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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.
    • 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. If you look closely at the sketches, he seems to be reduced to bone for a short time.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • "Long live the king." The way Jeremy Irons delivers that particular line is spine chilling. Now with 27 effects.
    • Mufasa's expression when this is happening. Seeing someone so strong and powerful looking so terrified and helpless 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 and then when Simba runs away Scar orders the hyenas to 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!!"

  • Zira's original death. Arguably the sketchy look of the cut scenes makes her Slasher Smile even worse.
    Zira: No. Never.
  • Have you ever really listened to the lyrics of "Not One Of Us?" It's a tie between Nightmare and Tear Jerker.
    Born in grief, raised in hate.
    Helpless to defy his fate.
    Let him run, let him live.
    But do not forget what we cannot forgive.
    The German lyrics, which roughly translate into
    Hate and envy, high treason.
    Nothing excuses this action.
    Let him go, let him flee.
    But we will never forget this crime.
And there is an insinuation in some of the translations that the crime that they will never forgive and never forget is not attempting to assassinate Simba, but rather the fact that he is not one of them.
  • Speaking of the movie's songs, My Lullaby sure is Nightmare Fuel-ish for a, well, lullaby.
    The sound of Simba's dying gasp!
    His daughter squealing in my grasp!
    His lionesses' mournful cry!
    That's my lullaby!
    • Try the Japanese versions of those lyrics:
    • In the Finnish version, the ending lines roughly translate to:
    It's time to repay the debts
    And once Simba is the only one left alive
    Covered in blood, he will hear
    This lullaby
  • The No-Holds-Barred Beatdown Zira and her followers unleash on Simba.
  • The huge brushfire, along with the image of Kiara coughing hard and eventually passing out from all the smoke.

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