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Nightmare Fuel: The Green Mile
  • Can anybody watch Delacroix's horrifically botched execution and NOT squirm? Deliberately sabotaged by Percy, the sadistic guard, the scene goes on for several excruciating minutes. Instead of wetting the sponge that goes on the head of the person sitting in the chair, he leaves it dry, which interferes with the conductivity. As a result, instead of a relatively quick execution, the poor man's head catches fire and he dies an excruciating, tortuous death. Making it even worse is that John Coffey gets to feel everything Delacroix is feeling - every agonizing second - during the execution. Frank Darabont stated such horribly botched executions - albeit with a few less special effects - actually happened in Real Life. Part of what led to the electric chair being permanently retired in the majority of the states.
    • The corpse itself made it even more frightening. Unlike Arlen's or Coffey's, where the corpse would only show minor burn marks, Del's shows the reason why they call an electric execution a cooking.
  • Coffey stating he can still hear "pieces" of convicts screaming in Old Sparky's chamber, long after they've been executed.
  • The flashback to how Wild Bill kidnapped the two little girls is also incredibly disturbing. Seeing it go from shots of a happy family to the family's hired hand threatening the girls before raping and killing them is like something out of a nightmare.
  • Paul's fate. He ends up outliving all his family because he receives part of the life force of the death row inmate John's healing power. He believes this is punishment from God for executing John. As a result he's very much alive in the present day and in fairly good health despite being over 100 years old. And as Mr. Jingles is still alive and moving around despite being at least 64 years old, some math must be done; Mice normally only live less than four years. Humans in the worst of conditions have been known to last fifty years. That means Paul is going to live at least eight hundred years. Medical curiosity notwithstanding, it's likely he's only going to die if he kills himself.


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