Nightmare Fuel / Se7en
Let's face it, the entire movie is Nightmare Fuel. The most horrifying thing about it though, were the murders...
  • Every single one of the bizarre "seven deadly sins" murders is so extreme, horrifying and painful that it's barely imaginable.
    • The most famous: Sloth, forced to be bedridden and starved FOR A YEAR. The stench of putrefaction was hidden by dozens upon dozens of pine tree air fresheners. And just when you thought things couldn't get worse...
    "He's alive! He's alive! The cocksucker's alive!"
    • Here's a nice bedtime story. The actor who played "Sloth" (that's right, an actual human being, not some animatronic dummy created by the special effects department) weighed 96 pounds at his audition. David Fincher jokingly said that if he lost ten pounds he had the role. Later on, when the actor was on set for the first time, he admitted to only losing six. And he was in full makeup when he admitted so.
      • "He's experienced about as much pain and suffering as anyone I've encountered, give or take...and he still has Hell to look forward to."
    • Eagle-eyed viewers might notice a particularly lovely detail about Sloth: HIS LEFT HAND IS MISSING. Granted, it was because Doe took it as part of his plan and NOT because it had rotted away somehow, but still...
    • Gluttony is horrifying, and also large amounts of Nausea Fuel. It's worth noting that a ruptured stomach is one of the most painful deaths possible.
    • Greed; just imagine that you have to decide what part of your body is more disposable to pay the deed of one pound of flesh. And, then, having to cut it off yourself!
    • Lust was by far the most horrid, her genitals repeatedly mutilated with a bladed strap-on until she bled to death. It doesn't matter that none of it was really onscreen.
  • The disturbingly calm John Doe alone qualifies as this, especially if you have read the Graphic Novel. To avoid identification, he removed not just his fingerprints but his teeth.
    • Just the way he screams "DETECTIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!" when he goes into the police station is chilling.
      • The scene is even worse on repeat viewings, as we see John Doe covered in blood and we know what he just got done doing to poor Tracy.
    • The Room Full of Crazy with his hundreds upon hundreds of journals is unnerving in its own right, especially when you learn that they're all real: a member of the crew actually wrote out all of them.
  • It's testament to the sheer atmosphere of the film that even the murder given the least screen time nevertheless succeeds in being immensely disturbing in its own right. The Pride victim has her nose forcefully chopped off, at which point she is given the choice of calling a hospital or killing herself. Guess which one she picks.
  • The last twenty or so minutes; a very disturbing end to a very disturbing film. Especially when it is revealed that Tracy was pregnant.
    • "What's in the box? WHAT'S IN THE FUCKING BOX?!!"
    • "Become vengeance, David. Become Wrath."
    • "Oh, he didn't know..."
  • Everything about John Doe. A sadistic monster who is thoroughly average in appearance, who wants to cleanse the world of what he sees as sin based on a completely incomprehensible belief system, who shows absolutely no mercy or empathy towards his victims or anyone else and who is genuinely convinced that he's doing it for a good cause. There's a very good reason he's considered such a terrifying monster despite never being shown killing anyone on screen.
  • The opening credits sequence is incredibly unnerving all on it's own. The way it's filmed combined with the music gives us a very clear idea of what it's like to be inside the mind of someone like John Doe and, boy, it is not a pleasant experience.