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Nightmare Fuel: Tim Burton
So it begins.
This is a man who virtually defined the Nightmare Fuel trope. Just some sketches from his exhibit in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art alone is more than enough to give any child (and quite a few grown ups) reoccurring nightmares.
See also the sequence where Pee Wee's bike is initially stolen; the formerly smiling, cheery mechanical clown he'd shackled his bike to suddenly adopts a pretty terrifying leer and a cackle sounds off.
The animation style used for Large Marge would later be used for several scenes in Beetlejuice.
The whole movie has an indefinable creepy vibe to it, really, even the non-scary scenes. Pee Wee's (and Francis') Man Child nature is can really be unnerving more than amusing. And yeah, Danny Elfman's Circus of Fear BGM ramped things up.
This little book is extremely creepy even by Burton's standards. It features such stories as one about a girl who turns into a bed, a hideous penguin boy, and a pin-cushion queen.
In the poem Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy , the title character gets eaten by his own father at the end. As an aphrodisiac!
Then there's Mummmy Boy. At the very end of the poem he's walking in the park with his mummufied canine companion, unfortunately it's on the exact same day as a Mexican Girl's birthday party. The Mexican Girl and the other kids mistake him for a pinata and smash him with their sticks and scarab beetles and other things come out from inside of him.
Incidentally, Burton showed Danny DeVito the drawing of Jimmy the Hideous Penguin Boy to give the actor an idea of how the Penguin's character would be approached when they were getting ready to shoot Batman Returns...
The Pincushion Queen.
Most, if not all, of the drawings qualify for this trope to some degree.
The scene with the singing ventriloquist-dummy-style animatronics, particularly at the end when the entire scene catches fire and the dummies melt, with a disturbing closeup of the eyes falling out of one. This being Burton, it was probably all intentional.
For many, the fact that the dolls are sent to a doll hospital "Burn Ward", which was made recently, doesn't make it any better.
Tweedledum and Tweedledee. They're like medicine balls, except that everything about them is forced into that shape. And the EYES! Look them up on Uncanny Valley, if you dare.
"To survive this place. You need to be mad... as a hatter!"
The Red Queen's castle. The moat is filled. With.BLOOD AND HEADS.◊ At one point, shrunken Alice has to climb over and jump from head to head to get across the moat. And you don't even realize that they're heads at first. Apparently, one of the heads was Tim Burton's.
Johnny Depp's head-spinning dance at the end.
The fate of the Red Queen: the White Queen decrees that she be ignored until the end of time. Humans are social creatures — being intentionally deprived of contact is truly A Fate Worse Than Death.
The fact that the White queen was always the pretty one and preferred over her sister, and STILL won over her, being loved by everyone and getting her kingdom and throne back, while nobody really loved the Red Queen, partially because of her large head, unfortunate personality and perfect little sister. Moral of the story, kids- be pretty and don't even kill a mosquito, or you will be deprived of your rightful possessions and be unloved. Yowch.
The White Queen herself: has sworn "not to harm any living thing", but has no trouble giving the Vorpal Sword to Alice so she can harm living things. Also had no problem with using coins from a dead man's pocket, severed fingers, urine, and spit to make a potion. Also, that strange almost-black lipstick on the almost-paper-white face; one might expect her to do a Face-Heel Turn at the end and be the villain the whole time.
Anything involving the Knave and Alice is this. Especially when, after she's been identified as Alice, he mentions remembering her last visit as a tyke. This is the very next day after he cornered her in a hallway with a forceful and blatantly sexual advance.
The inhabitants of Halloweentown assure us very early on that they're not evil, they just like scaring people. That shouldn't be enough to earn anyone's trust, seeing as how one citizen is a decaying body with an ax wedged in its head.
The whole movie is Nightmare Fuel. It all starts with Lord Cobblepot's reaction at seeing exactly what his newborn son looks like....and it just gets worse from there. (McDonald's didn't pull off a Happy Meal campaign that would become Misaimed Marketing for nothing.)
Something about those Martians is really freaky. They were obviously intended to be goofy and silly more then anything, but something between the way their faces look, those "ACK ACK!" noises they make, and the way they're just unstoppable sends a chill up the spine every time. You try to Nuke them, they just turn it into a bong. Further, they seem to just show up everywhere, without warning. You could turn the light on, and there it is, and it's all you see before it shoots you.
Hansel and Gretel, a short that was shown only once on Disney Channel, on Halloween 1983. There's a very creepy-looking Gingerbread Man. Let's just say its eye meets a candy cane. Here are some◊ pictures◊ of the little freak.