demise. So if he had won, Elsa would really have killed her own sister!
  • Following The Reveal, Anna is left for dead, and freezing to death is discovered by Olaf, who immediately responds to lighting a fire, thus achieving his lifelong dream of experiencing heat. While this scene may perhaps not immediately appear nightmare inducing consider this: Not only is the scene itself creepily unsettling, starting with the darkened overcast shadows as fire dances around the parlor (and the fact that he'll be a puddle inside of ten minutes flat), but it also mirrors how a young child may first interact with fire. From being perpetually mesmerized by it to finally reaching out and burning his hand, Olaf's potential demise symbolizes any Adult Fear.
    Olaf: Wooahh! So this is heat! (gets burned; quickly waving it out) OH! But, don't touch it!
    • Then Olaf says that he's okay with melting if it means he can keep Anna company, which is both Nightmare Fuel and a Tear Jerker. Granted, he makes it funny immediately afterwards to lighten the mood, but it doesn't completely keep the initial line from being disturbing.
  • Anna's Painful Transformation into ice during the climax. Even the moments before then, showing her aching and quivering as her body temperature gradually lowers, freezing her from the inside out! You can even see frostbite settling in on her freezing, blue fingers and there's a bit visible on her face. One can only imagine that it must be extremely painful for her. The worst part is when the curse finally freezes her solid, her last breath fogs as it leaves her body.
    • There's also a rather disturbing detail of a snowflake forming in Anna's irises as she freezes. The original concept art of this scene took this to an outright terrifying extent to where the snowflake in Anna's irises expand as her pupils constrict and the snowflake completely takes over her eyes.
  • It's a short scene, but Kristoff nearly getting impaled by a large icicle in an icy cavern counts.
  • This counts as a Tear Jerker, but the brief scene of the ship carrying Anna and Elsa's parents going down in a huge storm during one of the songs. No sound, no indication of any people drowning, just a large wave overwhelming the ship—and when the wave recedes, bits of the mast can be seen floating in the water. No one had any chance to scream.
  • The Duke's men were simply merciless and had absolutely no regrets or hesitation with killing Elsa. They just stormed past Marshmallow, chased Elsa through the castle and even after Elsa pleads them to leave her alone, they still aim and shoot at her. Even Hans is begging them not to kill her!
    • Poor Elsa had never used her powers to fight or hurt people, but to be forced into that position must have been terrifying for her as you can see by the looks on her face while she is fighting back.
    • The entire scene is full of fuel because Elsa was finally free and stayed in her own world far away from anyone else where no one could find her or bother her, and she (albeit falsely) believed could never hurt anyone up there. She must have felt terrified that her long awaited paradise was ultimately crushed and she was cruelly taken out by the chandelier.
    • There's a Freeze-Frame Bonus the moment Elsa looks up to the chandelier as it falls, you can see it reflecting in her eyes and she's like, "Oh, Christ."
  • The reprise of "The First time in Forever" is Elsa's greatest fears coming true. Her attempt to leave and be free has doomed a whole kingdom of people, including her sister. Anna thinks Elsa can fix everything and Elsa is forced to confront the fact that she doesn't know how to save them, and when Elsa tries to convince her sister to leave she does the one thing she'd been trying not to since the accident: she hurts Anna. What does her fear do? Create a horrifying howling blizzard in the room, thus making things even worse.
  • Everyone is on the verge of dying from a massive cold front by the end. If this doesn't sink in the impersonal, terrifying power of ice as outlined in "Frozen Heart" nothing else does.
  • Elsa was almost killed by Hans' Viking sword, as would have Anna had she not turned to ice. That sword previously hacked right through Marshmallow's thigh. The realization that two young, thin, lightly built girls were in danger of being hit by a weapon on those lines, as well as the thought of what kind of carnage would have happened, is truly frightening.
    • Somewhat less so when you realize that Marshmallow, by all appearances, is made of the same form of loosely-packed snow as Olaf, but still a gruesome prospect regardless.
    • Some Fridge Horror makes the scene even worse: regardless of whether or not Hans intended to kill Anna in that scene, had he successfully killed Elsa, then Anna never would have gotten her act of true love to dethaw her. She would have been left as an ice statue forever had Hans murdered Elsa.
  • The entire blizzard sequence at the climax, due to all the confusion surrounding it; Anna desperately searches for Kristoff, Kristoff desperately searches for Anna, Olaf is blown away by the wind, Sven almost drowns in ice water and Elsa is trying in vain to escape with Hans in hot pursuit. All while Kristoff and Anna both know of the very real danger Anna is facing and Hans will try to kill Elsa when he catches up to her.
  • As soon as Anna informs Elsa of the winter she's caused, Elsa begins to have a panic attack. It's scary enough to see Elsa in that condition, but what makes it more so is her panic attack is frighteningly realistic. It really doesn't help that Anna genuinely is making it worse.
  • When Elsa runs out of the coronation party, knowing that her powers are starting to run haywire, a woman approaches her, asking, "Your majesty? Are you all right?", and holding out her baby as if she'd like Elsa to bless it.
    • Especially upsetting for Elsa as it was accidentally hurting a small child that started her Trauma Conga Line in the first place.
    • In response to "Are you all right?" you can faintly hear Else whisper, "No", right before she grabs the fountain with her ungloved hand and freeze it into that hideous form.
  • Non-English versions of "Love is An Open Door" are even moreso than the original because the foreshadow that Hans is the villain is much less evident because the double entendre of "We finish each others'..." "Sandwiches!" is not translatable.
  • The scene when Elsa tells her father to back off because she is scared of icing him is mostly tearjerking...but takes a really creepy vibe in the Cantonese dub, where it is rather eerily similar to a certain Hong Kong government child molestation ad from the '90s (except with the harm reversed) that is probably still the scariest thing in the minds of many 90s HK kids.
  • When Kristoff turns to see how the freeze is only getting worse. You can see a mass of realisation on his face, even though he's been told nothing - that the kiss didn't work. It's a nightmare for him.
  • The whole movie is the story of two girls who were kept in near total isolation for most of their childhood, with one of them perpetually scared of hurting people she loves, and the other having being made to forget why this happens, to the point they both end up showing clear signs of some personality disorder. In a Disney movie.

    Stuff relating to Hans (Warning: Massive unmarked spoilers) 
  • Hans is probably one of Disney's scariest, and probably the most perfect depiction of a sociopath in Disney history. "Oh, Anna... if only there was someone out there who loved you." With one line, his entire character is thrown into question.
    • Hans uses his nice guy act to woo Anna and try to rule the kingdom, manages to capture Elsa while still seeming like a good guy as he calmly asks her to stop the winter, and only reveals his true nature when Anna desperately needs the love she thinks he can provide.
    • Then, after coldly trying to speed up Anna's death, he goes back to acting perfectly like the panicked, grieving lover in front of the other dignitaries, to where even the Duke of Weselton tries to comfort him.
    • This is someone who can fake Love at First Sight perfectly. Terrifying, and unlike other villains, where it's just the characters who don't know they're evil (or don't know how evil they are, like Gaston), there is no hint of this villain's nature until the reveal. At which point the Fridge Horror kicks in... He was fully set on marrying Anna before he discovered she was dying and he didn't have to. This calls to mind many real-life stories of people who meet a lover who appears to be a perfect, funny and charming person, and it's only until after marriage that they suddenly reveal their true, abusive and monstrous nature.
    • This character is scary not because of what he'll do, but what he will not do. It's perfectly possible, and the movie itself never discounts it, that he wants to be a good King for whatever reason and just sees killing two sisters as the necessary price to be paid. If you didn't get in his way, he might seem like a nice guy to you for your entire life.
    • There's the Slasher Smile that comes just when he's about to kill Elsa. It suggests that he might enjoy killing her. It was either decapitate Elsa or chop her in half with a huge freaking Viking sword. You know how people say Hans is like a corrupt noble straight out of Game of Thrones who is related to someone as sociopathic as Joffrey? Well, this makes their case.
    • Every word of his taunting and mocking Anna after he refuses to kiss her, as it sinks in with a horrified Anna (and audience) just what Hans is and just how much danger both Anna and Elsa are in. For that matter, pretending he's going to kiss Anna, then pulling back at the last second and revealing his true colors. He kept leading her on solely for the purpose of being an asshole and twisting the knife deeper.
    • Even more distressingly, look at Anna's reaction to being asked about Hans when Olaf saves her, "I was wrong about him. It wasn't true love. I don't even know what love is." Three successive sentences where she blames herself and not Hans for what has happened. The full extent of the impact Hans' betrayal has left on Anna can be seen here, when he has managed to humiliate Anna by causing her to feel guilt for how willing she was to believe he loved her.
    • Here's one more bit of Fridge Horror. Up until his reveal, Hans was acting exactly like a stereotypical Disney prince should do. Can we honestly know for sure all of them were entirely genuine in their actions after this?
    • Everything he did up to The Reveal is a lot creepier upon watching the movie a second time, knowing that he's been plotting regicide and usurpation from the start.
    • Given how intelligent Hans is, several viewers were surprised he picked up the Villain Ball and left Anna to die unattended — it's easy to just imagine Hans locking the door from the inside, pulling up a chair, and just watching Anna die. It probably was considered, but just too dark for the movie.
  • A Frozen Heart reveals some disturbing things about Hans and his world (note that this is has not been confirmed as canon):