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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.
19th Nov '16 4:48:25 PM Jallen
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* Used in [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney's]] [[Ride/TheHauntedMansion Haunted Mansion]] attractions around the world. Several paintings depict seemingly innocent scenes - a woman reclining on a couch, a ship at sea, a knight on a horse, to name a few - that change to horrific versions when lightning flashes outside nearby windows - the woman becomes a snarling tiger, the ship rides through a storm with tattered sails, and the knight and horse become skeletons. There are also a few that were originally installed at Walt Disney World that had eyes that would follow the riders, but the moving-eye effect (as well as most of the portraits) seems to have been removed during a 2007 overhaul of the ride, leaving the paintings static (although still suitably creepy in their design).
* Similarly Ride/AltonTowers' ride ''Duel'' is set in a haunted mansion featured several paintings that change as you watch past them, most notably on the way out.
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* Used in [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disney's]] [[Ride/TheHauntedMansion Haunted Mansion]] attractions around the world. Several paintings depict seemingly innocent scenes - a woman reclining on a couch, a ship at sea, a knight on a horse, to name a few - that change to horrific versions when lightning flashes outside nearby windows - the woman becomes a snarling tiger, the ship rides through a storm with tattered sails, and the knight and horse become skeletons. There are also a few that were originally installed at Walt Disney World that had eyes that would follow the riders, but the moving-eye effect (as well as most of the portraits) seems to have been removed during a 2007 overhaul of the ride, leaving the paintings static (although still suitably creepy in their design).
* Similarly Ride/AltonTowers' ride ''Duel'' is set in a haunted mansion featured several paintings that change as you watch past them, most notably on the way out.
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19th Nov '16 4:47:47 PM Jallen
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* Similarly Ride/AltonTowers' ride ''Duel'' is set in a haunted mansion featured several paintings that change as you watch past them, most notably on the way out.
13th Nov '16 3:57:29 AM Outis
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*In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' the narrator of one episode finds a strange and valuable-looking book in a charity shop. The book has a number of woodcut illustrations, including a strangely compelling one of a starry, otherwise empty sky. Before he knows it, he's spent nearly an hour just staring at it. It turns out the book [[spoiler:is from a particularly nasty MagicalLibrary]].
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20th Jul '16 7:55:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''All Hallows' Eve'' by CharlesWilliams, a young artist paints a picture of a cult leader preaching to his congregation, and is disconcerted to find that it is the best thing he's ever done "and" reveals the spiritual emptiness of the cult leader and his followers. The leader himself is very pleased with it.

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* In ''All Hallows' Eve'' by CharlesWilliams, Creator/CharlesWilliams, a young artist paints a picture of a cult leader preaching to his congregation, and is disconcerted to find that it is the best thing he's ever done "and" reveals the spiritual emptiness of the cult leader and his followers. The leader himself is very pleased with it.
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