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Nightmare Fuel / Anastasia

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  • Rasputin is a living, rotting corpse. A lich essentially. He frequently breaks apart and has to have his pieces put back in place. Although it does explain why he was so difficult to kill in real life.
  • The scene where Rasputin as he watches sleeping Anya through his floating crystal ball. Right before he sends the floating green demons floating demonically into the room and literally into Anya's head. Christopher Lloyd's delivery in that scene is probably the most chilling at any point in the movie.
    Rasputin: Pleasant dreams to you, Princess. I'll get inside your mind, where you can't escape me.
    • Then as he invades Anya's dream to make her sleepwalk and try to fling herself over the edge of the boat! Yikes! The music alone is scary! Good thing Dimitri awoke and saved Anya at the last second!
    • The tail-end where the dream turns into a nightmare was so scary it was actually edited out of some releases of the film.
  • The death of Rasputin and his being disintegrated into dust. Also Rasputin making his Deal with the Devil in the opening sequence.
    • And briefly having his skin torn off during the above-mentioned scene so that he briefly became a skeleton!
    • He was stripped all the way to the bone; that means his skin, muscles, and organs were ripped from his skeletal frame. Maybe the Dark Forces were kind enough to make it painless, otherwise...
  • This:
    Young Anastasia: Let me go! Please!
    Rasputin: You'll never escape me, child, never!

  • The scene depicting the real-life revolution in the beginning of the film (even more so if you're aware of the actual history and know exactly what happened to the Romanovs that night...)
    • The true story of the Romanov murders is chilling. The family was exiled to Ekaterinburg in 1918, put under house arrest, and eventually shot by a firing squad in the middle of the night.
    • Whilst ''In the Dark of the Night'' may be an awesome number, there is the fact that at certain points, you can hear what heavily resembles a gunshot in the music...
  • When Rasputin corners the empress and Anastasia on the frozen Neva River—first he simply tries to kill a terrified little girl, while her grandmother can only struggle with him in horror; then, when the ice breaks beneath them, he tries to pull Anastasia in with him until eventually they break free, allowing him to drown (but not die)...
  • Now what exactly happened to the engine drivers? Whatever that was, the movie's authors did not consider this to be pleasant enough to show their target audiences.
    • The ice show adaptation offers a Nightmare Retardant, where Rasputin pulls off the driver, who skates behind the curtains.
  • The Dark Forces Rasputin sold his soul to are a rather frightening concept in and of themselves, as some mysterious Gods of Evil and the Greater-Scope Villain of the story.
  • The stone Pegasus statue Rasputin animates to kill Dimitri.

  • The scene where Count Ipolitov is dragged off the train and shot for having the right papers, but the wrong name.
  • Anastasia's family appear around her bed, as either ghosts or dreams, and Alexei provides a bit of Nightmare Fuel that's made even creepier because it's said by a little boy.
    Alexei: [cheerfully] Can you keep a secret? I'm going to die soon. We all are.
  • Gleb's chilling recollection of the night the Romanovs were killed in "The Neva Flows".
    Gleb: I heard the shots. I heard the screams. But it's the silence after I remember most.

  • There was a PC game where you played as Pooka, exploring Russia and helping out Anasastia and co. or random strangers; however, for a good chunk of time you're usually alone. This can be slightly off-putting to a young child, but by itself it's not too bad...until you search the wrong spot and trigger an unwelcome visit from a minion who teleports you to the Underworld. All you have to do to escape is win one of the minigames, but oftentimes there's absolutely no indication of what's safe and what's not. Bartok will warn you that there's a trap in the room you've entered...sometimes.


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