Nightmare Fuel: Independence Day

  • The destruction of NYC, Washington, and Los Angeles, which ends the first act. Imagine being on the ground, watching those hovering spaceships open up at the center and shoot a beam down, believing it to be a welcome message from the aliens. Then the building the ship is under disintegrates and a wall of fire starts moving outwards in every direction, obliterating everything in its path and hurling cars away. It is a fireball you can't outrun. Critics at the time praised this scene for its haunting realism, which became even more hauntingly real on 9/11 five years later.
  • The Alien Autopsy scene.
    • "The arm is moving..."
    • Following that, the alien communicating via Dr. Okun and making the aliens' motives horribly clear:
    President Whitmore: Can there be a peace between us?
    Alien: Peace? No peeeeace.
    President Whitmore: What is it you want us to do?
    Alien: Die... dieeeeee...