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Nightmare Fuel / Batman & Robin

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Even the campiest and most silly of all the Batman movies has some pretty nightmarish stuff of its own.

  • Mr Freeze turning people to frozen statues right where they stand with his cryogenic weaponry, and leaving them with only eleven minutes to live in such a state.
    • Freeze using the modified Gotham Observatory telescope as a giant ice cannon to freeze the whole of Gotham City in the climax, and comes within seconds of successfully killing everyone.
  • Freeze outside of cold temperatures. In Arkham, when he tries to run away, it reduces him to a suffocating, moaning zombie with discolored, bloodshot eyes.
  • Antonio Diego being turned into Bane. The poor bastard is hooked up to Dr. Woodrue's machine and has a mask forced onto his face, then starts violently convulsing on the gurney as a cocktail of horrific chemicals is pumped into his body via a series of cannulae drilled directly into the back of his skull. And then his body starts to grotesquely swell and bulk up as his screaming becomes deeper and more inhuman.
    Woodrue: (as his goons chain Antonio to the gurney as he writhes in fear and agony) By merely drilling three concentric holes directly into Antonio's cranial cavity, I have created viaducts into the most primitive part of his brain: The limbic system. (chuckles as his goons force the mask on Antonio's face) And now I add my Super-Soldier serum, codenamed... Venom! To which I add my very own recipe of steroids and toxins. (activates the process) Plug him in. Time to scream!
  • Woodrue murders Pamela Isley after she rejects him and his insane plans, first by calmly stating he can respect her decision, before screaming like a maniac and throwing an entire table of various types of venom and toxins on top of her.
    Woodrue: Join me! The two of us, entwined, side by side-
    Pamela: Join you?! I have spent my life trying to protect plants from extinction! And you, corrupt my research for some maniacal scheme for world domination?! When I get through, you won't be able to get a job teaching high school chemistry! Do you hear me?! You, PSYCHO?!
    Woodrue: ...well, I can respect your opinion. Sadly, I'm not good at rejection. I'm afraid you'll have to die. AAAAAAAHHH!!!!
    • Pamela can only weakly lift up her hand as the concentrated poisons melt into the ground and create a glowing green cesspool that swallows her up. It's entirely likely Pamela really did die during this sequence, and the woman who emerged later was a completely new individual driven by the suffering Pamela endured.
    Woodrue: Yes! Yes! Let the poisons and toxins burn a grave deep into the Earth you love so much! Bye-bye, dear! FELLOW MANIACS! BIDDING! BEGINS!
  • The freaky gang that Poison Ivy crashes in on to claim the Turkish bath as her hideout. They all have neon body paint and weird contacts that make their eyes look smaller; giving them an almost alien appearance; and when their leader — named Cannibal in the novelizations — tells Poison Ivy "You look good enough to eat", the look on his face makes one wonder if he's even making an innuendo.
  • Robin's journey into Ivy's lair can be seen as pretty unsettling. As he slowly makes his way inside, hoping to settle things with Ivy, his path behind him is blocked by vines several times the further he goes inside. Listening closely, you can hear a small laughter sound, seemingly coming from the plants themselves, each time they block Robin's way out, almost like they are taunting Robin that there's no escape. Once Robin reaches the center of the lair and he witnesses Ivy's dramatic reveal, as he stares in awe at her the exit right behind him is blocked one last time with one more small laughter, cutting off Robin's only escape and isolating him and Ivy together.
  • Poison Ivy's fate at the end of the movie: she's swallowed by one of her own giant fly traps, survives, goes insane from the experience, and is sent to Arkham Asylum. She is left alone, a dishevelled madwoman in a darkened cell, aimlessly plucking at flower and mumbling to herself. Unfortunately for her, it doesn't end there. Freeze is returned to Arkham as her cellmatenote  after finding out from Batman that Ivy was in fact the one who tried to kill Nora in stasis, and it's all too clear that he's going to make her pay.
    Poison Ivy: He loves me, he loves me not. He loves me, he loves me...
    Male Voice: ...not.
    (Freeze's armor switches on from a dark corner of the cell, illuminating it with an eerie blue glow)
    Poison Ivy: (gazes up at him with a wide-eyed look of absolute horror) Eh... heh heh...
    Mr. Freeze: And I've come to make your life a living hell. Prepare for a bitter harvest. (Freeze slowly walks over to Poison Ivy, looming over her with a mirthless smile and a furious Death Glare) Winter... has come at last.
  • The Mr. Freeze Game Over sequence of the Batman & Robin PlayStation game has Batman, Robin, and Batgirl all being slowly frozen to death inside locked sub-zero chambers, accompanied by a heartbeat sound and some terrifying, ominous music. The horrific sound that goes with the image of the heroes dying a painful death on-screen is enough to scare younger players.