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Nightmare Fuel / The Matrix

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  • Human harvest! Ick!
  • Neo on the ledge of the skyscraper can be this if you're afraid of heights. Especially when a gust of wind makes him drop his phone.
  • The interrogation scene (pictured) when Agent Smith makes Neo's mouth melt itself shut, causing him to panic understandably to where they shoot in the tracking bug.
    Agent Smith: Tell me...what good is a phone call when you are unable to speak?
    • Neo himself thought it was a nightmare. When Trinity sucks out the "bug," his reaction is "Jesus Christ, that thing's real?!?"
    • If you're someone that has a fear of insects or other creepy crawlies, then this scene would just get worse and worse as the tracking bug is literally and figuratively a centipede-like bug, that comes to life from the click of a button and just uses its tendrils to squirm and crawl into Neo through his exposed navel, his sealed mouth blocking his presumed screams of terror/pain(as one can see the tendrils poking and squirming around his belly).
  • Agents in general are terrifying. Implacable, inhumanly powerful, and capable of possessing and overriding anyone still plugged into the Matrix. This last bit, we get to see several times throughout the franchise, watching various people in various outfits morph gruesomely into a man in a nondescript suit and sunglasses, regardless of whether or not they were a man before, or for that matter wearing sunglasses. And in the rare instance when someone manages to kill an Agent, they release control just before the body dies, leaving the human they were behind. Most of the time it's a cop or security guard, but on at least one occasion we see a lady who just got back from grocery shopping, right before that person gets taken over by Agent Smith.
  • Neo's first entry into the real world. And then the explanation of how it works...and how humans are fed...and how people jack in to the Matrix...and how mention that our bodies could be taken over by evil unstoppable programs at any second.
    • Speaking of Agent possession, during the scene when the Agents are chasing down Neo, there's a little girl who watches what was probably her mom...suddenly turn into some guy in a suit and sunglasses. The people that Agents assimilate are somebody's loved ones and they could possibly get killed in brutal ways by a Zion operative.
  • What about that part just before Neo fully wakes up? Yes, it's obvious they're pulling him out when he took the red pill and they've put him in a chair to get ready for it, but then comes the incredibly freaky part where Morpheus points at a mirror that just repaired itself, and when Neo reaches out to touch turns gooey and starts to assimilate his entire body. And THEN, he starts screaming like all hell and you can hear it like the sound is glitching out; AND the camera goes down his totally engulfed throat. Metaphor or otherwise, who else was scared out of the room by that scene alone?
    • Then there's the incomprehensibly surreal and traumatic horror Neo experiences immediately after. Just imagine, from his perspective, what he's witnessing: First he comes to in a daze, emerging from a viscous red-pink slime with all kinds of cables plugged into his nude body. Then he discovers the billions of other people still asleep in their pods attached to seemingly bottomless, cylindrical skyscrapers with large electric bolts firing between them in a presumably freezing, dark landscape. Suddenly, a huge, menacing spider-like machine hovers directly in front of him and starts choking him as those cables he's attached to painfully snap off. Then, out of nowhere, his pod opens from behind causing him to slide down a "water park chute from Hell" into to a sea of what is possibly a mixture of liquid human remains and sewage as he helplessly flails to stay afloat.note  Finally, a blinding light shines from above with a strange mechanical claw of some kind lifting him up to safety aboard to where his new cohorts are. Neo's first awakening into real world was essentially a (thankfully) brief, hellish fever dream the likes of which no one could've ever had. Don Davis' haunting score throughout the scene just intensifies every second of it.
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    • The invokedFridge Horror that people before Neo might've awakened from the Matrix to have the same thing happen to them...only no one was there to help them.
  • The dèjá vu scene. The moment Neo points out what he just saw, the entire group freezes in their tracks. It's not clear (at first) what changed during the glitch, but it's definitely clear that something has just Gone Horribly Wrong. Namely, that the windows and doors have been blocked by brick walls and Agents are on their way.
  • The Sentinels. They're giant mechanical monsters whose only purpose is to hunt and kill humans. They can't be reasoned with, their attacks can't be stopped, and they are very hard to destroy. It's even worse in Reloaded when we see thousands of them drilling to Zion - they look like huge bugs crawling around a gigantic hive.
  • "He's gonna pop!" can be quite scary for any emetophobes. Rumor has it that this wasn't actually in the script, Keanu Reeves just had food poisoning.


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