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Nightmare Fuel / Wicked

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  • The Wizard's mechanical head contraption. Rather than the projection in the movie, it's a huge machine with clanging metal parts and glowing eyes. It was deliberately meant to be creepy and loud.
    The Wizard's head: 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 scene where Nessarose completely loses her temper after Boq tells her that he's in love with Glinda, and the result of her Magic Misfire: as he'd earlier explained that he "lost his heart" to Glinda they day he met her, Nessa makes sure he does. It's clearly an agonizing process, and he describes the experience as feeling as though his heart is shrinking.
    • 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.
  • The scene where Fiyero gets dragged into the cornfield on a wooden beam as punishment for treason, where he's doomed to turn into the Scarecrow. During this part, the backdrop turns a hellish red and black, and ends up looking like the cover of Children of the Corn.
  • With the context of its presence removed, and only one vague throwaway line regarding its existence, the Clock Dragon can be very unsettling. Particularly the times when it starts to move, accompanied by glowing red eyes and smoke, and the fact that its movements are rather jerky.
  • Some of the latter half of "No Good Deed" is decidedly unnerving in the hands of a talented enough actress (and singer). Kerry Ellis delivers "I'm Wicked through and through" about three minutes in like the powers of hell just came out of her larynx.