Nightmare Fuel / The Muppet Christmas Carol

Rizzo: Ooh, that's scary stuff. Should we be worried about the kids in the audience?
Gonzo: Nah, it's alright. This is culture.

  • Every scene with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, which is one of the reasons Gonzo and Rizzo abandon the narration till the finale, partly to let the scene play without comedy, but also because they were creeped out. Even Gonzo assures the audience that they'll return in the finale. Thankfully, they do after Scrooge wakes up from his nightmare.
    • The music that accompanies the graveyard scenes with the Yet to Come apparition is quite spooky as well.
    • The Ghost is terrifying, but the looters who go through Scrooge's stuff after his death are also terrifying. One of them is literally a Giant Spider in a hat.
  • While the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is intentionally creepy, the child-like Ghost of Christmas Past is legitimate Nightmare Fuel.
  • The scene where Jacob Marley's face appears on the door knocker and starts wailing Scrooge's name. It's immediately followed by Nightmare Retardant with Gonzo and Rizzo's slapstick fall when Jacob's scream startles their horse, but the knocker's transformation and the scream itself are genuinely chilling.
  • The chaaaaiiins...
    • The song the Marley brothers sing is supremely creepy when you take the time to read the lyrics.
      Doomed, Scrooge
      You're doomed for all time
      Your future is a horror story
      Written by your crime
      Your chains are forged
      By what you say and do
      So, have your fun
      When life is done
      A nightmare waits for you
    • The soundtrack version is no slouch either, as it includes a verse about the Marleys going back to hell where they belong.
      Were Marley and Marley
      And now it's time to part
      To go back where they keep our kind
      The wretched and the heartless
    • This adaptation also went all out with the chains; they not only appear out of nowhere at one point to constrict Scrooge, but at the end of the number they slither out from the darkness and slowly drag the Marleys into the shadows. Oh, and the song is interrupted when the chains actually start strangling them.
    • At one point in their song, the Marleys reminisce about the time they evicted an entire orphanage in the middle of winter, then laugh about their evil deeds. However before they can finish laughing, they both shudder in horror at what they've become. It's one of the most chilling moments in the film.
  • Before the Marleys appear, Scrooge is enjoying a snack when the bell suddenly rings. He looks up at it, then hears a creak from the stairs. He thinks nothing of it until it rings again, this time for longer, and after it stops the fire goes out. Then we see a luminous light from downstairs, along with an ominous chorus.
    • And when the bell rings the second time, the camera gives us a Staggered Zoom toward Scrooge, who is now looking unnerved.
  • While the moment where Gonzo accidentally sets Rizzo's tail on fire has been known to send the audience into fits of laughter, it has also been known to terrify small children.
  • Scrooge himself in the first act. Michael Caine's Scrooge is much more wrathful and physically intimidating than in other versions of the story, especially considering most of the people he's bullying are sweet, innocent, two-foot-tall Muppets.


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