Nightmare Fuel / Pulp Fiction
Heroin is one dangerous drug. Remember that.
- The scene where Mia accidentally overdoses on heroin. It's not typical over-the-top "Hollywood scary" because it doesn't need to be. It's a scarily realistic depiction of what a death by overdose really looks like, and it's scare potential is taken Up to Eleven if you've ever known or witnessed a death or near-death that could have been avoided with proper medical treatment.
- The close-up of Mia's face immediately after she overdoses (shown right). Plus, Vincent's reaction when he returns—his fear is palpable.
- Everything about The Gimp—in no small part due to the fact that we know nothing about him. What would he have done to Butch and Marsellus if Butch hadn't knocked him out early? How long has he been locked in Zed and Maynard's basement? What kind of person was he before they got to him? What kind of hell did they put him through to make him their human pet? Is he really a kinky masochist, or was he just one of the duo's previous victims? Face it: The Gimp is Fridge Horror incarnate.
- The popular theory that Marsellus would have become the next Gimp if Butch hadn't rescued him just makes it exponentially worse.
- Hell, just the notion that a simple pawn shop in the middle of downtown Los Angeles has a rape dungeon is all kinds of scary. How many other innocuous places in big cities are hiding a dark secret that could spell torture or death for whoever walks into one of them?
- The way Marsellus calmly tells Zed that he's going to get a pair of "hard, pipe-hittin' niggas" to "go to work" on him with "a pair of pliers and a blow torch." We never see what happens to Zed. Marsellus's Tranquil Fury tells us all we need to know about the horror that awaits Zed. Sucks to suck.
- The scene where Marvin gets shot in the face. Aside from the sheer amount of blood that comes out, it's a stern reminder to handle your guns safely or else something like this will happen.
- There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of Marvin dead in the trunk when the Wolf is putting Vincent and Jules' blood-soaked clothes in there. The car post-headshot was pretty bad, but the aftermath is no better.