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Nightmare Fuel / Sleeping Beauty

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"Now, shall you deal with me, O Prince - and all the powers of HELL!"
  • The scene where Aurora is hypnotized by Maleficent's spell and moves very slowly to the top of the tower where she eventually pricks her finger. What makes this scene especially scary is the fact that Aurora seems almost zombie-like and the only light she sees is the hypnotic light ball Maleficent made. The rest of the castle is pitch dark. The accompanying music is also eerie. The scariest thing however is that you've always thought that the music in the background was just an "aww" sound in tune. But now if you hear it closely you can actually hear "Aurora" precisely, for added more scariness, after the fire blows out and the room gets dark.
    • The whole thing even starts with the VERY scary image of Maleficent just staring. With a quick zoom-in.
    • Also, while the Fairies were talking on the other room, you can hear the "Aurora" sound. Flora heard it too and quickly realized Maleficent has taken her.
    • As the fairies are rushing frantically to find her in the different passageways, we see Aurora's feet, moving slowly up the stairs of the tallest tower. We don't hear a sound except for the siren call, and yet the fairies somehow do and give chase. And when they scream "Rose!" it echoes off the walls. Just the thought that they're running frantically to save their beloved Aurora, while Aurora walks SLOWLY and silently to her doom.
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    • It also gives the implications that Maleficent is taking desperate measures to make sure that Aurora will touch the spindle. The princess does realize what is going on after catching a brief bit of the Fairies' warning only to be forced to touch it anyway.
    • And then there's also the implications that perhaps Aurora willingly allowed herself to fall under Maleficent's control when you realize Aurora pretty much was overcome with so much stress at the discovery of her true self and the possibility she will never see the man she loves again and Maleficent very well used that knowledge to lure her into the deep hypnosis.
    • At the very beginning, Aurora is alone, in a darkened room, sobbing... The audience first notices the fire dying away, and becoming filled with the sickly green glow... Then for a brief moment, the audience sees Maleficent's face in the fireplace, transforming into a ball of green fire... And slowly Aurora's sobs die down as the chilly call "Aurora" continues. When she looks up from crying, she immediately falls into a zombie-like trance, complete with wide, staring eyes... Just the knowledge that before she was hypnotized by Maleficent, her last free moments were spent heartbroken and crying. From Bad to Worse indeed; Maleficent couldn't have chosen a more heartbreaking and frightening time to strike.
      • And on a smaller note, we don't hear Aurora speak for the rest of the movie, even when she wakes up. That's right; her sobbing is the last thing the audience hears of her voice for the rest of the film.
      • To push it further, part of her sobbing is even re-used from Dopey's crying in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
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    • As the fairies race to find Aurora, it's terrifying, and yet there's a Hope Spot when Merryweather cries out to her and she hesitates and almost regains her senses...
      Merryweather: Rose! Don't touch anything!
      Maleficent: Touch the spindle. Touch it, I say!
    • This brings up the frightening implication that Aurora was AWARE of what was going on but could not control herself!
  • When Diablo gets Taken for Granite (complete with gong sound!). Not that he didn't deserve it.
  • The forest of thorns' rise.
  • The battle with the dragon, as shown in the picture.
  • The scene when Maleficent tells Prince Phillip that instead of killing him, she'll keep him prisoner for a century or so before setting him an old man. We get to see a shot of Phillip as a weak wizened old man riding out of Maleficent's castle on his now equally old horse...
    Maleficent: Oh come now Prince Phillip. Why so melancholy? A glorious future lies before you - you, the destined hero, of a charming fairy tale come true. Behold - King Stefan's castle. And in yonder topmost tower, dreaming of her true love, the Princess Aurora. But see the gracious whim of fate - why, 'tis the self-same peasant maid, who won the heart of our noble prince but yesterday. She is indeed, most wondrous fair. Gold of sunshine in her hair, lips that shame the red red rose. In ageless sleep, she finds repose. The years roll by... but a hundred years, to a steadfast heart, are but a day. And now, the gates of the dungeon part, and our prince is free to go his way. And off he rides, on his noble steed, a valiant figure straight and tall! To wake his love, with love's first kiss, and prove that true love conquers all! Ahahahaha!
    • The close up of Maleficent's face when she delivers part of this speech while surrounded by green mist can feel creepy.
  • Remember Maleficent's death scene? No Body Left Behind. Nothing but a cloak impaled by a sword. All we see before that is she got hurt pretty badly, then her shapeshifting, winged self falling.
  • Right before Maleficent dies, she gets stabbed by the Sword of Truth. This has to be the goriest thing that Disney has ever done, because you actually see BLOOD come out of her dragon form. Not substitute blood, actual red blood. Not to mention the scream of pain she emits before she falls, which is actually recycled from the Wicked Queen's death scream in Snow White.
    • Even more frightening? Right before she falls onto the precipice, breaking it beneath her weight, Maleficent opens her mouth and lunges towards Phillip, snapping her jaws like a crocodile. She was going to eat Phillip alive... or at least take him with her if he couldn't move fast enough.
  • Let's not forget about Maleficent's Goons' demented dance around that green bonfire as a celebration after successfully capturing Prince Phillip. The music doesn't help either.
  • Let's just cut to the quick, shall we? Maleficent in general is quite possibly the darkest, most powerful, most frightening villain Disney has ever produced. There isn't even a single scene in the movie where she is portrayed as comical or inept; only her minions fill that role. In fact, in other media, such as the Kingdom Hearts games, Maleficent acts as the de facto leader of the Disney villains. And Diablo, her sinister pet crow, is likely the only villainous sidekick (aside from Flotsam and Jetsam much later) to not be portrayed as comical or buffoonish.
  • An unintentional example but Aurora looks terribly unnatural when she wakes up.
  • Even though it's awesome, any time Eleanor Audley does that cackle will have you wet yourself in terror...
  • The scene where Phillip is ambushed and captured by Maleficent and her goons. Phillip is riding his horse and arrives at the cottage where he was supposed to meet the girl he fell in love with (unknown by him to be his betrothed). He knocks on the door with a voice telling him to come in. He does so and the door closes. By itself. The goons then jump out of nowhere and simultaneously very loud intense music plays as Phillip is tied up and gagged by the goons, Maleficent all the while watching in the shadows with a VERY satisfied grin and Diablo crowing excitedly.