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Whispering Ghosts
There's something about horror movies and that annoying and/or creepy whispering noise in the background. It seems to simply be a soundtrack thing; seldom do the characters actually hear it. Maybe it indicates that the supernatural horror is nearby? Perhaps it's simply indicative of the characters' paranoia? Who knows, but everyone uses it.

Examples:

Film
  • The American remake of Shutter was both extremely egregious and random in its use of the whispers. Hell, the whispers were used both so often and in such strange contexts that they were more likely indicative of the ghost not being present in the scene.
  • Friday the 13th (1980) has the "ki ki ki ma ma ma" leitmotif. Yeah, probably the Ur Example considering how that movie predated most other uses.
  • The newer The Amityville Horror movie. Here they symbolize Ketchum messing with the husband's head.
  • Whenever a Dementor shows up in the Harry Potter movies, whispers are heard in the background.
    • Also, whispering can be heard from the arch in the Department of Mysteries.
  • Lots of this in the background noise for Black Swan, along with what sounds like fluttering wings, to symbolize the protagonist's mental state.
  • In The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow, unintelligible whispering and echoing voices mumble and susserate over the opening credits and through a pan over several Fictional Documents owned by an Occult Detective until settling on a photo, (which contains evidence of a Mystery Cult) fading out when the opening notes of the soundtrack play. The whispering begins again during the closing credits.

Live-Action TV

Literature
  • While on a derelict space station in Galaxy of Fear: Ghost of the Jedi, Tash hears these even though no one else does. It's a while before she can better understand the ghost.
    • Army of Terror has the Kivan wraiths furiously whispering "Mammon! Murderer!" when a group that includes someone who helped kill them shows up.
  • A sign of paranormal activity in Lockwood & Co.. Only those with the particular Talent can hear them.

Video Games

Real Life
  • Employed in Ripley's Haunted Adventure by means of sound positioning so that as you walk through one the hallways, you start getting voices whispering from right behind you.

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