So you're sitting in a movie theater, minding your own business,
when all of a sudden a trailer for a scary movie comes on! It looks cool and the plot is abo— blooD hatE deatH!
— what the hell?!
Wow! That hidden frame/half a second flash cut with the scream sure was scary, more so than a Cat Scare
, and the pale stringy haired girl
was frea— PAIN EVIL KUMQUAT
gyah! Okay, a little less scary, but still surprising.
So anyway. Trailers, films, and Video Games
that can't rely on time to build suspense
will use the Screamer Trailer
to scare and shock with glimpses of the movies' monst— Zuul!
...mayhem, or even random things, often paired with a scream or other scary and loud sound to catch the viewer by surpri— pIstAcHiO AVocADo iCecrEAm!
Okay, you can cut it out now, it's not scary anymore.
In fact, this technique is quickly moving towards becoming a Discredited Trope
from overuse. This still shows up played straight in several Internet videos premised precisely on this kind of scare. Some moviegoers have even become desensitized to the strobe light scare, and come to expect the last half second of every such movie trailer to contain one fina— Boo!
Oh go f—- yourself. (exits)
Contrast Subliminal Advertising
. Compare Last Note Nightmare
Troper General's Warning: Strobe light effects can be hazardous to the health of small children, epileptics, or the overly cute. We recommend using Rickrolls instead.
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Live Action TV
- These happen just before the cut to commercials in Ghost Adventures. They are definitely quite cre GAAGHHepy. It DOES NOT HELP that they are usually accompanied by a split-second shot of a Demonic Dummy with empty black eye sockets, standing on a static-y background.
- The commercial for Universal's Halloween Horror Nights 18 features a man attempting to summon Bloody Mary. The results...are as you would expect (Mary blasts through the mirror screaming bloody murder). Although you can see the scare coming from a mile away, it still somehow manages to be quite frightening regardless.
- The trailer for Dead Space (a science-fiction horror game) starts out with shots of a spacecraft and its dead crew, accompanied with a creepy lullaby. About thirty seconds in, screamer scenes from the game start appearing. The trailer eventually fades more and more into the screamers, and eventually just plain features the gory scary bits.
- The sequel's trailer is even worse, as it's just scary bits with the rhyme playing over them.
- Exmortis? It's one of the best flash games ever, you can see it at http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/189227
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's trailer. Though it doesn't have the distorted sound effects and the transition happens at medium speed (except for the end where the whole trailer rewinds), it did a great job at getting the sinister implications and the tone of the plot through.
- FEAR sometimes flashes images such as horribly disfigured faces.
he comes WHAT DID I JUST SAY?!
- Invader Zim had the episode "Mysterious Mysteries", where the host of the eponymous Show Within a Show has frequent flashes of a somewhat overenthusiastic-looking Dib, complete with sound bite.
- There's also a silent example that appears for a single frame in afew of the episodes involving Gir in "Duty mode" coated in blood. This was put in to spite the network when, due to Executive Meddling, the scene featuring the frame was cut.
- Adventure Time used this for the trailer for "The Lich" that aired directly after "I Remember You". Seeing The Lich's face zoom in at you directly after Simon Petrikov-era Ice King gives a young Marceline a toy during the Mushroom War is unsettling.