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The screams of the dying seem to qualify, as do the unsettling menu screens, very unsettling loading screens, and the total Body Horror of the credits screen.
Also, due to Early-Installment Weirdness, the violence isn't Played for Laughs nearly as much as Postal 2 and the subsequent sequels: the only thing remotely funny is Rick Hunter's signiture Badass Baritone quipping BondOneLiners - and even then, it's implied that he isn't the voice for The Postal Dude himself, but a Literal Split Personality and/or Demonic Possessor forcing The Postal Dude on a killing spree For the Evulz.
The ending for the original game counts as this, big time. The final level starts off at Elementary School, where you're seemingly given no choice but to gun down the laughing and playing children -
except they don't die, or even react, to being shot at, running through fire, or dodging rocket launcher rounds. Then The Postal Dude, seemingly having what little remains of his sanity snap like a twig, passes out, while the camera blurs out to blackness. Then you wake up locked in a Bedlam House, while a distorted voice talks about how the stress of modern day life causes people like the character to " Go Postal", all while saying your atrocities would never be understood by anybody else, even if you deluded yourself into being a One Man Army fighting against all odds. The voice then says that, while they will never understand what set you off, "rest assured, we WILL have plenty of time to study (you)." Postal 2:
Not so much the original game, but Apocalypse Weekend does introduce undead zombies into the mix, as well as many creepy encounters with zombified Gary Colemans (probably rendered more creepy after his death). A fanmade game, Eternal Damnation, included in the edition of Fudge Pack Postal 2, is full of Nightmare Fuel, especially in parts of the game where giant Body Worlds-like corpses chase you down the street.
In one house, you find that the bathroom floor, sink, and bathtub are covered in blood.
In a huge case of Surprise Creepy, there's the "Get Steaks" mission on Thursday. Walking in to the butcher shop, the fact nobody is at the counter should be a clue that something bad is about to go down soon. Walking into the back you find
The Butchers, a gaggle of bloody butcher-apron-wearing lunatics who are Ax-Crazy by even Postal's Crapsack World standards. And what cements their wicked reputation so firmly? Literally the second you walk in, you see a trio of Butchers Laughing Mad as they watch people being dropped into the whirring blades of a meat grinder - ALIVE, might I add - and the reason they turn on you is because they don't want you ruining their "fun". Thankfully, a well-armed Postal Dude should be able ( and more than willing) to blast all of these loonies to hamburger meat themselves.