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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.
  • Rasputin's Establishing Character Moment is where returns to the palace to place his deadly curse on Nicholas II and his family. Dowager Empress Marie, while narrating the prologue, even describes him as someone they "thought was a holy man, but was a fraud. Power mad and dangerous".
    Nicholas II: How dare you return to the palace?!
    Rasputin: But, I am your confidant.
    Nicholas II: Confidant? Ha! You are a traitor! Get out!
    Rasputin: You think you banish the great Rasputin? (pulls out his magic reliquary) By the unholy powers vested in me, I banish you with a curse!
    (everyone in the palace gasps in horror)
    Rasputin: Mark my words: you and your family will die within a fortnight! I WILL NOT REST UNTIL I SEE THE END OF THE ROMANOV LINE FOREVER!!
    (he uses his reliquary to blast the chandelier down to the ground)
  • 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 demons turn into colorful butterflies that are both in her dream and in the real world. Though they are bright and pretty, their gestures are not so much.
    • In context, Anya is dreaming that her little brother is beckoning her to come to a swimming hole, where her sisters jump in, and her father is already treading water. Nicholas gently tells her to jump in, and Alexei does an impressive cannonball. Everyone is laughing, even Anya in her sleep joins in as she prepares to jump into the stormy currents. What makes it worse? Anya doesn't know who these people are, only that they love her and she loves them back. When she wakes up, she only repeats about the Romanov curse and the faces she saw. Doubles as a Tear Jerker since Anastasia never saw her brother or sisters grow older.
    • The tail-end where the dream turns into a nightmare was so scary it was actually edited out of some releases of the film. Anya hears Dmitri yelling for her to stop, and she hesitates, frowning because some part of her knew this wasn't right. Nicholas then turns into a demon and says in Rasputin's voice, "Yes, JUMP! Fulfill the Romanov curse!" He then tries to physically pull her over, while she's standing among demons on a tower of skulls. Anya screams, understandably, and grapples with him. If Dmitri hadn't woken her up, the demons would have killed her one way or the other.
  • 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...
    • While the rest of the family and palace staff are evacuating, Anastasia runs back to her room to retrieve her music box, and Marie follows her. As soon as Marie shuts the door behind her, she hears gunshots. The Bolsheviks got the jump on the Romanovs.
    • And when that sound is heard, Marie gives a panicked gasp. She knows what that sound is, and her face says she fears that her and Anastasia are moments away from experiencing the same fate.
    • It's also quite shocking when Dimitri tries to hide the escape, and one of the soldiers just knocks him out with a rifle. An adult casually attacking a child.
  • 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)...
    Young Anastasia: Let me go! Please!
    Rasputin: You'll never escape me, child, never!
    • Where he resides for most of the movie, is apparently this hellish purgatory of a vaguely ocean like space with rounded cells composed of visceral skeletal material where sentient insects reside. It's eerie due to never being made clear how it exists.
  • 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.
  • How Rasputin reveals himself to Anastasia at her debut ball. He lures her and Pooka into the palace maze, closes the way back with hedges, and calls for her eerily. Anastasia panics as spiked vines try to impale her, and she ends up at the exit. Rasputin approaches her saying, "Look how the years have changed us. You, a blooming flower. Me, a rotting corpse." When Anastasia can't remember him, while cringing in dread, he covers the area in ice to trigger her memory. Once she shouts his name, he uses the demons to attack her and tear her dress. Yeesh.
    • Rasputin then reveals that he remembers Marie left him to drown in the ice. He decides to return the favor, destroying the part of the bridge where Anya's standing, so she'll fall into the freezing water below. Anya is normally tough, but the force causes her to slip and she's screaming at the top of her lungs. If Dmitri hadn't shown up and helped her climb up, she would have fallen and died.
    • A scene that was cut from the movie but still exists in the storybook adaptations has the topiary animals inside the hedge maze come alive and chase after Anya and Pooka. They are drawn in an intimidating manner, with red glowing eyes and feral dispositions.
  • The stone Pegasus statue Rasputin animates to kill Dimitri. Dmriti fights back, but eventually, the horse knocks him out with a stray rock.
  • Rasputin making his Deal with the Devil in the opening sequence, involving him having his skin torn off so that he briefly became a skeleton that is glowing bright blue! 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...
    • Rasputin is not so lucky at the climax, when Anastasia destroys his Soul Jar and his power is stripped from his flesh. He falls to the ground, and his robes rot away to reveal him as a skeleton once more. But the skeleton is moving under its own power, as though even in this state Rasputin is still aware and in great agony and terror. He's still writhing even as the bones crumble to dust. Whatever fate was waiting for him in the next life was not pretty.

  • 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 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.