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* ''Film/FightClub'': Late in the movie, Tyler Durden disappears after he and the Narrator had a falling out over Project Mayhem. The Narrator goes across the country chasing him, but always remains a step behind. What he does find, however, are ''more'' Project Mayhem groups, more fight clubs, and more followers of Tyler's dogma. It's unclear what Tyler's up to, but it's definitely something big. [[spoiler: [[TomatoInTheMirror And then people start calling the Narrator "Tyler".]] Including Marla, the woman that Tyler had been supposedly having sex with. [[SplitPersonality Tyler and the Narrator are one and the same]] - the Narrator is one step behind Tyler because he's already been there as Tyler. And Tyler has taken the steps necessary to ensure that the Narrator doesn't interfere with his plans, because he knows what the Narrator is thinking.]]


*** One of the most chilling moments in the film is Vera simply ''walking up to the house''. [[DaylightHorror In broad daylight.]]



* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'': One of the most chilling moments in the film is Vera simply ''walking up to the house''. [[DaylightHorror In broad daylight.]]



* In ''Film/{{Halloween}}'' Michael steals a station wagon early in the movie and drives around stalking Laurie. However many scenes (like when Lumis is just talking to the police chief), [[MeaningfulBackgroundEvent we see that station wagon driving around in the background]].



* A couple of times in ''Film/HotFuzz'' your focus will be on a character interaction in the foreground of a shot - only to realise when those characters leave that the killer is in the background.

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* A couple of times in ''Film/HotFuzz'' your focus will be on a character interaction in the foreground of a shot - only to realise realize when those characters leave that the killer is in the background.

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* Found Footage FauxDocumentary ''Film/{{RORSCHACH}}'' takes advantage of this throughout, leaving the viewer at the mercy of fixed cameras and handheld cameras, constantly waiting for something to show up from the darkness and break the awful tension.


* The most terrifying scene in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' comes, not when a young woman is kidnapped and held in a subterranean well or when Hannibal Lecter escapes from his prison in a veritable spray of blood, but when Clarice Starling stumbles through absolutely silent, pitch-black darkness, knowing the insane SerialKiller (who can conveniently see her just fine[[note]] via night-vision goggles, which he normally used raising and caring for moths[[/note]]) is in the room with her, and fully expecting to be shot dead at any second. In the book it's specified he used to lure women down there, switch the lights off and watch them try to escape, before shooting them in the legs. He stopped because when he was done the pelts were useless.

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* The most terrifying scene in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs'' comes, not when a young woman is kidnapped and held in a subterranean well or when Hannibal Lecter escapes from his prison in a veritable spray of blood, but when Clarice Starling stumbles through absolutely silent, pitch-black darkness, knowing the insane SerialKiller (who can conveniently see her just fine[[note]] via night-vision goggles, which he normally used raising and caring for moths[[/note]]) is in the room with her, and fully expecting to be shot dead at any second. In the book it's specified he used to lure women down there, switch the lights off and watch them try to escape, before shooting them in the legs. He stopped because when he was done the pelts were useless.


** Allegedly, Hitchcock observed that the scariest thing one could put on the silver screen was a closed door. Creator/RogerCorman has asserted that one of the creepiest effects in a movie is a handheld camera slowly approaching a closed door; one of his "alumni", director Creator/JonathanDemme, uses this to good effect in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.

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** Allegedly, Hitchcock observed that the scariest thing one could put on the silver screen was a closed door. Creator/RogerCorman has asserted that one of the creepiest effects in a movie is a handheld camera slowly approaching a closed door; one of his "alumni", director Creator/JonathanDemme, uses this to good effect in ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs''.


* ''Film/TheHunt'' uses this in one scene in a similar manner to ''Film/{{Alien}}'', to a brilliant effect. Lucas and his son Marcus are making dinner together, and the audience notices the scene is really long and drawn out. It isn't until a shot of the windowpane later that the audience realizes the director did this to distract the audience from the fact that something is about to happen. From there on, the audience knows that someone was outside the house the entire time, and a JumpScare occurs where a brick goes flying through the window, leading the audience to be every bit as shocked as the characters.

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* ''Film/TheHunt'' ''Film/TheHunt2012'' uses this in one scene in a similar manner to ''Film/{{Alien}}'', to a brilliant effect. Lucas and his son Marcus are making dinner together, and the audience notices the scene is really long and drawn out. It isn't until a shot of the windowpane later that the audience realizes the director did this to distract the audience from the fact that something is about to happen. From there on, the audience knows that someone was outside the house the entire time, and a JumpScare occurs where a brick goes flying through the window, leading the audience to be every bit as shocked as the characters.

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* In ''Film/DeadBirds'', Joseph is dragged down a well by an unseen possessed child, and, afterwards, is only shown wandering around once. We never see his face again.


* In ''Film/JusticeLeague'', Dr. Silas Stone comes home from work one night to find everything in the apartment ransacked, thinking Cyborg destroyed everything in a fit of rage. And then the camera pans to reveal a Parademon that has been in the room with him the whole time...

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* In ''Film/JusticeLeague'', ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'', Dr. Silas Stone comes home from work one night to find everything in the apartment ransacked, thinking Cyborg destroyed everything in a fit of rage. And then the camera pans to reveal a Parademon that has been in the room with him the whole time...


** In ''Film/AntMan'', going subatomic has this affect, there's no real physical dangers, you are just stuck in a vast cold and dark PocketDimension. GoMadFromTheIsolation very much a potential risk as well as just plain horror of being stuck in such environment like Janet.

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** In ''Film/AntMan'', going subatomic has this affect, effect, there's no real physical dangers, you are just stuck in a vast cold and dark PocketDimension. GoMadFromTheIsolation very much a potential risk as well as just plain horror of being stuck in such environment like Janet.



** Used to same chilling affect in ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp'', [[spoiler: Scott is in the subatomic world which we've already established is unnerving in it's own right, and the communication with Hank, Janet and Hope suddenly stops. Scott calls and gets no response. When we cut back to the others, all we see is pile of dust... leaving Scott alone]].

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** Used to the same chilling affect effect in ''Film/AntManAndTheWasp'', [[spoiler: Scott is in the subatomic world Quantum Realm, which we've was already established is to be unnerving in it's its own right, and the communication with Hank, Janet and Hope suddenly stops. Scott calls and gets no response. When we cut back to the others, all we see is pile of dust... leaving Scott alone]].


* The first part of ''Film/LostHighway'', from the same director, notably the scene with the [[DarknessEqualsDeath dark corridor]] that [[ChaosArchitecture wasn't there before]].

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* The first part of ''Film/LostHighway'', from the same director, notably the scene with the [[DarknessEqualsDeath dark corridor]] that [[ChaosArchitecture wasn't there before]].

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* ''Film/CaptiveState'': The Legislators' underground headquarters. All we know is that getting there involves a decon shower, a breathing mask, a lonely walk along a narrow gantry, and being strapped into a tiny rocket-powered capsule that then plunges into the depths. The only concrete description we get is something along the lines of 'you won't believe what's going down there'.


*** A scene later in the film, after the Thing was revealed, has a character recording a voice diary in his room. The viewer immediately notices the unusual camera placement to put him in the right side of the room, and the doorway to the hall on the left. You expect to see something, anything to move past the doorway. [[:spoiler: But nothing ever happens.]]

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*** A scene later in the film, after the Thing was revealed, has a character recording a voice diary in his room. The viewer immediately notices the unusual camera placement to put him in the right side of the room, and the doorway to the hall on the left. You expect to see something, anything to move past the doorway. [[:spoiler: [[spoiler: But nothing ever happens.]]


*** A scene later in the film, after the Thing was revealed, has [=MacReady=] recording a voice diary in his room. The viewer immediately notices the unusual camera placement to put [=MacReady=] in the right side of the room, and doorway to the hall on the left. You expect to see something, anything to move past the doorway. [[:spoiler: But nothing ever happens.]]

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*** A scene later in the film, after the Thing was revealed, has [=MacReady=] a character recording a voice diary in his room. The viewer immediately notices the unusual camera placement to put [=MacReady=] him in the right side of the room, and the doorway to the hall on the left. You expect to see something, anything to move past the doorway. [[:spoiler: But nothing ever happens.]]


*** A scene later in the film, after the Thing was revealed, has MacReady recording a voice diary in his room. The viewer immediately notices the unusual camera placement to put MacReady in the right side of the room, and doorway to the hall on the left. You expect to see something, anything to move past the doorway. [[:spoiler: But nothing ever happens.]]

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*** A scene later in the film, after the Thing was revealed, has MacReady [=MacReady=] recording a voice diary in his room. The viewer immediately notices the unusual camera placement to put MacReady [=MacReady=] in the right side of the room, and doorway to the hall on the left. You expect to see something, anything to move past the doorway. [[:spoiler: But nothing ever happens.]]

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*** A scene later in the film, after the Thing was revealed, has MacReady recording a voice diary in his room. The viewer immediately notices the unusual camera placement to put MacReady in the right side of the room, and doorway to the hall on the left. You expect to see something, anything to move past the doorway. [[:spoiler: But nothing ever happens.]]

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