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  • The Wizard's mechanical head contraption. It was deliberately meant to be creepy and loud.
    The Wizard's head contraption: I am OZ!!! THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE!!!!!
    • The score calls for tone clusters in the low octaves of the piano, traditionally played with a flat palm or even a fist slammed down at random in the indicated area. The effect, especially at the immense volumes indicated, is deeply unsettling.
  • The Reveal that Elphaba turned Boq into the Tin Man (so he could live despite lacking a heart) looks like something out of a horror movie. The music, along with Boq going mad from the revelation, really cements the mood.
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  • "March of the Witch Hunters". The chorus part is a frenetic Dark Reprise of "No Good Deed", turning Elphaba's own music against her. Tin Man!Boq briefly teeters on the edge of psychotic, then leaps straight into it just before they start to sing. Madame Morrible is in full flight, certain of victory, and genuinely terrifying in a way we haven't seen before. Completing the picture, the ensemble have loud, high-register harmonies under the melody line, creating a 'wailing', 'howling', very primal and aggressive effect.
  • An example of Fridge Horror: After "As Long As You're Mine," that screaming sound Elphaba hears before she sees the house... Is that supposed to be Nessarose as she's dying? Either way, it's chilling.
  • The scene in which Elphaba is tricked into giving Chistery wings. The transformation is played for all the horror it's worth, and then it gets ramped Up to Eleven when a set of curtains open to reveal an entire cage full of monkeys that Elphaba has just forcibly, accidentally and irreversibly transformed.
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  • Dr. Dillamond losing his voice. We never get any details as to what actually happened, and just the idea that the goat equivalent of a successful, middle-aged man could give up something so important is really quite chilling. When you stop to consider the implications of whether or not he can actually REMEMBER being a sentient creature…things get even worse.
  • Nessa taking away the Munchkin's rights just so that she can keep Boq with her. That's one horrific ruler to live under.
  • "Something Bad" can be this for some, especially as Dr Dillamond begins bleating just as he and Elphaba are discussing the implications of Animals losing their ability to speak. This coupled with his clear reluctance to discuss the matter in front of Madame Morrible (and we later discover he has good reason) really manages to create an uneasy feeling about exactly how this incarnation of Oz is governed. It's subtle but still fairly horrifying to think about.
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  • The entire scene with the lion cub. The sight of a (completely sentient) young animal in a cage (effectively the equivalent of caging a terrified child), Dr. Dillamond's replacement's sheer glee at the thought of Animals in cages never learning to speak, the clearly disturbed reactions from most of the students, the giant syringe...until finally it all culminates in Elphaba doing something to the rest of the students and the new teacher to make them all jerk about like puppets on strings and appear to have a collective seizure while she has no idea how to control it. It's genuinely a very disturbing scene.
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