Nightmare Fuel / The Phantom Menace

  • Darth Maul, especially on the Ultimate Edition CD cover. Sweet dreams, everyone.
  • Darth Maul's Family-Unfriendly Death also counts. Seriously, that dang image of him falling down the reactor shaft...
    • In The Clone Wars, Darth Maul survived that experience. Imagine going through that and no one comes to help you until YEARS later after you have gone almost completely insane. Family unfriendly indeed.
  • In the climax when the Nabooean pilots make off in their recently-liberated fighters, one of them takes a hit from a gun turret and loses an engine, plummeting helplessly to a fiery crash in the valley below. Imagine what those last moments had to be like for the pilot.
  • Darth Sidious. Just his very presence is enough to give one the chills. In a stark contrast to his Large Ham performance in Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi, Sidious is very serious and no nonsense here, giving the Trade Federation threatening messages and blunt orders of murder and mayhem upon Naboo. His hooded appearance makes it impossible to see the upper proportions of his head, giving the impression of an inhuman Eyeless Face. Not counting his public appearance or his one scene on Coruscant, Darth Sidious only appears as a hologram for the entire movie, almost like a phantom. It becomes even more unnerving when one realizes that the cover identity of Darth Sidious is the Senator of Naboo and newly elected Supreme Chancellor, Palpatine, putting the seemly kind and noble politician's actions under a new dark light.
  • When Obi Wan and Qui Gon sneak up to find a battle droid army preparing for the invasion, there seems to be a eerie noise not unlike the kind you would hear in a haunted house. What doesn't help is that this same noise was recycled in TARKIN'S debut in Rebels.
  • One at the credits that doubles as foreshadowing. They reach the end, all is well and good, but then... Hooooooohhhhh... Khhhuuuuuuhhhh... Hooooooohhhhh... Khhhuuuuuuhhhh... in part due to it happening at such a quiet and mundane moment and due to how unexpected it is.
    • A fan took it a step further and replaced the Vader Breath with a snippet of dialogue Darth Maul's from the Clone Wars cartoon, with an echo filter applied. Not only is it terrifying, but it also implies Maul survived.
    Darth Maul: Revenge... I must have Revenge...
  • Anakin's saying no one can kill a Jedi seemed innocent back then. Come a decade or so later he takes part in the Jedi Purge being the spearhead of the genocide of the Jedi
    • Not making matters better is that right before this happens, we get a quiet and soft rendition of the imperial march.
    • Qui-Gon's response to Anakin's statement? A very sad "I wish that were true." Qui-Gon knows for a fact that for all their strength in the Force, Jedi are just mortal, and can be killed.
  • Some of the fish in the Planet Core, especially the colossal Sando Aqua Monster. Geez...
  • The battle droid regiment activating for the final battle. After the signal, there is a creepy echoing three-note tune and then thousands of Skele Bot 9000 stand up as one, staring at the camera with their skull-like faces. Of course, being B1's, they don't last long.
    • When the battle droids begin marching towards the Gungans, you realize exactly why professional armies run marching drills: all those hundreds or even thousands of feet rising and meeting the ground in perfect unison gives you an idea of just how massive the Trade Federation's army is even though only a few of the droids are in view at the time, and it'd be downright frightening if you were standing on the other side of the field from them. Stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp comes your doom.
  • Darth Sidious's answer to Nute Gurney's request regarding to Gungan Army amassing near the swamps: "Wipe them out. All of them."