11 Truly Chilling Moments From Star Wars

There are plenty of things to love in Star Wars. The franchise offers epic space battles, sword fights, amazing chase scenes, escapes by the skin of one's teeth, and a certain metal bikini.

But there are also plenty of chilling moments – some of which make certain movies in the franchise unsuitable for younger children (or even for those adult viewers who are particularly sensitive to that kind of thing – if that's you, stop reading now!).

Here are 11 of the best of them. You won't be at all surprised to discover that most of these moments feature the iconic villain Darth Vader!

  1. When Darth Vader force chokes the Admiral with the line “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
  2. When Anakin Skywalker massacres the Younglings in Revenge of the Sith.
  3. When that big flying thing with needles comes in to interrogate Princess Leia when she’s in cell number 2187. The noise it makes is so damn disconcerting.
  4. When he's in the cave in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke cuts off Darth Vader’s head only to discover he has cut his own head off. Meta much? A case of the son becoming the father and the father becoming the son? Extremely chilling either way!
  5. In Cloud City, when Darth Vader is revealed to be waiting in the dining room, and then blocks Han Solo’s laser shot using the Force.

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  6. When Darth Vader utters something about being Luke Skywalker’s father. That reveal is one of the greatest twists in movie history. It's up there with the Planet of the Apes planet getting revealed as being Earth the whole time, and the reveal that Bruce Willis' character was a ghost the whole time in The Sixth Sense!
  7. When the cave in the asteroid battle the Millennium Falcon has sheltered in is revealed to be a giant space slug with teeth. It was just gruesome!
  8. When the Wampa attacks Luke Skywalker in the snow. That was absolutely brutal.
  9. When Anakin Skywalker beheads Count Dooku with extreme prejudice – and yet another demonstration that he is turning to the dark side of the Force.
  10. When Luke Skywalker comes across the charred remains of his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. For a lot of children of that generation, that scene may well have been the first moment of genuine horror they'd seen on the big (or small) screen. That smoking coming off the place… yikes.
  11. In Rogue One, Darth Vader shows up in black. You can't see him yet you can hear his breathing. Suspense! What's going to happen? And then, all of a sudden, *GAZEEEEEESSSSSH!* He turns on his red lightsaber and then unleashes hell on the Rebel crew. It has become a truly iconic moment for the character – and one that still sends chills down the spins of Star Wars fans around the world!

There are, of course, more chilling moments in the Star Wars movies, but they're the ones that spring to mind for us.

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