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29th Dec '15 11:03:13 AM HoursGoneBy
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* [[spoiler:Max Shreck]]'s final appearance ([[spoiler:as a black-charred skeleton after taking a direct tazer shot to the lips]]) in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' may partially qualify, as it is something of a "Gotcha!" moment. (Full credit denied since Batman *was* technically looking for [[spoiler:him/his remains]] during the preceding moments.)
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* [[spoiler:Max Shreck]]'s final appearance ([[spoiler:as a black-charred skeleton after taking a direct tazer shot to the lips]]) in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' may partially qualify, as it is something of a "Gotcha!" moment. (Full credit denied since Batman *was* ''was'' technically looking for [[spoiler:him/his remains]] during the preceding moments.)
29th Dec '15 11:01:17 AM HoursGoneBy
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** Done in ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers'' when the nine-year old main character find the body of [[spoiler:her adopted sister Rachel]].
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** Done in ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers'' when the nine-year old main character find finds the body of [[spoiler:her adopted sister Rachel]].
7th Nov '15 7:12:30 PM FF32
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* When preparing a funhouse in Nu-Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach California for an episode of ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', a worker was moving a "hanged man" prop when its arm came off--revealing that it was an actual human corpse--that of Elmer [=McCurdy=], to be exact. When the body was buried, cement was poured on the grave to keep the body from being stolen.
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* When preparing a funhouse in Nu-Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach California for an episode of ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', a worker was moving a "hanged man" prop when its arm came off--revealing that it was an actual human corpse--that of 19th century criminal Elmer [=McCurdy=], to be exact. When the body was buried, cement was poured on the grave to keep the body from being stolen.
2nd Nov '15 1:57:17 PM StFan
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]] * In TheIncredibles,while Mr. Incredible is on Nomanisan island he discovers the skeletal remains of a previous superhero called Gazerbeam in a cavern.The sight of the bones makes Mr. Incredible recoil in horror,before he discovers that Gazerbeam carved into the walls the password for Syndrome's database
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]] Animation]] * In TheIncredibles,while ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', while Mr. Incredible is on Nomanisan island he discovers the skeletal remains of a previous superhero called Gazerbeam in a cavern.The sight of the bones makes Mr. Incredible recoil in horror,before he discovers that Gazerbeam carved into the walls the password for Syndrome's database
25th Oct '15 11:21:08 AM Ultimatum
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* In TheIncredibles,while Mr. Incredible is on Nomanisan island he discovers the skeletal remains of a previous superhero called Gazerbeam in a cavern.The sight of the bones makes Mr. Incredible recoil in horror,before he discovers that Gazerbeam carved into the wall the password for Syndrome's database
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* In TheIncredibles,while Mr. Incredible is on Nomanisan island he discovers the skeletal remains of a previous superhero called Gazerbeam in a cavern.The sight of the bones makes Mr. Incredible recoil in horror,before he discovers that Gazerbeam carved into the wall walls the password for Syndrome's database
25th Oct '15 11:20:18 AM Ultimatum
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* Gazerbeam in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
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* In TheIncredibles,while Mr. Incredible is on Nomanisan island he discovers the skeletal remains of a previous superhero called Gazerbeam in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.a cavern.The sight of the bones makes Mr. Incredible recoil in horror,before he discovers that Gazerbeam carved into the wall the password for Syndrome's database
24th Oct '15 2:48:44 PM eroock
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* In ''Theatre/WaitUntilDark'', when the baddies are first searching the apartment, Roat tells Talman to check the closet. He opens it and is startled to find the corpse of the sexy woman who was carrying the doll, in a plastic bag hanging from a hook.
24th Jun '15 5:52:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* The UrExample is probably the corpse of lawyer Robert Crosby found in a secret passage in ''TheCatAndTheCanary'' (play, later film).
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* The UrExample is probably the corpse of lawyer Robert Crosby found in a secret passage in ''TheCatAndTheCanary'' ''Theatre/TheCatAndTheCanary'' (play, later film).
23rd Jun '15 8:39:32 AM DatLonerGirl
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Compare CatScare and SpringLoadedCorpse. If the corpse playing peek-a-boo was hidden in an extremely odd location, that's BodyInABreadbox.
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Compare CatScare and SpringLoadedCorpse. If the corpse playing peek-a-boo was hidden in an extremely odd location, that's BodyInABreadbox. BodyInABreadbox. If they were found on the ceiling, that's CeilingCorpse.
4th May '15 10:26:33 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' features a scene at the beginning where Franchise/IndianaJones, rushing to escape a CollapsingLair, runs straight into his traitorous -- and now {{karmic|Death}}ally {{impaled|WithExtremePrejudice}} -- former guide, Satipo (Alfred Molina), [[TooDumbToLive who forgot about the trap they discovered moments earlier]]. But this scene had nothing on the most pants-voidingly traumatic Peek-A-Boo Corpse gangbang ever filmed -- the scene where Marion attempts to escape from a crumbling Egyptian tomb only to find herself being [[AC:MASS ATTACKED BY A MOB OF HORRIBLE ROTTING MUMMIES WITH SNAKES CRAWLING OUT OF THEIR FACES OH GOD SPIELBERG AND GEORGE LUCAS I HATE YOU]] (Ahem. Didn't mean to yell there. But it's a testament to the effectiveness of that scene that it can still conjure up such revulsion and ire after 20+ odd years...) *** Not to mention the earlier case in which the corpse of a "competitor" scares Alfred half-witted. *** What should also be pointed out is that the mummies may or may not have been alive. Their appearance is still...something...either way. **** Indy's competitor seems to be staring back at him, while the mummies seem to be shrieking (but that may be just for effect).
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** ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' features a scene at the beginning where Franchise/IndianaJones, rushing to escape a CollapsingLair, runs straight into his traitorous -- and now {{karmic|Death}}ally {{impaled|WithExtremePrejudice}} -- former guide, Satipo (Alfred Molina), Satipo, [[TooDumbToLive who forgot about the trap they discovered moments earlier]]. But this scene had nothing on the most pants-voidingly traumatic Peek-A-Boo Corpse gangbang ever filmed -- the scene where Marion attempts to escape from a crumbling Egyptian tomb only to find herself being [[AC:MASS ATTACKED BY A MOB OF HORRIBLE ROTTING MUMMIES WITH SNAKES CRAWLING OUT OF THEIR FACES OH GOD SPIELBERG AND GEORGE LUCAS I HATE YOU]] (Ahem. Didn't mean to yell there. But it's a testament to the effectiveness of that scene that it can still conjure up such revulsion and ire after 20+ odd years...) *** Not to mention the earlier case in which the corpse of a "competitor" scares Alfred half-witted. *** What should also be pointed out is that the mummies may or may not have been alive. Their appearance is still...something...either way. **** Indy's competitor seems to be staring back at him, while the mummies seem to be shrieking (but that may be just for effect).)

*** What makes this particular instance of Peek-A-Boo-Corpse so bad however, is that whenever the mother was in the unfinished pool, the corpse in there with her... [[EnforcedMethodActing WAS REAL]]!

** ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning'' goes through the extra effort by having a corpse thrown through a window just scare the next intended victim.
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** * ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning'' goes through the extra effort by having a corpse thrown through a window just scare the next intended victim.

** If you want to see something even worse, pause the movie during the final moments of the opening "slumber party" scene. Then do some frame advances... (Keep the nitroglycerin on standby.)

** ''Film/{{Blade}}'' has a variant - we know the "corpse" (a burned but still alive vampire) is there, but it attacks all of a sudden.
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** * ''Film/{{Blade}}'' has a variant - we know the "corpse" (a burned but still alive vampire) is there, but it attacks all of a sudden.

* ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' of course did this multiple times where Laurie is exploring a house, she find one body then walks into something which prompts another peek a boo corpse to pop out.
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* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'': ** ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' of course did this multiple times where Laurie is exploring a house, she find one body then walks into something which prompts another peek a boo corpse to pop out.

* Played with in the first of ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy''. When the three protagonists finally open up the {{s|ealedEvilInACan}}arcophagus, cue the explosion of dust, momentary scare chord, and the corpse snapping out at the trio. The Heroine screams for a second, before sighing, "Oh, I ''hate'' it when they do that!" ** In the beginning of the first movie, the Heroine's brother pulled this trick on her.
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* ''Film/TheMummy1999'': ** In the beginning of the movie, the Heroine's brother pulled this trick on her. ** Played with in the first of ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy''. When when the three protagonists finally open up the {{s|ealedEvilInACan}}arcophagus, cue the explosion of dust, momentary scare chord, and the corpse snapping out at the trio. The Heroine screams for a second, before sighing, "Oh, I ''hate'' it when they do that!" ** In the beginning of the first movie, the Heroine's brother pulled this trick on her.that!"

* Parodied in ''Series/DoctorWho'', when the Doctor and his friends split up to search a school for evidence of the villains' evil plot. One character opens a door, we hear a high, terrified scream...and (eventually) see that he has discovered a closet full of vacuum-packed rats. Quoth the Doctor: "You decided to scream? Like a little girl? Nine, maybe ten years old. Pigtails, frilly skirt..." ** Mind you, ''Series/DoctorWho'' isn't immune from this in itself; it used it straight in an earlier episode. Fortunately, the exact shot of the Peek-A-Boo Corpse had been used in the trailer, so I think everyone was expecting it.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ** Parodied in ''Series/DoctorWho'', when the Doctor and his friends split up to search a school for evidence of the villains' evil plot. One character opens a door, we hear a high, terrified scream...and (eventually) see that he has discovered a closet full of vacuum-packed rats. Quoth the Doctor: "You decided to scream? Like a little girl? Nine, maybe ten years old. Pigtails, frilly skirt..." ** Mind you, ''Series/DoctorWho'' the show isn't immune from this in itself; it used it straight in an earlier episode. Fortunately, the exact shot of the Peek-A-Boo Corpse had been used in the trailer, so I think everyone was expecting it.

* ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' example: in the episode "Ted", Xander opens a closet to find...[[VisualPun skeletons]]. The audience doesn't see the bodies, though.
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* ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' example: in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': ** In the episode "Ted", Xander opens a closet to find...[[VisualPun skeletons]]. The audience doesn't see the bodies, though.

* Often how the dead body is found on ''Series/{{Castle}}''. You're just going about your day, minding your own business, opening your safe or dumping your old pizza boxes down the garbage chute and ''bang''.
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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': ** Often how the dead body is found on ''Series/{{Castle}}''.found. You're just going about your day, minding your own business, opening your safe or dumping your old pizza boxes down the garbage chute and ''bang''.

* This happens a few times on ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', firstly when the group find [[spoiler: Gary]]'s hacked-up corpse in a locker. It also happens when Sally finds [[spoiler: her fiance's body]] in her car boot, although Curtis ultimately manages to avert this with his [[TimeMaster time-turning]] ability. Plus, in episode 6, even though the audience already knows that [[spoiler: Sally]] is dead, it still comes as a bit of a shock to see that [[spoiler: Simon has propped her up in a giant freezer and is nonchalantly eating his lunch while gazing at her mangled corpse.]]
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* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'': ** This happens a few times on ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', times, firstly when the group find [[spoiler: Gary]]'s hacked-up corpse in a locker. It also happens when Sally finds [[spoiler: her fiance's body]] in her car boot, although Curtis ultimately manages to avert this with his [[TimeMaster time-turning]] ability. Plus, in episode 6, even though the audience already knows that [[spoiler: Sally]] is dead, it still comes as a bit of a shock to see that [[spoiler: Simon has propped her up in a giant freezer and is nonchalantly eating his lunch while gazing at her mangled corpse.]]

* A fairly common way to open an episode in Series/{{NCIS}}. ** One prime example is the opening scene of episode 10 of season 4, "Smoked." Workmen at the Quantico Marine Military Base are replacing a furnace when the well-preserved (smoked) body of a dead man falls out of the chimney, which scares the bejeebus out of them. * An episode of ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'' pulls a PG-rated version of this on the ''viewer'', having a murder victim literally spring back to "life" as a white-faced zombie.
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* A fairly common way to open an episode in Series/{{NCIS}}. ** Series/{{NCIS}}. One prime example is the opening scene of episode 10 of season 4, "Smoked." Workmen at the Quantico Marine Military Base are replacing a furnace when the well-preserved (smoked) body of a dead man falls out of the chimney, which scares the bejeebus out of them. * An episode of ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'' ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' pulls a PG-rated version of this on the ''viewer'', having a murder victim literally spring back to "life" as a white-faced zombie.

* JonathanCreek had a few of these. Maddie opens a new wardrobe, that she checked inside before it was brought up to her flat and was with all the way upstairs... and the body of a woman she met the day before almost falls on her. She also nearly steps on a dead body in the dark in ''Mother Redcap''.
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* JonathanCreek ''Series/JonathanCreek'' had a few of these. Maddie opens a new wardrobe, that she checked inside before it was brought up to her flat and was with all the way upstairs... and the body of a woman she met the day before almost falls on her. She also nearly steps on a dead body in the dark in ''Mother Redcap''.

* The ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny''cartoon "Hot Cross Bunny" has Bugs attempting to hide from his pursuer inside a closet. Unfortunately, he opens the door and backs into it without seeing there's literally a skeleton in that closet. Seconds later, Bugs emerges, white from head to toe, and spouting insane gibberish (an entirely ''reasonable'' reaction to have, under the circumstances...) * In ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatPiggyBankRobbery'', "Duck Twacy" (Daffy) sprays gunfire through the door of a closet containing a mob of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''-esque villains, causing their bullet-riddled corpses to come tumbling out one after the other.
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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': ** The ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny''cartoon ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny'' cartoon "Hot Cross Bunny" has Bugs attempting to hide from his pursuer inside a closet. Unfortunately, he opens the door and backs into it without seeing there's literally a skeleton in that closet. Seconds later, Bugs emerges, white from head to toe, and spouting insane gibberish (an entirely ''reasonable'' reaction to have, under the circumstances...) * ** In ''WesternAnimation/TheGreatPiggyBankRobbery'', "Duck Twacy" (Daffy) sprays gunfire through the door of a closet containing a mob of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''-esque villains, causing their bullet-riddled corpses to come tumbling out one after the other.

* Creator/TexAvery's MGM short ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'' has the detective open a random door, only to see the bound and gagged body of a butler fall out...and then another...and then another...[[OverlyLongGag and then another]]...the cascading domino of bodies only stops for a moment for one of the corpses to stop and remark [[LampshadeHanging on how many of them there are]], and the bodies just keep on falling. ** This actually gets a shoutout in an episode of ''BountyHamster'', with robots in place of corpses. ** Another random door in the house contains a genuine ghost, which terrifies the detective so much he physically shrinks. * An episode of ''TheSimpsons'' revolves around Homer having a repressed memory of this happening when he was a teenager.
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* Creator/TexAvery's MGM short ''WesternAnimation/WhoKilledWho'' has the detective open a random door, only to see the bound and gagged body of a butler fall out...and then another...and then another...[[OverlyLongGag and then another]]...the cascading domino of bodies only stops for a moment for one of the corpses to stop and remark [[LampshadeHanging on how many of them there are]], and the bodies just keep on falling. ** This actually gets a shoutout in an episode of ''BountyHamster'', with robots in place of corpses. ** falling. Another random door in the house contains a genuine ghost, which terrifies the detective so much he physically shrinks. shrinks. This actually gets a shoutout in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BountyHamster'', with robots in place of corpses. * An episode of ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' revolves around Homer having a repressed memory of this happening when he was a teenager.
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