"Through your eyes, I see the world for what it really is."
While not as dark as it's predecessor, this version of TMNT has got enough to fright you for days.
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Mutations in this series tend to be much more horrifying than in any of the previous versions. Most mutants either end up hidiously deformed, compleatly feral, or both. To list, Dogpound is a hulking brute with bone covering parts of his body, and asymetrical arms. when he becomes Rahzar he becomes symetrical, but also disturbingly tall and thin with bone armor. He looks undead! Fishface lost his legs, and can't breath outside of water. Mutagen man is a blob of organs in acidic slime, and compleatly insane. Rat King looks like a corpse. Wingnut has a hidiously swollen brain, and mismatched hands. Snakeweed is a plant monster that cannot be killed. Spider Bytze is mostly mouth... The list just goes on.
Worse yet was how Prior to every fight before this where it looked hopeless, there was a chance and the turtles took it. Snakeweed? Leo saw something conveniently to shock him. Spiderbytez? Big Damn Heroes moment courtesy of Raph. Baxter Stockman? Weak point that only needed one shot. Bradford and Xever? Swap places. The Shredder, however, showed no obvious signs of being at a disadvantage. He was THAT MUCH STRONGER THAN ALL FOUR TURTLES AT ONCE.
There was also the way Xever begged for help after he mutated.
Or when Raph got electrocuted.
And Mikey getting crushed under a sign.
Then there was Splinter's quote at the end:
Splinter: You were all very lucky. Few have ever faced the Shredder and survived.
It may not be much of a surprise to long-time TMNT fans, but it can still be rather frightening knowing Shredder has killed people in combat before.
Splinter's nightmare of the Shredder killing the Turtles at the beginning of "Panic in the Sewers." Yes, technically we don't actually see them die (in truth, they really get sucked up into shadows and disappear when they "die") but the dark atmosphere and screams of terror they make don't make it any less nightmarish. Case in point, Michelangelo's death - we just see the Shredder grab him, and then, nothing else. Nothing is Scarier, indeed.
Of special note is the part just before Splinter wakes up. Shredder has Leo cornered and slowly approaches him, dragging his claws along the wall. He raises his arm and swipes. The camera then cuts to Leo screaming, and a line slices across his neck. The line divides the scene in half and cuts to Splinter waking up, but the implication is that Shredder cut Leo's head off.
The Turtles and Leatherhead being surrounded by the Kraang in the subway car. The way they're slowly breaking into the car and several of their limbs are crawling around inside it looks like something out of a horror film. One even starts cutting into it with a saw that nearly hits Leonardo!
Pulverizer's new mutant form. He turns into a sickly green blob of goo with visible and graphic internal organs. This compounded with his head being fried by the mutagen on initial impact, him losing his mind and going completely feral on the turtles makes him absolutely terrifying.
What he says when he's mutating, which is garbled due to the ooze on him: "It hurts! I didn't know it would hurt so bad!"
The fact that Shredder kidnapped Splinter's daughter and raised her to hate her own father, believing he's her father and Splinter murdered her mother.
Krang Prime is every bit as nightmare-inducing as you'd expect
Not to mention April being hooked up to that device.
Traag deserves a mention. I mean, Leo keeps blasting Traag's limbs and he keeps on coming and when all his limbs are blown off he just reassembles himself no sweat. He's a frightening example of The Juggernaut.
The squirrelanoids. They force themselves into someone's mouth, duplicate themselves in the hosts' stomach and have the host vomit them out. Their final mutation stage depicts them as giant zombie alien squirrels with a savage mindset.
Has no one noticed that their appearance and behavior is a clear Shout Out to ''Alien?
The way Slash just... flails Mikey around, smacking him against anything and everything.
The scene where Slash pretends to be Leonardo, luring Mikey close enough to get at him. The way he emerges from the shadows, grabs Mikey and yanks him in, cutting away before we see what he does to Mikey is just damn creepy. Made even creepier by how he manages to not only imitate Leo's voice flawlessly, but how he somehow makes it so he can perfectly imitate Leo's silhouette (not only in size but also the katanas on Leo's back) in the shadows, completely fooling Mikey.
Slash himself is this trope. He shows himself to be bigger and stronger than the turtles, yet also just as fast and agile as them. Despite his size, he can be as stealthy and silent as the turtles, and he's also very cunning, showing how he can use stealth, trickery and misdirection to lure his prey into a trap. Taking everything into account, Slash cements himself as what may be the turtles' deadliest enemy, right up there with Shredder, in just one episode.
And what makes that even scarier? He knows where they live.