The Disney film
"So, you've come to stare at the Beast, have you?"
- The very beginning of the movie can be scary for younger viewers. The eerie music combined with the stained glass pictures, while both beautiful things when you're an adult, can make kids not want to watch the movie at all.
- A tiny, blink-and-you'll-miss-it image as the camera zooms in on the enchanted rose in the West Wing: on the balcony just outside, we see a stone face carved into the wall that looks like it's screaming. It's as if the castle itself were silently screaming in agony over the curse.
- The Beast's first full appearance (see above image), when he confronts and drags away Maurice.
Beast: "WHO ARE YOU?! WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!"
- The Beast locks up Maurice afterwards, likely with the intention of keeping him there until he eventually dies from hunger or older age.
- This happens in-universe for Belle, when she asks the Beast to come into the light to see him properly; as his foot appears her eyes get wider and wider, and when he's fully revealed she's clearly terrified.
- The Beast when Belle disobeys him and goes into the West Wing. For the only time in the movie Belle seems to be in danger of actual physical harm from him, as he smashes furniture in rage with single blows of his paws. On top of that, the way he yells can be enough to scare a child.
- The West Wing, which is much darker and more gothic than the rest of the castle.
- According to Word of God, the Beast hides the carcasses of animals he's slaughtered in there. I.e, because if Belle hadn't come along he would've turned full Beast and, as mentioned below, lost his humanity.
- And then there's that mutilated portrait. It's not enough that it was made with that creepy straight-ahead stare, the eyes just had to be the only intact part of the painting.
- According to Word of God the Beast is slowly losing his mind, and according to the novelization it's just slow enough that he's aware that it's happening. This is clearly seen in the musical when he screams at Belle for nearly touching the rose, ripping her sleeve in the process. This causes her to run and the Beast screams out "I'm sorry! I didn't mean to frighten you! I don't mean to hurt you! You don't understand! There is so little left of me. There's so little left..."
Beast: She'll never see me as anything... but a monster. (a petal falls off the rose) It's hopeless.
- The creepy spidery coach-thing that whirrs like an angry insect hive as it transports Maurice back to the village. You never see this thing again during the rest of the film. It makes you wonder where it's hiding. Or what it used to be.
- Monsieur D'Arque, the asylum owner, is WAAAAAAY scarier than even the actual Beast himself. Played by the same person who voiced Frollo, and looked like Frollo.
- "The Mob Song".
- In the stage version, the servants who have been cursed to live as hybrid-object-human things are gradually turning into full-fledged inanimate objects. Cogsworth and Lumière (themselves transforming into a clock and a candelabrum respectively) even jokeon a few servants that this has already happened to (including a "dumb as a brick" coworker who is the wall behind the stove). To elaborate: rather than simply transforming into sentient-but-mobile household items, the servants of the castle are still essentially human, but as each day passes, they become more and more object-like, slowly losing their humanity. It's implied that once they completely become objects, they'll either be dead, or stuck forever as human souls trapped inside immobile, sightless, voiceless items. In this case, the former actually seems like a kinder alternative. Of course, it's really a concession to the fact that the parts have to be played by people - so the scene explains why the clock, candlestick, teapot and others are still "human sized", but it still makes for excellent Nightmare Fuel.
- Gaston suddenly stabbing the Beast in the side with a huge Slasher Smile on his face even after the Beast spared his life.
- Then, directly afterwards, comes his Disney Villain Death: even though it's less Family Unfriendly than, say, the deaths of Ursula or Scar, the sheer height of his fall and his terrified expression and long, high-pitched scream make it chill-worthy. If you pause the movie when he's falling, you can see skulls◊ in his eyes.◊
- That's nothing when you take into account the former option for Gaston's death: when stabbing The Beast on the roof before falling off, he reacted while falling to his doom in a very similar fashion to Heath Ledger's Joker when Batman threw him off the roof in The Dark Knight.
- Theres also Gastons vicious line beforehand.
- Also consider the Beast's death itself, the placement of the wound looks like Gaston stabbed him and punctured his lung (and knowing Gaston, knew exactly where to stab him to do it), which is a truly agonizing way to die. His obvious pain and struggling to breathe as he says his last words to Belle combine this trope with Tear Jerker. He is also visibly bleeding from that wound.
- The first wolf chase when Maurice takes the path on the right instead of the one on the left like Philippe wanted to go. Because, really, it's not like you're gonna run into trouble on a dark, eerie, forbidding path instead of a sunny, cheerful well-traveled path.
- And among other things, the music preceding that part and leading into it. There's a good reason it didn't appear on the original soundtrack.
- When Phillipe runs off, leaving Maurice alone, all the man can do is mutter "oh no" to himself as storm clouds gather. Maurice then hears an ominous growl, and sees three wolves off in the distance, staring him down. The image by itself is Nothing Is Scarier as they simply stare down the camera. Maurice appropriately takes off running, and the wolves are able to cover the ground between them and Maurice in moments.
- The second chase as well. There's a reason that pack is the page image for Savage Wolves.
- While it's both Heartwarming and Awesome, the Beast arriving to Belle's rescue with a full out roar is a poignant reminder that he is dangerous and not somebody to be messed with.
- According to Word of God, Gaston was originally supposed to survive the fall and then get eaten by said wolves in a deleted scene. It was deemed too dark.
- One of the villagers plucking Babette (the feather duster). It's the same as pulling someones hair.
- If you recall that she has a human form as a housemaid and that her feathers correspond to her skirt, this could be considered the same thing as rape, which is so much worse. The chuckling from the villager and Lumiere's reaction add to the effect. Consider that Lumiere probably gave that guy 3rd degree burns which seems a little harsh otherwise.
- It could have just been the equivalent of ripping off her skirt, which is... not nearly as horrifying as rape but still plenty unsettling.
- And speaking of which, Lefou and the other villagers were given a right scare when they realized that everything in that kitchen was alive and hostile, including the stove (complete with Evil Laugh) and the cutlery. Yeah, they hightailed it out of there quick, fast, and in a hurry.
- Another bit from the battle scene where Lefou backs Lumiere into a corner with a torch. The following close-up shows Lumiere's terrified expression as the flames slowly melt his wax head. Thankfully Cogsworth shows up a second later in a Big Damn Heroes moment, but it's still a pretty tense moment.
- Overlapping with Tearjerker: After Belle leaves to take care of her father, the Beast bays out of sorrow. After watching him become more gentle and human-like throughout the film, it's both heartbreaking and horrifying to see him revert to animalistic roaring.
- If you listen carefully, when watching the Special Extended Edition, you can hear breaking glass and wood as she rides away. The Beast is destroying things in the West Wing again, likely with even more ferocity than when Belle nearly touched the enchanted rose.note
- Gaston's determination to make Belle his wife, including locking away her father in an insane asylum... purely because he can.
- Which gets even worse, by his reaction when Belle seems to have feelings for someone else, a "monster".
Belle: He's no monster, Gaston. You are!
- The Broadway version of Gaston can also be jarring for those only familiar with the animated film. He's almost the same character with the same lines, until the scene in which the mob comes to take Belle's father away. When Belle asks him to stop and he says he'll only help her if she marries him, not only does Gaston force a kiss on her, but when she slaps him in retaliation, he almost punches her. Very frightening and not very Disney-esque.
- Gaston's "proposal" to Belle, which is basically a G-rated rape scene. The way he follows her around the room, telling her what their marriage would be like and how many kids they would have, along with him trying to kiss her at the end, is all very unsettling.
- Gaston's line about having six-or-seven strapping boys is unnerving. What if, hypothetically, his wife gave him a daughter? Or a son he didn't like? Gaston could have become an Abusive Parent quite easily.
- During "Belle", it's mentioned that everyday is the same as the last, nothing ever changes. It's all the same, from one day into the next. Only the seasons seem to change. Taking into account the 2017 live action film, how the baker was Mrs. Potts' husband and Chip's father, no one in the village has aged or changed since the curse was put in place.