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->''"Someone facing the wall will always be dead, mutilated, or the killer in disguise. To the point where, now, if I walk into a room and find the person I'm looking for unresponsive and turned away from me, I'll just leave the room."''
-->-- denofgeek.com's [[http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/18481/7_shots_horror_filmmakers_should_never_be_allowed_to_use_again.html 7 shots horror filmmakers should never be allowed to use again]]

This is a must-be effect of almost every zombie movie. The hero sees a person who is facing away. The hero approaches slowly (as does the camera), maybe trying to enter a conversation with that person. More often than not an unnerving music plays. When we come close enough, the person suddenly turns around, [[NightmareFace revealing decaying flesh, bloody teeth and a missing eye]]. Oh my God, it's a zombie! Cue the ScareChord.

Of course, the trope isn't limited to zombies. Multiple face distortions can be shown this way. Sometimes, a FaceFramedInShadow can be {{reveal}}ed in this way, generally with [[BigBadFriend dramatic]] [[LukeIAmYourFather results]].

Compare PeekABooCorpse. See also EmergingFromTheShadows, NotAZombie, TwoFaced.

Not to be confused with anything related to HeelFaceTurn or FaceHeelTurn.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Bakura gets a moment of this while Yugi and his friends are looking for the door to the Pharaoh's memories.
** Yugi has one of these in the manga, before the others knew about his second personality. As he's facing away from them (as Pharaoh), Joey notices something's off with him and lays a hand on his shoulder. However as he turns around, he's reverted back to Yugi again.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', when the duel zombie arc starts in season three, Juudai and his non-zombied friends find Shou, who has been missing. He sits alone with his back to them, talking about how he was scared and alone. Juudai goes over to reassure him that everything's all right now. Cue Shou turning and revealing: he's one of the duel zombies too.
* Subverted in ''[[GhostInTheShell Ghost In The Shell: The 2nd Gig]]''. Boma suspects that the Individual Eleven essay contains a computer virus, but the only way to be sure is to download it into his cyberbrain. There's a tense moment when he doesn't appear to respond to the others, in which we only see the back of his head. He turns out to be alright though. [[spoiler:However the virus actually needs a specific trigger to activate, which happens a few minutes later.]]
* Happens at least once in ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}''.
* In ''PandoraHearts'' Retrace XXXVII, Glen [[spoiler:Oswald]] Baskerville does this, [[FaceFramedInShadow showing his face for the first time]].
* Happens in a nightmare Aya has in ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'', shortly after the suicide of [[spoiler:Miori]]. In the dream, she sees her LoveInterest Tooya on a beach with his back against her, but when he turns around, he turns into [[spoiler:Miori]]'s bleeding corpse.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In various incarnations of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', the villain ComicBook/TwoFace is sometimes revealed this way.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'', Coraline grabs Other-Wybie's shoulder and he turns, revealing that the Other Mother stitched his lips into a horrible grin.
** The Other Mother's first appearance could qualify as well. She is cooking in the Other Kitchen, and when Coraline calls "Mom," she turns, revealing her [[EyeScream button eyes.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', Woody hears something in the dark while in Sid's room and and points the flashlight at a baby doll's head. Said doll looks fine initially, but then it turns to reveal its missing eye and spider-like Erector Set body.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', the gang disposes of Stinky Pete by strapping him to a little girl's backpack next to a Barbie. The Barbie chirpily tells him that they'll have so much fun when they get back to her little girl, and turns her head, revealing that half her hair is missing and half her face has been scribbled on. To that toy, who was pretty much obsessed with staying in mint condition so he could be preserved in a museum, this counted as a FateWorseThanDeath.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', Shrek at one point actually has a nightmare about being smothered by [[WaveOfBabies thousands of baby ogres]], and as soon as he wakes up from the nightmare, he tells Donkey and Puss-in-Boots all about his dream, only to find out that they too have baby ogre faces, therefore causing the ogre to wake up from his dream for real.
-->'''Donkey:''' (with a baby ogre face, and speaking in a demonic-sounding voice) [[NightmareFace Da-da!!!]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movies (at least, the first two have examples)
** The most disturbing example was probably in ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'' with the zombie child.
* The ''Film/SilentHill'' movie has this with a Grey Child and a slightly different version of this with Lisa Garland, who has lid- and pupilless eyes.
* The 2004 ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' did a variation on this. We met the little girl, alive and well, and the next morning she's standing in the hallway in shadows. Only when she steps forward into the light do we see that her lower lip is torn off.
** Similarly, late in the movie, Andy goes back up on the roof, and it looks like he was writing something on a board. [[spoiler: Turns out he was already dead, and just went to the roof on instinct, and rather than write anything, he smeared the board with blood before showing it to them.]]
** A man is running along the street, but when he turns towards them we see an arm has been torn off and he's a zombie too.
* An excellent example is in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Not a zombie, but definitely a 'Face Revealing Turn.'
** A similar technique is seen in the [[ScreamerTrailer magnificently confusing trailer]] for the horror film ''Film/{{Suspiria}}''.
* A ''bad'' example in MST3K-featured movie ''Film/HorrorOfPartyBeach'', in that the dead guy's (lack of) face is actually pointed ''at'' the character who doesn't notice, but [[BehindTheBlack away from the camera]]. To be fair, he ''was'' drunk.
** Another really bad MST3K one: "Okay, okay, she's a werewolf!"
* Done in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''. They don't even think the zombie in the backyard is an undead cannibal until they see the news.
--> Oh my God... She's so drunk!
** Well, the fact that she ''was impaled on a pipe and got back up'' may have tipped them off that something was wrong.
* In both ''Film/TheGrudge'' and its Japanese counterpart, Kayako's first on-screen victim (the original caretaker) suddenly shows up at the volunteer institution after being missing for several days. Her colleague calls her, she turns around... [[spoiler:she's missing her jaw, causing her tongue to flap down helplessly and blood to pour constantly from her throat. It is quite obvious she's a walking dead, however]].
* Something similar is done in ''Film/TheOrphanage''. Where a certain character is hit by a van, she is taken away by the ambulance who put cloth over her body to hide her face. [[spoiler: Then her hand reaches out, and she pulls back the cloth hiding her face, revealing that her entire lower jaw has been smashed beyond recognition, and is bleeding all over her as her tongue waggles in a horrifying manner. While she's SCREAMING.]]
** And someone gave her ''mouth-to-mouth''. The guy must have a stomach of steel, though being a doctor probably helps a bit.
** There's also the old home movie of [[spoiler: Tomas]].
* ''Film/TheElephantMan''. "Turn around."
* At the end of ''Film/TheMidnightMeatTrain'', a horrible, hulking brute is walking down the isle of the titular train. He looks back at the camera, and [[spoiler: it's the hero, turned into a monster.]]
* Kano in the ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie first appears in profile in a poorly-lit room, talking on a cell phone. After he's finished his call, he turns, revealing his metal face prosthesis, to address [[BigBad Shang Tsung]].
* Happens in all 3 versions of ''{{Shutter}}'' when the main character enters the ghost girl's house and finds her corpse.
* In the remake of ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1999'', Our Remaining Intrepid Heroes are trying to find a way out of the [[AbandonedHospital haunted asylum]], and logically decide to visit the control room. Hey, there's a maintenance guy, let's see if he can open SWEET ZOMBIE JESUS WHERE DID HIS FACE GO?
* Inverted in ''Film/DarkWater''. When Yoshimi realizes that she [[spoiler:is in an elevator with [[StringyHairedGhostGirl Mitsuko]] instead of her own daughter]], she slowly turns around to look at [[spoiler:the child]]... Cue the audience jumping off their seats as [[spoiler:the ''horribly rotted and slimy'' animated corpse of Mitsuko lunges at her while screaming for her mama]].
* Unexpectedly, the film ''Film/{{Inception}}'' fakes us out into thinking it's going to use this trope...but it doesn't.
* Done in the 2010 ''Film/{{Predators}}'' film. Unusually, the characters think that the man is alive because ''they hear his voice begging for help''. After they realize they can't rescue him due to the traps around him, Isabelle puts a bullet in him, [[MercyKill trying to save him some pain and suffering.]] Then he begs for help again. ''Then'' we get the Face Revealing Turn, when we realize he's been dead for the last five minutes.
* The end of ''Film/TheRing'' plays with this when Rachel goes to check on [[spoiler: Noah]] and turns the chair he's sitting around only to find he's dead... however, we the audience ''don't'' initially see him. A few minutes later in a brief clip that summarizes key events of the film, we now suddenly a new POV shot of Rachel turning his chair around and seeing his undead rotting face.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': When Gordon talks to Harvey in the hospital, the latter pulls off a chilling one to reveal that he [[spoiler: had lost half his face in an explosion]].
-->'''Gordon:''' I'm sorry, Harvey.
-->'''Harvey[[spoiler:/Two-Face]]''': No. No you're not. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Not yet.]]
* ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}'' uses this to introduce FrankensteinsMonster. Weirdly enough, he had entered through the door to the room backwards before doing so.
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' has one scene (featured prominently at the end of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjKO10hKtYw teaser trailer]]) of Franchise/{{Godzilla}} doing this as he emerges from a cloud of dust and debris; in that teaser, it was the second full look given of the King of the Monsters. Technically, we only see the side of his head obscured by the aforementioned dust cloud, but he has such an iconic silhouette that it still works.
* Done in the first ''Film/{{Subspecies}}'' as Michelle is trying to escape Radu's castle with Lillan who was captured before her. Lillan however keeps acting odd, crying one minute, laughing the next. Michelle picks a spot to rest for a moment as she tries to quiet her, then Lillan suddenly goes wide eyed. The the camera cuts to her turning toward Michelle, smiling evilly as fangs have now formed in her mouth.
* ''Film/CountYorga'' does this at the end of it's film. After Micheal drives off the vampire brides. The camera suspiciously stays off Donna, the girl he just rescued, only focusing on her hand as it pulls away from him while he takes a moment to breathe. When he turns to her [[spoiler: she bares her newly gained fangs and lunges at him.]]
** The sequel, ''Return of Count Yorga'' also does a variant. The hero, Baldwin, and Cynthia, the girl he's trying to rescue manage to kill Yorga and throw him off the manor. Cynthia then hugs Baldwin with the camera staying behind him. She senses something not right and pull back from him, gasping in horror [[spoiler: He's now pale-skinned and has visible bite marks on him (presumably from getting bitten by Yorga's harem that cornered him). Baldwin promptly pulls her back and bites her.]]
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''. The protagonists are in a glass-walled elevator going down to the ElaborateUndergroundBase, which they quickly realizes contain a [[MonsterMash menagerie of monsters]]. One of them is a [[CreepyChild child ballerina standing with her back to them]]; she turns to reveal she's got [[NestedMouths nested]] {{Lamprey Mouth}}s instead of a face.
* "Amateur Night" in the horror {{anthology}} film ''Film/{{VHS}}''. Three college students invite a strange woman they met in a nightclub back to their hotel room, planning to secretly film the sex with a glasses-cam. She starts having sex with one man on the bed, but the other bursts into the bathroom (where the POVCam guy is [[AThreesomeIsHot working up his nerve to join in]]) complaining that she bit him. They re-enter the room where she's humping away on top of their friend, but as [[BuffySpeak Bitten Guy]] runs up to her to complain, she turns and snarls revealing that she's a HumanoidAbomination. Things get worse from there.

* In Creator/NeilGaiman's wonderfully creepy kids' novel ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'', the "Other Mother" turns and reveals that she has shiny black buttons instead of eyes.
* In ''Literature/{{Perelandra}}'', the thought of this happening is one of the paranoid, demon-placed thoughts to go through the narrator's mind as he approaches Ransom's house in the beginning. "Perhaps I should see a figure which looked like Ransom standing with its back toward me and when I spoke it would turn round to reveal a face that was not human at all...."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Several examples in the two-parter [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]], when it's discovered that [[spoiler:the explorers have been devoured within their suits by the Vashta Nerada]].
** Subverted in the very next episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]], where we get the whole build up in revealing Sky's face, only to find that she looks perfectly normal. [[NothingIsScarier Which is even worse]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]], the final episode before the 50[[superscript:th]] Anniversary, culminates with a canon-shaking revelation in which ''somebody'' turns to face us. The turn itself stands as a cliffhanger.
* At the beginning of the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Conscience of the King", we are introduced to the captain of a base. We only see the right side of his face for five minutes, until he says that he survived a massacre by Kodos the Executioner, at which point we see that the left side of his face is covered by a patch.
** In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Picard does one of these in "The Best of Both Worlds" to reveal that he's been assimilated. OhCrap.
* {{Double subver|sion}}ted in ''Film/Ben10RaceAgainstTime''. After they turn the chair around and find the dead body he turns out to be alive and explains the problem. Then his heart gives out. Probably the most disturbing part is that two children watch a man die and have ''no reaction''.
* This was lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' in a sequence that was a hommage to ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. Entering a suspected killer's creepy old house and finding it empty, Monk goes upstairs and finds the killer's mother sitting in a rocking chair with her back to him. Even Monk, who doesn't watch TV, is GenreSavvy enough to instantly know what happens next. ''"Oh my God, you're dead aren't you."''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' starts with one. A guy and a girl sneak into the high school after hours to make out. The scene plays out to make us think the guy is the monster and is preying on her [[spoiler: Turns out the girl, Darla, was actually the vampire. After making sure they were completely alone. She turns to him, vamp faced, and quickly bites him]]. The show would be followed by many years of near-constant trope subversion like this as well.
* A version in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' where the only significance is to the viewer happens in a flashback scene, where the head of the evil Rossum Corporation, and [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] behind the whole plot, steps out of the shadows and... It's [[spoiler:Boyd, who the audience knows as Echo's handler, the one person she trusts above all others and the last person anyone would expect]]. This has no significance to the main character at the time as she has no idea who this person will be, but it came as a shock for the viewers.
* Used in ''Film/{{Tremors}}: The Series'', when an unconscious spelunker who's been attacked by the MonsterOfTheWeek is rolled over by Rosalita and Harlow, revealing that [[TwoFaced half his face]] and body have become wasted and mummy-like.
* Subverted in ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''.When We see Richard Harrow's horrifically scarred face with a missing eye,there is nothing dramatic about it,it occurs in a Hospital and Jimmy has no major reaction.Harrow later turns out to a very valuable ally
* Used in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with the resurrected wildling girl in the very first scene, staring at the camera with creepy bright blue eyes and stitched mouth.
** Also used in the final episode of the second season, when [[spoiler: Jaqen]] reveals his [[VoluntaryShapeshifting new face]] to Arya.
** In Season 3, Stannis' daughter is introduced lying on her side in bed singing to herself. It's only after she runs up and hugs her father that the audience sees that the other side of her face is disfigured by greyscale.
* The televised version of ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' introduces PsychoForHire Jonathan Teatime with one of these, revealing his [[RedRightHand extremely creepy mismatched eyes.]]
* In the HauntingHour episode "The Most Evil Sorcerer: Part 1", Ned and Sarah first see Gresilda from the back as she saves them from a Hendra Beast. They talk to her, and she turns around to reveal a witch's face.

* Used perhaps most famously in the music video for Music/{{Thriller}}.

* Toward the end of ''TanzDerVampire'', the young lovers embrace and sing of their imminent HappilyEverAfter, with Sarah pressing her face to Alfred's shoulder with her back to the audience. When she turns around again, though, she's developed an interesting new set of teeth...

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'': Jill's/Chris' first Zombie encounter also counts as this. They see a guy leaning over a corpse, he stands up, turns around, and surprise: he's a zombie.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'', although it was with a colony of leeches taking the shape of a man rather than a zombie.
** A particularly strong subversion is seen in the beginning of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. Raccoon City incident survivor Leon approaches a strange man from the back, the man doesn't answer his question and in general doesn't seem to be aware of Leon. Everyone who has a slightest notion of what the previous three games were about goes shrieking, "No, Leon, no, it's a zombie, and it will do its DeadlyLunge now!" The man turns around and - he's normal. He even answers Leon with a few insults in Spanish. [[spoiler:Of course, he is still a murderous maniac as well as the other villagers, but definitely not a zombie.]]
* ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'' also has an example. When Travis encounters the first nurse in the Alchemilla Hospital, he tries asking her for help. She turns around, revealing her deformed/melted face and inmediately attempts to stab Travis with a syringe.
* In the trailer and opening cinematic for ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', Zoey goes into a room where she hears someone crying. She finds a woman on the floor in a gown, crying, hunched in a fetal position, and turned away from them ([[spoiler: Actually [[StringyHairedGhostGirl The Witch]] special infected type]]). But once someone shines a light on her, she [[BerserkButton comes at them like a spider monkey]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}'' for the NES had the infamous "Mysterious Lady." She appears with her back to you, and the game even tries to lull you into a false sense of security by playing a very pleasant piece of music that was written specifically for the sequence. If you do anything other than douse her in "No Ghost," she turns around, revealing her face to be a bare skull, and kills you.
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVII'' does something similar with Lady Tsepish.
* ''VideoGame/SweetHome'' has several enemies that use this: they appear human from behind, but then turn their heads to reveal their horribly shredded faces. [[spoiler: One also appears in the best ending...]]
* During a descent through the crypts of the {{RPG}} ''VideoGame/ArxFatalis'', the player encounters a locked room (one particular of many). Within is a woman, kneeling before a (presumably holy) symbol, either crying or praying... in a place in which no others of the living have yet been encountered. On entering and approaching [[spoiler:the camera cuts to reveal the face of a zombie, before she turns on the player character, the symbols bursting into flame.]]
* Subversion: ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' has you approach a person sitting in a chair watching television in one of the later levels. Going around and looking at the front of the person, he turns out to be dead, but just the regular run-of-the-mill harmless kind of dead. Then a legit zombie bursts through the kitchen door.
* In ''6 Days a Sacrifice'' (the last game in the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'' series), Theo enters the kitchen to see a child weeping in the corner. [[spoiler: As he approaches, however, the child turns around--revealing that his/her eyes have been gouged out. It turns out, though, that it's AllJustADream.]]
* ''Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix'' had a character's nightmare featuring one of these.
* One dungeon of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' ends with your team having to rescue a group of villagers down in a well. Each one you have to save is facing away from you, prompting you to talk to them. A few of them have an ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''-esque face-hugger thing on them that you'll need to kill.
* In the buildup to the fight against the Mother Harlot in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', several demons will comment on seeing this lady who apparently looks really good "from behind." When you finally encounter, you see what appears to be this well-dressed veiled woman...until she turns around and reveals her SkullForAHead.
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', in the cutscene that plays when you return to the Starship Phoenix from Kerwan after [[MadScientist Dr. Nefarious]] turns everyone in Metropolis into robots, President Phyronix is being interviewed by [[KentBrockmanNews Darla Gratch]] about his opinion on the incident. He states that everyone in the universe being a robot will have a positive impact on his re-election campaign as he himself is already half robot, then turns to the camera revealing that the right side of his face is robotic.
* Seen in the intro of ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'', with the dismembered body of a Marine floating in space.

[[folder:Web Comic]]
* Webcomic/YuGiOhCardGameGustoFanComic: Done by Esper Girl in [[http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=manga&illust_id=28983678 #40]], as an homage to Irisu Syndrome.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The first entry of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' ends with this, though given [[TheSlenderManMythos the character in question]], it's more of a [[TheBlank Lack-of-face]] Revealing Turn.
** Entry 31 does it again when Jay keeps spotting a guy in a hoodie on the same nature trail as him. He eventually just walks right up to the guy, who turns around to reveal [[spoiler: an ordinary guy we've never seen before who couldn't hear Jay because of his headphones.]]
* This trope is invoked in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y57SRQ8YuIU this video]] of ''WebVideo/IsItAGoodIdeaToMicrowaveThis'' at approximately 2:59 when revealing the effects of Pikachu getting microwaved.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' spoofed this "The Farnsworth Parabox", where at one point two versions of the Planet Express crew, (from two different parallel universes) are chasing both their Zoidbergs through other universes. In one Leela pops out and sees another version of the crew and asks if they saw the Zoidbergs. They all turn around, revealing that their faces [[EyelessFace have no eyes]].
-->'''Hermes:''' We didn't see ''anything. Ever.''
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' title sequence. Gadget finally reaches Claw's hideout, whips the CoolChair around, and snaps his handcuffs onto Claw's arm. Unfortunately, it's revealed that a) it's a fake "Claw hand" attached to the chair, and b) there's a CartoonBomb sitting in the chair.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Outside the lair of Koh the FaceStealer, Aang is startled by something, then realizes that it's just a harmless monkey. Then the monkey turns around, revealing that ''[[TheBlank it has no face]]''. We see Koh wearing the monkey's face later in the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' used this to reveal Two-Face at least once, notably in his debut appearance. The shot starts out with him in profile, with only his good side visible.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' when Chuckie (and later his father) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA9NylXGJCk have nightmares]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1]]", Tirek tries to suck the magic out of yet another unicorn bystander, before said unicorn [[LuredIntoATrap turns out to be a waiting Discord]].
-->'''Discord:''' Tirek, I [[TrrrillingRrrs prrrresume]].