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* TrappedOnTheAstralPlane: What happens to Dalton, with soul trapped in The Further and the other characters have to help him get back into his body before some other malevolent spirits try to take possession of it for themselves.


* ThoseTwoGuys: Tucker and Specs, in all four films.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Tucker Specs and Specs, Tucker, in all four films.


* VitriolicBestBuds: Specs and Tucker spend a lot of time bickering and snarking at each other, but are shown to truly care about each other.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Specs and Tucker spend a lot of time bickering being snarky and snarking at each other, bickering, but are shown to truly care about each other.


* TraumaCongaLine: Elise's life story is nothing but [[TheChewToy this]]. [[spoiler: When she was a kid, she was emotionally and physically abused by her father, who told her that no one would love someone like her, because he hated and feared her powers. Her mother died because she unwittingly let a demon into their house, something that continues to haunt her into old age, and her father, predictably, blamed her. Years afterward, she finally snapped and ran away from home. While Elise later married Jack and had a good life, that ended when Jack committed suicide. She's coaxed by helping Quinn Brenner to help contact the ladder's mother, which almost gets Elise killed. Then when she tries to make amends to her brother after visiting home to investigate her childhood home for ghosts, her brother lashes out at her for abandoning him to deal with their father's abuse alone. Her niece almost immediately gets killed by the spirit haunting her childhood home, which turned out to be the same spirit who possessed her abusive father and had him kill and dismember women in their basement. She goes through this and [[HopeSpot finally gets closure from her remaining]]...then her old Lorraine Lambert calls her to help her grandson Dalton. [[DownerEnding We know how this ends]].

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* TraumaCongaLine: Elise's life story is nothing but [[TheChewToy this]]. [[spoiler: When she was a kid, she was emotionally and physically abused by her father, who told her that no one would love someone like her, because he hated and feared her powers. Her mother died because she unwittingly let a demon into their house, something that continues to haunt her into old age, and her father, predictably, blamed her. Years afterward, she finally snapped and ran away from home. While Elise later married Jack and had a good life, that ended when Jack committed suicide. She's coaxed by helping Quinn Brenner to help contact the ladder's mother, which almost gets Elise killed. Then when she tries to make amends to her brother after visiting home to investigate her childhood home for ghosts, her brother lashes out at her for abandoning him to deal with their father's abuse alone. Her niece almost immediately gets killed by the spirit haunting her childhood home, which turned out to be the same spirit who possessed her abusive father and had him kill and dismember women in their basement. She goes through this and [[HopeSpot finally gets closure from her remaining]]...remaining family]]...then her old she's called by Lorraine Lambert calls her Lambert, who's son Elise helped be free of the Bride in Black when he was a boy, to help her haunted grandson Dalton. [[DownerEnding We know how this ends]].


* TraumaCongaLine: Elise's life story is nothing but [[TheChewToy this]]. [[spoiler: When she was a kid, she was abused by her father who told her that no one would love someone like her. Her mother died because she unwittingly let a demon into their house, something that continues to haunt her into old age, and her father, predictably, blamed her. Years afterward, she finally snapped and left. While Elise later married Jack and had a good life, that ended when Jack committed suicide and she started to see things that predicted her death. She is forced to come back to the supernatural world again to help a girl, which only drags her closer to death. Then when she tries to make amends by returning home, her brother lashes out at her for abandoning him alone, clearly showing that their father's influence had got through him. And her niece almost immediately gets killed due to her brother's make up attempt gone horribly wrong. She goes through this and [[HopeSpot finally gets closure from all of them]]...then Lorraine Lambert calls her. [[DownerEnding We know how it ends]]. Apparently, Specks is right when he says in ''Chapter 2'' that it's probably for the best Elise dies. Her life ''sucks''.]]

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* TraumaCongaLine: Elise's life story is nothing but [[TheChewToy this]]. [[spoiler: When she was a kid, she was emotionally and physically abused by her father father, who told her that no one would love someone like her.her, because he hated and feared her powers. Her mother died because she unwittingly let a demon into their house, something that continues to haunt her into old age, and her father, predictably, blamed her. Years afterward, she finally snapped and left. ran away from home. While Elise later married Jack and had a good life, that ended when Jack committed suicide and she started to see things that predicted her death. She is forced to come back to the supernatural world again suicide. She's coaxed by helping Quinn Brenner to help a girl, contact the ladder's mother, which only drags her closer to death. almost gets Elise killed. Then when she tries to make amends by returning home, to her brother after visiting home to investigate her childhood home for ghosts, her brother lashes out at her for abandoning him alone, clearly showing that to deal with their father's influence had got through him. And her abuse alone. Her niece almost immediately gets killed due to by the spirit haunting her brother's make up attempt gone horribly wrong. childhood home, which turned out to be the same spirit who possessed her abusive father and had him kill and dismember women in their basement. She goes through this and [[HopeSpot finally gets closure from all of them]]...her remaining]]...then her old Lorraine Lambert calls her. her to help her grandson Dalton. [[DownerEnding We know how it this ends]]. Apparently, Specks is right when he says in ''Chapter 2'' that it's probably for the best Elise dies. Her life ''sucks''.]]


* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:"It's not the house that's haunted, it's your son."]]

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[spoiler:"It's not the house that's haunted, it's haunted. It's your son."]]


* TooDumbToLive: Josh... twice in a row. Before entering [[spoiler: the Further]] he was very clearly told that he must act stealthy. Of course, once inside he questioned every being he met. So much for being stealthy. Then once back in his house, before [[spoiler: going back to his body]], he met [[spoiler: the Old Lady that tried to possess him when he was 8]]. With not much time left, he chose to yell at her (while she wasn't in any position to do something harmful against him or someone he cares about) instead of continuing on his way. In the end, the few seconds he lost [[spoiler: prevented him from coming back in our world, and lead to Elise's demise]].

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* TooDumbToLive: Josh... twice in a row. Josh, though he didn't die from it. Before entering [[spoiler: the Further]] he was very clearly told that he must act stealthy. Of course, once inside he questioned every being he met. So much for being stealthy. Then once back in his house, before [[spoiler: going back to his body]], body after retrieving Dalton from The Further]], he met [[spoiler: the Old Lady Bride in Black that tried to possess him when he was 8]]. With not much time left, he chose to yell at confront her (while she wasn't in any position to do something harmful against him or someone he cares about) instead of continuing on his way. In the end, the few seconds he lost [[spoiler: prevented him from coming back in our world, and lead to Elise's demise]].


* SpookyPhotographs: [[spoiler: In the first chapter, these signify the ever approaching presence of the Old Woman in Black throughout the photos of Josh, and sets up the unfortunate reveal at its' end. In the second, while his body is occupied by the spirit, Josh consults his younger self--taking place in 1986--while in The Further, setting ''himself'' as the spirit when caught in a recorded still of that moment!]]

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* SpookyPhotographs: [[spoiler: In the first chapter, these signify the ever approaching presence of the Old Woman in Black throughout the photos of Josh, and sets up the unfortunate reveal at its' it's end. In the second, while his body is occupied by the spirit, Josh consults his younger self--taking place in 1986--while in The Further, setting ''himself'' as the spirit when caught in a recorded still of that moment!]]


* PossessionBurnout: [[spoiler: Josh]]'s body begins to deteriorate after being possessed by the Bride in Black. [[spoiler:It returns to normal when his soul returns to his body.]]

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* PossessionBurnout: [[spoiler: Josh]]'s body begins to deteriorate after being possessed by the Bride in Black. [[spoiler:It returns goes back to normal when his soul returns to his body.]]


* ShipTease: Specs and Imogen in ''The Last Key''. PlayedForLaughs as this incites CockFight with Tucker that distracts the two from their case. [[spoiler: At the end, TheyDo. [[PairTheSpares Tucker woos Melissa]] instead.]]


** The Dancing Boy scene can be extremely scary, because: 1) It happened during the [[DaylightHorror sunny day]] instead of darkly night; 2) It's just unnerving if you imagine a little kid appears in your house out of nowhere and wandering your house mischievously; 3) He even hides in the comatose Dalton's room's closet! Imagine if your child is in the same room with an entity from another world. Doubles with AdultFear, certainly; 4) For some people, a ghost in little kid's form can be scarier than ghost in adult form. Although, the Dancing Boy isn't actually malicious entity in the film; 5) Well, just see the FreezeFrameBonus. Unless your eyes are sharp enough, you probably won't even realize he was there in the first place; 6) This is also the first scene which made the song "Tiptoe through the Tulips" become scary in the film. Later when this song is played again, you know [[OhCrap something bad is going to happen]].
** When the mother goes to check on the baby during the night and [[spoiler: There is a man standing just behind the crib.]] Due to where the camera is focused and the curtains, it blends into the background. It's only after she looks up that you realize it was there from the moment she had walked into the room.

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** The Dancing Boy scene can be extremely scary, because: 1) It happened during the a [[DaylightHorror sunny day]] instead of darkly night; a dark night. 2) It's just unnerving if you imagine a little kid appears in your house out of nowhere and wandering your house mischievously; 3) He even hides in the comatose Dalton's room's closet! Imagine if your child is in the same room with an entity from another world. Doubles with AdultFear, certainly; AdultFear. 4) For some people, a ghost in little kid's form can be scarier than ghost in adult form. Although, the Dancing Boy isn't actually malicious entity in the film; 5) Well, just see the FreezeFrameBonus. Unless your eyes are sharp enough, you probably won't even realize he was there in the first place; place. 6) This is also the first scene which made the song "Tiptoe through the Tulips" become scary in the film. Later when this song is played again, you know [[OhCrap something bad is going to happen]].
** When the mother Renai goes to check on the baby Cali during the night and [[spoiler: There there is a man standing just behind the crib.]] Due to where the camera is focused and the curtains, it he blends into the background. It's only after she looks up that you realize it he was there from the moment she had walked into the room.


* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Elise, when she finds out that [[spoiler: the black-haired woman in she encountered her house wasn't a ghost, but was very much alive and was trying to escape from the basement. Elise assumed she was another mangled spirit and didn't try to help her.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Elise, when she finds out that [[spoiler: the black-haired woman in she encountered her house as a teenager wasn't a ghost, but was very much alive and was trying to escape from the basement. Elise assumed she was another mangled spirit and didn't try to help her.]]


* LongLostRelative: In ''The Last Key'', a day after her arrived at Five Keys, Elise stumbles upon her brother, Christian, whom she knows very well yet are separated for years, and his daughters, Imogen and Melissa, whom she does not know about until now.

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* LongLostRelative: In ''The Last Key'', a day after her arrived at Five Keys, Elise stumbles upon her brother, Christian, whom she knows very well well, yet are have separated for years, and as well his daughters, Imogen and Melissa, whom she does not know about until now.meeting them.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Elise, when she finds out that [[spoiler: her running away from home allowed her father to kill the black-haired woman she just saw beforehand, who was not a ghost, but very much alive.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Elise, when she finds out that [[spoiler: her running away from home allowed her father to kill the black-haired woman in she just saw beforehand, who was not encountered her house wasn't a ghost, but was very much alive.alive and was trying to escape from the basement. Elise assumed she was another mangled spirit and didn't try to help her.]]


** In ''Chapter 2'', Renai sees the Woman in White singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat".

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** In ''Chapter 2'', Renai sees the Woman in White singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat".Boat."


** [[spoiler: Dalton's ability to astral project was inherited from Josh. His ability may have come from his mother.]]
** [[spoiler: The Rainier family turns out to pass on astral projection to their children as well. Elise has it, and while her brother doesn't, one of his daughters, Imogen, does. That would mean that Aubrey possessed it, as well, which is highly implied; although she acted frightened when Elise showed her powers back then, it might be because she feared for the abuse she would receive from Gerald. She shows up out of nowhere at the climax of ''The Last Key'' to defeat Key Face using a lantern in the Further, like Elise did in ''Chapter 2''.]]

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** [[spoiler: Dalton's ability to astral project was inherited from Josh. His ability may have come from his mother.]]
** [[spoiler: The Rainier family turns out to pass on astral projection to their children as well. Elise has it, and while her brother doesn't, one of his daughters, Imogen, does. That would mean that Aubrey possessed it, as well, which is highly implied; all but stated; although she acted frightened when Elise showed her powers back then, it might be was because because she feared for the abuse she would receive from Gerald. She shows up out of nowhere at in the climax of ''The Last Key'' to defeat Key Face using a lantern in the Further, like Elise did in ''Chapter 2''.]]

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