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Nightmare Fuel / Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

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     Episode 1 - "Awake" 
  • Similar to the ones in the nightmare in the previous game, the text messages from Joyce and Max during the second dream sequence are both bizarre and terrifying.
    Joyce: Chloe, it's going to be okay. For me, not for you. I've got David now. You though ... You don't have anyone.
    • And, just as the icing on the cake, Max's first text is sent at 11:59. Then 11:58. Then 11:57. It's pretty incomprehensible and eerie for anyone who hasn't played the first game.
    • The second dream sequence as a whole could be considered this, with the whole world around Chloe making as much sense as most dreams, as always, but because of the context the comments are a lot darker than in the first dream. You can actually pass in front of Rachel multiple times despite driving on a straight line, and then she comes closer to the car, trying to reach out for Chloe with her hand, while moving in a very unnatural and doll-like way straight out of the uncanny valley.... Before being immolated out of nowhere just in front of you. And then, the usual truck appears right behind you; in an angle that makes this a very effective jump scare for the player. The lighting helps a lot during the atmosphere in this scene and makes it very effective.
  • Accessing the journal during the second dream will have a full-page drawing of Max's corpse hanging on a tree. Make what you will of that highly disturbing image. And as an added bonus, Max has the same clothes and hairstyle that she has in the first game. Which takes place TWO YEARS after this one...
  • For more realistic, depressing nightmare fuel, we have Chloe finding her dad's wrecked car in the junkyard. The entire drivers seat is caved in and there looks like dried blood on the inside. Seeing it devastates Chloe so much that she has a total breakdown and is reduced to a sobbing mess.
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     Episode 2 - "Brave New World" 
  • The teaser for the episode can inspire nightmares on its own: Chloe blocks the door to her room while someone aggressively demands that Chloe give back his money. The screen cuts to black as he breaks the door down and screams for what's his. Roll credits.
  • Like "Awake", "Brave New World" features a nightmare showing dear old William. This time, however, instead of meeting the old man in his car, on a lovely summer day, we find him at night, in the junkyard, in front of a blazing fire, feeding a raven a roasted marshmallow. William is first uncommunicative, but after he delivers some of his signature life-advice, he turns to Chloe only for her to recoil in horror. The camera shifts to Chloe's Point of View and we see that half of William's face has been burnt off, and the raven proceeds to peck at it. So far it's been implied it was the force of the impact which killed Chloe's father, but after this scene the audience is forced to deal with the horrifying possibility that William burned to death.
  • It might seem small on the surface, but the fact that the junk yard is the last place Chloe's got left is a little chilling when you consider how connected it is to the tragedies in her life. It's where the car her dad died in is rusting away; at least several months of her hanging around there will be spent unaware that Rachel's corpse is buried nearby and she'll also die there herself in several timelines in the original game.
  • Eliot's journal is full of vaguely creepy angsty poetry about Chloe. Samuel mentions that he can't get a good read on him (despite normally being able to tell both how people appear and want to appear).
  • The scene involving Damon beating Drew up over the latter's debt to him. Tense, monotone music plays as Chloe and Mikey hide in Drew's room and overhear the conversation, and the camera occasionally focuses on the minotaur figurine that served as the boss during the tabletop campaign in episode 1 looming over a lesser figurine. If Chloe doesn't step in and hand Damon the money, the latter will break Drew's knees and the snap of that happening can be heard.

     Episode 3 - "Hell Is Empty" 
  • And the prize goes to, once again, Chloe's nightmare. She's re-enacting her dad's death again, but this time, she's onstage. There's no car, just four chairs set up where the seats should be. So, this time, William is absolutely eviscerated by the truck, which suddenly enters in from offstage. We're even treated to a lovely shot of the rather large blood splatter that was once William Price.
  • Depending on your choices, if you listen in on the conversation at the end of the hospital hallway, you can hear Samantha's mom arguing with Sean Prescott and find out Nathan broke Samantha's ribs. Sean dismisses her by saying that Nathan was protecting himself from unwanted advances. Not only is it horrifying that this happened to one of the nicest characters in the game but it's also foreshadows the extent of Nathan's instabilities from the original game.
  • The encounter with Eliot in James' office is notably heart-stopping, as it's revealed that his infatuation for Chloe has reached to textbook stalking levels. If you continue to shut him out and walk away, he will shove Chloe into a desk, blames her for his sudden bout of anger, and forcibly tries to get Chloe to see things from his perspective regarding about his feelings for her and how he disapproves with Chloe's relationship with Rachel. Given that you're alone with him and ominous music starts playing during this scene, one could be forgiven for thinking it might head in that direction, or at least an attempt thereof. While this does not happen, the scene is tense and unnerving nonetheless, especially if you have your own experiences on the matter.
  • Crossing into Tear Jerker territory, the post-credits scene in its entirety. After being treated to a montage of Chloe and Rachel's best days, we're treated to a shot of Rachel's phone lying on a glass table. It seems innocuous until you hear the flash of a camera. Then you notice the date. Then the red binder comes into frame.
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