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Nightmare Fuel: Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • Indiana Jones' treacherous companion having several tarantula's on his back, which Jones casually pushes off his body.
  • Jones' treacherous assistant pierced upon the booby trap Indy and he managed to escape from earlier. His horrified Nightmare Face makes it even more unnerving.
  • Major Toht threatening to burn Marion with a poker in The Raven bar. Heck, everything with Toht is terrifying due to the Gestapo Reality Subtext that surrounds him.
    Toht: Fraulein Ravenwood, let me show you what I am used to...
  • The Well of Souls is this trope both for the audience and Indy. Unbelievable amounts of snakes. And mummies. And snakes slithering out of the mummies. GAH.
  • While the Ark is being transported, it makes a eerie humm before it burns the swastika on the box it's being held in. Considering what it does in the finale, what else can the Ark do with its lid on?
  • The (in)famous "opening of the Ark" sequence from the finale is incredibly jarring for a viewer who has thus far enjoyed an action/adventure movie with a relatively light tone. The shot of a head imploding on itself, followed by a melting face (pictured) - quickly followed by an exploding head - would have been enough to give plenty of theatre-goers nightmares.
  • Earlier in the film, a Giant Mook is chopped up by the propeller of an airplane and while it happens off-screen, the copious amounts of blood on-screen are jarring, considering the Ark scene aside, the film is rather light on blood.
    • It's never made clear, but in the long shot of the plane shortly before it explodes, a large smear across the sand with some chunky bits is seen near the plane....

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