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Nightmare Fuel: Tintin
The giant spider in "The Shooting Star".
The dream and nightmare sequences in "Tintin" are notoriously surreal and downright creepy:
In "Tintin Cigars of the Pharaoh" Tintin is locked inside an Egyptian tomb and put to sleep with sleeping gas. He then dreams several strange images combining recent people he met and Egyptian artwork.
In "Tintin The Shooting Star" Tintin dreams he is visited by Philippulus the prophet who then shows him a picture of a gigantic spider, claiming it is life size!
In "Tintin The Seven Crystal Balls" Tintin and his companions all have the same nightmare: that they are visited by the Inca mummy Rascar Capac who enters their bedroom by night and then throws a poisonous crystal ball on the floor. It's probably the scariest moment out of all the books. The Slasher Smile on the mummy's face makes it even worse.
This is even more terrifying in the animated series.
In "Tintin Tintin In Tibet" Haddock dreams he meets Professor Calculus, who claims he has lost his umbrella. Haddock then tells him he's got a lot of umbrella's with him, but has no idea where they came from. Calculus is angried by his answer and tells him: "You lie! It's red pepper." Then Haddock suddenly wears Calculus' clothes, while Calculus wears those of Haddock. Now grown to enormous size Calculus hits Haddock on the head wih an umbrella, claiming it's "Checkmate!"
Here too, the effect is amplified by the animated version.
In "Tintin The Castafiore Emerald" Captain Haddock dreams he is listening to an opera singing parrot while he is seated completely nude in an audience consisting of nothing but parrots.
In Prisoners of the Sun, Tintin dreams that Calculus is admiring an "Inca Tree" whose flowes are skulls while a real Inca menaces him with a spear, next Tintin asks the Inca, who now has Haddock's face if he has a licence for the rifle over his shoulder, upon which the Inca turns into a mysterious Indian who has been following the heroes and blasts Tintin with fire for blasphemy. Tintin then wakes up with hot sunlight on his face.
The Rajaija poison used by the opium cartel in "The Pharaos Cigars/The Blue Lotus". A single blowdart with it will drive any person insane, and no one is safe.
There's the very disturbing end of Flight 714 in which one character is revealed to be a human in contact with aliens, possibly a spy, and he uses Mind Control to save the heroes and forces the criminals into his ship. We don't find out what happened to them... but that just makes it worse.
Word Of God states that they eventually turned up alive and amnesiac on a deserted island.
Throughout "Tintin In Tibet", the yeti is portrayed with a great deal of sympathy (and as a the occasional butt of a joke), but when he catches Tintin in his cave, trying to make off with Chang... brrrrrr.
In The Seven Crystal Balls, the seven Egyptologists that have been rendered comatose simultaneously regain consciousness at the same time every day and scream in terror before returning to their comatose state.
It's much more terrifying because we don't get to see their hallucinations....a good theory is Rascar Capac and other Incan Mummies coming to life, appearing and trying to kill them, with those massive slasher smiles on their faces. And they have to endure that every single day. Brrrr.
Frank Wolff's suicide in "Explorers On The Moon". He leaves the rocket. Even though it happens off screen and is explained in a suicide note: it's still very disturbing.
Made worse with the fact that the reader gets to imagine his horrible death and the fact that his body may be found on the moon one day....
In "Prisoners Of The Sun", the Indians getting turned into snowballs and rolling down INTO A CANYON.
The angry corporal getting blown up by HIS OWN TIME BOMB in "The Broken Ear"
From the same album, the two bad guys drowning while trying to reach the sinking jewel, and being dragged off to hell by devils.
The first mate in "The Shooting Star" getting a rifle and trying to shoot Tintin down.
The massive flying insect in "The Shooting Star".
The entire Poison of Madness concept in "Cigars Of The Pharaoh" and "The Blue Lotus"
Mr. Wang's Son's insanity, and him going to DECAPITATE HIS OWN PARENTS AND FAMILY near the climax of "The Blue Lotus".
The mummified corpses of the doomed Egyptologists and archaeologists in "Cigars Of The Pharaoh". Remember, these were archaeologists in a coma who were mummified alive. The blank stares make it worse too. It's like they're watching you, and they know you're next.....
Try to think of their last moments of hallucinating and mummification. And remember, these are supposed to be CORPSES, murdered by the drug smugglers.
In "Tintin In America", Tintin and Snowy falling onto the conveyor belt in the factory and about to be made into corned beef and EATEN. Thank god for the striking workers, who stopped the conveyor belt out of anger at their wage cut. And in the same album, the cow being turned into corned beef alive, and the "missing pet" notices outside the factory, when you realize that the pets were also made into beef....you will never look at corned beef the same again after that.