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.''
* The American remake of ''Film/{{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.
* ''Film/FridayThe13th1980'' has the "ki ki ki ma ma ma" {{leitmotif}}. Yeah, probably the UrExample considering how that movie predated most other uses.
* The newer ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror'' movie. Here they symbolize Ketchum messing with the husband's head.
* Whenever a Dementor shows up in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' 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 ''Film/BlackSwan'', along with what sounds like fluttering wings, to symbolize the protagonist's mental state.
* In ''Film/TheFactsInTheCaseOfMisterHollow,'' unintelligible whispering and echoing voices mumble and sussurate over the opening credits and through a {{pan}} over several {{Fictional Document}}s owned by an OccultDetective until settling on a photo (which contains evidence of a MysteryCult), fading out when the opening notes of the soundtrack play. The whispering begins again during the closing credits.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Lost}}'', for apparently no reason but to be creepy. [[EpilepticTrees But wait! It probably means something after all]]!
** Actually, [[spoiler:the whispers are caused by people who died on the island and can't "move on". So, in fact, they are literally Whispering Ghosts.]]
* In ''TeenWolf'', one of Lydia's powers is to hear the whispers of other banshees and, presumably, the dead.

[[AC: Literature]]
* While on a derelict space station in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Ghost of the Jedi'', Tash hears these even though [[InvisibleToNormals 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 [[spoiler: a group that includes someone who helped kill them]] shows up.
* A sign of paranormal activity in ''Literature/LockwoodAndCo''. Only those with the particular Talent can hear them.

[[AC: Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'', Pandemonium is the wraithly art used to create the sorts of things that go down during classic hauntings. One of its powers, "The Haunting", found in ''Wraith: the Great War'', allows you to produce basic effects like this.

* ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}''[='=]s soundtrack either used these, or had other effects to play creepy music.
* Spirit Healers in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', if you're dead along with them.
** Such whispering noises also appear in some of the haunted areas in the game, though you tend to have to have your sound settings set so that you can pick them up along with the other noises that plays.
* Used a lot in ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'' as background music.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'' uses these in the sewer section. Creepy as hell.
** It's just the main character's increasingly imbalanced mind, in this case. There ''is'' something in the sewers, but it's [[EldritchAbomination not even vaguely human, not even as much as a ghost.]]
* In ''XMenLegends 2,'' the Madri Temple has this as part of its background music.
* Featured in at least one level of ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}''.
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' has this by the truckload.
* Happens every time a ghost is near in ''FatalFrame''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', whispers emanate from the ash pits in Tribunal temples and ancestral tombs.
* From time to time, you hear harsh voices from nowhere in ''EternalDarkness''.
** That and a woman quietly crying in the background. Well until she starts wailing at the top of her lungs.
* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' you can hear the ghosts mumbling in the background of darkened areas.
** [[LampshadeHanging Sometimes they chuck that out the window]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall and decide to mumble the main theme instead]], matching Luigi's nervous humming. [[AffectionateParody It's all good.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'''s undead levels. ''Join us. JOIN US NOW!'' Killing the wraith does calm down the more aggressive whispering.
* In ''GhostbustersTheVideoGame'', the Black Slime causes this. Neutralizing the stuff with Green Slime removes it. Sometimes what they're saying is relevant to the plot. ''You shouldn't be should have run away!''
--> ''Should we attack now? [[ParanoiaFuel Wait until they get closer.]]''

[[AC: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.