- The poor mook who gets his head crushed in the beginning of the film.
- O'Reilly pulling a Boom, Headshot! on the approaching SWAT officer. Even more so in hindsight as he's played by Robert Patrick.
- Colonel Stuart is able to gain control over an airport control tower and crash a plane just to show the amount of control he has. And McClane is practically unable to prevent it.
- Despite John's efforts to signal the incoming plane, it slams into the pavement, its passengers and pilots screaming as their plane erupts into a hellish inferno. (If you listen closely enough, one of the pilots over the radio appears to scream "We're gonna die!") Colonel Stuart's cold, emotionless demeanor through the entire thing reinforces the kind of monster John is dealing with.
- To say that, the fireball and very United Airlines Flight 232-way in which the plane hits the runway (the landing gear collapses, fuel spills, a spark ignites a fireball, and the fuselage breaks into pieces as it careens down the tarmac) will make you cringe when you learn that 230 people are getting roasted and burned. Furthermore, there appear to be no intact human remains at the crash scene.
- John McClane's reaction to the crash. This isn't one of his "Ugh I just need to get to my wife" reactions or even one of his "oh no, that didn't go so well" ones. He was horrified by the fact that he failed to save the aircraft, and openly wept in guilt and grief for the victims, taking the blame for their deaths to heart.
- The Bait the Dog of Major Grant.
- To sum up: Major Grant and company get sent in to stop Stuart and his men, and also was on McClane's side all the way. But what McClane and the others don't know was that Grant and Stuart are old buddies. The horror comes when Major Grant cuts Telford's throat.
- Not helping is that the young soldier is gasping for air and gagging as blood pours from his neck. Nobody else expresses anything more than, at most, half-hearted regret.
- Bear in mind that this is a military unit, so he and his platoon-mates are supposed to have each other's back at all times, period. And in a brutal display of All of the Other Reindeer, he gets murdered outright for no other reason than that he was the unit's New Meat and thus wasn't part of the in-crowd.
- Col. Stuart jamming a knife right into McClane's shoulder in their wing fight. John's scream as it happens is somewhat unsettling.
- Then McClane bites Stuart's hand and spits out a piece of flesh.
- McClane defeats the mook Baker by stabbing an icicle through his eye. Baker lets out a scream of outright terror, which is cut out by his death.
- McClane overpowers Grant and then knocks him off the wing of Stuart's plane, right into the engine turbine. McClane is visibly disturbed when he sees Grant's bloody remains shoot out the back.
- Colonel Stuart's death; the terrorists believe they have finally won and make their escape on the jet, only for McClane to light a trail of fuel leaking from the plane, causing the aircraft to erupt into a massive fireball in mid-air. And all the while we see a hellish white light flood the plane as the terrorists all scream as they vainly shield themselves from the flames. In all fairness though, their fate was completely deserved.
Nightmare Fuel / Die Hard 2