Creator/HayaoMiyazaki is one of the greatest {{anime}} film directors of this generation. That being said it doesn't mean that his works won't frighten you.

Spoilers for several films below.

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* ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' has several very frightening scenes. For anyone afraid of corpses, it's a bad movie. The protagonists end up in a dungeon filled with centuries worth of unwanted guests and they even take a nap there. Bonus points for later featuring a scene in which some characters swim through the canal inside the dungeon. Obviously, the floor of the canal is also made out of dead people.
** Special mention goes out to the [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath villain's death]]. The guy gets crushed between clock hands with a sickening ''snap'' kind of sound.
* ''NightmareFuel/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' has its own page.
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'':
** The possibility that Mei [[spoiler: might have drowned in the lake]].
** The Catbus. That smile and the glowing eyes...its hollow body. Good lord, how is that thing not terrifying?!
*** It could also be worse. It's a nekomata; those are usually evil, but at least this one's reformed. Probably.
* ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'':
** Laputa literally falling to pieces in the sky, with Muska being crushed and blinded. Don't forget the storm scenes, either, particularly when Pazu hallucinates his dead father's ship. There's also the scene where Muska gathers the General and other soldiers in the glass dome under the floating island and then drops the floor out from under them, they fall to their implied deaths.
** Muska when his true sadistic nature is revealed. And his laughs sound disturbingly similar to the Joker, not surprising considering [[MarkHamill who voices him]].
*** "A superior being such as myself has only one option: '''Burn them'''." *''Laughs evilly as he slaughters the soldiers.''*
* ''NightmareFuel/PrincessMononoke'' has its own page.
* ''NightmareFuel/SpiritedAway'' has its own page
* ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'':
** The Witch of the Waste, her blob things, and what happens to her in [[LightIsNotGood the room of lights]].
** Forget the room of lights, what's even worse is when Howl [[spoiler: makes his contract with Calcifer]] in the flashback, which puts into perspective ''exactly'' what those lights are, expands the ideas of what they can do almost infinitely, and worse, tells you that they are out there somewhere and not created or under the control of any magic user. Complete with [[BlackSpeech unintelligible]] IronicNurseryRhyme.
** Howl's gradual transformation into a bird-monster, [[TransformationTrauma with it being harder, slower, and more painful to change back every time]].
*** The dream Sophie had where she discovered Howl in said form and he says, "Go away." Enough to send chills up anyone's spines, especially if you recognize Creator/ChristianBale's Batman voice during the dream.
** That moment when Sophie thinks that Howl is dead and the ring helps her to find him. Miyazaki always has great visual representations for magic, but ''liquid darkness'' is probably the most awesome (and one of the scarier) things that happen in anime.
* ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'':
** The scene where Ponyo tells her father she wants to go back to Sousuke. When you [[FridgeHorror think about it later]], you realize that Fujimoto is basically ''forcibly sedating his daughter to the point of knocking her out.'' Her sisters look a bit freaked out themselves.
** Fujimoto's minions. They're very unsettling with the distorted mumbling and the freaky eyes. And fact that they rush and submerge a five-year-old?
** Ponyo's chicken leg [[BodyHorror transformation]].
** Anyone watching this who has experiences with little kids capturing wild animals will be ''consumed'' with anxious certainty that Sousuke is going to kill that fish. Seeing him yanking her stomach around, hammering a rock over her head, carrying her suffocated body ''away from water'' in his bare hands, then sticking her in the bushes is not a good way to build the audience's trust in a stupid little kid, Miyazaki!
** There's something unsettling about the scene where Sousuke finds his mom's abandoned car. While the rest of the film was very fantastic and whimsical, (just moments before you had a five-year-old and his best-fish-friend sailing an enlarged, candle-powered toy boat) but all of a sudden Sousuke seems genuinely frightened and vulnerable, just like a real kid. The suddenness and realism of this scene, with Sousuke tearfully crying for his mom, is oddly disturbing, tapping into the fear of a kid being alone and a parent knowing their kid is alone. It's made worse moments later when [[spoiler: Ponyo starts to change back into a fish.]]
** The very end. Oh, sure, it's supposed to be cute: Sosuke and Ponyo the fish kiss, and Ponyo turns into a human girl, presumably permanently. But she's over the edge of a cliff when the movie ends. Think about that.
*** It's unlikely that her wizard father or her sea-goddess mother would let her fall into the sea.
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