History ParanoiaFuel / Film

6th Nov '16 8:57:25 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Franchise/{{Scream}}''. The [[HarassingPhoneCall Harassing Phone Calls]] that plague various characters in the movies didn't help either.

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* ''Franchise/{{Scream}}''.
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** '''The killer may be anyone you know'''.

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* Watch ''Film/TheStrangers'' alone when it's dark. You'll never be able to hear someone knocking on your door without feeling paranoia, ever AGAIN.
** Have you ever tried running around your house at night, in a mask, in the dark? They had to be ''really'' familiar with [[strike: your]] that couple's house... Also, ''Film/FunnyGames''. '''''They didn't even change clothes between killings.'''''
** Remember: at any given time, [[http://totallytop10.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/the-strangers-poster.jpg this]] could be happening. Look behind you. Are you alone right now? Are you ''sure''?
* ''Film/FightClub''. So there's this enormous anarchist group hiding right under your nose whose members like nothing more than [[spoiler: commiting acts of violence and putting certain, er, bodily fluids in your food at restaurants.]]
** And anyone who's ever, for example, worked in a hospital kitchen, knows that the latter is very much TruthInTelevision.

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* Watch ''Film/TheStrangers'' alone when it's dark. You'll never be able to hear someone knocking on your door without feeling paranoia, ever AGAIN.
** Have you ever tried running around your house at night, in a mask, in the dark? They had to be ''really'' familiar with [[strike: your]] that couple's house... Also, ''Film/FunnyGames''. '''''They didn't even change clothes between killings.'''''
** Remember: at any given time, [[http://totallytop10.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/the-strangers-poster.jpg this]] could be happening. Look behind you. Are you alone right now? Are you ''sure''?
* ''Film/FightClub''. So there's this enormous anarchist group hiding right under your nose whose members like nothing more than [[spoiler: commiting committing acts of violence and putting certain, er, bodily fluids in your food at restaurants.]]
** And anyone who's ever, for example, worked in a hospital kitchen, knows that the latter is very much TruthInTelevision.
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* Those [[ZombieApocalypse zombie movies]] that ''could'' happen (ha!), like ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' and other virus zombies. Brrh.
** Well, the thing is, ''every'' zombie movie is this. Nobody in the movies thought a ZombieApocalypse was really possible until they were in the middle of it and sometimes didn't think so until they were already being devoured. Since we don't know what diseases are really capable of, we can't really laugh it off and say "that could never happen" because for all we know, it could.
*** We do know how diseases spread. A disease as obvious and virulent as a zombie plague would not only be extremely easy to contain, it would also burn itself out long before it reached society-threatening proportions. The reason why the deadliest diseases haven't wiped out the humanity is because the victims don't survive long enough to spread them far.
*** Randal Munroe would agree with you in http://xkcd.com/734/
*** Except if the virus were to be dormant until something activated it... Like something in the water, or after a set amount of years pass... What would happen if 90% of people living in big cities, like London or New York, were already infected, and THEY decide to put something in the water to activate it? For all we know, everyone who could do anything about it could be already infected...
** Think about this: North and South America are separated from every other landmass on earth. There are people based on a separate landmass with agents on ''this'' landmass who want to kill us. All they'd have to do is modify rabies or some other disease, release it here, and watch as we tear ourselves apart, without any danger to their part of the world.
*** Or vice versa. Completed isolated landmass equals the perfect place to be while unleashing a terrible disease on the rest of the world...[[GoMadFromTheRevelation and you sure seem to have put a lot of thought into it.]]



** If TheOtherWiki is to be believed, there are a number of people who [[TrumanShowPlot truly believe this.]]
** There's actually a horrifying philosophical concept called [[http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/ "The Problem of Other Minds"]] which states that philosophically, there is absolutely nothing and no way of being sure that anyone but you exists, and that other people are not mindless zombies or figments of your imagination made by your mind or a superior being to keep you pacified from being the only person in existence.
*** It's just a little more serious than that. Specifically, there is no ''empirical or rational'' method for determining that other people are actually conscious, once we assume that they actually exist.
*** [[IJustWantToBeSpecial Well at least then I'll know I'm special]].
*** I found that haunting until I realised that if it is true, the person who came up with the idea (can't remember who) doesn't exist either and then his ideas don't matter. And BTW, I am you.



** Your entire world is an illusion, your pets are holograms, and if you were to wake up from all this you would find yourself in a CrapsackWorld. And, just to throw in a guilt complex: if you find out all of this and ''still'' prefer the Matrix [[GildedCage (and really, who wouldn't?)]], you are [[CategoryTraitor a gutless sellout of your entire species]].
** Many of the happenings in this movie involve common forms of paranoid / delusional mental illness actually coming true. Examples include the delusions that mysterious people are watching you without a plausible way of observing you, that mysterious government agents are out to get you, that somebody has implanted a chip or similar technological device under your skin to keep track of you, and on the positive side, delusions of having superpowers.
*** The reason why everything tastes like chicken.
*** And now we all know what a deja-vu means: [[spoiler: The Matrix is changing and readjusting]].
*** One could even consider of the full implications of this movie, such as that it is impossible to tell whether or not reality even exists or not, that even if you are released from a false reality there's no way to tell if that reality is true either, memory may be entirely fabricated and finally if you can make this mental leap, ANYTHING you think of besides consciousness cannot be proven to exist, and your personality may be fabricated with the only comfort being "Cogito Ergo Sum" translated being I think therefore I am. This is arguably one of the most powerful cases of paranoia fuel IN EXISTENCE.
*** The 2nd film made it even worse; [[spoiler:They ''are'' out, but Zion itself is just another system of control that the Machines come along and destroy every once in a while in order to keep the Matrix running. The One is part of that system. All ''six'' of them before Neo came up with the truce. The only way that we know that there were six before Neo is because the head of the Matrix tells Neo that. He could well be lying.]]
*** What happens in the Matrix itself? Human technology advances until there are sentient computers in the virtual world who take over and end up using human as power sources and store the humans in another virtual reality. What evidence do we have that [[spoiler: Zion and the rest of the world outside of the Matrix isn't just another simulation that's five levels of layered simulation deep rather than six levels of simulation deep.]]
*** Some reason rather well that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulated_reality#Nick_Bostrom we probably are]] in the Matrix.
* Along the same lines as Film/TheMatrix is Film/TheThirteenthFloor, in which [[spoiler: several levels of virtual reality exist, and it's not clear if any of them are actually real]].
* Also related to ''Film/TheMatrix'', many RobotWar movies can make you afraid of technology.

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** Your entire world is an illusion, your pets are holograms, and if you were to wake up from all this you would find yourself in a CrapsackWorld. And, just to throw in a guilt complex: if you find out all of this and ''still'' prefer the Matrix [[GildedCage (and really, who wouldn't?)]], you are [[CategoryTraitor a gutless sellout of your entire species]]. \n** Many of the happenings in this movie involve common forms of paranoid / delusional mental illness actually coming true. Examples include the delusions that mysterious people are watching you without a plausible way of observing you, that mysterious government agents are out to get you, that somebody has implanted a chip or similar technological device under your skin to keep track of you, and on the positive side, delusions of having superpowers.
*** The reason why everything tastes like chicken.
*** And now we all know what a deja-vu means: [[spoiler: The Matrix is changing and readjusting]].
*** One could even consider of the full implications of this movie, such as that it is impossible to tell whether or not reality even exists or not, that even if you are released from a false reality there's no way to tell if that reality is true either, memory may be entirely fabricated and finally if you can make this mental leap, ANYTHING you think of besides consciousness cannot be proven to exist, and your personality may be fabricated with the only comfort being "Cogito Ergo Sum" translated being I think therefore I am. This is arguably one of the most powerful cases of paranoia fuel IN EXISTENCE.
*** The 2nd film made it even worse; [[spoiler:They ''are'' out, but Zion itself is just another system of control that the Machines come along and destroy every once in a while in order to keep the Matrix running. The One is part of that system. All ''six'' of them before Neo came up with the truce. The only way that we know that there were six before Neo is because the head of the Matrix tells Neo that. He could well be lying.]]
*** What happens in the Matrix itself? Human technology advances until there are sentient computers in the virtual world who take over and end up using human as power sources and store the humans in another virtual reality. What evidence do we have that [[spoiler: Zion and the rest of the world outside of the Matrix isn't just another simulation that's five levels of layered simulation deep rather than six levels of simulation deep.]]
*** Some reason rather well that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulated_reality#Nick_Bostrom we probably are]] in the Matrix.
* Along the same lines as Film/TheMatrix is Film/TheThirteenthFloor, ''Film/TheThirteenthFloor'', in which [[spoiler: several levels of virtual reality exist, and it's not clear if any of them are actually real]].
* Also related to ''Film/TheMatrix'', many RobotWar movies can make you afraid of technology.
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** Furthermore the aliens can give You any memory They want just to see what will happen. You could wake up tomorrow as a serial killer on the run from police. You could be completely innocent of Your crimes and never know it.
* John Carpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982''. If you actually want a helping of Paranoia Fuel ''Unleaded'', try this interpretation of the ending, [[spoiler: where Macready and Childs are waiting to die, hoping that the titular Thing is dead; ''they're'' '''''both''''' ''the Thing, and they hope'' '''''Macready''''' ''is dead, so they can safely go back into hibernation, waiting for rescuers to hijack back to the mainland where they can eat the whole damned planet.'']] YouCanPanicNow.
** Although absent from the final film, WordOfGod, states that [[spoiler: Macready wasn't the Thing, and in fact a short epilogue scene was planned (but never shot) in post-production that would have shown Macready at a hospital and confirming that he was Thing-free.]]
** [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm The Thing itself]] is practically the physical embodiment of ParanoiaFuel. It creates paranoia simply through its very nature alone.

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** Furthermore the aliens can give You any memory They want just to see what will happen. You could wake up tomorrow as a serial killer on the run from police. You could be completely innocent of Your crimes and never know it.
* John Carpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982''. If you actually want a helping of Paranoia Fuel ''Unleaded'', try this interpretation of the ending, [[spoiler: where Macready and Childs are waiting to die, hoping that the titular Thing is dead; ''they're'' '''''both''''' ''the Thing, and they hope'' '''''Macready''''' ''is dead, so they can safely go back into hibernation, waiting for rescuers to hijack back to the mainland where they can eat the whole damned planet.'']] YouCanPanicNow.
** Although absent from the final film, WordOfGod, states that [[spoiler: Macready wasn't the Thing, and in fact a short epilogue scene was planned (but never shot) in post-production that would have shown Macready at a hospital and confirming that he was Thing-free.]]
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[[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm The Thing itself]] is practically the physical embodiment of ParanoiaFuel. It creates paranoia simply through its very nature alone.



** Success!
** Wait, wait, wait. So, to win the Game, all I have to do is know that the point of the Game is not to think about the Game? WebComic/{{xkcd}} was [[http://xkcd.com/391/ right!]]



* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is, with a shocking amount of realism, a guy that could kill ''anyone 'anywhere''', no matter how hard they try to hide, and who will kill you for absolutely no reason. [[ChaoticEvil He wants to bring your comfortable little world down around you in its entirety]] and [[ForTheEvulz won't even tell you precisely why.]] If he tells you anything, anything at all, he is lying. Or maybe he's not. Either way, your death, if you get in his way -- or even if you don't -- will likely be gruesome, [[MindRape or simply horrific psychological torment for the poor innocent souls enlisted to be in charge of whether you live or die for the day.]] It's all up to chance. ''Everyone'' is his enemy, except for those in his own employ -- and frequently, [[BadBoss them as well. If you side with him, he's just as likely to blow you up, kill you anyway, force you into the line of fire as a human shield, use you in one of his sick games, or turn you over to the cops.]] ''[[TheCorrupter And he wants to make you just like him.]]''
** Speaking of the Dark Knight, Batman and Lucius Fox can watch you undress thanks to your cellphone.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
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SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is, with a shocking amount of realism, a guy that could kill ''anyone 'anywhere''', no matter how hard they try to hide, and who will kill you for absolutely no reason. [[ChaoticEvil He wants to bring your comfortable little world down around you in its entirety]] and [[ForTheEvulz won't even tell you precisely why.]] If he tells you anything, anything at all, he is lying. Or maybe he's not. Either way, your death, if you get in his way -- or even if you don't -- will likely be gruesome, [[MindRape or simply horrific psychological torment for the poor innocent souls enlisted to be in charge of whether you live or die for the day.]] It's all up to chance. ''Everyone'' is his enemy, except for those in his own employ -- and frequently, [[BadBoss them as well. If you side with him, he's just as likely to blow you up, kill you anyway, force you into the line of fire as a human shield, use you in one of his sick games, or turn you over to the cops.]] ''[[TheCorrupter And he wants to make you just like him.]]''
** Speaking of the Dark Knight, Batman and Lucius Fox can watch you undress thanks to your cellphone.



** Joker's dialogue takes straight aim at people who remark about it would be cool if Batman existed in real life. Batman requires sci-fi tech, re-purposed military technology, and usually a human at their physical peak; a combination that's impossible to align together in the real world. [[SelfDemonstratingArticle At least,]] [[ParanoiaFuel so far as the general public knows....]]. All Joker requires is some bullets and fire and cheap explosions, which are readily available (though, OTOH, [[spoiler: surgically implanting a cell phone in another human being]] isn't all that easy).
-->"See, I’m a man of simple tastes. I like dynamite…and gunpowder…and gasoline! Do you know what all of these things have in common? They’re cheap! "
* JackNicholson's Joker, though played more for comedy, is also a rich well of ParanoiaFuel, thanks in part to Tim Burton's skillful, chilling direction of the 1989 film. Just imagine you were one of the innocent Gothamites in this movie. Could you ever again see [[EnemyMime a street mime]] or [[AFeteWorseThanDeath a parade balloon]] without having a panic attack? Would you ever again be willing to apply hairspray ''and'' deodorant in one grooming sitting? And Vicki Vale arguably had it the worst of all. The Joker was ''obsessed'' with her, and was [[StalkerWithACrush willing to track her]] just about anywhere. She wasn't safe from him in any setting, no matter how secure or comforting. ''Not even her own home.''
* ''Film/{{REC}}'': when you're in a place where there is a horrid virus running, the government will be very happy to ''lock you in with the infected and sit on their asses while you fight for your life (and most probably lose)''.
** Oh, and the infection? [[spoiler: It's actually weaponized demonic possession. One drop of bad blood in your system and your body goes insanely violent while your soul goes to Hell. And the Vatican has already given up on you.]]

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** Joker's dialogue takes straight aim at people who remark about it would be cool if Batman existed in real life. Batman requires sci-fi tech, re-purposed military technology, and usually a human at their physical peak; a combination that's impossible to align together in the real world. [[SelfDemonstratingArticle At least,]] [[ParanoiaFuel so far as the general public knows....]]. All Joker requires is some bullets and fire and cheap explosions, which are readily available (though, OTOH, [[spoiler: surgically implanting a cell phone in another human being]] isn't all that easy).
-->"See, I’m a man of simple tastes. I like dynamite…and gunpowder…and gasoline! Do you know what all of these things have in common? They’re cheap! "
* JackNicholson's ''Film/{{Batman}}'': Creator/JackNicholson's Joker, though played more for comedy, is also a rich well of ParanoiaFuel, thanks in part to Tim Burton's skillful, chilling direction of the 1989 film. Just imagine you were one of the innocent Gothamites in this movie. Could you ever again see [[EnemyMime a street mime]] or [[AFeteWorseThanDeath a parade balloon]] without having a panic attack? Would you ever again be willing to apply hairspray ''and'' deodorant in one grooming sitting? And Vicki Vale arguably had it the worst of all. The Joker was ''obsessed'' with her, and was [[StalkerWithACrush willing to track her]] just about anywhere. She wasn't safe from him in any setting, no matter how secure or comforting. ''Not even her own home.''
* ''Film/{{REC}}'': when you're in a place where there is a horrid virus running, the government will be very happy to ''lock you in with the infected and sit on their asses while you fight for your life (and most probably lose)''.
** Oh, and the infection? [[spoiler: It's actually weaponized demonic possession. One drop of bad blood in your system and your body goes insanely violent while your soul goes to Hell. And the Vatican has already given up on you.]]
lose)''.



** TruthInTelevision; [[spoiler:the FBI can [[http://news.cnet.com/2100-1029_3-6140191.html actually do that cellphone thing.]]]]



** Congratulations, you have become ''exactly'' what the government of the novel's [[AlternateHistory Alternate Japan]] wanted you to become. The stated purpose of The Program is to sow enough paranoia and mistrust among the populace so nobody ever even ''thinks'' of rebelling against the regime.
** Wait a minute, wouldn't they already do that?
** Yes, and a student is killed at the beginning of the conceit for refusing to go along with the government, who effectively sent a S.W.A.T. team to inform them of their circumstances and give them supplies.
* ''Film/TheyLive''. Even with all of its 80's {{narm}}, the concept that aliens among us are controlling humanity through subliminal messaging and most have ''no way of determining'' who's a human and who's not. They could be ''anyone'', your husband, your wife, your bank teller, your ''president''.
** So if they didn't want anyone finding out about them, why'd they make a whole boxload of glasses that let you see through TheMasquerade and then just leave it lying around where anyone could find it? Because they ''wanted someone to find it''. Its all part of their [[ThePlan plan]].
*** Actually the glasses are the property of the rebels, although there's no explanation of how they knew how to make them.
%%* ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', full stop

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** Congratulations, you have become ''exactly'' what the government of the novel's [[AlternateHistory Alternate Japan]] wanted you to become. The stated purpose of The Program is to sow enough paranoia and mistrust among the populace so nobody ever even ''thinks'' of rebelling against the regime.
** Wait a minute, wouldn't they already do that?
** Yes, and a student is killed at the beginning of the conceit for refusing to go along with the government, who effectively sent a S.W.A.T. team to inform them of their circumstances and give them supplies.
* ''Film/TheyLive''. Even with all of its 80's {{narm}}, the The concept that aliens among us are controlling humanity through subliminal messaging and most have ''no way of determining'' who's a human and who's not. They could be ''anyone'', your husband, your wife, your bank teller, your ''president''.
** So if they didn't want anyone finding out about them, why'd they make a whole boxload of glasses that let you see through TheMasquerade and then just leave it lying around where anyone * ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'': The villains could find it? Because they ''wanted someone to find it''. Its all part of their [[ThePlan plan]].
*** Actually the glasses are the property of the rebels, although there's no explanation of how they knew how to make them.
%%* ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'', full stop
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** Oh, and they track you out of Vegas and ''trash your house.''
* ''Film/WhenAStrangerCalls'' -- yeah, it's impossible to get a phone call from the same house you're in (unless it's a cell phone), but somehow, that just makes that moment before you pick up the phone all the creepier.
** Actually, back in the day of rotary phones, it was possible to dial a code and hang up, and any phone in the house on that same line would ring... Logically, if there's no incoming call to trace, it's coming from inside the house!



** ''Film/TheGrudge'' is about a curse that lingers in a house. But if you go into the house, it sticks to you until it kills you. And anyone who comes into close proximity to a cursed person also catches the curse. Any house a cursed person lives in will itself eventually become cursed. Anyone a cursed person calls over the phone, even on the other side of the planet? ''Cursed.'' The end result is likely to be total depopulation of the planet. Have a good night.



** This [[http://xkcd.com/396/ xkcd strip]] shows that it's worse than you think.
** The original commercial for the American version was pretty bad as well. It was a slightly edited version of the tape itself that was only played in the dead of night, with ZERO explanation of what it was.



** By the way, he's been watching you for weeks.
*** To the point where he can tell if you're lying about your favorite cocktail.
*** And on top of everything else, during those weeks where he had to watch you, [[VillainousCrush he's become smitten with you]].



** Why anybody would say that, especially five times in front of a mirror? You can't do that by accident. You might as well just say "JustForFun/CandleJack" and save yourself some ti[[spoiler: I'm gonna need more rope!]]
*** Same for Bloody Mary. Actually, if you put a mirror directly behind you and in front of you, said the Bloody Mary spiel, then ducked, Bloody Mary would probably be stuck flying in one mirror and out the other for all eternity, like [[http://xkcd.com/555/ this]].
** Worse yet - at least from a psychological/sociological point of view - when he was alive the Candyman was a black man who was attacked by a white mob, dunked in honey, stung by bees, had his hand chopped off, and finally was lynched. [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Maybe he has a right to be so angry at the world?]] Your own WhiteGuilt might doom you, subconsciously hampering you from putting up a fight.



* The ''[[Series/{{Firefly}} Reavers]]''. And [[Film/{{Serenity}} their origin]]. You can't stop the signal. Berserk Button-inducing subliminal messages are put in commercials by the government. The Operative can [[spoiler: paralyze you and then position a sword under you]]. Oh, and he doesn't officially exist. And he KNOWS he's a monster. Brr.

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* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'':
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The ''[[Series/{{Firefly}} Reavers]]''. And [[Film/{{Serenity}} their origin]].origin of the Reavers. You can't stop the signal. Berserk Button-inducing subliminal messages are put in commercials by the government. The Operative can [[spoiler: paralyze you and then position a sword under you]]. Oh, and he doesn't officially exist. And he KNOWS he's a monster. Brr.



* ''Film/{{Matango}}''. Long story short, it'll make you not want to eat mushrooms ever again. That is [[spoiler:unless you]] ''[[spoiler:want]]'' [[spoiler:[[BodyHorror to be transformed into a giant mushroom creature and be trapped on an island for all eternity with other giant mushroom creatures.]]]]
** Matango is the name of a village of cute, friendly mushroom people in ''Secret of Mana''. The question is, does that make the movie better or the game [[FridgeHorror worse]]?

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* ''Film/{{Matango}}''. Long story short, it'll It'll make you not want to eat mushrooms ever again. That is [[spoiler:unless you]] ''[[spoiler:want]]'' [[spoiler:[[BodyHorror to be transformed into a giant mushroom creature and be trapped on an island for all eternity with other giant mushroom creatures.]]]]
** Matango is the name of a village of cute, friendly mushroom people in ''Secret of Mana''. The question is, does that make the movie better or the game [[FridgeHorror worse]]?
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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Your toys, plushies/soft toys, and figurines ''are alive''. And they see eeeeverything you do. If you've ever vented your anger on them, or done cruel/weird things to them, ''you are a monster''. Some children, after seeing ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', became terrified by the thought that their toys were alive. The scene where Woody leads the toys to revolt against Sid probably didn't help. The fact that all of Sid's toys are ''cannibalized horrors that he's variously torn apart and rammed back together in numerous grotesque ways'' probably helps even less.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Your toys, plushies/soft toys, and figurines ''are alive''. And they see eeeeverything ''everything'' you do. If you've ever vented your anger on them, or done cruel/weird things to them, ''you are a monster''. Some children, after seeing ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', became terrified by the thought that their toys were alive. The scene where Woody leads the toys to revolt against Sid probably didn't help. The fact that all of Sid's toys are ''cannibalized horrors that he's variously torn apart and rammed back together in numerous grotesque ways'' probably helps even less.



** That leads right to more ParanoiaFuel - are ''all'' toys alive? What about ones with [[AndIMustScream no movable parts?]] Do they feel ''angry'' about being created just to be helpless? What if they could unleash that anger on us?
*** It's been shown that even toys with no moving parts can still move and speak (a la Army Men)
*** To add to that: What if Lego bricks were alive and built themselves into changing, morphing abominations when we slept? Those bricks you step on that hurt? Those are the ones that couldn't homogenize into the greater mass and escape before you observed them.



** Except maybe not! [[spoiler: The conspiracy against you might be true after all! There's simply no way to tell!!]]
* [[TransformersFilmSeries Frenzy]]. Given that spazzy little bundle of terror can be bashed to pieces and simply reformat himself into some other innocuous little device, he's prime (no pun intended) for this trope.
** The idea that your home devices could be brought to life as nasty, feral little robo-critters doesn't help either. See the computer you're reading this on right now? Are you listening to your iPod right now? Maybe you have your cellphone beside you? The Decepticons could be listening in on your conversations right now and you would never even know it.

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* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''
** Except maybe not! [[spoiler: The conspiracy against you might be true after all! There's simply no way to tell!!]]
* [[TransformersFilmSeries Frenzy]].
Frenzy. Given that spazzy little bundle of terror can be bashed to pieces and simply reformat himself into some other innocuous little device, he's prime (no pun intended) for this trope.
** The idea that your home devices could be brought to life as nasty, feral little robo-critters doesn't help either. See the computer you're reading this on right now? Are you listening to your iPod right now? Maybe you have your cellphone beside you? The Decepticons could be listening in on your conversations right now and you would never even know it.
trope.



** Do you remember how you got here?
*** Well, I was... We're dreaming?
*** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Kvu6Kgp88 Non, rien de rien / Non, je ne regrette rien ...]]''
*** Remember the distortion of time in dreams? Listen to a r e a l l y slowed-down version of "je ne regrette rien" and see if you recognize that.
** "Stealing your secrets" is not even the worst thing. They might be ''putting thoughts in your head'', which you will perceive as your own. Every time you have a peculiar idea, you will wonder if it as actually your own.



** It's worse: How many stories have the media fabricated? How many stories has the government ordered fabricated? How much of the truth is being concealed from you? How much of what you know is bullshit? Can you trust anyone?
*** WhiteWolf put it best when they listed this movie as inspirational viewing for one of their [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Technocracy]] sourcebooks: "If the movie didn't scare you, then you weren't paying attention."



** ''Revenge Of Irys''. You know that cute little tentacle monster you just adopted? It feeds by draining the life-force out of things, including nearly '''everyone''' in the village you grew up in. Oh, and it wants to merge with you to become the ultimate killing machine.

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** * ''Revenge Of Irys''. You know that cute little tentacle monster you just adopted? It feeds by draining the life-force out of things, including nearly '''everyone''' in the village you grew up in. Oh, and it wants to merge with you to become the ultimate killing machine.



* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. That creepy castle you drive by? It could be the home of a psychotic transvestite alien who can emotionally manipulate you into having sex with him.
** The "floorshow" scene. You can be brainwashed into nothing but a "meat puppet" that said alien can force to perform for his own sick amsusement. Even if you're utterly aware of what's going on (IE: Dr. Scott), there's still '''nothing''' you can do to stop it.

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* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
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That creepy castle you drive by? It could be the home of a psychotic transvestite alien who can emotionally manipulate you into having sex with him.
** The "floorshow" scene. You can be brainwashed into nothing but a "meat puppet" that said the alien can force to perform for his own sick amsusement. Even if you're utterly aware of what's going on (IE: Dr. Scott), there's still '''nothing''' you can do to stop it.



* In ''Film/PansLabyrinth,'' during her narrow escape from [[ChildEater the Pale Man]], Ofelia drops some of the chalk she uses to create doorways, and doesn't have time to retrieve it. Think about that. A piece of chalk, that has the power to create magical doorways to anywhere the user needs to go, is now lying on the floor in the lair of a child-eating monster who was just awoken and is ravenously hungry and violent. What's going to happen if he picks it up and figures out how to use it?
** There's another, potentially even creepier piece of Fuel in that scene: when Ofelia closes the way to the alternate world, the Pale Man's bangs and knocks on the door slowly turn into ordinary creaks of an old wooden house. Now think about it: maybe every time the house creaks earlier in the movie, it's because something wants to come through. Every time ''you'' hear a creak, it's an otherworldy monster behind the thickness of a shadow, trying to find an entrance to our world...

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* In ''Film/PansLabyrinth,'' during ''Film/PansLabyrinth'':
** During
her narrow escape from [[ChildEater the Pale Man]], Ofelia drops some of the chalk she uses to create doorways, and doesn't have time to retrieve it. Think about that. A piece of chalk, that has the power to create magical doorways to anywhere the user needs to go, is now lying on the floor in the lair of a child-eating monster who was just awoken and is ravenously hungry and violent. What's going to happen if he picks it up and figures out how to use it?
** There's another, potentially even creepier piece of Fuel in that scene: when When Ofelia closes the way to the alternate world, the Pale Man's bangs and knocks on the door slowly turn into ordinary creaks of an old wooden house. Now think about it: maybe every time the house creaks earlier in the movie, it's because something wants to come through. Every time ''you'' hear a creak, it's an otherworldy monster behind the thickness of a shadow, trying to find an entrance to our world...



* ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness''. Your life could be [[spoiler: a product of an insane author. The color of your eyes are just his favorite color.]]

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* ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness''.
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Your life could be [[spoiler: a product of an insane author. The color of your eyes are just his favorite color.]]



* "[[Film/TheSixthSense Do you know why you're afraid when you're alone? I do. I do.]]".

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* "[[Film/TheSixthSense Do "Film/TheSixthSense'': "Do you know why you're afraid when you're alone? I do. I do.]]"."



** Also, [[spoiler: your best friend, ''who you thought was dead'', could become a brainwashed cyborg killing machine out for your blood who will stop at nothing to get to you]]
23rd Oct '16 2:43:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheNumber23'': The number is in everything, everywhere and there is no escape.

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* ''TheNumber23'': ''Film/TheNumber23'': The number is in everything, everywhere and there is no escape.



* ''MonsterHouse''. You'll Never Feel Safe in Your Own House Again.

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* ''MonsterHouse''.''WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse''. You'll Never Feel Safe in Your Own House Again.
19th Oct '16 6:49:36 AM erforce
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* The 2009 film ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' certainly ranks very highly on the paranoia fuel list. Seriously, this film is VERY fond of preying on the complete helplessness of being asleep and all the sorts of unpleasantness that can happen without your knowledge.

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* The 2009 2007 film ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' certainly ranks very highly on the paranoia fuel list. Seriously, this film is VERY fond of preying on the complete helplessness of being asleep and all the sorts of unpleasantness that can happen without your knowledge.
8th Aug '16 10:08:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* As ridiculous a movie as ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' is, you gotta wonder if it's such a good idea to [[EarthTheBook drunk-dial the Universe]], basically announcing to any potentially-hostile (and, according to some experts, evolution had to have made any potential alien hostile) "Here we are! Come and take what you want!", considering we have no way to defend ourselves from any race that has the power to cross interstellar distances.

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* As ridiculous a movie as ''Film/{{Battleship}}'' is, you gotta wonder if it's such a good idea to [[EarthTheBook [[Literature/EarthTheBook drunk-dial the Universe]], basically announcing to any potentially-hostile (and, according to some experts, evolution had to have made any potential alien hostile) "Here we are! Come and take what you want!", considering we have no way to defend ourselves from any race that has the power to cross interstellar distances.
5th Aug '16 3:04:26 AM jormis29
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* The otherwise forgettable Creator/SylvesterStallone film ''D-Tox'' starts with his wife being murdered, more exactly ''shot in the head/eye while answering the door''. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking With a silencer]]. In fact, most assassin/serial killer, or even home invasion works have this potential. Just imagine, you're sitting at home, every time you hear a knock, you nonchalantely go to answer a potential murdered/thief while thinking how boring your life is. And those may be your last thoughts on Earth.

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* The otherwise forgettable Creator/SylvesterStallone film ''D-Tox'' ''Film/DTox'' starts with his wife being murdered, more exactly ''shot in the head/eye while answering the door''. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking With a silencer]]. In fact, most assassin/serial killer, or even home invasion works have this potential. Just imagine, you're sitting at home, every time you hear a knock, you nonchalantely go to answer a potential murdered/thief while thinking how boring your life is. And those may be your last thoughts on Earth.
10th May '16 12:05:58 AM erforce
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* The defictionalization of {{Terminator}} provides us a meta-example. [[SarcasmMode Thanks a bunch Britain.]] You just ''had'' to call your military communication satellites "Skynet", didn't you.

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* The defictionalization of {{Terminator}} ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' provides us a meta-example. [[SarcasmMode Thanks a bunch Britain.]] You just ''had'' to call your military communication satellites "Skynet", didn't you.
7th Apr '16 7:11:20 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'' is absolutely steeped in this. [[spoiler: Have you ever made a careless remark? Congratulations, that careless remark may have ruined somebody's life, and now they're devoting the rest of it to pay you back tenfold.]]

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* ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'' ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'' is absolutely steeped in this. [[spoiler: Have you ever made a careless remark? Congratulations, that careless remark may have ruined somebody's life, and now they're devoting the rest of it to pay you back tenfold.]]
30th Jan '16 7:37:36 AM nombretomado
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* The otherwise forgettable SylvesterStallone film D-Tox starts with his wife being murdered, more exactly ''shot in the head/eye while answering the door''. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking With a silencer]]. In fact, most assassin/serial killer, or even home invasion works have this potential. Just imagine, you're sitting at home, every time you hear a knock, you nonchalantely go to answer a potential murdered/thief while thinking how boring your life is. And those may be your last thoughts on Earth.

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* The otherwise forgettable SylvesterStallone Creator/SylvesterStallone film D-Tox ''D-Tox'' starts with his wife being murdered, more exactly ''shot in the head/eye while answering the door''. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking With a silencer]]. In fact, most assassin/serial killer, or even home invasion works have this potential. Just imagine, you're sitting at home, every time you hear a knock, you nonchalantely go to answer a potential murdered/thief while thinking how boring your life is. And those may be your last thoughts on Earth.
14th Jan '16 8:50:21 PM kittenmommy
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**Except maybe not! [[spoiler: The conspiracy against you might be true after all! There's simply no way to tell!!]]
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