The Disney film
- The scene where Aurora is hypnotized by Maleficent's spell and moves very slowly to the top of the tower where the spinning wheel stands. What makes this scene especially scary is the fact that Aurora seems almost zombie-like and the only light she sees is the hypnotic light ball Maleficent made. The rest of the castle is pitch dark. The accompanying music is also eerie. The scariest thing however is that you've always thought that the music in the background was just an "aww" sound in tune. But now if you hear it closely you can actually hear "Aurora" precisely, for added more scariness, after the fire blows out and the room gets dark.
Merryweather: Rose! Don't touch anything!
- The whole thing even starts with the VERY scary image of Maleficent just staring.
- Also, while the Fairies were talking on the other room, you can hear the "Aurora" sound. Flora heard it too and quickly realized Maleficent has taken her.
- As the fairies are rushing frantically to find her in the different passageways, we see Aurora's feet, moving slowly up the stairs of the tallest tower. We don't hear a sound except for the siren call, and yet the fairies somehow do and give chase. And when they scream "Rose!" it echoes off the walls. Just the thought that they're running frantically to save their beloved Aurora, while Aurora walks SLOWLY and silently to her doom.
- It also gives the implications that Maleficent is taking desperate measures to make sure that Aurora will touch the spindle. The princess does realize what is going on after catching a brief bit of the Fairies' warning only to be forced to touch it anyway.
- And then there's also the implications that perhaps Aurora willingly allowed herself to fall under Maleficent's control when you realize Aurora pretty much was overcome with so much stress at the discovery of her true self and the possibility she will never see the man she loves again and Maleficent very well used that knowledge to lure her into the deep hypnosis.
- At the very beginning, Aurora is alone, in a darkened room, sobbing... The audience first notices the fire dying away, and becoming filled with the sickly green glow... And slowly Aurora's sobs die down as the chilly call "Aurora" continues. When she looks up from crying, she immediately falls into a zombie-like trance, complete with wide, staring eyes... Just the knowledge that before she was hypnotized by Maleficent, her last free moments were spent heartbroken and crying. From Bad to Worse indeed; Maleficent couldn't have chosen a more heartbreaking and frightening time to strike.
- And on a smaller note, we don't hear Aurora speak for the rest of the movie, even when she wakes up. That's right; her sobbing is the last thing the audience hears of her voice for the rest of the film.
- As the fairies race to find Aurora, it's terrifying, and yet there's a Hope Spot when Merryweather cries out to her and she hesitates and almost regains her senses...
- When the raven gets Taken for Granite (complete with gong sound!).
- The forest of thorns' rise.
- The battle with the dragon, as shown in the picture.
- The scene when Maleficent tells Prince Philip that instead of killing him, she'll keep him prisoner for a century or so. We get to see a shot of Philip as a weak wizened old man riding out of Maleficent's castle on his now equally old horse...
Maleficent: The years roll by... but a hundred years, to a steadfast heart, are but a day. And now, the gates of the dungeon part, and our prince is free to go his way. And off he rides, on his noble steed, a valiant figure straight and tall! To wake his love, with love's first kiss, and prove that true love conquers all! Ahahahaha!
- The close up of Maleficent's face when she delivers part of this speech while surrounded by green mist can feel creepy.
- Remember Maleficent's death scene? No Body Left Behind. All we see is she got hurt pretty badly, then her shapeshifting, winged self falling.
- Right before Maleficent dies, she gets stabbed by the Sword of Truth. This has to be the goriest thing that Disney has ever done, because you actually see BLOOD come out of her dragon form. Not substitute blood, actual red blood.
- Let's not forget about Maleficent's Goons' demented dance around that green bonfire as a celebration after successfully capturing Prince Phillip. The music doesn't help either.
- Let's just cut to the quick, shall we? Maleficent in general, is quite possibly the darkest, most powerful, and frightening villain Disney has ever produced. There isn't even a single scene in the movie where she is portrayed as comical or inept. In fact, in other media, such as the Kingdom Hearts games, Maleficent acts as the defacto leader of the Disney villains. Only her minions fill that role. And Diablo, her sinister pet crow, is likely the only villainous sidekick (aside from Flotsam and Jetsam much later) to not be portrayed as comical or buffoonish.
- An unintentional example but Aurora looks terribly unnatural when she wakes up.
- According to the DVD Commentary, the scene where Phillip is ambushed and captured was one for one of the ones commenting when he first saw it as a kid, only he couldn't remember the source of it for years until seeing the movie again as a teenager.