Nightmare Fuel / The Exorcist
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The Exorcist
  • Start with the idea of your 12 year old daughter being possessed by a demon and stabbing herself in the crotch with a crucifix.
    • The several flash frames of an insanely evil-looking demonic face shown on the right.
  • Father Karras Nightmare Sequence in which he is in the streets trying to pursue his mother as she walks down the subway towards her death, what makes this even more unsettling is that there is that the only sound we hear is ambience. The nightmare ends with a transition of Regan screaming as well.
  • Imagine what it was like to be Regan. Remember the words "Help Me" appearing on her skin? Its probably a very good thing she doesn't remember anything of what happened.
  • The growling noises and moans Regan makes when she is possessed.]]
  • Regan's change in appearance towards the film's climax. There's a reason why we have that infamous picture of her as the main photo on the Nightmare Fuel/Film index page.
  • The description of Burke's death where he has been found thrown outside the window with his head rotated 180 degrees.
  • The Unreveal of whether Pazuzu was impersonating Damien's mother, or channeling her from Hell.
    • Fr. Merrin, the exorcism expert, believes the appearances of Mary and Burke and the "three personalities" Karras thinks are present are just more of Pazuzu's deceptions and "there is only one" demon.
    • Besides, Mary was very devout in her faith and proud of her son being a priest. She would be in heaven.
  • The movie doesn't even need anything supernatural to be terrifying; witness the scene of Regan getting a lumbar puncture.
    • Oh God. This troper could handle the demon's scenes easily, but it was the hospital scenes that made her cover her eyes in terror. Even more so since Regan doesn't seem to understand just why they're running so many tests on her and is frightened by it to the point of screaming and fighting the doctors.
  • The Scene in the altered cut where Regan goes down the staircase walking on all fours in an unnatural position and vomits blood
  • In the book, Pazuzu mocks Karras for injecting Regan with so much Librium. He tells him (correctly) that he's going to induce a heart attack in the girl if he continues to.
  • You don't even need a demon for this to be nightmare fuel. Imagine yourself as a parent, watching your child deteriorate steadily, knowing full well that there's nothing you can do about it, and even the doctors with their medical expertise can't seem to figure out what's wrong with her, and how to help her.
  • Regan matter-of-factly telling an astronaut during a party, "You're gonna die up there". (Her urinating right after was creepy, but the way the line was delivered... brrrrrrrr.)
  • Regan reaching her arms in the air and howling as a statue of Pazuzu appears next to her bed and vanishes.
  • The way Regan's eyes glow as she levitates to the ceiling, still and silent. After all the yelling and cursing the demon does before it is quit creepy in how silent it is in this one scene.
    • Fairly certain those are simply the whites of her eyes, rolled back into her head.
  • This rare trailer for the film was banned for being too disturbing for audiences, it would contain flashing images of the faces of the demon and the possessed girl. Watch at your own risk!
  • When Father Merrin arrives at the Mac Neil house, we see a closeup of Regan's/Pazuzu's face, as he senses his arch-enemy approaching. Once the priest enters the house, a demonic voice reverberates through the house, "MERRIN!!"
  • It must be said that the examples listed here only give a taste of how big a punch this movie has. People don't call it The Scariest Movie Ever Made for shits and giggles.
The Exorcist II
  • Father Philip actually punches his way into Pazuzu!Regan's chest and crushes her heart.