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* ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'' manages to make the Joker casually eating shrimp into something utterly revolting and unnatural. Also, if you [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent pay attention to the background]], youíll notice that [[spoiler:some of the gargoyles on Gothamís buildings ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} arenít actually gargoyles]]''.]]

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* ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'' manages to make the Joker ComicBook/TheJoker casually eating shrimp into something utterly revolting and unnatural. Also, if you [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent pay attention to the background]], youíll notice that [[spoiler:some of the gargoyles on Gothamís buildings ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} arenít actually gargoyles]]''.]]


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* ''ComicBook/MisterMiracle2017'' frequently juxtaposes mundane domestic drama between Scott Free and his wife Big Barda with the backdrop of an apocalyptic war between the New Gods, to jarring effect. Even the most casual conversations are frequently [[InterfaceScrew disrupted]] by bizarre [[PaintingTheMedium format]] [[OminousVisualGlitch shifts]] that make the reader question [[MindScrew what the hell is going on.]]

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* ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'' manages to make the Joker casually eating shrimp into something utterly revolting and unnatural. Also, if you [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent pay attention to the background]], youíll notice that [[spoiler:some of the gargoyles on Gothamís buildings ''[[Franchise/{{Batman}} arenít actually gargoyles]]''.]]
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** ''Film/LostHighway'': The main character goes to a party and is approached by a pale man with black lips and eyes. The sounds of the party go silent. The man then says they've met nefore, at the main character's house, and that ''he's there right now''.
-->'''The Mystery Man:''' (producing a cell phone) Call me. Dial your number. Go ahead.
-->''The call connects''
-->'''The Mystery Man:''' (over the phone) I told you I was here.

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** ''Film/LostHighway'': The main character goes to a party and is approached by a pale man with black lips and eyes. The sounds of the party go silent. The man then says they've met nefore, before, at the main character's house, and that ''he's there right now''.
-->'''The Mystery Man:''' (producing ''[producing a cell phone) phone]'' Call me. Dial your number. Go ahead.
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* Much of Creator/DavidLynch's work resides here, balanced precariously with SurrealHorror (and, on occasion, SurrealHumor):
** ''Film/MulhollandDrive'': Two men are in a diner, discussing a dream one man had about being in the diner, discussing a dream one man had, until they went out back and saw [[HumanoidAbomination something so horrible]] it kills the dreamer. Then, they get up and walk around to the [[JumpScare back of the diner]]...
** ''Film/LostHighway'': The main character goes to a party and is approached by a pale man with black lips and eyes. The sounds of the party go silent. The man then says they've met nefore, at the main character's house, and that ''he's there right now''.
-->'''The Mystery Man:''' (producing a cell phone) Call me. Dial your number. Go ahead.
-->''The call connects''
-->'''The Mystery Man:''' (over the phone) I told you I was here.

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The usual horror tropes (fantastic monsters, ancient curses, AxeCrazy maniacs, etc.) do not always work because this is too distant from what we may encounter in everyday life. Therefore some creators use the Mundane Horror.

The idea is to portray a seemingly comforting and everyday scene, but with some minor details which somehow "do not fit" and have '''very''' dark implications (i. e. that the character is really in a DarkWorld, or we're looking ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, or it is all a DyingDream).

A common way to do this is to take a normal scene then apply effects to it. For example, a group of children jumping rope is innocuous or even heartwarming in normal contexts. Slowing the footage down, making it black and white, desaturating the colour balance, blurring parts or all of it - or a combination thereof then altering the soundtrack so it's CreepyChildrenSinging an IronicNurseryRhyme instead of the normal lighthearted jumping cadence and you get a totally different effect from what is ostensibly the exact same scene.

Often features a WhamLine or a WhamShot, and may overlap with CrapsaccharineWorld and SurpriseCreepy. Can sometimes result in FridgeHorror if you don't immediately see the weirdness. A frequent result of AGlitchInTheMatrix.

See also UncannyValley, when this trope is applied to human characters.
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* ''Film/JacobsLadder'' is a master of "Uh, did I just see that?" moments. A nurse with a bone sticking out of her head, a creepy-looking sandwich in a fridge at a party, blood in a sink in a public toilet, etc.
* In ''Film/{{Twixt}}'', the protagonist, who is interested in the biography of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, comes to the hotel "Chickering" where Poe used to stay. He is met by a very eccentric family couple who say weird things about "graves in the floor" and sing the song "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" which sounds decidedly creepy in the context. It turns out it was all a dream, and when he comes there at daytime, the building is abandoned.
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* The "When you see it" meme: seemingly ordinary photographs which include one or more small decidedly creepy details.
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* In ''Literature/TheLandlady'' by Creator/RoaldDahl, there's a nice small hotel with a friendly host. It has only two guests who are still there though they checked in more than a year ago, and are "known for one and the same thing" ([[spoiler:having gone missing]]); the host gives her guests tea which tastes like BitterAlmonds. Guess the implications?
* In ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Crouch End]]'' by Creator/StephenKing, a family couple drives into an unknown district of London. Initially it appears almost normal, but with some minor unsettling details (a strange newspaper headline, a cat with a mutilated face, three bikers who appear to have rat heads). These are the first indications that they are in a DarkWorld.
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* In episode 9 of ''Series/TwinPeaks'', Donna delivers a meal to an old lady Mrs. Tremond and her grandson. They say cryptic things, the grandson, who is "studying magic", makes creamed corn disappear from the tray, and the whole scene has a very unsettling feel. Next time Donna comes to visit them, [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday they are not there, and a completely different person lives here]].
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* Some of the more realistic levels of ''VideoGame/{{Sanitarium}}'' have this. A seemingly normal American town which has no adults and is full of disfigured children, a mental asylum with friendly guards and patients, with one of them cheerfully telling you that she "ate her husband with carrots and rice", etc.
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