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Nightmare Fuel / Gorillaz

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  • Gorillaz
    • The last fifty or so seconds of "Rock the House" aren't particularly pleasant, either. Squick.
    • Try listening to the first part of "M1 A1" when driving alone late at night and without feeling a little bit frightened. "Hello? Is anyone there?" repeated as you travel down the dark, desolate road echoes the movie that sound bite is from...
    • The entire video for "Clint Eastwood" is spooky, what with the zombie gorillas and Del the rapping ghost, but the creepiest part is right at the beginning when Murdoc gives a really evil sounding laugh and fading to a close up of his face wearing a sinister expression.
  • Demon Days
    • "Fire Coming Out of a Monkey's Head." The freakishly emotionless Vincent Price-esque narration. The ominously droning background music. The twisted storybook-style music video/animation. But without question, the crown jewel of everything spooky this song brings to the table is the last bit of narration.
      "And then came a sound. Distant at first, it grew into castrophany so immense it could be heard far away in space. There were no screams. There was no time. The mountain called Monkey had spoken. There was only fire. And then... nothing."
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    • And one last thing. The intro for Demon Days. Oh god.
    • "Feel Good Inc." is a rich, stylish song with a vivid nonconformist message, but its video creeps into Fridge Horror territory the more you think about it. How long have the people been trapped in the tower? Apparently long enough to facilitate military helicopters circling the building so no one will escape. And then there's 2D's helpless, troubled demeanor, which falls somewhere between eerie and heartbreaking. Not to mention Murdoc's persistent gyrating.
      • Also, the way 2D turns around, jerkily twisting his body around until his head is on completely backwards before he finally turns it too.
      • On the subject of that song, the laughter in the background occasionally sounds Laughing Mad.
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    • "El Manana", its music video consists entirely of two helicopters shooting at Noodle's floating island while she's on it! Then the video ends with the island falling down into a gorge with Noodle inside, screaming; and then one of the helicopters drop a bomb at it...
    • DARE's music video can be kind of unsettling, what with Shawn Ryder's head being the only thing shown and the unfaded copies of Noodle. Also, that VOICE!
  • Plastic Beach
    • The inside of Cyborg Noodle. It's even scarier in her ident for Plastic Beach.
    • Seeing Robo!Noodle all hooked up by wires in Plastic Beach was unnerving as well, but it's less unnerving than the art on the CD sleeve depicting her in the same situation... hunched over with a dark grin.
    • Also in Plastic Beach, for your enjoyment, sarcasmo.
    • A giant heap of trash in the middle of the ocean? Yeah, the writers weren't making that up. And the real one is the size of Texas.
    • "Pirate Jet", the closing track on (most editions of) Plastic Beach, with its creepy-yet-catchy chord progression played on jangly synthesizers while 2D sings about how we're wasting so much water.
    It's all good news now, because we left the taps running for a hundred years...
    • Or it could even be about using up so much oil and how the Earth is doomed because of it.
  • The "Superfast Jellyfish" video is terrifying. The jellyfish are way too happy for things that have just been microwaved and are in the process of being eaten. Their movements are pure Uncanny Valley as well; somehow the flopping is reminiscent of hanging victims.
    • The expressions and dancing of the only human to star in the clip grow steadily more bizarre and creepy as the video goes on. It looks like he's enjoying his breakfast a little too much...
  • Several moments in the "On Melancholy Hill" video fall under this Robo!Noodle puking up a (still alive) octopus frightens even those in canon (namely 2D) and, while the manatee-napping bit is more of a Tear Jerker than anything else, the way that Boogieman is sort of... massaging the poor thing can definitely give you the jibblies.
    • The song itself is not at all scary — except for the ending. By the end of the song, you've been fully immersed in the ambiance of the song's feel-good nature, then an ominous bell appears out of nowhere and completely shatters that immersion in the most eerie and chilling way imaginable.
    • When we first see Noodle in the video, she immediately grabs a gun and starts firing on the planes attacking the ship she's on. The look on what we can see of her face tells is that clearly either El Manana, or whatever happened since, have utterly broken her childish innocence.
  • This ad for the album. What the hell is 2D looking at?
  • The Fall
    • The album cover can be this, even if only a little. It shows a dark room filled with silhouettes of equipment and a very anxious-looking 2D with huge, white eyes, like something bad just happened. It's difficult to look at it for long without feeling at least slightly unnerved.
  • Humanz
    • "Hallelujah Money", has a really creepy video featuring all manner of bizarre imagery behind Benjamin Clementine. Makes sense, as it was released to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump.
    • The video for "Saturn Barz" starts tame, even if it's clear from the beginning that the house the band visits is haunted. Then it suddenly goes into Deranged Animation territory. Highlights include a naked Murdoc flying along a comet belt, Noodle and Russel getting constricted by snake monsters, and 2D being subject to Force Feeding by living food.
      • At the beginning, as the camera pans past the old house, there's a face in the window. It's just... there.
      • It's probably worth mentioning that the snake monster that attacks Russell has 6 arms that behave as hair, including one growing out of where its left eye should be.
      • A singing pizza slice doesn't sound scary, but the one in this video has disturbingly realistic, sunken eyes and occasionally takes up the whole screen...
      • Don't look behind you on the bus in the 360 version of the video. Speaking of which, said version may also subject you to pleasant views such as this.
    • The sudden scream near at the end of Ascension. It just happens so suddenly...
    • "Out of Body", while undeniably awesome, has a very eerie vibe running throughout it, which slowly escalates as the track progresses. With the ambiguous yet hauntingly-delivered vocals and an increasingly driving instrumental, it's unclear if the scenario presented is just a really trippy dance party or something far more haunting.
      It's just like that
      you promise all your life, then you turn your back
      You glide across the space, and diagonal past
      Then you kick, and you jump, and you arch your back
      You move your hips and your arms like a cat
      Spin three times, and you're back where you're at
      Does anybody catch what any of this is about?
      No? Well, work it out...
  • The Now Now
    • Though the album itself is much more sad than scary, the music video for "Tranz" is downright eerie. The high-beams shining from 2D's eyes in the chorus and his uncharacteristically angry expression at times are unsettling enough, but around two minutes in the video takes a sudden left turn into Deranged Animation, first distorting the images of the band and then with claymation versions of 2D appearing in the background. In contrast to the version that's singing, the claymation 2Ds look like they're going through hell, with green bubbling from one's nose, Gumby-like flailing, and one emerging from another's mouth and flying right into another. The video ends with him collapsing bonelessly to the floor.


  • There's plenty of it, but the Cyborg is basically a nightmare fuel manufacturing plant. Her creepy, frigid demeanor, combined with the lovely incident where we see her without her face, make her wholly terrifying.
  • The black body-bag looking thing in the lobby that moves when you click it. What's in there, anyway? Anyone brave enough to click it enough times to find out?
  • The fact that this is a world in which Murdoc Niccals not only has yet to be safely locked away from society, but was in fact forced to care for a coma patient, was allowed to keep joint custody of a small child, and is now "legally entitled to experiment on monkeys" should be Nightmare Fuel enough.
  • Murdoc drugging 2D during his radio show was exceptionally horrifying.
    • His general treatment of 2D, especially during Phase 3.
  • Not to mention the bit when Murdoc is screaming about "the fog."
  • Though probably Played for Laughs, 2D screaming "HE'S KEEPING ME PRISONER!" during Pirate Radio 4 (found on the Gorillaz website) is actually fairly unsettling once you look past the hamminess of it. He just sounded really, really desperate.
  • The entirety of the Rockit video gives of an extremely creepy vibe. It includes 2D staring directly into the camera with glowing white eyes and talking zombie heads popping out of every direction, to name a few.
    • And the statue of Pazuzu.
    • Not to mention the hidden frame of the zombie face that flashes 19 seconds in. If you can't see it, just look towards the end of the video...
  • 2-D's black eyes, the result of an 8-ball fracture. One who begins to listen/watch the Gorillaz may wonder why they look like that, and soon shudder at the reason for it — although despite his creepy appearance, in terms of personality he's harmless and kind of adorable in his own, stupid way. Murdoc, on the other hand...
    • How did 2-D get those eyes? Blame Murdoc. He ran over him, damaging his right eye and putting him in a coma. As part of his community service, Murdoc had to take care of him. Then one day, Murdoc was doing car tricks to impress some girls while the still catatonic 2-D was in the passenger seat. Murdoc crashed the car and 2-D flew out the wind screen, landing face first on to a curb, damaging his other eye and waking him up from his coma.
  • There's the upbeat, prideful tone of Superfast Jellyfish... Which also happens to be about disastrous overfishing and polluting the sea until nothing's left alive.
    The sea is radioactive...
    The sea.. has gone silent.
  • The video for "DoYaThing" has a segment in which 2D casually scoops human ears out of a jar to put on his toast. Where on earth did he get those from? Are those real human ears from flesh and blood?
    • It's possible that the point of the video was that we don't know what's real and what's in 2D's head, so hopefully we can write off those ears as bacon or something.
    • While on the subject of "DoYaThing", the part where we look into Murdoc's room is very spooky. All you see is darkness while you hear cries of animals and something that sounds like human sobbing. Does anyone even want to know what's going on in there?
    • Near the beginning of the video, 2D goes into the bathroom... why are there bloody hand-prints on the wall?
  • Rise of the Ogre: Murdoc mentions that when he was 9, he had sex with a lunch lady. A grown woman had sex with an underage Murdoc. Murdoc's childhood was pretty terrible in general, but this has to be the most horrifying and disgusting part of it.
    • Rise of the Ogre also explains how Russel got those milky white eyes and became the host of Del, the ghost who appears in the Clint Eastwood and Rock The House videos. His friends, including Del, were all shot by gangsters and their spirits got sucked into his body. Russel also mentions that he had a paranormal experience prior to the shooting. He was possessed by a very large demon and went on a rampage in school. He was then exorcised but was put into a coma and didn't come out of it until four years later. He didn't believe any of it until he saw the picture of the "Russel wuz here!" graffiti written in blood on the school walls.
  • In the The Now Now era "Free Murdoc" campaign, based around the idea that Murdoc has been sent to jail for something he didn't do and is trying to escape/clear his name, fans used Facebook messenger or Skype to chat with a Murdoc chatbot, moving the plot along. Most of the chats end with silly tasks such as coaxing another inmate to reveal his tattoo of a map, etc... until the August 31, 2018 chat, which ends with Murdoc being trapped in the sewers as the sewage level rises, and apparently dying, all the while begging the fan to find a way out. Even for fans who don't particularly like the character, it's harrowing.
    • And then Noodle found him hiding in Tibet with a yak as his only companion.


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