History Main / PeekabooCorpse

2nd Apr '18 7:22:03 PM ErichoTOME
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** ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' featured, among other things, the mother of the family being assaulted by corpses in the unfinished backyard pool. Later on, the entire family had to escape from a house where corpses in coffins were literally popping themselves up out of the floor and blocking their way. One even tossed itself onto the windshield of their departing car for good measure.

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** ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'' featured, among other things, the mother of the family being assaulted by corpses in the unfinished backyard pool. Later on, the entire family had to escape from a house where corpses in coffins were literally popping themselves up out of the floor and blocking their way. One even tossed itself onto the windshield of their departing car for good measure. And those skeletons were ''real''.
31st Mar '18 1:25:33 AM foxley
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* In the 1959 version of ''Theatre/TheBat'', Dale finds Mark Fleming's body stuffed into the secret closet behind the grandfather clock; his throat slashed.
23rd Mar '18 11:38:41 PM foxley
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* The opening sequence of ''Film/TheTerror'' shows the Baron descending into the crypts, and being startled by a bloody corpse that falls out when he opens a door. The scene is never explained or even referenced again in the movie.
8th Mar '18 9:31:04 PM Gravidef
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* As described in ''Castle'' above, ''many'' crime drama shows, including ''Series/LawAndOrder'', ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSVU SVU]]'', and ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', use this trope to open episodes. Characters will be going about their day, or doing some kind of mundane chore, only to discover a body (either freshly killed or possibly decades old). ''SVU'' has even done a BaitAndSwitch variant at least once: one episode opened with a young man staring at a girl from the shadows as she waited for an elevator. He then emerged and moved toward her...and greeted her as a friend, as they live in the same building! As they share a laugh about the situation, the elevator doors open--and surprise, there's a corpse inside.
** The overuse of this trope was parodied in a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' episode hosted by Jake Gyllenhaal. In one sketch, Jake plays an actor who's at the "Law and Order School of Acting"; the end goal is to win the role of the person (including an obnoxious jogger or loudmouthed fisherman) who discovers the body in each show.
25th Feb '18 9:39:51 PM JackG
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* ''Film/{{Screamers}}''. When trying to sneak into a base that's been overrun by Screamers, someone pulls down an overhead grating as a ladder to the next level, only to have a decaying corpse that was lying on it fall down as well. There aren't any other bodies however as the Screamers salvage them for HumanResources.
7th Dec '17 1:19:34 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''MetroidPrime 3'', at one point Samus opens a door on the wrecked and abandoned GFS Valhalla, at which point a the corpse of a deceased soldier is standing on the opposite side to greet her, then immediately crumbles to dust.

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* In ''MetroidPrime 3'', ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3'', at one point Samus opens a door on the wrecked and abandoned GFS Valhalla, at which point a the corpse of a deceased soldier is standing on the opposite side to greet her, then immediately crumbles to dust.
7th Nov '17 9:27:23 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' occasionally pulls this trope, but in one particularly harsh instance [[spoiler: while indulging in some [[RewardingVandalism equipment-seeking vandalism]], smashing a particular wooden beam to get at the health behind it will cause FOUR dead poison headcrabs to drop on you from above, totally unexpectedly]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' occasionally pulls this trope, but in one particularly harsh instance [[spoiler: while indulging in some [[RewardingVandalism equipment-seeking vandalism]], smashing a particular wooden beam to get at the health behind it will cause FOUR dead poison headcrabs to drop on you from above, totally unexpectedly]].
25th Oct '17 7:52:24 PM Mdumas43073
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Yes. Once again, the Peek-A-Boo Corpse -- the bane of squeamish horror movie watchers ''everywhere'' -- has made an appearance, rearing its ugly, eyeless, wormy head and worming its way into the nightmares of kids and adults alike.

If you're a naive moviewatcher (e.g., a child), there ''is'' no defense from the Peek-A-Boo Corpse, for there is no way to see it coming. Even if you've had ''some'' experience watching horror movies (and you can pretty much tell if a desperate DamselInDistress is going to run into trouble), there are still times and places when the Peek-A-Boo Corpse will pop out unexpectedly, scaring the bejeezus out of even the most hardened of horror fans, especially if it's a particularly hideous one. Most Peek-A-Boo Corpses like to hang around haunted houses and cemeteries, but occasionally they'll turn up in clean and innocuous environments where you'd least expect them (and where they'll have maximum shock value). A common way to find out if an ordinary, non-suspicious character is actually a villain is to have the heroine stumble upon a Peek-A-Boo Corpse hidden in their closet or basement. (Unfortunately, for the heroine, the villain is usually close by, watching this development, if they're not actively chasing her already.)

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Yes. Once again, the Peek-A-Boo Peek-a-Boo Corpse -- the bane of squeamish horror movie watchers ''everywhere'' -- has made an appearance, rearing its ugly, eyeless, wormy head and worming its way into the nightmares of kids and adults alike.

If you're a naive moviewatcher (e.g., a child), there ''is'' no defense from the Peek-A-Boo Peek-a-Boo Corpse, for there is no way to see it coming. Even if you've had ''some'' experience watching horror movies (and you can pretty much tell if a desperate DamselInDistress is going to run into trouble), there are still times and places when the Peek-A-Boo Peek-a-Boo Corpse will pop out unexpectedly, scaring the bejeezus out of even the most hardened of horror fans, especially if it's a particularly hideous one. Most Peek-A-Boo Peek-a-Boo Corpses like to hang around haunted houses and cemeteries, but occasionally they'll turn up in clean and innocuous environments where you'd least expect them (and where they'll have maximum shock value). A common way to find out if an ordinary, non-suspicious character is actually a villain is to have the heroine stumble upon a Peek-A-Boo Peek-a-Boo Corpse hidden in their closet or basement. (Unfortunately, for the heroine, the villain is usually close by, watching this development, if they're not actively chasing her already.)

You can expect the identity of the Peek-A-Boo Peek-a-Boo Corpse to be:



In order for a body to qualify as a Peek-A-Boo Corpse , its appearance must somehow jolt the viewer and the person finding it should either be (a) actively engaged in a search for something else or (b) running to escape some real or perceived danger. Note: In the event that the half-destroyed corpse-like body of the villain should pop out and scare the heroes after they had mistakenly thought that they had laid it to rest, it technically doesn't qualify as a Peek-A-Boo Corpse moment (the main reason being that... well... the villain isn't entirely a ''corpse'' yet...)

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In order for a body to qualify as a Peek-A-Boo Peek-a-Boo Corpse , its appearance must somehow jolt the viewer and the person finding it should either be (a) actively engaged in a search for something else or (b) running to escape some real or perceived danger. Note: In the event that the half-destroyed corpse-like body of the villain should pop out and scare the heroes after they had mistakenly thought that they had laid it to rest, it technically doesn't qualify as a Peek-A-Boo Peek-a-Boo Corpse moment (the main reason being that... well... the villain isn't entirely a ''corpse'' yet...)
19th Oct '17 7:59:07 PM SpacemanSpoof
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* A [[TheFunInFuneral comedic variation]] in "Sitting up with the Dead" by Music/RayStevens: Family and friends are at a wake for a dead uncle (in the middle of a dark and stormy night, of course), when the uncle's severe arthritis overcomes the restraints that were holding him down in the casket, to the great surprise of everyone present.
--> That lightning flashed and that thunder clapped, and that chain 'round old Uncle Fred went "snap", rattled and fell to the floor with a thump, and Uncle Fred just sat right up! [[ScreamingWoman *Ahh!*]]
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17th Oct '17 5:24:14 AM Ingonyama
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* In a case which reverses the above, a grandmother in Pennsylvania investigated a strange sudden thump in her home in 2016, only to find a mummified body in her attic which had fallen against the door. It turned out to be the body of her grandson who had disappeared two years before. Although police are still investigating, and both she and the rest of the family do not believe it, the current prevailing theory based on his Facebook posts before he disappeared is that troubles in his life had led him to suicide, and that after the search of the house, he had returned secretly some time later (the body was wearing different clothes than he'd last been seen in) and hung himself in the attic. What exactly caused the body to fall (the rafter breaking, the rope he used to hang himself wearing through and breaking) is unknown.

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* In a case which reverses the above, a grandmother in Pennsylvania investigated a strange sudden thump in her home in 2016, only to find a mummified body in her attic which had fallen against the door. It turned out to be the body of her grandson who had disappeared two years before. Although police are still investigating, and both she and the rest of the family do not believe it, the current prevailing theory based on his Facebook posts before he disappeared is that troubles in his life had led him to suicide, and that after the search of the house, he had returned secretly some time later (the body was wearing different clothes than he'd last been seen in) and hung hanged himself in the attic. What exactly caused the body to fall (the rafter breaking, the rope he used to hang himself wearing through and breaking) is unknown.
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