Nightmare Fuel: The Godfather

The Godfather (the novel) and general notes about the entire saga
  • Some of Luca Brasi's actions are really Nightmare Fuel in the book. He dismembered two rival gangsters with an ax slowly and even had his own child, an infant he had with a prostitute, thrown into an incinerator.
  • The very concept of Corleone and his family, that this close knit and seemingly loving family are actually brutal, vicious murderers and criminals, no matter how clever and generous they may seem on the surface. For all the talk of honor, there's a reason Michael finds himself dying alone and abandoned in Part III.
    • The idea that by the end of Part II Michael is basically on his own. The once tight family is totally gone. Sonny was ambushed, his father died of old age and his mother too. He had his own brother murdered. Finally his wife has left him. You can imagine how awful this feeling must be, but all we see him do in the final shot is stare and not say a word. And in Part III when things seem to be getting a bit better for him: he has reconcealed with Kay and his sister Connie, his reputation is better than before and he is about to leave the mafia business,... the Cycle of Revenge gets back at him again. Near the end he dies alone, abandoned by everyone, having reached nothing with his life.

The Godfather Part I:

The Godfather Part II
  • In The Part II, Don Ciccio killing the entire Vito's family when he was a child.
  • Though it was well-deserved, the scene in part II where Fredo is killed, while Michael just stands and watches from the lake house. The editing leading up to the scene of all the mobsters dropping like flies, similar to the montage near the end of the first film is part of what makes it so frightening. In addition. The blu-ray menu consists entirely of Michael standing and watching from his lake house.

The Godfather Part III
  • Mosca from The Part III is frightening as well. He was deranged and terrifying overall. His methods of murder were pretty brutal.
    • Likewise, Part III's blu-ray menu shows the Vatican banker hanging from a bridge, and nothing more.
  • The frightening wounds on the victims of the mob war (shown in headlines and newspaper photographs) hit home how bloody and terrifying the "war" is.
    • What's even worse is that many of them are photos of actual mob hits and murders.
  • When Michael has a stroke after Zasa's assassination attempt. It all looks so real you'd think Al was having one for real and was rolling with it. It then leads to Tear Jerker territory when before he collapses he shouts Fredo's name.

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