The Dark Side of ‘Star Wars’: 11 gruesome moments in franchise history

The “Star Wars” films may be designed for the broadest possible audience (unless you're under, say, seven years old), but for an ostensibly family-friendly franchise the first six films certainly have their gruesome moments. While the list of macabre, grotesque and frightening scenes I've compiled leans heavily in favor of “Episodes IV-VI” (no amount of CGI can beat that old-school practical effects work), I did include scattered bits from the prequels just to give a better overview of the franchise as a whole. 

As we eagerly await “The Force Awakens,” here are 11 of the series' most skin-crawling sights, from the fearsome Darth Maul to Jabba's pain and suffering-redefining Pit of Carkoon.