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Nightmare Fuel: The Prince of Egypt
The Angel of Death is both intimidating and beautiful. Not to mention that there's no dialogue or even soundtrack at this part—just the sound of the angel moving through Egypt, which sounds like a strong wind, and that creepy sighing noise whenever it kills a child.
It sounded more like a sighing gasp, kind of like the sound an adult in any form of fiction/real life makes as they take their last breath.
Especially seeing how terrifying it is to everyone it encounters—there's a moment where you see from the perspective of a Hebrew family in their home as it's right in front of their door checking for blood. Later on, two guards at the palace see it and just run.
An extra mention goes to how the Angel of Death first appears- a brilliant and blinding mass of light forming en masse in the void of the night sky, as though it were some bizarre cosmic anomaly ripping apart the very fabric of space and time before it literally explodes into a river of death that envelopes Egypt.
Another point goes to how it starts out as a tiny stream of near-consciousness, moving through the roads and alleyways of Egypt until it gathers upon the main palace, an ocean of twisting forms that nearly engulfs the entire structure. The two guards who were unfortunate enough to be standing watch that night had the right idea in abandoning their posts getting the hell out of there.
The death of one Egyptian. kid's walking into his house with a jar of water, clearly doesn't even know the Angel is there snaking up behind him. We hear the jar shatter and see his arm hit the ground and know he's dead.
The river of blood, especially when the soldiers freak out.
One of the soldiers even trips and gets dunked headfirst under the blood... UGH!
The rest of the plagues, such as the endless swarms, the fire raining from the sky, and the people screaming in pain.
Aside from being a truly awesome song sung by talented artists (though Val Kilmer's voice was replaced by a studio singer, Ralph Fiennes' was not - who'd a' thunk it, huh?), the backing chorus from "The Plagues" still terrifies me. Seriously, just listen to some of the lyrics, namely:
Not to mention: I send my scourge, I send my sword. This is not the New Testament God, kids. This is the Old Testament Yahweh, and when his people were threatened or maligned, he would destroy nations to protect them. Literally.
There's one brief scene that always terrified this viewer during the song—when the Plague of Boils hits Egypt, there's a shot of two terrified Egyptian girls huddling on the floor after watching the women run out of the room. The girls are untouched. (Not to mention the infected adults, particularly the one who lets off a blood-curdling scream.)
Moses' nightmare where he finds out that he was indeed born a slave.
The slaughtering of the Hebrew babies is this to a handful of viewers. Doesn't help that the movie starts with it.
Nor does it help when we see the babies getting tossed to the crocodiles during Moses' nightmare and when Moses discovers the picture on the wall depicting the Egyptian guards tossing the babies to the crocodiles.
Seti's response to the whole thing? "Oh, my son...they were only slaves." If that didn't completely ruin any respect or liking for this man, that line did it. He says it with complete calmness, without a single shred of remorse.
Watching the Hebrews get trapped between the Red Sea and Pharoh's army is very alarming, even though they're soon helped by some divine intervention.
The opening song, 'Deliver Us', is particularly chilling.
The Red Sea sequence. Imagine walking through that trench, not knowing if or when those walls of water will come cascading in on themselves. Then, seeing it finally happen to the Egyptian soldiers- even if they were about to murder the Israelites, that is still a horrific way to go. The fact that Rameses gets blown back to the shore could be seen as God's mercy, if you ignore just what he's returning to: a dead son, a broken kingdom, and the fact that his striving to avoid being "the weak link" made it all happen.