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Nightmare Fuel: Hannibal
"Amuse-bouche": The perp buried diabetics alive and grew mushrooms out of their bodies. Oh, and that first body we saw, the one that had duct-tape over its mouth which was subsequently ripped off, ALONG WITH HIS LIPS? Still alive. Enjoy.
"Coquilles": Angels whose "wings" are made from flesh stripped from their backs. It is specifically mentioned that the victims were still alive while this was being done to them.
Also, the killer proceeded to castrate himself and do the exact same process to himself that he did to others. And all this because he was afraid of death because of his incurable cancer.
And at the end of the episode Will sees the Angel Maker get down from his suspended position and begin talking to him. Will then closes his eyes, and when he opens them again, the Angel Maker was back, suspended from the barn. Dammit, Will's empathy hallucinations. You did it again.
"Sorbet": The killer was a part-time paramedic who wanted to be a doctor. That's why the organ removal was so badly done; he was actually trying to save his "patients" but lost control of the situation. He even cut a guy open so he could manually stimulate the heart in an effort to save him. Imagine dying while your organ-harvester is desperately trying to save your life.
In "Trou Normand", Hannibal is comforting Abigail and telling her Will and he are going to protect her...right before he cocks his head and STARES INTO THE CAMERA.
Considering the subject matter, that this show would include Nightmare Fuel in nearly every episode is a given, but let's specifically mention the entire freakin' episode "Buffet Froid" on here just for outdoing the entire first season thus far in sheer pants-craptitude. We've got creepy dead-eyed girls hiding under beds, girls whose skin rips off their arms as easily as a glove, encephalitis, unethical doctors hiding supremely important health information from their patients, extreme Glasgow-smile butchery, the most confusing flashbacks ever, the most confusing time-loss flash forwards ever, and now WILL AND THOSE CLOCKS. And fish are not supposed to bleed that much.
Georgia walking in on Hannibal as he's essentially ripping Dr Sutcliffe's skull in two. He turns around to see her; since she can't recognise faces, she doesn't see his — only an blank expanse with hints of the skull underneath. Sleep well!
Will has a seizure that causes his eyes to roll up into his head. Good luck sleeping tonight.
Gideon operates on Chilton while he's awake — admittedly with local anesthetic — and removes at least some of his organs, as well as showing them to him. After Gideon flees the scene, law enforcement officers find Chilton with his abdomen still open and his intestines bulging out.
The death of Georgia, burned alive after picking the world's worst place to comb her hair. The slow-motion flames added to the horror. Her charred remains, so blackened as to be unrecognizable, are also nightmarish.
The end of "Relevés". Hannibal tips his hand and Abigail finally realizes his true nature when they're alone in her house miles from Will, Jack, or anyone who can intervene. When she says Will told her that the man who called her father was a serial killer, Hannibal tells her that he called her father to warn him they were coming and did so out of curiosity for the outcome (which resulted in Abigail's mother being killed). He tells her that he killed her best friend for the same, and that he hoped she would kill Nick Boyle to see how much she was like her father. He says it was a good thing she murdered Nick because it changed her. He takes her hand and tells her he has killed many more than her father did. On the verge of tears, she asks him if he'll kill her. He caresses her face and apologizes for not being able to protect her. Episode over. The situation is scary enough, but Hannibal instantly switching gears from comforting friend to ice cold killer is very unnerving.
In "Savoureux", we finally see the Ravenstag/Wendigo in its full glory. And find out that it's been Hannibal all along.
The sound that plays during that scene.
Will waking up from a nightmare and immediately vomiting up Abigail's ear into his sink.
When Will and Hannibal enter the Hobbs' kitchen for the final time, and we see where Abigail died. There is so much blood, it looks more like Abigail was liquefied.
Will regaining his memory of Hannibal force-feeding him Abigail's ear.
The opening fight scene in "Kaiseki". Crawford and Hannibal are beating the shit out of each other, until Hannibal fakes going unconcious when Crawford puts him in a chokehold. Hannibal suddenly stabs him in the neck with a shard of glass and, when the wounded Crawford stumbles into the wine cellar, Lecter grabs two knives and starts animalistically shouldering the door down.
Two more examples of notes from "Kaiseki": the first is when Alana tries to bring back Will's memories, and he sees an entire banquet of Food Porn gone horribly wrong, at the head of which is the Wendigo. The second is even worse, with the newest victim of the Season 2 criminal waking up in a silo of human bodies, all neatly tied together and arranged in a spiral. It's his screams that really sell it, though.
Thought the ending of "Kaiseki" was freaky? Well, this one begins right where it left off, with the victim tearing chunks of his own flesh off in order to escape the human mural, whimpering and screaming with every motion, before being chased through a cornfield by the killer and forced to jump off of a cliff to escape, busting his head open on some rocks on the way down. Hope you weren't planning on sleeping any time soon...
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, the scene where Dr. Du Maurier comes to Hannibal's house to tell him she won't be his therapist anymore. The body language and chemistry between the actors is almost unbearably tense, and you have no idea what's going to happen. With every step Hannibal takes, Du Maurier takes one back, her fear clearly showing through her feigned stoicism. He visibly notices the first time this happens, and then keeps doing it anyway. Plus, he openly smirks when she discusses how their backstory would be just as incriminating for her.
Will discovers the fate he faces: the state executes him for Hannibal's crimes, while Hannibal murders freely under no suspicion.
In "Hassun", Hannibal's yandere aspect emerges. The episode implies that his machinations and killings are depraved attempts to understand and show love for Will.
In "Hassun", an unknown killer murders a court bailiff and a judge, demonstrating that even authority figures are not beyond the murderous grasp of serial killers. The fact that he murdered the judge in his own office also show that the killer can penetrate and undermine places of authority.
Given the circumstances, it appears that someone other than Hannibal committed those crimes, and Hannibal is merely taking advantage of them in order to keep Will from the death penalty. Of course, the idea of there being another killer out there who has already displayed similar planning, forethought, and meticulousness is no less terrifying.
"Takiawase". We find out Hannibal was inducing seizures in Will with drugs and epileptic strobe light therapy.
Will hallucinates a psychiatric session with Hannibal, in which Dr. Lecter's face becomes distorted similarly to the clock drawings.
Incidentally, the episode's killer also utilizes an Eye Scream methodology similar to that employed by Doctor Gideon — plunge a metal skewer through the eye and scramble the brain behind it. But these victims are still alive. One was found wandering in a park covered in bee stings and without eyes. The other had a hive grown in his head and torso.
When Beverly is discovered in Hannibal's basement by the good doctor. He waits like a predator, silent and calm until he's seen. And then he moves so fast, to turn out the lights and plunge his foe into darkness, she fires off five shots. The last goes through the ceiling...
Katherine Primm's quietly proud monologue where she reveals why, precisely, she was killing people and putting beehives in their skulls, is creepy.
The observatory's third grisly occurrence: Beverly Katz filleted like a Damien Hirst exhibit, and placed between glass panes for Jack to find, while Hannibal makes a pie from her kidneys.
Matthew Brown's attempt on Hannibal's life: simultaneously crucifying and hanging him while his victim is half-naked.
Even worse when you consider it from Hannibal's point of view. He never expected this from Will, and he's completely helpless until Jack arrives on the scene. While he is usually calm and collected, maintaining full control of the situation, this is the first time we see him genuinely frightened for his life. Or frightened at all, for that matter.
Hannibal feeding Dr Gideon his own amputated leg as a last meal.
This. My God, something about this scene terrified me more than any of the other cannibalism on the show. I think it was the way in which Gideon was behaving under Hannibal's influence. The way he eats it, nonchalant, savors the meat for a moment before turning back to Hannibal and saying:
Dr. Gideon: My compliments to the chef.
Miriam Lass having probably spent the better part of two years locked away by Lecter in an underground chamber.
"Yakimono" is terrifying. From Miriam's brief recollections of her time in captivity to Hannibal framing Chilton in the most horrific way possible.
There's something deeply unsettling about any scene with Hannibal and Alana in bed. It probably has something to do with the fact that it's romanticized the same way other sex scenes are on television, despite the fact that it's Hannibal that Alana is having sex with.
Horses. With people in them. One of the 'victims' being left to crawl out of the horses gut while alive. Just. There is murder,and then there is literally stuffing people inside of dead animals. Watching the man crawl out past intestines and other organs is deeply disturbing.
The Early-Bird Cameo of Mason Verger in "Su-zakana". In just a few seconds, he casually breaks the arm of his sister Margot and wipes away and collects her tears for sadistic reasoning: putting them in a martini glass and drinking it. The more chilling is the sole piece of dialogue.
Mason: You should have taken the chocolate, Margot.
"Shiizakana" is an episode that feels more like a classic horror. Randall Tier, the Killer of the Week, is a madman who believes that he is an animal born in a man's body. So he builds a beast suit using bones of extinct Cave Bears and pneumatic engineering, and then hunts people in the dark with it. Seeing that suit stalk people in the dark, chase them across the snow and then tear them into pieces is terrifying. Especially when it's Will Graham's turn.
Mason Verger's introduction in "Naka-Choko" is appropriately terrifying. He not only demonstrates the man-eating pigs he's cultivated, he does so by using a meat dummy made to look like Margot. In front of Margot, while saying how she would have nothing without him.
The speech Mason gives to Margot in "Ko No Mono", about the next generation of Vergers; how his son would be her heir as well and a child bringing them closer together. It could've been just Incest Subtext if only Mason didn't throw in how he had viable sperm. If you know the Vergers' backstory from the novels, it becomes all the more unsettling.
Mason forcibly sterilizing his sister.
Even worse, it's clear that he does so by having *all* her reproductive organs removed, rather than simply tying her tubes or something less invasive and destructive.
Mason's fate in "Tome-wan": being convinced, under the influence of drugs, to skin his own face off, eating parts of it himself and feeding parts to Will's dogs. Then being left quadraplegic, and under the care of the sister he's tortured all his life. Utterly deserved and deeply satisfying, but still, horrifying.
Hannibal finally letting his appearance of humanity and civility drop in the Season 2 finale, hissing "He's in the pantry" to describe Jack to Alana.
Hannibal stalking a defenceless Alana through the house while he's carrying a pair of kitchen knives. Then, if that wasn't enough to turn your blood to ice, he lays them down, curls his fists...and continues stalking her.
Alana (possibly) dying outside Hannibal's house alone in the rain.
Right after discovering that Abigail is alive, Will is forced to watch as Hannibal ruthlessly slices open the girl's throat, too grievously injured to protect her in any way. And this is the second time such a thing has happened to Will, although this time around he's bleeding out on the kitchen floor with Abigail — a young girl who has become like a daughter to him — desperately attempting to slow the blood flow from her lacerated throat while on the front porch an innocent woman dies/is dying: before Abigail's mother, this time Alana. And there's absolutely nothing Will can do to stop it.
Abigail's entire fate, as revealed by the end of Season 2, is pretty nightmarish. As if she hadn't already been through enough, she ends up entirely brainwashed by Hannibal, after spending seven months in his care. Left little more than an empty shell that operates solely on his command alone, and then left to die by the very same person holding her captive the entire time. Simply because her role had been extinguished. It's pretty clear that things were never going to turn out any shade of good for her.
Jack wheezing with a slashed neck as his terminally ill wife attempts to call him.