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16th Jul '16 11:53:54 PM maxwellsilver
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Perhaps it's because there's some idea of a car as a safe place, but attackers in TV regularly hide in your backseat, waiting to attack when you enter the car. Whether it's [[KnifeNut psychos with knives]], flesh eating monsters or mysterious spies with secret information, the intrusion of personal space is creepy if not outright terrifying. It's nearly never noticed before the victim is in their car, and no reference is made to how they got in [[FridgeLogic without breaking the windows]].

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Perhaps it's because there's some idea of a car as a safe place, but attackers in TV regularly hide in your backseat, waiting to attack when you enter the car. Whether it's [[KnifeNut psychos with knives]], flesh eating monsters or mysterious spies with secret information, the intrusion of personal space is creepy if not outright terrifying. It's nearly never noticed before the victim is in their car, and no reference is made to how they got in [[FridgeLogic without breaking the windows]].
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', story, "Harry Canyon," the title character is a taxi driver ready for this stunt with a disintegrater ray installed in the back of his seat to kill anyone trying it.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', story, "Harry Canyon," the title character is a taxi driver ready for this stunt with a disintegrater disintegrator ray installed in the back of his seat to kill anyone trying it.to rob him.
28th Jun '16 11:14:54 AM case
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* Played with in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. A car thief uses a high-tech device to break into a car, gets into the driver's seat, and starts trying to hotwire it. Spidey's sitting in the backseat the whole time, and actually has to ''clear his throat'' before the car thief notices him.


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* Played with in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. A car thief uses a high-tech device to break into a car, gets into the driver's seat, and starts trying to hotwire it. Spidey's sitting in the backseat the whole time, and actually has to ''clear his throat'' before the car thief notices him.
27th Apr '16 11:12:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheIncredibleMeltingMan'': The melting man kills an elderly couple when he creeps into the back of their car before they come back.
27th Apr '16 2:28:11 AM erforce
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* Played straight in ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes''.

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* %%* Played straight in ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes''.''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes2006''.
6th Apr '16 8:58:28 PM Aiguille
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* A variation occurs in the ''Podcast/AliceIsntDead'' episode "Nothing to See," where the long haul trucker {{Narrator}} is troubled by persistent, loud banging in her trailer, only to check it twice, find nothing and ''still'' hear noises, [[spoiler: until the third check, where her Humanoid Abomination stalker the Thistle Man reveals himself, then makes a point of attacking her ''in a Target parking lot'' to [[ExploitedTrope display]] how easy it is, and how no one will help. The police, as it turns out, are in his pocket.]]
14th Mar '16 1:57:31 PM foxley
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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'': Selford Depool does this to kill the hostess who had discovered his secret (that he was an escapee from the state asylum) and was taking the evidence to the police.
28th Feb '16 6:57:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* Happens in the horror anthology ''Nightmares'', in the "Terror in Topanga" segment, and is based on the same Main/UrbanLegend (e.g., "The Killer in the Backseat") as the introductory scene in ''Film/UrbanLegend''.

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* Happens in the horror anthology ''Nightmares'', ''Film/{{Nightmares}}'', in the "Terror in Topanga" segment, and is based on the same Main/UrbanLegend (e.g., "The Killer in the Backseat") as the introductory scene in ''Film/UrbanLegend''.
28th Feb '16 6:57:05 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[FridgeLogic Not to mention how he must smell]]. A small, enclosed space is the last place a big, filthy guy wearing a human skin mask should be able to hide.



* In ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', Lt. Kaffee is on the receiving end when Lt. Col. Markinson is waiting in his car. Possibly a subverted trope (on account of the fact that there was actually no danger)?
** Also, Markinson [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that he left the back door unlocked.
** It's probably a sub-trope, given how often that exact scenario is used in espionage movies and TV shows.

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* In ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', Lt. Kaffee is on the receiving end when Lt. Col. Markinson is waiting in his car. Markinson [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that he left the back door unlocked. Possibly a subverted trope (on account of the fact that there was actually no danger)?
** Also, Markinson [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that he left the back door unlocked.
** It's probably a sub-trope, given how often that exact scenario is used in espionage movies and TV shows.
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* One of the rules that the GenreSavvy Columbus adheres by in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' is to make sure to always check the backseat for any zombies.
** Unfortunately Tallahassee doesn't listen to this [[spoiler:and an entirely human Little Rock gets the drop on him.]]
** Also comes in handy earlier when the two find an H2 Hummer [[spoiler: with weapons in the backseat.]]

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* One of the rules that the GenreSavvy Columbus adheres by in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'' is to make sure to always check the backseat for any zombies.
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zombies. Unfortunately Tallahassee doesn't listen to this [[spoiler:and an entirely human Little Rock gets the drop on him.]]
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]] Also comes in handy earlier when the two find an H2 Hummer [[spoiler: with weapons in the backseat.]]



* The Yellow Bastard did this in ''Film/SinCity''. This was sort of implausible, since 1) it was snowing, 2) he was bleeding pretty badly, and 3) it was mentioned several times how much he stank, so you'd think there'd be some sort of a sign or trail that would've tipped them off.
** Hartigan ''does'' mention smelling him the whole time, but attributes it to a lingering stench from checking out his car.

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* The Yellow Bastard did this in ''Film/SinCity''. This was sort of implausible, since 1) it was snowing, 2) he was bleeding pretty badly, and 3) it was mentioned several times how much he stank, so you'd think there'd be some sort of a sign or trail that would've tipped them off.
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off. Hartigan ''does'' mention smelling him the whole time, but attributes it to a lingering stench from checking out his car.



** Well, he already knew the alien was there, because he put it there, unconscious. And it was the bed of a truck, not the backseat of a car, so it's easier to get into, so there's less surprise to it - but also harder for the passenger to reach the driver from. Granted that the movie was a ClicheStorm, using this trope there would have single-handedly turned the movie into a parody.



* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has Harvey Dent/Two Face pulling a slightly modified version of this on Salvatore Maroni- Maroni gets into the back seat and then notices Dent sitting next to him.
** A FreezeFrameBonus reveals the {{mook}} who intended to get into that seat gets dragged off-screen by Dent moments before Maroni climbed into the car; Dent evidently got in at the same time.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has Harvey Dent/Two Face pulling a slightly modified version of this on Salvatore Maroni- Maroni gets into the back seat and then notices Dent sitting next to him.
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him. A FreezeFrameBonus reveals the {{mook}} who intended to get into that seat gets dragged off-screen by Dent moments before Maroni climbed into the car; Dent evidently got in at the same time.



* Happens in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "The French Mistake", where [[spoiler:a depowered angel]] hides in the backseat of Misha Collins' car. He himself lampshades it.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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Happens in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "The French Mistake", where [[spoiler:a depowered angel]] hides in the backseat of Misha Collins' car. He himself lampshades it.
28th Feb '16 6:52:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Shawn Spencer from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' pulled this off in hilarious fashion on two cops.

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* ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
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Shawn Spencer from ''Series/{{Psych}}'' pulled this off in hilarious fashion on two cops.



* The classic ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E16TheHitchHiker The Hitchhiker]]."

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* The classic ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E16TheHitchHiker The Hitchhiker]]."



** Ben probably should've [[ComicBook/SinCity warned him]] [[ActorAllusion about that]].



* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', a poor secretary discovers a Terminator waiting in the back seat of her car. She promises not to scream. Don't make promises you can't keep...

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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', a poor secretary discovers a Terminator waiting in the back seat of her car. She promises not to scream. Don't make promises you can't keep...



* A variation came in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with Bart sprinting from his home to the school bus to escape a killer dog and convincing himself that he's safe when he gets to his seat, only to be chased right back out by the dog in the seat behind him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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A variation came in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with Bart sprinting from his home to the school bus to escape a killer dog and convincing himself that he's safe when he gets to his seat, only to be chased right back out by the dog in the seat behind him.
28th Feb '16 6:49:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', story, "Harry Canyon," the title character is a taxi driver ready for this stunt with a disintegrater ray installed in the back of his seat to kill anyone trying it.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', story, "Harry Canyon," the title character is a taxi driver ready for this stunt with a disintegrater ray installed in the back of his seat to kill anyone trying it.
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