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5th Jul '16 3:53:36 PM eroock
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* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_mqxP9AflI this]] episode of ''Frame by Frame'', Kyle takes on three horror movie classics (''Film/TheInnkeepers'', ''Film/TheChangeling'' and ''Film/LetTheRightOneIn'') to explore how directors oftentimes make what you DON'T see scarier than what you DO. The threat is outside the frame but it is very very real!
4th Jul '16 11:28:55 AM JamesAustin
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* An unbelievably creepy example occurs in MelGibson's ''Apocalypto''. While on a hunting party in the forest, Jaguar Paw comes across a large band of wandering refugees who look very forlorn and fearful; they have obviously been driven from their home. When Jaguar Paw asks them what happened, the only answer he gets is "Our lands were ravaged." This disturbs Jaguar Paw so much that he cannot hide his fear as the hunting party heads back to their village, and his father tells him to banish the fear from his mind so that it will not "infect" the village community. What's key here is the refugee's use of the passive voice: he speaks of being attacked, but he doesn't say by ''what''. This becomes truly frightening in the context of the rest of the film because, after all, these characters are pre-Christian Mayans who believe that [[EverythingTryingToKillYou their gods are not only all-powerful but bloodthirsty, demanding gruesome human sacrifices and even able to take the form of jaguars - and, of course, might decide to simply blot out the sun (the Mayans do not understand solar eclipses) and literally scare the daylights out of everyone]]. The horror show continues the next morning as Jaguar Paw awakes in his family's hut - and suddenly panics as he notices the flicker of torchlight between the trees in the distance. He finally realizes what it was that drove the refugees from their village - [[spoiler: an army of warriors from the kingdom down the river who come into the jungle periodically to capture and enslave (and, in some cases, execute in human sacrifice) the relatively helpless villagers, and who are about to do the same to Jaguar Paw's people!]]

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* An unbelievably creepy example occurs in MelGibson's Creator/MelGibson's ''Apocalypto''. While on a hunting party in the forest, Jaguar Paw comes across a large band of wandering refugees who look very forlorn and fearful; they have obviously been driven from their home. When Jaguar Paw asks them what happened, the only answer he gets is "Our lands were ravaged." This disturbs Jaguar Paw so much that he cannot hide his fear as the hunting party heads back to their village, and his father tells him to banish the fear from his mind so that it will not "infect" the village community. What's key here is the refugee's use of the passive voice: he speaks of being attacked, but he doesn't say by ''what''. This becomes truly frightening in the context of the rest of the film because, after all, these characters are pre-Christian Mayans who believe that [[EverythingTryingToKillYou their gods are not only all-powerful but bloodthirsty, demanding gruesome human sacrifices and even able to take the form of jaguars - and, of course, might decide to simply blot out the sun (the Mayans do not understand solar eclipses) and literally scare the daylights out of everyone]]. The horror show continues the next morning as Jaguar Paw awakes in his family's hut - and suddenly panics as he notices the flicker of torchlight between the trees in the distance. He finally realizes what it was that drove the refugees from their village - [[spoiler: an army of warriors from the kingdom down the river who come into the jungle periodically to capture and enslave (and, in some cases, execute in human sacrifice) the relatively helpless villagers, and who are about to do the same to Jaguar Paw's people!]]
13th Jun '16 2:14:48 AM K.Kloga
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* Creator/Nikolay Yeriomin's trilogy of web-released short films named ''Trilogy of Senseless'' basically illustrates varying degrees of this trope. While first short, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l_kNEMe30Y Rpik]]'' has nearly nothing occurring, it generally gives viewers slightly unpleasant feeling. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbR9bGkGSAQ Book of the Senseless]]'' on the other hand unleashes on the unsuspecting viewer massive amount of this mixed with incoherent and quite unnerving barely explained events happening in someone's basement. And if you look closely at the post-credits scene of the ''Book'', you may notice what is essentially a link to a ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwxEue_OKUI third installement]]'', which was specifically made as a second for the purpose of this trick...

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* Creator/Nikolay Yeriomin's Creator/NikolayYeriomin's trilogy of web-released short films named ''Trilogy of Senseless'' basically illustrates varying degrees of this trope. While first short, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l_kNEMe30Y Rpik]]'' has nearly nothing occurring, it generally gives viewers slightly unpleasant feeling. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbR9bGkGSAQ Book of the Senseless]]'' on the other hand unleashes on the unsuspecting viewer massive amount of this mixed with incoherent and quite unnerving barely explained events happening in someone's basement. And if you look closely at the post-credits scene of the ''Book'', you may notice what is essentially a link to a ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwxEue_OKUI third installement]]'', which was specifically made as a second for the purpose of this trick...
13th Jun '16 2:14:13 AM K.Kloga
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* Creator/Nikolay Yeriomin's trilogy of web-released short films named ''Trilogy of Senseless'' basically illustrates varying degrees of this trope. While first short, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l_kNEMe30Y Rpik]]'' has nearly nothing occurring, it generally gives viewers slightly unpleasant feeling. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbR9bGkGSAQ Book of the Senseless]]'' on the other hand unleashes on the unsuspecting viewer massive amount of this mixed with incoherent and quite unnerving barely explained events happening in someone's basement. And if you look closely at the post-credits scene of the ''Book'', you may notice what is essentially a link to a ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwxEue_OKUI third installement]]'', which was specifically made as a second for the purpose of this trick...
10th Jun '16 9:06:06 PM Quilladin206
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* While Shitbrix are usually type 3, some Shitbrix pictures are actually '''animated''', culminating in a JumpScare. Be careful while looking at Shitbrix pictures...
10th Jun '16 2:37:51 AM Morgenthaler
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** The original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' features a truly terrifying 20 seconds at the beginning, before someone taps the heroine on the shoulder in the TV studio. Nothing scary is happening, but it's unsettling as billy-o

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** * The original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' features a truly terrifying 20 seconds at the beginning, before someone taps the heroine on the shoulder in the TV studio. Nothing scary is happening, but it's unsettling as billy-o
29th May '16 8:42:08 PM MyFinalEdits
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** The eventual sequel ''Film/JurassicWorld'' gets in on this, too. We don't really see the ''Indominus'' until after it's escaped, and once or twice we only have an idea of its location based on its tracking device. The second time the tracking device is used to locate it gives us a double subversion: [[spoiler:it's clawed out the tracking device, meaning it could be ''anywhere.'' [[HeWasRightThereAllAlong It's right in front of them, camouflaged.]]]]
* ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', mostly a comedic masterpiece, has Ash being chased by... SOMETHING. We never see what it is, as we watch the chase from its perspective, and this monster is one of only a few things that seem to scare him after his experiences in the first two ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films.

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** The eventual sequel ''Film/JurassicWorld'' gets in on this, too. We don't really see the The ''Indominus'' isn't seen until after it's escaped, and once or twice we the characters only have an idea of its location based on its tracking device. The second time the tracking device is used to locate it gives us provides a double subversion: [[spoiler:it's clawed out the tracking device, meaning it could be ''anywhere.'' [[HeWasRightThereAllAlong It's right in front of them, camouflaged.]]]]
* ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'':
** The movie,
mostly a comedic masterpiece, has Ash being chased by... SOMETHING. We never see what it is, as we watch the chase from its perspective, and this monster is one of only a few things that seem to scare him after his experiences in the first two ''Franchise/EvilDead'' films.



* Nine tenths of the scary in the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' movies come from the characters walking around in the abandoned, desolate locations.
** The [[Film/SawI first film]] in the series has the scene where Doctor Gordon's daughter wakes up and notices there's something beside her... The audience knows just by the shot where the camera zooms into the black void. Zepp attacks her later, ''long after she tells mommy and has daddy help her fall asleep''.

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* Nine tenths of the scary in the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' movies come from the characters walking around in the abandoned, desolate locations.
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locations. The [[Film/SawI first film]] in the series also has the scene where Doctor Gordon's daughter wakes up and notices there's something beside her... The audience knows just by the shot where the camera zooms into the black void. Zepp attacks her later, ''long after she tells mommy and has daddy help her fall asleep''.



* As mentioned above, ''Film/JurassicWorld'' does this twice with the ''Indominus rex''. The first time, it's presumed to have escaped, and some characters enter the paddock to investigate. But meanwhile, a separate group of characters locate her tracking implant, and [[spoiler:she's in the paddock still, within striking distance of the protagonists.]] The second time, her tracking implant is already being traced and the characters can't seem to find her at the indicated location. We expect her to be hiding in plain sight as before, but then they find the implant embedded in a chunk of flesh; [[ItCanThink she's clawed it out.]] She could be anywhere right now...[[spoiler:and she's right in front of them, camouflaged against the jungle foliage.]]

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* As mentioned above, ''Film/JurassicWorld'' does this twice with the ''Indominus rex''. The first time, it's presumed to have escaped, and some characters enter the paddock to investigate. But meanwhile, a separate group of characters locate her tracking implant, and [[spoiler:she's in the paddock still, within striking distance of the protagonists.]] The second time, her tracking implant is already being traced and the characters can't seem to find her at the indicated location. We expect her to be hiding in plain sight as before, but then they find the implant embedded in a chunk of flesh; [[ItCanThink she's clawed it out.]] She could be anywhere right now...[[spoiler:and she's right in front of them, camouflaged against the jungle foliage.]]
29th May '16 4:45:11 PM Stromatolite
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** The eventual sequel ''Film/JurassicWorld'' gets in on this, too. We don't really see the ''Indominus'' until after it's escaped, and once or twice we only have an idea of its location based on its tracking device. The second time the tracking device is used to locate it gives us a double subversion: [[spoiler:it's clawed out the tracking device, meaning it could be ''anywhere.'' [[HeWasRightThereAllAlong It's right in front of them, camouflaged.]]]]


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* As mentioned above, ''Film/JurassicWorld'' does this twice with the ''Indominus rex''. The first time, it's presumed to have escaped, and some characters enter the paddock to investigate. But meanwhile, a separate group of characters locate her tracking implant, and [[spoiler:she's in the paddock still, within striking distance of the protagonists.]] The second time, her tracking implant is already being traced and the characters can't seem to find her at the indicated location. We expect her to be hiding in plain sight as before, but then they find the implant embedded in a chunk of flesh; [[ItCanThink she's clawed it out.]] She could be anywhere right now...[[spoiler:and she's right in front of them, camouflaged against the jungle foliage.]]
28th May '16 4:01:07 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In the second season of ''SlingsAndArrows'', the portrayal of Banquo's ghost [[NightmareRetardant suffers]] [[{{Narm}} greatly]] from SpecialEffectFailure up until someone points out that the director arguing with an empty chair is the scariest thing happening in the theater.

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* In the second season of ''SlingsAndArrows'', ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'', the portrayal of Banquo's ghost [[NightmareRetardant suffers]] [[{{Narm}} greatly]] from SpecialEffectFailure up until someone points out that the director arguing with an empty chair is the scariest thing happening in the theater.
27th May '16 7:00:37 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Dr. Man, at least from what little we've seen of him, is what appears to be a normal human doctor. He's a bit odd-looking for a human, but not unrealistically, and compared to everything else in the hospital he's incredibly ordinary. After all that's come before, ''being relatively normal'' is what makes him scary.



** There's one artefact that actually, ''in-universe,'' is basically this trope in a box. What's done to contain it is ''epic,'' more so than some artefacts known to be capable of ending the world. Then you find out what it is: it's a box that makes a ticking sound, like a clock. What is it counting down to? How much time is left? Being near it makes you ''incredibly'' paranoid about that, but that is ''all'' it does. [[TheEndOrIsIt Maybe.]]

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** There's one artefact artifact that actually, ''in-universe,'' is basically this trope in a box. What's done to contain it is ''epic,'' more so than some artefacts artifacts known to be capable of ending the world. Then you find out what it is: it's a box that makes a ticking sound, like a clock. What is it counting down to? How much time is left? Being near it makes you ''incredibly'' paranoid about that, but that is ''all'' it does. [[TheEndOrIsIt Maybe.]]



* The main idea behind Max Giladri's ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpYloHajJNs The Northern Incident]]''. The video starts off with a fisherman and his dog staying in a shack up in the Yukon Territories for a few days, only for their truck to be stolen by an unseen stranger; as time goes by, the fisherman was slowly being cut off from the rest of the world, all while hearing someone knocking on the door (and later all over the shack by these unwelcomed guests), only to find no one outside. [[spoiler: A TakeThat towards Furries]] has never been more frightening than what this video demonstrated.

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* The main idea behind Max Giladri's ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpYloHajJNs The Northern Incident]]''. The video starts off with a fisherman and his dog staying in a shack up in the Yukon Territories for a few days, only for their truck to be stolen by an unseen stranger; as time goes by, the fisherman was slowly being cut off from the rest of the world, all while hearing someone knocking on the door (and later all over the shack by these unwelcomed unwelcome guests), only to find no one outside. [[spoiler: A TakeThat towards Furries]] has never been more frightening than what this video demonstrated.



* Possibly unintentional, but there is a certain uncanniness to ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'''s harmonious, post-apocalyptic setting. It is caused by a combination of the unexplained mysteries regarding the androids, humanoid fungi and feral beings that populate the world, and the apparent lack of purpose they seem to have (despite presumably them originally having one). The suspense comes just from the endless waiting for them to reveal why they are here.

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* Possibly unintentional, but there is a certain uncanniness uncanny air to ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'''s harmonious, post-apocalyptic setting. It is caused by a combination of the unexplained mysteries regarding the androids, humanoid fungi and feral beings that populate the world, and the apparent lack of purpose they seem to have (despite presumably them originally having one). The suspense comes just from the endless waiting for them to reveal why they are here.



* The original version of the "Stuck in the Middle with You" scene of ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' is much more graphic; you actually see [[spoiler:Mr. Blonde cutting off the cop's ear]], with fairly realistic prosthetics and fake blood. The version used in the movie does not include the gory visuals, but is much more horrific as you try to imagine exactly what is happening.

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* The original version of the "Stuck in the Middle with You" scene of ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' is much more graphic; you actually see [[spoiler:Mr. Blonde cutting off the cop's ear]], with fairly realistic prosthetics prostheses and fake blood. The version used in the movie does not include the gory visuals, but is much more horrific as you try to imagine exactly what is happening.



* Similarly, "The 2nd Law: Isolated System" by Muse is a song that never picks up completely. Much of the first half is just piano, soft guitar, a creepy voice repeating the phrase, "In an isolated system, the entropy can only increase.", with soundclips from radio broadcasts and a soft, distant trance beat. In the second half, after a short piano and string break, the song resumes the trance beat and Dom comes in with a pounding drumbeat, almost teasing the listener into thinking it's going to explode into something big and epic... and then it just winds down and closes, never taking off, leaving a fade out with said repeated voice repeating over and over. It's very unnerving.

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* Similarly, "The 2nd Law: Isolated System" by Muse is a song that never picks up completely. Much of the first half is just piano, soft guitar, a creepy voice repeating the phrase, "In an isolated system, the entropy can only increase.", with soundclips sound clips from radio broadcasts and a soft, distant trance beat. In the second half, after a short piano and string break, the song resumes the trance beat and Dom comes in with a pounding drumbeat, almost teasing the listener into thinking it's going to explode into something big and epic... and then it just winds down and closes, never taking off, leaving a fade out with said repeated voice repeating over and over. It's very unnerving.



* Punchdrunk Theater Company's [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Hitchcock inspired, haunted-house-Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-1940's Noir ballet of Macbeth.]] 'Sleep No More'. The audience is given a [[TheBlank creepy ''bird'' mask]] told not to talk and set loose in the 100 room, five floor, Mckittrick Hotel to find their own way through a series of beautiful, unsettling rooms. You're allowed to touch/eat/read/open anything you find and follow the performers at will. And it's instantly terrifying. *Nothing* will ever jump out at you or even attempt to scare you and there's no conventional Haunted House elements, besides the atmosphere of dread and general creepiness of the design. After a while you get into the swing of things, the place becomes familiar and you can start to really enjoy exploring or following the story- but the first twenty minutes after getting off the elevator, faced with room after creepy room, with no direction and separated from your friends, is pants-wettingly, paralyzingly scary. Part of what they do is get groups in the elevator together and the deliberately separate them as much as possible. You are alone. You are lost and confused. Meanwhile a varient of Macbeth is going on around you.

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* Punchdrunk Theater Company's [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Hitchcock inspired, haunted-house-Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-1940's Noir ballet of Macbeth.]] 'Sleep No More'. The audience is given a [[TheBlank creepy ''bird'' mask]] told not to talk and set loose in the 100 room, five floor, Mckittrick Hotel to find their own way through a series of beautiful, unsettling rooms. You're allowed to touch/eat/read/open anything you find and follow the performers at will. And it's instantly terrifying. *Nothing* will ever jump out at you or even attempt to scare you and there's no conventional Haunted House elements, besides the atmosphere of dread and general creepiness of the design. After a while you get into the swing of things, the place becomes familiar and you can start to really enjoy exploring or following the story- but the first twenty minutes after getting off the elevator, faced with room after creepy room, with no direction and separated from your friends, is pants-wettingly, paralyzingly scary. Part of what they do is get groups in the elevator together and the deliberately separate them as much as possible. You are alone. You are lost and confused. Meanwhile a varient variant of Macbeth is going on around you.



** As well as the Weeping Angels in "The Time of Angels". The first half of the episode is spent hunting a [[LivingStatue Weeping Angel]] that's hiding amongst a mausoleum of stone statues of an extinct two-headed species. The characters venture deep into the mausoleum in search of it, until that thing that was bothering them comes into focus--[[spoiler: the stone statues only have ''one'' head, meaning ''all'' the statues are Weeping Angels.]]

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** As well as the Weeping Angels in "The Time of Angels". The first half of the episode is spent hunting a [[LivingStatue Weeping Angel]] that's hiding amongst among a mausoleum of stone statues of an extinct two-headed species. The characters venture deep into the mausoleum in search of it, until that thing that was bothering them comes into focus--[[spoiler: the stone statues only have ''one'' head, meaning ''all'' the statues are Weeping Angels.]]



* The ever-popular campfire story "The Hook," wherin a couple making out in a car hear over the radio that an escaped lunatic with a hook for a hand has been seen in the area. They leave immediately and, upon arriving at the girl's house, find a hook hanging from the handle of the car door.

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* The ever-popular campfire story "The Hook," wherin wherein a couple making out in a car hear over the radio that an escaped lunatic with a hook for a hand has been seen in the area. They leave immediately and, upon arriving at the girl's house, find a hook hanging from the handle of the car door.
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