Nightmare Fuel: The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
, a series of books and a film about children murdering each other for the entertainment of the elite and a threat to the oppressed. You'd better believe there's heaps of Nightmare Fuel
Spoilers below, and remember: don't step off the platform too early.
- When the mutts first appear in the arena in the movie. All you see are Peeta and Katniss running together through the dark woods, then the mutts jump out at you from NOWHERE. One can only imagine if that was in 3D...
- The mutts were scary period. Not just the moment they appeared.
- All the other incidents of violence — the mutts, Thresh and Clove, Glimmer's death — are all either really violent so as to be almost unbelievable, covered up with a Jitter Cam, or not particularly scary, like Rue's death by spear or Foxface's poisoning. The death of the District 3 boy is so senseless, happens so quickly and is done with such little emotion that it's shocking.
- The Career tributes, Clove and Cato in particular. One of the most disturbing scenes is after Katniss's leg has been burned and she's soothing it in the lake. The disturbing part: They're glad that they're about to kill somebody. This is also Fridge Horror when you realize that these people probably reflect their districts.
- Movie!Glimmer comes off as scarier than Cato or Clove due to the fact that while those two always came across as alway Axe Crazy, Glimmer acted disturbingly like a normal teenage girl at times which made her creepier.
- Toss in just a moment before - the Gamemasters had run Katniss right into them. Senaca's thoughts: "Get a cannon ready" - and then exchanges a smile with the operator.
- The Tracker Jackers. Everything about them, from watching them swarm around Glimmer as she screams to Katniss's hallucinatory run from them, is terrifying. And they're actually Lighter and Softer compared with the book, where Katniss gets a hallucination of Glimmer's face being melted off. And as for the eradication of her features, that was the result of the huge lumps from getting stung.
- The screams of the girl who lit the fire. And still she gets off easy in the film - in the book she was just dying slowly, probably bleeding out, after the Careers left her. Then Peeta went back to end it.
- A subtler form of Nightmare Fuel: Seeing a boy in the Capitol being given a toy sword in the Hunger Games. The people at the capital have come to see these horrendous Games as mere entertainment, not by advanced drugs or brainwashing, but by mundane methods that we see everyday: parents teaching their children the way the world works. The Capitol isn't protected from the Dystopia outside, it's the core.