History Main / SpookyPainting

10th Sep '17 10:18:31 PM PaulA
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* In the Creator/RogerCorman film ''[[LovecraftOnFilm The Haunted Palace]]'', Curwen's portrait is the main way he insinuates his spirit into the consciousness of his unwitting descendant. (In the original story, ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'', the portrait had no supernatural qualities; it served only to show the [[IdenticalGrandson similarity of appearance]] between Curwen and Ward.)

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* In the Creator/RogerCorman film ''[[LovecraftOnFilm The Haunted Palace]]'', ''Film/TheHauntedPalace'', Curwen's portrait is the main way he insinuates his spirit into the consciousness of his unwitting descendant. (In the original story, ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'', the portrait had no supernatural qualities; it served only to show the [[IdenticalGrandson similarity of appearance]] between Curwen and Ward.)



* Creator/HPLovecraft used this one a few times:
** In "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard," the plot is kicked in by the discovery of the protagonist's ancestor's portrait that's almost identical in appearance to him. It often appears to be watching on young Charles as he works, but although it loses its menace for awhile, it later gets worse, surrounded by a miasma of undefinable dread. [[spoiler:As it turns out, the latter is due to the fact that the said ancestor is resurrected, and he kills Charles and stuffs his body behind the painting, presumably after first destroying it with acid, resulting in unpleasant smell that people interpret subconsciously as evil presence.]]
** "The Picture In The House"

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* Creator/HPLovecraft used this one a few times:
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** In "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard," ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'', the plot is kicked in by the discovery of the protagonist's ancestor's portrait that's almost identical in appearance to him. It often appears to be watching on young Charles as he works, but although it loses its menace for awhile, it later gets worse, surrounded by a miasma of undefinable dread. [[spoiler:As it turns out, the latter is due to the fact that the said ancestor is resurrected, and he kills Charles and stuffs his body behind the painting, presumably after first destroying it with acid, resulting in unpleasant smell that people interpret subconsciously as evil presence.]]
** In "The Picture In The House"in the House", the eponymous picture depicts a cannibal banquet. [[spoiler:The really creepy bit is the implication that its owner is himself a cannibal.]]
27th Apr '17 4:23:35 PM Unregistered
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** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' also features them. A notable example is found in the Royal Chapel, specifically the room where you fight the Hippogryph, that depicts a group of scythe-wielding winged skeletons massacring crusaders in front of a temple.
22nd Apr '17 12:51:21 PM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:350:I ''knew'' I should have gone with the dogs playing poker.]]

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9th Apr '17 9:21:50 AM nombretomado
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* The pilot episode of RodSerling's ''Series/NightGallery'' includes "The Cemetery", a story about a greedy nephew who murders his rich old uncle for the inheritance. Soon afterward, he begins to notice odd changes in a painting of the manor and its adjoining cemetery. One day there's a fresh mound in the cemetery. The next day, the mound's unearthed to reveal a casket. And the next, the casket's open to reveal his uncle's dead body. And then one night the painting shows the corpse walking through the cemetery gates towards the mansion. [[spoiler: After the panicked nephew accidentally breaks his neck, the whole thing turns out to have been an elaborate scheme by [[TheButlerDidIt the family butler]] using a set of custom paintings he'd been swapping out each day, both to avenge his old master and to claim the estate for himself. But the next night, the butler notices that the painting on the wall's changed, and now it's the nephew's grave that's opening...]]

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* The pilot episode of RodSerling's Creator/RodSerling's ''Series/NightGallery'' includes "The Cemetery", a story about a greedy nephew who murders his rich old uncle for the inheritance. Soon afterward, he begins to notice odd changes in a painting of the manor and its adjoining cemetery. One day there's a fresh mound in the cemetery. The next day, the mound's unearthed to reveal a casket. And the next, the casket's open to reveal his uncle's dead body. And then one night the painting shows the corpse walking through the cemetery gates towards the mansion. [[spoiler: After the panicked nephew accidentally breaks his neck, the whole thing turns out to have been an elaborate scheme by [[TheButlerDidIt the family butler]] using a set of custom paintings he'd been swapping out each day, both to avenge his old master and to claim the estate for himself. But the next night, the butler notices that the painting on the wall's changed, and now it's the nephew's grave that's opening...]]
4th Mar '17 7:30:24 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Inversion: There's an Eastern tale about boy who (unknowingly) spends the night in a cursed deserted monastery in which every night a Giant Demon Rat appeared and killed whoever slept inside; Since he loved to paint cats, he had spent all day painting them all over the walls of the monastery before going to sleep, that night, he wakes up hearing terrible screeching noises that are suddenly silenced, the next morning he finds the Giant Demon Rat dead in a pool of blood, the shock of the finding prevents him from realizing right away that the paws of the cats he painted the day before were also stained with blood...

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* Inversion: There's an Eastern tale about boy who (unknowingly) spends the night in a cursed deserted monastery in which every night a Giant Demon Rat [[RodentsOfUnusualSize Giant]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demon]] [[YouDirtyRat Rat]] appeared and killed whoever slept inside; Since he loved to paint cats, he had spent all day painting them all over the walls of the monastery before going to sleep, that night, he wakes up hearing terrible screeching noises that are suddenly silenced, the next morning he finds the Giant Demon Rat dead in a pool of blood, the shock of the finding prevents him from realizing right away that the paws of the cats he painted the day before were also stained with blood...
7th Feb '17 5:31:47 PM Neakal
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* Paintings are a running theme in the universe of ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' and its sequel and are often played to creepy effect.
** The paintings of Anton Sokolov the OmnidisciplinaryScientist are minimal and realistic to the point of inducing a ''slight'' UncannyValley effect. They are often named after mathematical concepts and are clearly the work of someone who has an excellent understanding of how the world functions mechanically but has no emotional attachment to it.
** Contrasting the works of Sokolov, the paintings drawn by his student, Delilah Copperspoon are garish with chaotic, swirling patterns containing many contrasting colours and very few lines or borders. Perfectly fitting for someone who practices RealityWarper magic and uses her paintings as conduits for her powers.
** In ''VideoGame/Dishonored2'', the player can encounter a series of paintings about Karnacan folklore. Many of them contain [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid]] and [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]]. No more context or explanation about these paintings are provided. However, given how [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] the Dishonored universe is, the likelihood of these monsters existing is unsettlingly likely.
2nd Feb '17 12:33:00 PM LadyJaneGrey
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2nd Feb '17 12:32:58 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* A lighthearted example happened in a ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'' skit where the Captain was in a museum and two paintings and a stone bust eat his banana, soda pop, and candy bar when his back is turned.
31st Jan '17 1:25:49 PM luiz4200
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* ''Literature/GravityFallsJournal3'': Category 4 Ghosts are behind those paintings.
7th Jan '17 9:41:02 PM nombretomado
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* ''EternalDarkness'' had a painting that would change from lush fields to a hellish landscape depending on the character's sanity. Never sure whether it was due to the characters going insane or the ancients casting magick to make them insane.
* In ''{{Pokemon}} Diamond'' and ''Pearl'', the apparently haunted Old Chateau has a room with some kind of painting in it. You can't really tell ''what'' the painting is of, but there are glowing red eyes on it that disappear when you get too close, then come back when you turn your back.

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* ''EternalDarkness'' ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' had a painting that would change from lush fields to a hellish landscape depending on the character's sanity. Never sure whether it was due to the characters going insane or the ancients casting magick to make them insane.
* In ''{{Pokemon}} Diamond'' and ''Pearl'', ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', the apparently haunted Old Chateau has a room with some kind of painting in it. You can't really tell ''what'' the painting is of, but there are glowing red eyes on it that disappear when you get too close, then come back when you turn your back.
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