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[[caption-width-right:330:Aren't you glad you [[GorgeousPeriodDress dressed]] [[PrettyInMink up]] to visit?]]

->''"Certainly he didn't expect to come home and find a clear inch of dust."''
-->-- '''Dumbledore''', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''

It's a place so dusty, the cobwebs are basically measured in depth. If there aren't cobwebs, everything has a layer of gray from all the dust anyway.

Heck, the only thing keeping dust from getting kicked up, everywhere someone walks around, is [[RuleOfPerception that it would be difficult to film]] (and be very uncomfortable for the cast and crew).

On the gritty end of SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty. One likely site for a BatScare.

A SubTrope of SceneryGorn.

Compare CobwebJungle, CobwebOfDisuse, TrashOfTheTitans.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* This is the first obvious sign that something's gone weird with the world in the ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'' NonSerialMovie: Onsen Mark's house is absolutely covered from floor to ceiling, wall to wall with a layer of dust and mold.

[[folder:{{Film}} - Animated]]
* The Dwarfs' home in Disney's ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', so much that the dwarfs are shocked when they come home and find everything clean.
* A variation in ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' is when Kiki rents an apartment from a baker. She finds the entire apartment extremely dusty, however, after further inspection, the apartment is caked (no pun intended) in ''flour'' rather than dust.
* ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''. Poor old Sophie has to clean up the whole thing.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* Picture comes from the first act of the Creator/RogerCorman anthology film ''Tales Of Terror'', where a girl visits the home of her father, who let most of the place get this way after his wife died.
* This trope shows up a lot in the Creator/RogerCorman Poe pictures; in the comedy adaptation of ''Film/{{The Raven|1963}}'' Creator/PeterLorre improvised the quip "Tough place to keep clean, huh?" as he and Creator/VincentPrice walk through an extensive and overly-cobwebbed room.
* Not Creator/RogerCorman, but Creator/VincentPrice: ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959''.
* ''Film/{{Dagon}}'' has a staffed hotel that is at the same time coated in dust and cobwebs.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' - standard decor for a haunted house, but Barbara, still getting used to being a ghost, is frustrated that she can't clean the place with the vacuum being inaccessible. When Adam suggests their being alone in the house may be Heaven, she mutters "Heaven wouldn't have all this dust!"
* In ''Film/TheWolfman2010'', Talbot Hall is certainly untidy to say the least.
* Done for laughs in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967''. The daughter of Mata Hari is infiltrating her mom's ''NebulousEvilOrganisation'', and is shown her mom's old room by a henchman who states "It's just the way she left it". The room is covered in dust and cobwebs, exactly as it would be after decades of neglect.

* Miss Havisham's abandoned wedding feast in ''Literature/GreatExpectations''.
* Appears all the time in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', notably in the old wing of castle Dracula and in his purchased mansion.
* 12 Grimmauld Place, in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' qualifies.
* In ''Amelia Bedelia'', the titular [[TheDitz maid]] added dust to a living room. Her rationale: To ''remove'' dust is to "un-dust;" therefore, to "dust" is to ''add'' dust. Her main character flaw was that she was LiteralMinded, and didn't quite understand figures of speech.
* "The Dark Crusader" by Creator/AlistairMaclean starts thus: ''A small dusty man in a small dusty room. That's how I always thought of him, just a small dusty man in a small dusty room.'' The 'dusty man' is the protagonist's [[TheSpymaster boss in British Intelligence]].


* Series/TheMunsters' house. "Dusting" actually means spreading ''more'' dust around.
* The mansion of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'' - a Charles Dickens enthusiast has his manor house themed to the author's works, down to a recreation of Miss Havisham's dusty, cobwebbed wedding feast room.
* In ''Series/BlackBooks'' the Cleaner highlights this as one of the worst features of the bookshop. While we can't see it, he does the traditional demonstration of wearing a white glove, running it along a surface, and showing how much dust it's collected. The surface in this example was the '' air.''

* Podcast/DiceFunk: Stoneroot is this trope scaled up to an entire city. Anne covers herself in dust just to fit in.
* In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' episode "Vampire Killer" the eponymous Trever Herbert describes the house of Sylvia [=McDonald=], the first vampire he killed (or so he says), as covered in dust and mould except for a narrow strip along the floor where she walks, as if she has lived there for years but done absolutely nothing except walk through the place.

* ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons AD&D]]'' included a spell that made a house look this way, creating an illusion that it had been long abandoned.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Parts of ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'' in the Ride/DisneyThemeParks. The cast members use a machine similar to a fertilizer spreader to spray fake cobwebs around just to keep it optimally dingy.

* The mansion of ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', while not as smothering with dust as most examples, had enough that Luigi kicked up a trail of it wherever he went in the mansion and most vacuumed objects were give a puff of dust before releasing any items within. Played a touch straighter in one basement room with large dust piles that had to be vacuumed up to proceed.
* The Dusty Dungeon Level (DDL) from ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'' and the level below it, Very Dusty Dungeon Level (VDDL). They are pretty much TakeOurWordForIt though, as the graphics are too simple to actually show the setting.
* Pipit's house in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is so dusty that Pipit's mother actually pays Link to clean it with his Gust Bellows, a futuristic device resembling a leaf-blower. [[YouBastard And then you learn where Pipit's patrol money winds up...]]
* One of the areas in ''VideoGame/{{Seiklus}}'' is a corridor covered in collossal amounts of ash that, thanks to wind blowing there, was confused with arctic area by ''many''.

* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Pinkie Apple Pie", Goldie Delicious's house is extremely messy, including plenty of dust and cobwebs. What looks like one of Goldie's [[CrazyCatLady many, many cats]] turns out to be a pile of dust inexplicably shaped like a cat (at least, [[FridgeHorror we hope it's just dust]]).