Created By: themaniacinthemailbox on January 10, 2013 Last Edited By: themaniacinthemailbox on November 7, 2013

Paranormal Piano Parlor

Because if there's a room with a piano, it's usually in some place haunted.

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We've all seen it. In almost every horror game, movie, book, and TV show there's a room with a piano. Sometimes it's just a harmless piano. Sometimes playing it will trigger or open something. Maybe it will play itself, (ya know, unless it's actually a ghost playing it). Other times, the piano will just plain attack you. Sometimes just going near it in general is a bad idea. The piano is famous for its eerie pieces of music and can quickly let you know if something is off or something is about to kill you. Remember if there's a room with a lone piano, you should probably get the hell out of there.

Note that the piano doesn't have to be in the room by itself for this examples to count. The trope is only called as such because in almost every instance, the piano is the only thing in the room.
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  • March 25, 2013
    Video Games
  • March 25, 2013
    Maybe this can be extended to horror in general. In the 1977 Japanese film House, one of the protagonists becomes mesmerized while playing a piano in the haunted house, then the piano itself attacks her. Reviewed by Mike Matei here: [1]
  • March 26, 2013
    • The Ghost and Mr. Chicken has an attic room with a haunted organ that plays by itself.

    Video Games
    • Scott Adams' game Ghost Town had a saloon with a ghost playing a piano.
  • March 26, 2013
    Live-Action TV: The show Night Gallery had an episode titled (I think) 'Spectre in Tap Shoes' involving a woman whose dead twin would play the piano in her old dance studio.
  • March 27, 2013
  • March 27, 2013
    Played For Laughs in Blaz Blue in Carl's gag ending where he, Noel, Makoto, and Tsubaki visit the school at night and wonder if it's haunted. It turns out Valnkenhen is playing the piano in one room they search.
  • March 27, 2013
    I don't think the Super Mario 64 example in the description is good form. Though I do really like this trope. The description implies this trope is the piano itself and not the fact it's alone in a room somewhere, so why not just change the name to Haunted Piano?
  • March 27, 2013
    Subverted in The Three Stooges short "Spook Louder"; the Stooges have become caretakers for the home of a Mad Scientist and hear the piano playing in the next room. They wonder who's playing the piano since there's nobody else in the mansion...and find out that it's just a Cute Kitten walking on the piano keys.
  • March 28, 2013
    ^^^^^Also in the Night Gallery "A Question of Fear", a ghost starts playing a piano, although this "ghost" turns out to be a robot

    In the Goosebumps book "Piano Lessons Can Be Murder", Jerry hears and sees a ghost playing the piano in his attic.
  • April 18, 2013
    In The Three Investigators book The Secret of Phantom Lake the three enter a Ghost Town's saloon and hear the piano start to play. They think they've entered a Literal Ghost Town; but no, it's just a player piano. The place is being renovated as a tourist attraction and the caretaker, having seen the three sneak in, decided to have a little fun.
  • April 18, 2013
    In the game Misao, there is a room with a piano and an invisible piano player who will kill you if you walk away while he's playing. Also, the piano itself will kill you if you attempt to play it.
  • June 12, 2013
    Good concept, I think. But it needs Rolling Updates and a sponsor.
  • June 12, 2013
    In the Flash game Haunt The House (which is about you being a ghost in a house and scaring everyone.) playing a piano is one of the options to scare the guests in the house.
  • November 7, 2013
    Adding Up For Grabs tag. Anyone want it?