- Can anybody watch Delacroix's horrifically botched execution (pictured to the right) and NOT react in fear? Deliberately sabotaged by Percy, the sadistic guard, the scene goes on for several excruciating minutes. Instead of wetting the sponge that goes on the head of the person sitting in the chair, he leaves it dry, which interferes with the conductivity. As a result, instead of a relatively quick execution, the poor man's head catches fire and he dies an excruciating, tortuous death.
Hal: Why won't you shut it down!?Paul: He's still alive! You want to shut down while he's still alive!?
- Making it even worse is that John Coffey gets to feel everything Delacroix is feeling - every agonizing second - during the execution. Frank Darabont stated such horribly botched executions - albeit with a few less special effects - actually happened in Real Life. Part of what led to the electric chair being permanently retired in the majority of the states.
- The corpse itself made it even more frightening. Unlike Arlen's or Coffey's, where the corpse would only show minor burn marks, Del's shows the reason why they call an electric execution a cooking. Darth Vader on Mustafar looked good in comparison.
- A silver lining in a very dark cloud: Footage of this execution, along with professional testimony that it could happen, played a major role in "Old Sparky" going away forever.
- Think this scene can't get any more horrifying? Try being a child between 1998 and 2003. You may recognize the actor as the whimsical Mr. Noodle note from Elmo's World!
- Really, even with Delcroix having committed a bad crime, you really don't even wanna watch him go through any of that. It's just that horrific.
- Especially telling is that even the irredeemable bastard that is Percy is horrified by it, having presumably been stupid enough to believe that Del would die quickly, albeit more painfully.
- Coffey stating he can still hear "pieces" of convicts screaming in Old Sparky's chamber, long after they've been executed.
- Not to mention Paul's internal comment on it immediately afterwards— if what Coffey says is true, Delacroix is undoubtedly screaming the loudest.
- The flashback to how Wild Bill kidnapped the two little girls is also incredibly disturbing. Seeing it go from shots of a happy family to the family's hired hand threatening the girls before raping and killing them is like something out of a nightmare.
- How bad is it? Sam Rockwell, the actor who played Wild Bill, utterly despised that scene, not just out of genuine disgust for what the character was doing, but because he actually got along really well with the actresses who played the girls off-set. It was so bad that one of the girls actually started crying just because of how real it got.
- Paul's fate. He ends up outliving his whole family because he receives part of the life force of the death row inmate John's healing power. He believes this is punishment from God for executing John, despite him agreeing to the execution. As a result he's very much alive in the present day and in fairly good health despite being over 100 years old. And as Mr. Jingles is still alive and moving around despite being at least 64 years old, some math must be done: Mice normally only live less than four years. The average life expectancy of a white male in 1935 was 61. That means Paul is going to live at least eight hundred and seventy-six more years. Medical curiosity notwithstanding, it's likely he's only going to die if he kills himself.
- The way Wild Bill grabs John while the guards are taking him to the truck, Wild Bill was thought to be unconscious until he suddenly grabs John causing him to see Wild Bill's entire life and fearfully calls him a "a bad man" to which Wild Bill just sadistically smiles and responded with "that's right nigger, as bad as you want". The entire scene seems to imply that Bill has caught onto John's ability and just did it to torment him, that same experience was so horrifying for John that it also traumatized Paul when he was shown the same vision.
- John Coffey not only feels all the pain going on around him, but it's implied he can sense pain that's happened in the past (he hears the screams of those who died in the electric chair long after they're gone) and, perhaps, that he can sense all pain everywhere. The story is set from 1932 to 1935. The first German concentration camps were being built in 1933. Maybe Coffey pleaded to be executed because he knew what was coming and wanted to check out early.
Nightmare Fuel / The Green Mile