Nightmare Fuel / The Exorcist

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

The Exorcist II
  • Father Philip actually punches his way into Pazuzu!Regan's chest and crushes her heart.