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Nightmare Fuel / Creepshow

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  • The end of Father's Day provides one of the best examples of Fridge Horror in the entire film in that, the more you think about what happens after Nathan gets his cake, the worse it really gets.note 
  • The end of They're Creeping Up on You! is absolutely horrifying, with cockroaches pouring out of an old man's mouth, then out of every orifice, and finally exploding him from the inside out. Also an example of Nausea Fuel and Paranoia Fuel. And the worst part? No special effects. They're all real!note  Point of order: This scene is on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. Tom Savini (who has a massive bug phobia) mentioned in a book on effects that when one of the cockroaches touched him, he teleported across the room. Not really a joke - he has no memory of physically crossing the room.
  • Something to Tide You Over:
    • Richard's revenge. Being immobilized in sand while the tide gets closer and closer to you and ultimately covers you.
    • Harry threatening Richard is more scary in that sense too. Especially when he manages go through with it after his death.
  • That thing in the crate. Some reptilian ape that's immortal and has a mouth full of huge fangs. Not to mention the fact that it escapes from its crate at the end. And it's angry, and it's still hungry.
  • The ending of The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill is as unsettling as it is sad. Poor Jordy has been completely consumed by the alien vegetation, to the point where he can barely move. He has nothing left to do than put himself out of his misery with a double barrel shotgun. The worst part is that the vegetation is still growing, and heading for larger civilization.
  • All of this arguably pales in comparison to the wraparound segment: At the start of the movie, Billy's dad, Stan, throws away his copy of Creepshow, due to not wanting him to read "horror crap". At the end of the movie, as the garbage men arrive to take the trash, they page through the comic... and learn the order form for a voodoo doll has been cut out. Meanwhile, Stan is complaining about a stiff neck... which escalates to him grabbing his throat and gasping in pain as Billy begins to stab his doll with a pin.
    Billy: I'll teach you to throw away my comic books. [stab]
    • "Ready for another shot, dad?"


  • Richie's slow, Body Horror-filled transformation into a Blob Monster in "Gray Matter", not to mention the last glimpse of his horrific new form, which has three heads and is only barely humanoid. Even worse, he can now multiply, and the ending heavily implies that at the rate he's multiplying, he will destroy the world in six days.
  • The severed, ghostly doll head from "The House of the Head".
  • As Eddie burns to death in "All Hallow's Eve", the Gold Dragons kids revert to their true forms: skeletal husks with their flesh burnt off.
  • The leeches bursting out of their hosts in "Skincrawlers", particularly the gigantic leech that bursts out of Sloan.
  • The very concept of "Live Pie" in "Times is Tough in Musky Holler". It's a sadistic "game" created by the mayor where he sentences anyone who attempts to stand up against him and his cronies to be locked up underground. They're then forced head first into holes in the town's high school football field, where they can do nothing but wait in terrified agony as quadriplegic zombies slowly crawl towards them to eat their flesh. Several of the prisoners have their faces eaten off their skulls. While they're still alive. We're spared seeing most of them, but not the mayor's demise.
  • "Survivor Type". Dear God, the entirety of "Survivor Type". Watching the protagonist going insane from isolation and hunger is no picnic to watch, but then he runs out of food and gets desperate. So he starts amputating and eating his own limbs. It ends when he starts eating his own hand while it’s still attached.
    Lady fingers, they taste just like lady fingers...


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