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Nightmare Fuel / The Iron Giant

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50 feet of... a very angry robot.
  • The very first time we see the Giant... or rather, much like Ganon, we don't see him at all, but instead all we see is a towering silhouette outlined by a flash of lightning... and a pair of unblinking eyes shining out from the darkness.
  • The bit from the old horror movie Hogarth watches where the mutant brain is presumably eating the man's head.
  • As Hogarth checks out the damage done to the forest, he realizes, to his shock, that whatever caused it has left behind a giant human-shaped silhouette going through the woods.
  • The Iron Giant's first full appearance at the power plant. He turns his head the same time Hogarth turns his own, his eyes appear from the darkness, and he moves toward the power plant completely oblivious to Hogarth, nearly stepping on him.
  • Early in the film, Hogarth is trying to get a photo of the Giant. During a Time Passes Montage, one clip shows Hogarth cleaning the lens of his camera only to accidentally take a picture of himself. Later, Mansley discovers the camera and develops that same photo, discovering the Giant was looking over Hogarth's shoulder the whole time. This means the Giant was right behind Hogarth for hours, just standing there watching him. After Hogarth sees the Giant looming over him and runs away, the Giant is walking right behind him and gaining quickly despite Hogarth's few seconds head start. Then Hogarth runs into a branch and the Giant is standing over him again.
    • The smile on Mansley's face when he develops the photo makes it clear the man has found leverage to use against Hogarth.
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  • The rather pervy smile Mansley makes after Hogarth learns that his mom rented out a room to the man.
  • From Hogarth's point of view, Mansley blowing up at him in the ice cream parlor. Think about it: Hogarth may be a strong kid, but he's still a kid and he is alone with this complete stranger to whom his mother recommended a tour around town. Even if he is in a public place, this boy is in a very vulnerable position of having this man who, up until this point, Hogarth and the audience has believed to be a pencil-pushing bureaucrat, going off on a near-psychotic paranoid rant. Thank God for Landslide!
  • That moment in the woods after the deer has been shot that the Giant notices the guns...and his eyes turn into red pinpricks. And we immediately get the hint about what he truly is.
  • Mansley chloroforming Hogarth. It comes out of nowhere, and it's downright cruel.
    • Even worse is his action shortly before that. Up until this point, Mansley has been somewhat of a bumbling idiot and a lot of fun to watch as he repeatedly fails to catch the Giant. And then he interrogates Hogarth and very calmly threatens to make his life such a living hell that he'd be taken away from his mother if he doesn't reveal where he's hiding the Giant. The worst part is the quiet, gleefully sadistic tone Mansley is speaking in the whole time; he is perfectly capable (and willing) to follow through on any threat he makes, and he loves it.
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    • Mansley's threat to take Hogarth from his mother could have been worse to think about if Hogarth had a younger sibling for Mansley to use as further leverage.
  • More Memetic Molester implications ensure when Mansley sits down on a bed in the room across the hall from Hogarth's, crosses his legs, and watches the boy to make sure he doesn't "get cute."
  • The Iron Giant's transformation.
    • The enraged scream he makes during that sequence is just as disturbing. Once you've enraged him, may God have mercy on your soul.
    • The fact that he just strolls after the soldiers fleeing for their lives, blasting everything in his path.
    • The entire scene is nightmarish for a completely different reason; we're seeing a loving soul willingly succumbing to his murderous side because he thinks his best friend just got killed. Adult Fear at its finest.
  • Mansley almost nukes an innocent town. The fact that it's out of stupidity and fear rather than evil is...not exactly reassuring, especially not considering he immediately tries to flee and save himself after he's doomed the whole town and everyone living there.
    General Rogard: That missile is targeted to the Giant's current position! Where's the Giant, Mansley?!
    Mansley: [upon realizing the Giant is right above them] Wha—? Ooh... We can duck and cover! There's a fallout shelter right there if we—
    Rogard: [angrily] There's no way to survive this, you idiot!
    Mansley: You mean, we're all going to...
    Rogard: To die, Mansley. For our country.
    Mansley: Screw our country! I wanna live!
  • One of the trailers for the film was pretty creepy on its own. It shows a number of darkly-lit scenes from the movie, covered by an ominous narration about looking for and finding trouble.
  • If the deleted dream sequence is of any indication, the Giant is one of many machines sent out across the universe to single-handedly obliterate entire planets or, worse yet, may have already done such atrocities in the past.
    • Extra Fridge Horror in that the other robots might still be out there. They might find Earth and not be as friendly as the title character.
    • Given that the reason the Giant is good is due to Amnesiac Dissonance after hitting his head, as well as his friendship with do we know that he wasn't returned to factory settings and his memory wiped, after he was hit by the nuke? Oh, Crap!
      • As stated in the Fridge Horror section of the fridge page: "The very last image of the film is him giving a friendly smile to the camera. We're fine."
    • Then again, the giants dream is seen from his P.O.V, so the full weapons mode robots reflection seen in the puddle, activating its chest cannon to destroy the planet, WAS the eponymous character.
    • Given the other robots were in "passive" mode, he could even be considered thier leader, inventor, or (optimistically) the only one with weapons...which means he's capable of destroying a planet solo and still has an army.
    • Even better, the 2015 "Signature Edition" adds the complete version to the film, and it is horrifying. For starters, the final animation shows the army of giants walking amongst the ruins of the planet they just attacked, and the fire gives it a very hellish appearance. See here for the complete scene.
      • The deer leaping and falling to its death is particularly unsettling because of being paired with that music that suddenly turns hellish. That music sounds like it belongs in a horror film.
  • There's a bit of Adult Fear with the way Hogarth taped the flashlight to his BB gun right in front of the gun's barrel leaving one to think where the BB would've landed had Hogarth actually fired and if it would've ricocheted off the flashlight, perhaps into his face.


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