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Nightmare Fuel: The Nostalgia Critic
His icon - the one that consists only of his face with a huge, insane grin on it. He looks like he wants to eat you and is really looking forward to it. And the circles in the background makes it look like he's coming right at you. *shudders*
Due to Early-Installment Weirdness, the suicide in Cartoon Allstars has a different feel to it; a longer set-up and a second-long silent black screen. Not funny, more kinda sad and creepy.
In a deleted scene on the premium area, he tries to hang himself. Sounds like his usual, right? Wrong. Unlike the gunshots where you see a little hole and some blood, the rope is actually tight around his neck and it really looks like Doug is in pain.
His Halloween special with Teddy Ruxpin, especially the ending. "Come dream with me tonight..."
The end of his Full House review features a demonic growling version of the Olsen twins, who show up in one jump scare after another. Odds are you'll be caught off guard by at least one of them.
The "Top 11 Mindfucks".
"Yes." "Yes." "Yes."
That little bit where he's remembering all the torment he got about Doug. The creepy laughing...
His review of The Good Son. It's already a pretty freaky movie, but unlike his review for Alone in the Dark (2005) where the Critic actually had a voice (albeit a robotic one), he only used cue cards for his The Good Son review. The Good Son is genuinely scary for some, and it was infinitely worse when he did the whole review in complete silence.
In his review of the Lost in Space movie Dr. Smith's mutated spider form in the movie wasn't very scary. However, when the Nostalgia Critic dressed up like him at the end, he is rather uncanny and creepy looking. It most had to do with that weird voice, and his wide eyes, which popped out more because of the dark face paint he was wearing.
When the Critic is found dead at the end of It, Rob's intentionally narmy face reactions are great fun, but the high piano melody from the film skips like a Broken Record and so still keeps some fear in there.
His "Return of Nostalgic Commercials" review, when he looks at the Corn Pops commercials and puts in quick, half-second clips from various horror movies mixed in with the kids's mental breakdowns. And then he goes and puts in some Evil Dead clips during the Fun Fruit Trees commercial!
His manic attitude throughout the episode was pretty creepy, especially if you compare it to the first special. Special mention should go to when he evil laughs after proclaiming "killing smaller things gives you power!" (Cue Dramatic Thunder. ) and then giggles cutely like a schoolgirl.
The end of his review of The Haunting (1999), which is a long, ranting imitation of the writer having some kind of mental breakdown while insisting that his version is much more mature and grown-up than the original. It starts out funny, but it goes on for a really long time and gets pretty disturbing after a while. Even he seems terrified about where his mind went to.
Unlike his usual Black Comedy suicides, that moment in the first commercials special where he's really close to Death by Despair is creepy. It might be that he just seems so very alone and worn out.
The end of his "He-Man Christmas Special" review. A clip of Yoda saying "You will be. You will be." plays, and when Critic wonders why he keeps saying that, the sound of Yoda's disembodied laughter plays while Critic looks around in slight fear and confusion. And the laughter keeps going, even picks up a bit more, even as Critic leaves.
Made all the creepier when you hear a dark reprise of The Imperial March on the background.
And then there's the end of his Next Top Eleven Christmas Specials. Usually the Critic crying and begging not to do something is great fun, but when he inserts the Star Wars characters laughing manically at him it gets a bit freaky.
The ending to James and the Giant Peach. He gets massacred by all the guns when the screen goes black, but then there's a moment or two of silence followed by another clear-sounding shot. Gaaaah.
His... mixed, ongoing reactions to SWS2 (from getting excited twice over the prospect of the Spocker to wanting to kill Spoony in Kickassia to trusting him enough to drink with him again in the donation drive) don't say great things about his sanity.
When he appears in Insurrection, his hateful expression, stern voice, Critic breaking into tears and the Kill Bill music to top it off, makes Linkara seem far darker than the Parody Sue he's usually portrayed as.
The Red Dragon video features his take on Hannibal Lecter's most famous line, almost as disturbing as Hopkins'. Subverted and turned into a Crowning Moment of Funny when after this, we cut to him indulging his posh side and ordering the food from a takeaway.
A few moments from Bennett The Sage in the Star Chaser review make his guest appearance in Ask That Guy look like he was giving out candy, with him being dressed in a black and red robe, telling the Critic not to die as he can't played with that way, and getting way too turned on by Critic crying.
The robot thing with human eyes was already creepy in the movie, but they just had to make it pants-shittingly terrifying by dubbing it with Judge Doom's "when I killed your brother" line. Thanks for the nightmares, boys.
In the Transformers cartoon review, the domestic violence joke between Starscream and Megatron is really uncomfortable. Even the Critic acknowledges it being dark.
Going back to the early days: Doug's impersonation of the Joker's "why so serious" speech, especially after four minutes of goofing around, makes you want to hide behind a blanket.
The effect of his teeth shattering at Mara Wilson's cutesy child acting.
Not to mention... DON'T FUCK WITH MARA WILSON!!!
How about when he opens the 'supposed' door where the dead and decayed godmothers sit?
His getting attacked by a Facehugger. Even if he just flicks it off, those things are just as creepy in poorly animated form.
Lindsey(with most of her face flayed off) POP TARTS!!!
The return of the demonic Teddy Ruxpin, including a Jump Scare during an Alpha-Bits commercial.
In The Neverending Story III, that brief moment of silence between where he stops laughing and starts smashing.
A minor one, but in his "Baby Geniuses 2" review, what is the last resort Brentlefloss and Uncle Yo take to snap the Critic out of his supposed coma? An ironto the FACE! Thankfully, they are prevented from using it, but STILL!
The sound-bite he sometimes uses of gunshots and children screaming.
The Shining reference in his review of Twister. "Heeeere's Twisty!" Holy shit, that look was creepy.
Even if you're not an animal lover, the squishy noises after he kills two pets for funsies in Jungle 2 Jungle are just nasty.
In the beginning of The Wiz, Critic expected and half-wanted rape. That's massively skeevy on so many levels.
The opening rant of Scooby-Doo. The Despair Speech in the commercial special was bad, but at least that was pretty passive. This one makes you scared that he's going to take his gun and shoot himself to make the pain go away.
Roger. Especially his cheerful goodbye just before Critic blows himself up. Never let it be said that Orlando isn't good at acting scary.
Speaking of Roger, didn't anyone else feel creeped out by Spoony's part of You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard? I know he isn't supposed to see them, but the thought of him laughing like a maniac while the nostalgia critic shoots him. Plus the breif moment the camera shows his crazed face laughing while bullets bounce off him, makes this troper glad he wears goggles when he is playing Dr. Insano.
When the present Critic's about to blow himself up, with grenade in mouth, and with his copy of the movie, he says this line:
Nostalgia Critic: Hey, Scooby-Doo, where are you? I'll tell you where! IN HELL!
The Review Must Go On. Whether he was a hallucination or not, Critic learned something from Ask That Guy and acted threatening and confident instead of his usual lovable loser self, pressuring/stalking Doug into bringing him back, giving up Demo Reel and writing the nastiest ending for it possible.
After everything he's said IRL about Accentuate the Negative, it's creepily surreal to watch Doug going crazy all on his own, screaming into his hand and flailing around at The Odd Life Of Timothy Green. That it's followed by viewing Critic's shadow just around the corner signifies the Genre Shift.
The Shout-Out to "Remember Me". Imagine you're Donnie, and everyone you know and care about is disappearing, and not only are the rest of your friends unconcerned, they don't think the other friends exist at all. Or one of them turning around and suddenly having a dinosaur head. The fact that he seems to realize he's on the road to becoming his mother makes it worse.
Also, speaking of the Demo Reel characters, the way they're totally fine with being stuck in the Plot Hole forever, was a bit unsettling.
Doug taking a load of tranquilizers just to get Critic out of his head isn't quite as funny as one of his characters doping up because of a bad movie.
The whole idea of Doug being harassed by the Critic is pretty damn creepy when you think about it-an actor is being co-erced by the character he plays!
Crossing over with Tear Jerker for Donnie, but Critic's actual return. A Psychotic Smirk erases a scared Fish out of Water Donnie for good, stays there while he does his line, and a Dark Reprise of the song "The Review Must Go On" starts screaming on the soundtrack. Lampshaded by Lindsay when she starts boozing so hard at the situation that she falls over.
Doug's commentary admittance that the special was actually nastier in his original draft is a pretty chilling thought.
Killing the cat in “The Odd Life Of Timothy Green” and apologizing with a smile on his face. And unlike the Doug joke, there is much more blood, and we see his hands for longer.
He gives an epic rant about how disgraceful Pearl Harbor is to the real event, ending it by shrieking "YOU SON OF A BITCH!" at a volume and pitch human speech was never meant to reach.
In the joke about how Affleck's such an asshole he takes kids to a warzone, there's an awful shot of a crying girl with a good chunk of her arm gouged out. Yikes.
At the end of Paranoia, Brad with scary angry eyes promises Critic that a person with a horse's head will rape him. Was that needed?
The Ominous Music Box Tune soundtrack playing over the scene doesn't help, nor does Critic's reaction to the begging getting refused.
On a side note, how genuinely intimidating the Devil is. Awesome, and scary.
Cuddly Big Good Santa Christ suddenly showing off a dark side, plus actually failing against something evil and being friends with the devil, is more than a little disheartening.
When the Critic briefly contemplates showing the baby with Loki's face and the "Schwarzenegger-Baby from Junior" back-to-back, you know trouble is coming... and sure enough, he suffers a prolonged heart attack to the tune of a blaring klaxon and flashing red letters as he struggles to take his medication after seeing the results.
And to make things worse, that image◊ was the TGWTG-paused screenshot on the commentary. For good reason, that video was at the bottom that day so people clicking on the site wouldn't be greeted with it first thing.
Incidentally, the same review also keeps coming back to how the movie itself is not only abrasive and not funny, but over-the-top, inappropriately nightmarish. (It keeps freeze-framing on particularly disturbing moments, like the eyeless dog or the baby with three penises, and makes them darkly hilarious by having "A Family Picture!" laid over the image.)
Hell. It would have been acceptable to just show fire, skulls and brimstone along with screaming, but Doug had to go one step further with naked tortured corpses hanging around everywhere and skinless minions.
There ended up being horror in real life as well. According to the commentary, the film made Rob grab Doug, shake him and scream in his face. Doug was obviously freaked out.
While watching A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Critic imagines how David would appear if Stanley Kubrick had been directing the film. Cue incredibly creepy shot of David appearing in the place of the little girls in The Shining.
Doug (in Doug clothes so you know it's him) playing an abusive father who smashes furbies and makes his son need therapy (which he thinks is stupid) is soul-scarring.
His breakdown in the middle of Master of Disguise, which starts with him laughing uncontrollably before escalating into his beating two people to near-death with a baseball bat. He then goes after a third person where we get a POV scene of him pretty much beating up the viewer. During the part where he goes Laughing Mad, it quite literally sounds as though he's about to die of laughter. Then it turns out that he blacked out during that period, and has no idea what happened.
That scene reminded me of Higurashi...with all the laughing and murder and insanity...
Several times Critic winds up Tempting Fate leading to Rachel to come in and nearly kill him via the methods he's half-jokingly described (death by injection, death by decapitation) and is just barely Genre Savvy enough to realize she's creeping up on him and stop her in time. Now imagine Rachel ready to drop in on you and slaughter you without you knowing it.
The title-card◊. The lightning, the strangling and the glowing eyes all make Critic look like he's a creature who crawled in from hell.
In the beginning of the review for Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, there's some very noticeable horizontal cuts at the base of his neck. They're never addressed, but can still tap into some Primal Fear.
The fact Douchy replaced him to run the plot hole. Just the fact "Douchy is now God" is terrifying enough.
At the end of his Sailor Moon review, a joke about Demo Reel is made, and Critic hits Dr. Hack violently with a look of abject anger on his face. It's the bitter Reality Subtextnote Doug has joked that he drank more after the show ended that makes it uncomfortable.
Critic screaming as "what's left of" his talent is bended away.
In the Bridge to Terabithia review, we have a cut away gag to show what if Leslie survived the rope incident and grew up and reunited with the grown up Jesse. When Jesse reminds her about when they pretended that Terabithia was a real place when they were younger, Adult!Lesle creepily stated that she was still in Terebithia. Adult!Jesse immediately left out of fear, and the gag ended with Leslie asking Malcolm, who's strapped to a chair, if he could see Terabithia.
It gets worse. She's showing Malcolm blank slides, forcing him to pretend he sees something. Then she tells him she's glad he can, unlike the others. Cut to a bunch of skeletons.
The title card for the review of The Shining Miniseries, it's a massive close up of his face parodying Jack Nicholson. On blip the title card is zoomed in, his face taking up practically half your entire monitor screen.
Any time Critic is abusive to Rachel, whether it's on the phone or in the studio. Doug is just a little too good at acting threatening.
Really, everything about the impression, even when he's being Laughably Evil-given the movie he's parodying, it would be bad form to be anything less.
The music doesn't help.
Even creepier when you compare it to his behavior in the Bratz review. He was creepy there, but he and Chick were on equal terms (in fact he's weakerthanher) and he quickly broke out of his power trip to explain that he was doing a Secret Test of Character thing. Here, we have a boss man descending on and screaming at a scared woman that it's been established he's never been nice to. Primal Fear, much?
We weren't the only ones creeped out. Rachel in the episode commentary admitted that she was really scared in the scene where she was threatened, and Doug apologizes for going too far with it.
The bar scene, with Critic talking to Dominic, is suitably eerie until the Toilet Humor comes in.
Critic hating having to give some credit to King so much that he actually wanders off into the forest to be catatonic.
Whether he was Alter Ego Acting as his Prima Donna Director persona or not, seeing Doug in the BTS video getting mad about markers, kicking things and being loud about Rachel having issues with her lines is still pretty creepy.
Doug as Adam in the Mythbusters segment of Sharknado looks like he's having a seizure. In her BTS video, Rachel agrees that he's more creepy than he should be.
Would you like to see Critic's bodiless screaming head on fire? If no, then you're getting it◊ anyway.
In "Dawn of the Commercials," when talking about Ronald McDonald's creepy overtones, Critic pulls off that creepy smile a little too well, complete with dramatic chord.
The live action version of Count Chocula, it's a great example of the Uncanny Valley and his wide eyes is eerily similar to Judge Doom's eyes.
A realistic take on the "Got Milk" ad involving kids growing up into more beautiful versions of themselves. It starts off innocent enough with a little girl taking milk in order to be beautiful, but shallow with the brother not noticing. However, it takes a dark turn when she realizes that she has an empty existence so she begins to take drugs that driver her further down the Despair Event Horizon line till she's nearly Driven to Suicide. She reforms thankfully, only to return to her paranoia resulting in severe Sanity Slippage involving her becoming poor and attached to her milk glass. The brother's reactions make it worse, at first he's not interested in her up till she starts taking cocaine, and it escalates till she finally becomes an insane bum that makes Chester A. Bum shrink in terror. The logo outright states "Milk, the fuck"?
Zod and Joe's not-helping-ness is played comedic, but Critic has every right to be scared of torture threats considering everything that happened in To Boldly Flee.
Zod: If you don't hate it, I will make sure the corpse they find of you they will never recognize as a corpse.
His love for Christmas in "Top 12 Santa Clauses" takes on a slightly more Nightmare Fetishist note than usual, as even though he after decides going that far would be gross, he wants to kidnap it, tie it up in his basement, visit it every night and chop off pieces of it so he could eventually become Christmas.
Him starting the countdown with a Jump Scare in the form of him transforming into a human rocket and shooting himself into space.
The rapey screaming sounds made when he takes the movie offscreen to have violent sex with it.
Critic trapping the "Happy Madison Audience" in a bathroom, exploding them and walking off with no regret. There's Fan Hater and then there's that
The deeply painful image of Sandler chained to a flaming menorah in what looks like hell, and how it actually seems to make Critic feel better.
The beginning of his review of "The Worst Christmas Special." He starts to hallucinate before the theme song, and it gets worse before the introduction to the flick. His face is twitching, and ominous chanting begins to play.
Also the ending. Until Critic stops her, when after leaving Critic alone, Tamara is next seen trying to get Spoony and Cinema Snob to do a crossover of the film, intending to do to them what she did to Critic, all done like the ending of the film itself. And scarier than the film itself.
It doesn't help that Doug in the commentary admits he has "sick specific fantasies of seeing [Rob's] head in a noose", then realizes how gross that sounds so there's a few beats of awkward silence and then he quickly changes the subject.
Their version of the beating scene is surprisingly hands-on, with Critic screaming realistically (because Doug was all too happy not to wear proper protection) and throwing slurs everywhere (Doug felt bad but not enough to stop), Tamara holding him up and deeply enjoying it, Malcolm also having far too much fun (even if it is deserved) and, as a bonus to make it even more uncomfortable, the twisting of Demo Reel. Malcolm beats Critic in the same way Rebecca had her badass queen moment of killing the turkey, and the Ethereal Choir from "The Dark Knight Begins Rising" is scary.
During NC's review of Ghost Rider, there's a commercial involving Tamara scrubbing the floors with the Sam Wow, a cloth in the shape of a mustache. Of course, it turns out you're not supposed to have it come in contact with latex, otherwise it'll burn human skin. She pulls off the gloves she's wearing and her hands are very much burned to hell!
Character-based horror in "The Strangest But Best Couples". After all the Spooning abuse, Critic apparently thought it best to try and act like Spoony. It's horrible yet believable that he thought that would work.
During his review of Ghost Dad he wonders if it wasn't actually supposed to be a comedy and then shows a trailer for it recut as a horror film. It's surprisingly very effective at being scary.
We also get to see Critic soaking himself with gasoline and actually lighting the match, setting himself on fire. The fact that he didn't die from that makes it even more horrifying.
The new opening theme clips starting have all your favorite horror moments from the new Critic, including the "Doug getting hit for real" scream in The Wicker Man and a reminder of Doug nearly killing himself from heat exhaustion in Turbo. The fast cuts coupled with so much violence can be Nausea Fuel too.