Nightmare Fuel / The Phantom Menace

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  • Some of the Sea Monsters in the watery Core of Naboo, especially the colossal Sando Aqua Monster. Geez...
  • 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...Made even worse that, as we see in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, he survives.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Not to mention the droids show no fear or hesitation, calmly marching to close the distance between them and the Gungan shield even as their ranks are decimated by volleys of energy grenades (which take them out individually) and larger projectiles (which take out entire ranks of droids). Where organic troops might waver or seek cover, the droids simply close ranks and press the attack, allowing them to overwhelm the Gungans within minutes despite fierce resistance.
    • Digging into the Fridge makes the battle droids more nightmarish in-universe. The novelization introduces Jar Jar with a chapter following him, instead of Qui-Gon or Obi-Wan (in proper English, thankfully). He's walking in the forests of Naboo, contemplating his life, when he starts hearing noises unlike anything he's heard before. Suddenly, he's being shot at by what looks like a skeleton, flying swiftly on a strange platform...
  • Darth Sidious's answer to Nute Gunrey's request regarding to Gungan Army amassing near the swamps: "Wipe them out. All of them."
  • 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...


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