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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[BeatStillMyHeart Kali Ma!]]]]''
* Ripping people's hearts out, enslaving children, crocodiles and chilled monkey brains feature, although the most terrifying thing of all is that ''they brainwashed Indiana freakin' Jones''. It's not easy to see your hero attempt to kill his love interest. [[spoiler:It takes heavy pain to snap him out of it, luckily.]]
** The way they brainwash [[spoiler: Indy]] is pretty unsettling: they force him to drink a chalice topped with a rotting human skull which is filled with blood that would put the victim into a [[{{Brainwashed}} "black sleep".]]
** One slave would describe the experience being under the black sleep as a [[AndIMustScream nightmare in which you are unable to wake up]].
* When Short Round and Indy are exploring the secret passageway in the palace, Short Round tries to open a door which collapses [[PeekABooCorpse revealing two rotting corpses.]]
* The Brainwashed Maharaja torturing Indy with the use of a VoodooDoll, during the first time when we see him using it, he places it near a fire and Indy starts screaming in agony. What's even more disturbing is the Maharaja's SlasherSmile when torturing him
* The spike room trap, which could only be deactivated by a lever that was ''covered with bugs.''
* When Mola Ram pulls out the sacrifice victim's heart, it is more terrifying when we find the heart is still beating.
** The poor sacrifice victim's screaming as his body is consumed by fire '''crosscut''' with Mola Ram laughing maniacally holding the guy's heart as it bursts into flames at the same time. Then we see his torched body dissipate in the lava.
* When one of the slave drivers Indy is fighting gets his sash caught in a rock crusher and then gets dragged, feet-first, into it ''slowly screaming in panic'' and begging Indy to help him by calling out "Sahib!" over and over. Indy [[SaveTheVillain even tries to save the guy]], but to no avail.
** Then the film cuts to above the crusher and we see ''a smear of blood'' on it. At this point, no one could blame Willie for looking away.
* The {{Mooks}} who fell down into the canyon at the end of the movie, only to be devoured by crocodiles.
** Even worse, Mola Ram ''[[BadBoss pushed]]'' several of them off the bridge to this fate.
* Right after Indiana got the Shankara stones from the giant skull, he hears the sound of whipping and children screaming in pain. And each screams seems to get distorted into a monstrous roar. After the second scream he looks at what appears to be human skin tied up above the wall. Then after the third scream (which is much deeper), he looks at the giant statue of Kali, which looks like is staring at Indy.
-->'''Willie:''' ''(to Short Round)'' Where's he going?\\
'''Thug:''' '''''[[JumpScare RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHH!!!!!!]]'''''
* A villain like Mola Ram should come off as almost Narmy, but the way he acts and fits right into the nightmarish setting of the Thugee temple just makes him terrifying. Ram isnt a twisted bastard hiding beneath a veil of civility like the main villains of the first and third films, he is an out and out monster.
-->'''Mola Ram:''' Drop them [the Shankara stones], Dr. Jones! They will be found! '''YOU WON'T!''' [[EvilLaugh Hahahahaaa!]] ''GE-NA!!!''[[note]] Get him! [[/note]]
** It gets worse. In the novelization, he was just another brainwashing victim too. [[FridgeHorror ANYONE could turn into a monster like him, and all it takes is a sip of the right blood, through no fault of their own]]. Though kudos on making someone like him into a TragicMonster.
* The Thuggee assassin hiding among the murals in Indiana's room, who then steps out of the shadows and starts to choke him.
** Though it might be NightmareRetardant when you realize he's hiding while Indy complains about Willie.
* Indiana translates what the village leader said about what happened after the Shankara Stone was stolen from the village:
-->"He said when the stone was taken, the wells dried up and the river turns to sand. The crops were swallowed by the earth. The animals lay down and turned to dust. Then one night there was a fire in the fields. The men went out to put out the fire. When they came back, the women were crying in the dark... Children. He said they stole their children."