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13th Mar '17 12:57:05 PM Gravidef
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* The Propeller Shakespeare Company, an [[GenderBender all-male]] Shakespearean troupe based in England, did this to remarkable effect in their production of ''Richard III.'' It was set in a BedlamHouse, and featured horrifically gory murders that kept escalating until someone was being [[UpToEleven eviscerated with a chainsaw]] in a barely-concealed GoryDiscretionShot. But the scariest murder of them all occurred with the two young princes. Richard hires an assassin to get rid of them; the Company imagined that assassin as a mute PsychopathicManchild with a broad, empty-eyed grin and toys sitting on his belt. The sequence played as follows: the princes (played by puppets) put on their nightcaps and went into a small space under a flight of stairs; the assassin emerged from the shadows and followed them; the stage was totally silent with the exception of a ticking clock...and then, after a minute, the assassin exited the space, now clutching the nightcaps. We have ''no idea'' what he did to the boys, or how long it took--our imaginations paint the picture for us, and it is terrifying.


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* "The Box," the first segment of the anthology film ''XX'', runs on this. A curious little boy asks an elderly man on a train what he is carrying inside of a box, and the old man lets him take a peek inside of it. After seeing it, the boy stops eating, and despite a pediatrician outright telling him that he'll die if he keeps starving himself, he doesn't care. Eventually, he shares what he saw in the box with both his sister and his father, who stop eating as well, leaving the mother the only survivor of the event. And we ''never find out what was in the box.'' What on Earth could be so horrible that it would do that to someone?
6th Mar '17 8:19:42 PM Odacon_Spy
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* A textbook example occurs when Matt and Pat of ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' LP the indie game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVC6LMLnJaM Phobia]]''. For most of the video there are no threats whatsoever, just Pat walking around a big, dark, creepy old house filled with [[HellIsThatNoise creepy noises]] and atmosphere and the persistent threat that there is something horrible locked up in the basement trying to get out, and this absolutely terrifies him. At the end of the video, Pat heads down to the basement to confront the monster, the basement door bursts open and [[spoiler:we never find out what happens next or what the monster looks like because the game immediately crashes and Pat takes this as an excuse to end the LP before he has a heart attack]].
-->'''Pat:''' ''*genuinely scared* IT'S JUST [[GhostButler DOORS OPENING]]!!''

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* A textbook example occurs when Matt and Pat of ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' LP the indie game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVC6LMLnJaM Phobia]]''. For most Most of the video there are no threats whatsoever, is just Pat walking around a big, dark, creepy old house filled with no threats whatsoever, save for the house's [[HellIsThatNoise creepy noises]] and atmosphere and the persistent looming threat that there is something horrible locked up in the basement trying to get out, and this absolutely terrifies him. out. It's all put together so well, though, that both of them are genuinely unnerved, especially by the second night. At the end of the video, Pat heads down to the basement to confront the monster, the basement door bursts open and [[spoiler:we never find out what happens next or what the monster looks like or what happens next because the game immediately crashes and crashes, which Pat takes this uses as an excuse to end the LP video before he has a heart attack]].
-->'''Pat:''' ''*genuinely scared* ''*absolutely terrified*'' IT'S JUST [[GhostButler ''[[GhostButler DOORS OPENING]]!!''
6th Mar '17 8:09:32 PM intastiel
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* In the ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Imperial Radch]]'' series, Ghaon's solar system is surrounded by an invisible, undetectable, inexplicable phenomenon called the Crawl. All the characters or readers know is that any ship that tries to Gate past it, open communications within it, or stray from ''very'' secret safe paths through will be destroyed -- or left floating, dead and derelict, with no signs of distress.


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* In the ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Imperial Radch]]'' series, Ghaon's solar system is surrounded by an invisible, undetectable, inexplicable phenomenon called the Crawl. All the characters or readers know is that any ship that tries to bypass it with Gate travel, open communications within it, or stray from ''very'' secret safe paths through will be destroyed -- or left floating, dead and derelict, with no signs of distress.
6th Mar '17 8:07:49 PM intastiel
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* In the ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Imperial Radch]]'' series, Ghaon's solar system is surrounded by an invisible, undetectable, inexplicable phenomenon called the Crawl. All the characters or readers know is that any ship that tries to Gate past it, open communications within it, or stray from ''very'' secret safe paths through will be destroyed -- or left floating, dead and derelict, with no signs of distress.
1st Mar '17 11:55:33 AM Odacon_Spy
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* A textbook example occurs when Matt and Pat of ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' LP the indie game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVC6LMLnJaM Phobia]]''. For most of the video there are no threats whatsoever, just Pat walking around a big, dark, creepy old house filled with [[HellIsThatNoise creepy noises]] and atmosphere and the persistent threat that there is something horrible locked up in the basement trying to get out, and this absolutely terrifies him. At the end of the video, Pat heads down to the basement to confront the monster, the basement door bursts open and [[spoiler:we never find out what happens next or what the monster looks like because the game immediately crashes and Pat takes this as an excuse to end the LP before he has a heart attack]].
-->'''Pat:''' ''*genuinely scared* IT'S JUST [[GhostButler DOORS OPENING]]!!''
27th Feb '17 5:42:54 AM Vir
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* In an episode of the new ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' cartoon, Ursula is telling a scary story to the gang while they're all around the campfire. Ape persuades her to change the ending to something not very scary so that he won't have to deal with George having nightmares. She complies, and when the man in the story opens the door, there is nothing on the other side. George then spends most of the episode ''literally'' afraid of nothing.
--> '''George:''' (scared) Ape, check in the closet. What's in there?
--> *Ape opens the closet to reveal a monster with silverware and a bib.*
--> '''Ape:''' (deadpan) A large, hungry monster holding a knife and fork.
--> '''George:''' (relieved) Oh. Well, as long as it's not nothing. Good night!
--> *Ape slams the closet door in the monster's face and heads to bed.*
* The WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only a Dream]]":

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* In an episode of the new second ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' cartoon, Ursula is telling a scary story to the gang while they're all around the campfire. Ape persuades her to change the ending to something not very scary so that he won't have to deal with George having nightmares. She complies, and when the man in the story opens the door, there is nothing on the other side. George then spends most of the episode ''literally'' afraid of nothing.
--> '''George:''' -->'''George:''' (scared) Ape, check in the closet. What's in there?
--> *Ape
there?\\
''(Ape
opens the closet to reveal a monster with silverware and a bib.*
-->
bib)''\\
'''Ape:''' (deadpan) A large, hungry monster holding a knife and fork.
-->
fork.\\
'''George:''' (relieved) Oh. Well, as long as it's not nothing. Good night!
--> *Ape
night!\\
''(Ape
slams the closet door in the monster's face and heads to bed.*
bed)''
* The WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only a Dream]]":



* In [[TheMagicRoundabout Dougal and the Blue Cat]], as Dougal tells Zebedee about the events of the night before, we are treated to a flashback in which Dougal wakes up and wanders around in the middle of the night and we hear the piercing sound of a cat shrieking, then we hear a sinister female voice singing "Blue is beautiful, blue is best." Nothing happens to Dougal and for now we don't see the source of either of them, but the atmosphere is chilling.

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* In [[TheMagicRoundabout ''[[WesternAnimation/TheMagicRoundabout Dougal and the Blue Cat]], Cat]]'', as Dougal tells Zebedee about the events of the night before, we are treated to a flashback in which Dougal wakes up and wanders around in the middle of the night and we hear the piercing sound of a cat shrieking, then we hear a sinister female voice singing "Blue is beautiful, blue is best." Nothing happens to Dougal and for now we don't see the source of either of them, but the atmosphere is chilling.
9th Feb '17 1:39:27 PM jroggs
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This is a {{Horror}} trope where fear is not induced by some traumatic visual element or by a physical threat, but by the ''sole lack of event''. This is a case of rampant creepiness, associated not with what is happening, but with the general atmosphere of a scene. When properly done, it can result in one of the scariest moments. It does so for one simple reason: the author refuses to show us what is causing this scariness but we desperately wish to know what, so imagination fills in the blanks and our minds provide the content, using what the individual considers scary (which has an advantage over ShowDontTell because not everyone finds the same thing scary).

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This is a {{Horror}} trope where fear is not induced by some traumatic visual element or by a physical threat, but by the ''sole lack of event''. This is a case of rampant creepiness, associated not with what is happening, but with the general atmosphere of a scene. When properly done, it can result in one of the scariest moments. It does so for one simple reason: the author refuses to show us what is causing this scariness but we desperately wish to know what, so imagination fills in the blanks and our minds provide the content, using what the individual considers scary (which has an advantage over ShowDontTell because not everyone finds the same thing scary).
scary.
7th Feb '17 7:22:36 PM looneynightmare
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* For most of ''Film/ItsAlive'' we do not see the killer mutant baby, most of the time when it is on screen it's hidden in the darkness and we hear it's shrieks, we only get a good look at it two or three times in brief instances.
26th Jan '17 12:27:15 PM Chris116
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* In the early parts of ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'', we see a peaceful scene with Rudolph's father teaching him the ways of the reindeer. Then suddenly, the father looks up in horror at a horrific roar, and quickly hides himself and his son under a snow bank. The music gets very dark, and we see two giant, furry legs walk by accompanied by more ferocious roaring. The narrator explains that it's the Abominable Snow Monster of the North, a gigantic monster who eats reindeer, threatens the entire North Pole, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking hates Christmas]]. We don't see the thing until halfway through the special, but the ominous specter of the beast looms over the special until his first appearance. Even then, it's led up by Rudolph and Hermie struggling through a dark, stormy night and then hearing the distant roars of the beast. Once we see the whole thing, though, it's not as scary. Though there is a scary moment where Rudolph is journeying back towards the North Pole, and we hear the beast roar again as he approaches where it's inevitably waiting.
10th Jan '17 5:22:44 AM kclantern1984
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* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/68/The_Enigma_of_the_Hour.jpg Nearly]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/97/The_Red_Tower.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/69/TheNostalgiaoftheInfinite.jpg paintings]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e6/Gare_Montparnasse.jpg by]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giorgio_de_Chirico Giorgio de Chirico]]. [[http://www.abcgallery.com/C/chirico/chirico9a.JPG Seriously]].

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* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/68/The_Enigma_of_the_Hour.jpg Nearly]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/97/The_Red_Tower.jpg all]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/69/TheNostalgiaoftheInfinite.jpg paintings]] [[http://upload.[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e6/Gare_Montparnasse.org/wikipedia/en/2/2d/Gare_Montparnasse_(The_Melancholy_of_Departure)_by_Giorgio_de_Chirico.jpg by]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giorgio_de_Chirico Giorgio de Chirico]]. [[http://www.abcgallery.com/C/chirico/chirico9a.JPG Seriously]].
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