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Nightmare Fuel / Walking with Dinosaurs

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If you thought Jaws was scary...
There are several gruesome and terrifying scenes throughout the series.

Walking with Dinosaurs

  • New Blood: It's not surprising if any kid back in 1999 that saw the series for the first time has been scared by the death of the baby cynodont who wandered too far and the look on the Postosuchus' face as she dies (she's drooling, and her eyes are blood red).
  • In a deleted scene in the US program: the couple of adult cynodonts eat their own young to have more possibilities to escape predators. Since there isn't any fossil proof about this behaviour, was it really necessary to show it?
  • Speaking of cannibalizing juveniles, one adult Coelophysis is briefly shown eating a much younger one. True, this was based on misinterpreted findings, but that's cold comfort to the viewer. Just seeing the disembodied head of that unlucky baby with a lifeless look on its eyes... Brrrr.
  • The forest fire in "Time of the Titans". The narrator makes it clear that there are trapped dinosaurs who are terrified and will not survive. Then it even pans onto a dead, charred ornithopod after all is said and done.
  • "Cruel Sea". Just..."Cruel Sea". It's not surprising if it didn't make a whole lot of people not want to go anywhere near any coastlines for a while... in particular, that part where the bitten-off Opthalmosaurus tail slowly sinks to the sea floor is what did it for many people.
    • Liopleurodon appeared for many like the definition of a Sea Monster, even managing to make the shark from Jaws look like a sardine in comparison. Its size in the series may have been greatly exaggerated (Liopleurodon is actually 20 feet long, but the show depicted it as big as 75 feet long), but that still doesn't make it any less scary: in fact, you could probably say that the size exaggeration was actually intentional).
    • It doesn't help that his design makes him look as though he has a perpetual Slasher Smile.
    • It's Jump Scare at the beginning of the episode. You see a Eustreptospondylus sitting on a rock near the water as the narrator talks about how the most feared predator of the Jurassic is watching his prey through the water. At first, you think he's talking about the Eustreptospondylus...and then something big jumps out of the water, grabs the poor dinosaur by the tail and drags it down into the sea.
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    • The Liopleurodon's death, seeing as after he's beached he's slowly crushed underneath his own weight.
    • Fun fact: you can actually see the Liopleurodon lurking in the background during the scene where the Ophtalmosaurus is giving birth. Check for yourself at 0:47.
  • The distressed sounds the Iguanodon makes and its look of horror when it's being killed by the Utahraptor, even though is again a Bloodless Carnage.
  • There's a particularly squicky scene at the end of "Giant of the Skies", wherein the deceased Ornithocheirus protagonist is scavenged by one of his own kind. Said scavenger starts by pulling out the dead pterosaur's eyeball and eating it.
  • The Koolasuchus from "Spirits of the Ice Forest". A huge, creepy-looking, carnivorous jet-black amphibian that acts just like a crocodile.
  • A deleted scene from the original: the dead tyrannosaur embryo out of the broken egg.
    • Worse still, someone apparently thought it was a good idea to restore this scene in the DVD version.
  • The scene just before the meteorite hits:
    • Everything just seems to stop. The baby T. rex look out into the distance. The Anatotitan and Torosaurus herds look up at the sky. The Dromaeosaurus runs for cover. And then there's a huge flash of bright light, as the narrator explains the meteorite has struck Earth offscreen. We see the baby rexes looking into the distance at the bright light, accompanied by numerous other calls from other animals, including one that literally sounds like a child screaming in terror. The light dies down, then the shockwaves begin, rocking the Earth violently. Finally, within moments, the blast from the meteorite begins peeking out over some distant mountains as the animals of the region continue to cry out in terror. The babies are helplessly flung away by the wind, and are followed by their dead mother. The final scene set in prehistoric times is a rain of molten fire.
    Narrator: This is the end of the age of the dinosaurs.
    • The Prehistoric Planet version of the scene also expands on the scene right before the meteorite arrives, describing the dinosaurs as being able to sense approaching danger, but they just don't know what to do and are completely helpless in their final moments.
  • Earlier in "Death of a Dynasty", the battle at night between the dromeosaurid pack and the Torosaurus herd. The raptors successfully wound a baby Torosaurus, who flees to the safety of the herd. However, morning comes and reveals that the baby succumbed to its injuries. We then get a shot of its body almost entirely stripped to the bone, leaving only its head and limbs intact.
    • Right before the fight, we see a meteor shower that the narrator makes clear is a harbinger of the approaching meteorite.

Walking with Beasts

  • The giant ants in which devour the chick alive, depicting how the chick struggles to hatch from its egg as the ants swarm all over body and then the skeleton of the chick when the mother returns, caused many viewers to hate not only the entire ant lineage, but even ant-scientists and ant-lovers since watching this scene. Zoologists and environmentalists have to thank Walking With a lot.
    • From the same episode, the giant flightless bird Gastornis killing its prey. It does it by shaking it to death while giving off strangled shrieks that are almost growls. The death is so drawn-out and just plain savage that it manages to be truly brutal even though it's Bloodless Carnage - though you do hear the Sickening "Crunch!" of its neck vertebrae being snapped.

Walking with Monsters

  • The female Dimetrodon loses an eyeball after a fight.
  • The agony of the armoured herbivore Scutosaurus killed by the mammal-like gorgonopsid: you can see the blood of the former gushing out of its neck.
  • Some scavengers in the series seem to like to eat the eyes of the corpses, like Euparkeria with Lystrosaurus.

The 2013 Movie

  • There's the forest fire and the simultaneous Gorgosaurus attack.
    • The following exchange during the forest fire, one of the few times the dialogue isn't too forced.
    Patchi: What's fire? Does it eat meat?
    Alex: It eats everything! RUN!
    • Scowler getting Drunk with Power after becoming leader of the herd qualifies as well. When he leaves Patchi to die after saving the herd from a frozen lake that he himself lead them into, it looked like he had become a sociopath.


  • Part two of the "Walking With Beasts" behind the scenes documentary, titled "The Beasts Within". Namely, the ending. The narrator states that despite our feelings of power over the Earth and its animals, humanity is vulnerable. If we were to experience the sudden onset of another ice age, our "complex and fragile" society could easily fall apart. He then tries to assure us that it probably won't happen in our lifetime...and then shows a meteor heading towards the Earth. The makers quickly try to lighten the mood by playing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" over some silly circus antics, but the words are hard to ignore. At least the ending of the original program left our impending doom vague enough for people to miss it, but here, they outright state it.
  • Walking With Cavemen may as well be retitled "Walking with Nightmare Fuels" as well, it's full of these from the start to the end... especially about the exaggerated realism of some death scenes.
  • The fact that some of our ancestors in the program are portrayed with a rather... grotesque look makes this program even more scary. That means that we are descendants of Nightmare Fuels. Every person that you see every day, including you, is descended from those Nightmare Fuels. So we are surrounded by Nightmare Fuel every day. Come to think of it, Walking With Cavemen could also count as Fridge Horror.
    • Our earliest ancestors shown, Australopithecus afarensis, look like something right out of a horror film. Behold!
  • The whole premise of Sea Monsters is a group of time-travelers trying to dive with and study very dangerous prehistoric creatures, so there are naturally quite a few scary moments, even though the humorous tone tries to keep it light. Special mention goes to the break between Part 2 and Part 3 where it looks like Nigel has been eaten by a C. megalodon, and The Stinger showing mosasaurs approaching the sonar screen as the crew sleeps.


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