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28th Oct '16 4:36:22 AM Maxiboy136
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The classic film example uses a loud brass horn, or a woman's scream. Jump Scares follow the law of diminishing returns. They're effective when accompanied by a slow build up of suspense, but too many will turn them into more of a nuisance than a genuine scare, as demonstrated by the many, ''many'' horror VideoGame examples in which the trope is overused to the point of predictable, if occasionally still somewhat startling, banality, by creators with little grasp of what makes horror ''scary''. The film critic Nigel Floyd refers to the occurrence of this in films as "cattle prod cinema". Conversely, of course, when creators who ''do'' understand horror make use of the trope, they do so to ''extremely'' good effect, to such an extent that it works even on a repeat player who knows it's coming, to say nothing of a newbie with no reason to predict it.

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The classic film example uses a loud brass horn, or a woman's scream. Jump Scares follow the law of diminishing returns. They're effective when accompanied by a slow build up of suspense, but too many will turn them into more of a nuisance than a genuine scare, as demonstrated by the many, ''many'' horror VideoGame examples in which the trope is overused to the point of predictable, if occasionally still somewhat startling, banality, by creators with little grasp of what makes horror ''scary''. The film critic Nigel Floyd refers to the occurrence of this in films as "cattle prod cinema".cinema" -- you're not being scared, just jolted. Conversely, of course, when creators who ''do'' understand horror make use of the trope, they do so to ''extremely'' good effect, to such an extent that it works even on a repeat player who knows it's coming, to say nothing of a newbie with no reason to predict it.
7th Jul '16 5:10:55 AM Gorank
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[[caption-width-right:344:"MEOW!" [[note]] A real jump scare would be scary, so we put this. [[/note]] ''[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfish/4175352901/ source]]'']]

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[[caption-width-right:344:"MEOW!" [[note]] A [[note]]A real jump scare would be scary, so we put this. this.[[/note]] ''[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfish/4175352901/ source]]'']]
3rd Jun '16 1:15:17 PM DinoMaurus
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[[caption-width-right:344:"AGGGHHHHHHH!" [[note]] A real jump scare would be scary, so we put this. [[/note]] ''[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfish/4175352901/ source]]'']]

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[[caption-width-right:344:"AGGGHHHHHHH!" [[caption-width-right:344:"MEOW!" [[note]] A real jump scare would be scary, so we put this. [[/note]] ''[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfish/4175352901/ source]]'']]
9th Feb '16 6:03:51 PM Maxiboy136
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The classic film example uses a loud brass horn, or a woman's scream. Jump Scares follow the law of diminishing returns. They're effective when accompanied by a slow build up of suspense, but too many will turn them into more of a nuisance than a genuine scare, as demonstrated by the many, ''many'' horror VideoGame examples in which the trope is overused to the point of predictable, if occasionally still somewhat startling, banality, by creators with little grasp of what makes horror ''scary''. Conversely, of course, when creators who ''do'' understand horror make use of the trope, they do so to ''extremely'' good effect, to such an extent that it works even on a repeat player who knows it's coming, to say nothing of a newbie with no reason to predict it.

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The classic film example uses a loud brass horn, or a woman's scream. Jump Scares follow the law of diminishing returns. They're effective when accompanied by a slow build up of suspense, but too many will turn them into more of a nuisance than a genuine scare, as demonstrated by the many, ''many'' horror VideoGame examples in which the trope is overused to the point of predictable, if occasionally still somewhat startling, banality, by creators with little grasp of what makes horror ''scary''. The film critic Nigel Floyd refers to the occurrence of this in films as "cattle prod cinema". Conversely, of course, when creators who ''do'' understand horror make use of the trope, they do so to ''extremely'' good effect, to such an extent that it works even on a repeat player who knows it's coming, to say nothing of a newbie with no reason to predict it.
9th Feb '16 7:04:19 AM whalewithwings
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[[caption-width-right:344:"MEOW!" [[note]] A real jump scare would be scary, so we put this. [[/note]] ''[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfish/4175352901/ source]]'']]

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[[caption-width-right:344:"MEOW!" [[caption-width-right:344:"AGGGHHHHHHH!" [[note]] A real jump scare would be scary, so we put this. [[/note]] ''[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfish/4175352901/ source]]'']]
19th Nov '15 11:39:25 PM AtmosBlitzer
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The classic film example uses a loud brass horn, or a woman's scream. Jump Scares follow the law of diminishing returns. They're effective when accompanied by a slow build up of suspense, but too many will turn them into more of a nuisance than a genuine scare, as demonstrated by the many, ''many'' horror VideoGame examples in which the trope is overused to the point of [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys predictable, if occasionally still somewhat startling, banality]], by creators with little grasp of what makes horror ''scary''. Conversely, of course, when creators who ''do'' understand horror [[VideoGame/SilentHills make use of the trope]], they do so to ''extremely'' good effect, to such an extent that it works even on a repeat player who knows it's coming, to say nothing of a newbie with no reason to predict it.

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The classic film example uses a loud brass horn, or a woman's scream. Jump Scares follow the law of diminishing returns. They're effective when accompanied by a slow build up of suspense, but too many will turn them into more of a nuisance than a genuine scare, as demonstrated by the many, ''many'' horror VideoGame examples in which the trope is overused to the point of [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys predictable, if occasionally still somewhat startling, banality]], banality, by creators with little grasp of what makes horror ''scary''. Conversely, of course, when creators who ''do'' understand horror [[VideoGame/SilentHills make use of the trope]], trope, they do so to ''extremely'' good effect, to such an extent that it works even on a repeat player who knows it's coming, to say nothing of a newbie with no reason to predict it.
24th Oct '15 2:52:34 PM eroock
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-->--'''Gabe''', ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/09/29/ Dino Crisis Sucks]]"

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-->--'''Gabe''', -->-- '''Gabe''', ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', "[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/09/29/ Dino Crisis Sucks]]"
21st Oct '15 6:02:15 AM stuffedninja
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[[caption-width-right:344:"MEOW!" [[note]] A real jump scare would be scary, so we put this. [[/note]] ''[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfish/4175352901/ source]]'']]
21st Oct '15 6:00:34 AM stuffedninja
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18th Oct '15 1:59:15 PM rt2012
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[[caption-width-right:344:"MEOW!" [[note]] A real jump scare would be scary, so we put this. [[/note]] ''[[https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnfish/4175352901/ source]]'']]
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