Nightmare Fuel: The Lion King


  • Be Prepared.
    • Special mention goes to Scar screaming "YOU WON'T GET A SNIFF WITHOUT ME!!!" at one of the hyenas, who promptly falls screaming into a pit of what we can assume is boiling lava. That's right, the hyena he yelled at dies.
  • The scene of Scar leaping at Simba, teeth bared and claws out with fire burning behind him. He looks like Satan leaping out of Hell. Try seeing that in 3D.
  • Scar's death.
    • The leadup to it. After Scar has tried to kill Simba and fallen into a crevasse, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed approach. Scar addresses his friends, to which Shenzi says, "Friends? I thought he said we were the enemy?" Shenzi and Banzai turn to Ed... who breaks into a creepy giggle like nothing we have heard before... and it is both TERRIFYING and AWESOME.
      • It also implies - as confirmed by Jim Cummings about Ed faking his craziness - that Shenzi and Banzai know Ed is dangerous and know that if he decides that Scar is fucked, then Scar is fucked. It could probably be why Scar figuratively shits himself at the laugh.
      • Notice also that Ed is, throughout almost the entire movie, laughing or scared with unfocused eyes. When they first approach Scar at the end, his face is pure rage and he is staring straight at Scar.
      • Following that we see Scar begging for his life as he is surrounded by a gang of looming Slasher Smiles, followed by a quick Shadow Discretion Shot as they pounce and tear him apart.
    • Scar getting eaten by hyenas would be like Sesame Street after watching the alternate storyboard ending on Youtube. Scar defeats Simba and Scar gets engulfed in flames resulting in the destruction of Pride Rock. Whoops. If you look closely at the sketches, he seems to be reduced to bone for a short time. To top it all off, there's also the fact that he would've been laughing hysterically the entire time while being burned alive.
    • An early draft of this scene has Scar saying, "My friends," when the pack of hyenas approach instead of Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed approaching first and the trio aren't even present. In fact the script implies that Banzai and Ed die when they are catapulted into a flaming tree; Shenzi is the only one who approaches from behind and hears Scar betraying the hyenas; she disappears after this. The final scene is enacted with no dialogue from the hyenas, they just erupt in a "choir" of eerie laughter as Scar slowly realises he's screwed.
  • And Mufasa's death.
    • The Wildebeest Stampede. Oh GOD! Poor Simba! We know the the Hyenas started the stampede, but in Simba's perspective he thought he was the one who caused the action that led to his father's death.
    • The film uses a discretion shot for Mufasa's death (he disappears in the dust as he falls, and we only see his body after the fact). In the companion book The Art of The Lion King, there's a piece of concept art that actually shows Mufasa getting trampled. Every bit as horrific as it sounds.
    • "Long live the king." The way Jeremy Irons delivers that particular line is spine chilling.
    • Mufasa's expression when this is happening. Seeing someone so strong and powerful looking so terrified and helpless (not to mention shocked at his brother's betrayal, no less) is a whole new level of scary.
    • When the stampede starts and the thrill chords start, we get a good long look at Simba's utterly terrified face.
  • Scar manipulating Simba into thinking it's his fault Mufasa died while they're standing near Mufasa's dead body.
    • Scar's order to the hyenas after Simba runs off is chilling in its brutal simplicity.
    Scar: Kill him.
  • A deleted scene that is mostly restored in the play as "The Madness of King Scar" is downright creepy. The play version is simply discomforting. The film version is downright disturbing. Scar starts hitting on Nala, wanting to her to be his queen, but she refuses. In front of the entire pride, he banishes her. In and of itself the scene is mildly unsettling. The way Scar says his lines, though, is outright disturbing.
  • The hyenas' laughter as they enter Pride Rock when Scar names himself king.
  • "Oh, Simba, you're in trouble again. But this time Daddy isn't here to save you... and now EVERYONE KNOWS WHY!!"
  • When Zazu has been captured by the Hyenas, who like to play with their food...two words: "Birdie Boiler".