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Nightmare Fuel / Marilyn Manson

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Portrait of an American Family

  • The album starts off with Marilyn reading the quite disturbing dialogue from the tunnel sequence from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and a good deal of the albums are chronicles of an apocalypse that loop perfectly if left to run on their own.
  • Laura Palmer's blood-curdling scream sampled in "Wrapped in Plastic."

Smells Like Children

  • The first track, "The Hands of Small Children", is nothing but distortions of children crying, nursery rhymes, an inexplicable unearthly moaning, and buzzing sounds.
  • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"... so wrong but ooooh so right.
  • Rev. Manson's remix/cover thing (lyrics not all the same, music drastically different) of "I Put A Spell On You" can basically be summed up as "If you're in love with someone who does not love you back, prepare for a horrible revelation, and nightmares caused by self-hate."

Antichrist Superstar

  • Listening to Antichrist Superstar all the way through while in bed with the lights off - not exactly nice... If none of the actual songs scare you, the hidden track "Empty Sounds of Hate" should do the trick: it's a collage of mechanical-sounding distorted voices saying things like "If you are hearing this, there is nothing I can do", "Something has grown in my chest... it is hard and cold...", and "When you are suffering, know that I have betrayed you". It doesn't help that "Empty Sounds of Hate" plays a good while after the final song on the album — which means that an unsuspecting listener who might leave the CD playing on a computer or stereo would become quite startled when their machine suddenly starts whispering eerie messages and murmurs of death. And, of course, the fact that the track contains a clearly audible layer of backmasking adds Paranoia Fuel to the creepiness of it all.
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  • "Man That You Fear", with its air of ruin and hopelessness. It seems to be about a guy confronting someone who loved him before his Start of Darkness. "Pray your life was just a dream..." The song can also be kind of a Tear Jerker, with its mournful air and the fact that Manson seems to always be on the edge of sobbing... and then the horrifying cacophony of sound after the lyrics end scares the hell out of you.
    The world in my hands,
    There's no one left to hear you scream
    No one left for you
    When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed

Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)

  • Holy Wood has its fair share of scary as well, with "The Fall of Adam" being reminiscent of "Man That You Fear". That track starts off as an acoustic lament with muffled thunder in the background as Manson sings of the revolution carried out in the previous tracks falling apart; "When one world ends, something else begins, but without a scream... just a whisper, 'cause we just... started over again." Then comes the the heavy, palm-muted guitar, with Manson going from a gentle half-whispered lament to a screeching, angry tirade. And the end isn't any less scary, with all sound fading into the buzzing of flies, a lead-in to "King Kill 33". That track is a half-whispered, half-shouted declaration of war through a strange voice filter, meant to display a possible interpretation of the Columbine killers' twisted rationale.
    • All of Holy Wood is supposed to be based off of the Columbine Massacre. So take a good look at the lyrics. Every song is, in some way, supposed to be Klebold and Harris's thoughts, actions and beliefs. This can be either extremely depressing or extremely terrifying. Possibly a mixture of both.
    • The album cover comes to mind. Very effective...
    • "Born Again" and "Burning Flag"; this is arguably the point in the album where the protagonist breaks, giving in and finally becoming everything that he hated.
    Burning Flag: "Join the crowd that wants to see me dead, BUT RIGHT NOW I FEEL I BELONG FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!"

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

  • "Suicide Is Painless": the Mash theme, originally a somewhat pensive song, now with distorted noises in the background that almost touch being something you can identify, but not quite, and a creepily level and unemotional lead voice.

The Golden Age of Grotesque

Eat Me, Drink Me

The High End of Low

  • The "Running to the Edge of the World" video; the first half of the video is Manson singing and crying, with quick cuts of a woman seemingly in distress. Why is he crying, you might ask? Later on we learn that he's crying because he's just beaten that woman to death.
  • Both this and Tearjerker, but just the fact that half the songs on the album are about how unlovable and he thinks he is and how angry and hurt he is, the album was recorded at a very turbulent time in his life, and it shows.
    • On that topic, the album was largely composed from lyrics he wrote while trashing his house, he wrote a lot of those lyrics on the walls, and even wrote enough to later use some for Born Villain.
  • "I Want to Kill You Like They Do in the Movies".
    "There's so much, much, much more skin to BREAK!!!
    I haven't even taken off my gloves."

The Pale Emperor

Heaven Upside Down

  • The infamous "Say10" teaser, if not for the song itself, then for the image of Manson standing over a headless corpse in the middle of the street, surrounded by a huge pool of blood. It doesn't help that the teaser is more or less a thinly veiled threat against Donald Trump.
    Teens React: (beat) "Yikes..."
    • The official video for "Say10" is no better than Tyler Shield's work. The crowning moment would probably be Manson screaming into the camera while being sprayed with blood.
    • Oh, and the woman lying in bed while Manson is thrashing and pounding through the wall above her.
  • The "We Know Where You Fucking Live" video. For the first time, Manson actually exploits his namesake and made a Manson Family killing-themed video, the result is both awesome and terrifying.
    • The song itself.
    "We don't intend to just eat the street, the asphalt is the good meat,
    And we will sleep on the skin of its nightmares."


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