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8th Dec '17 8:27:49 PM Kamiguy123
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[[caption-width-right:320: Nothing to fear...]]

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7th Dec '17 3:24:54 PM TimeLordVictorious
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the titular detective is inside the house of a missing person, and he's trying to find out how the burglar was able to get out, despite all doors and windows being locked, and all other exits being sealed. [[spoiler: "Oh, stupid. Stupid. Obvious. [[OhCrap He's still here.]]]]
29th Nov '17 2:18:32 PM LHB
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* ''Film/HellHouseLLC'' does this with mannequins showing up where they shouldn't be, sudden scene changes and the reactions of members of the haunted house crew to things the audience can't see. What really ratchets up the tension is now that these things have happened you're looking and waiting for the other shoe to drop.
26th Nov '17 2:55:28 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* A similar design appears on the [[https://www.fuse.tv/image/53d6753c212b4ca12f00000e/816/545/inside-harvey-danger-where-have-all-the-merrymakers-gone-album-cover.jpg cover]] of Music/HarveyDanger's album ''Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?''
25th Nov '17 5:53:00 AM StFan
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* ''Film/FindingNemo'' has the trench scene, one of the most effectively ominous moments of the film as the characters never enter the terrifying trench and find out what lies inside, apart from the skeleton of a fish at its entrance. Ironically, the trench was said to be the safer route and the wide open space ends up proving more dangerous.

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* ''Film/FindingNemo'' ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' has the trench scene, one of the most effectively ominous moments of the film as the characters never enter the terrifying trench and find out what lies inside, apart from the skeleton of a fish at its entrance. Ironically, the trench was said to be the safer route and the wide open space ends up proving more dangerous.
23rd Nov '17 8:28:18 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* There are two sources of fear in ''Film/TheMist''. One is the horrible things that [[HumansAreBastards the surviving humans will do to themselves and each other to survive.]] The other is the giant monsters roaming through the titular weather phenomenon, but we never get a good look at them because it's so thick nobody can fucking '''see''' anything.
** One poor bastard volunteers to leave the supermarket to find a shotgun in his car. They tie a rope around his waist so they can pull him back to the supermarket if necessary. [[spoiler: Unsurprisingly, when they feel a tug on the rope, they pull back his corpse. Or rather, ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe most]]'' of his corpse. And we never find out what did it.]]


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* ''Series/StrangerThings'' uses this to excellent effect in a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheMist'' as seen above. One of the RedShirt military gets a cable tied to a harness around his waist and sent through the portal in the Hawkins research lab. The scientists on our side of the Upside-Down [[spoiler: lose radio contact with him, hear the [[HellIsThatNoise Demogorgon snarling and screeching]], and pull back ''only'' the harness, covered in blood and goo. We don't even to see his corpse.]]]
19th Nov '17 12:56:48 AM GoldenKeyblade
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** From "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]": [[spoiler:never have the words "silence will fall" been more scary. ''Even the background music stops.'']] Earlier in the same episode, we suddenly hear [[spoiler:"silence will fall"]] spoken by a hideous, rasping voice out of goddamn nowhere, just before the TARDIS is hijacked. The source of the sound, and hence the source of the tampering, is ''never shown''.

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** From "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]": [[spoiler:never have the words "silence will fall" been more scary. ''Even the background music stops.'']] Earlier in the same episode, we suddenly hear [[spoiler:"silence will fall"]] spoken by a hideous, rasping voice out of goddamn nowhere, just before the TARDIS is hijacked. The source of the sound, and hence the source of the tampering, is ''never shown''.shown'' (and [[HandWave only vaguely alluded to]] in a much later episode).
17th Nov '17 7:08:40 AM Aipom-pom
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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.

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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 and 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.
11th Nov '17 2:46:21 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* The famous {{Creepypasta}} [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Masterpiece "Masterpiece"]] uses this to great effect. A teenager hears noises in the middle of the night, goes to the bathroom before investigating, and sees blood all over the carpet near their parent's room. The teen runs back to their bed and hides under the sheets, pretending to be asleep, then sees a strange monster (the lack of description/awareness of what the damn thing ''is'' makes it another example of this trope) drag the corpses of their parents into the room. The creature uses blood to draw a pentagram on the wall, writes a message in the middle, then hides under the bed, waiting. The teen lies awake for hours, knowing that death is imminent. As their eyes finally adjust to the light, they make out the words on the wall--"I KNOW YOU'RE AWAKE." Brrrr.

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* The famous {{Creepypasta}} [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Masterpiece "Masterpiece"]] uses this to great effect. A teenager hears noises in the middle of the night, goes to the bathroom before investigating, and sees blood all over the carpet near their parent's room. The teen runs back to their bed and hides under the sheets, pretending to be asleep, then sees a strange monster (the lack of description/awareness of what the damn thing ''is'' makes it another example of this trope) drag the corpses of their parents into the room. The creature uses blood to draw a pentagram on the wall, writes a message in the middle, then hides under the bed, waiting. The teen lies awake for hours, knowing that death is imminent. As their eyes finally adjust to the light, they make out the words on the wall--"I wall--[[spoiler: [[NightmareFuel "I KNOW YOU'RE AWAKE." "]] ]] Brrrr.
4th Nov '17 11:24:06 PM SwimToTheMoon
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* ''{{Film/Dunkirk}}'' lives and breathes this trope. The movie is set on the titular French beach in 1940 during WWII, with thousands upon thousands of soldiers trapped and awaiting certain death from the Germans. We ''never'' see a single German outside a plane, making the film's already glum and doomy atmosphere downright ''nerve-wracking'', thus leaving one wanting a German to attack just for the damn tension to ease up. Worse, the movie ''never'' eases up on this tension until the last scene. In both the air force and land stories, everyone is basically just a sitting duck, with the horrible realization that they may never make it off that beach. The film is meant to put the viewer in the shoes of someone on that beach, and it is ''extremely'' effective in that regard.
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