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Analog horror is a Web Original subgenre of Found Footage. It stems from various channels creating EAS (Emergency Alert System) scenarios, which mainly rely on audio as opposed to visuals. It first appeared with visuals in The New '10s when the Trope Maker Local58 made their first videonote . It quickly spawned imitators, leading to the creation of this genre. These videos are almost always less than 10 minutes long and take the form of Ominous Television broadcasts, VHS tapes, radio broadcasts, or anything similar. They typically start out mundane and get progressively weirder/scarier.

Channels that host analog horror videos may pose as a number of things. Local58 and Channel 7 both pose as their namesake TV channels, Gemini Home Entertainment poses as a distributor of VHS tapes, and The Minerva Alliance and Analog Archives pose as organizations that collect anomalous footage.


To say this genre is blooming is a bit of an understatement, and new one-shots and series classified as Analog Horror are popping up all the time, and vary quite a bit in terms of scope, subject, and quality. See this video for a decent overview of the topic.

Because videos of this genre have vague circumstances surrounding them, it is a big magnet for Wild Mass Guessing.

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    Tropes commonly found in Analog Horror 
  • Adult Fear: These show up often. Whether they be about trust in the media, when death may strike, our electronics getting hacked, or any other fear.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Many circumstances surrounding the footage is kept vague.
    • In the Local58 video "Contingency", is the video telling people to kill themselves out of sheer pride and patriotism, or is it because it's genuinely better than the presented alternative?
    • In The Minerva Alliance video "Unusual EAS", is the thunderstorm really a thunderstorm? Is it a Brown Note weather event that people must not look at? It could be anything they don't want you to see.
  • Apocalypse How: Some videos deal with the world ending or transforming into something unrecognizable.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Pretty much every video of this genre inevitably turns into one.
  • Big Bad: Some channels tend to have a concrete overarching threat behind everything:
  • Brown Note: Many videos are said to contain harmful stimuli. Local58 has looking at the moon at the wrong time, The Minerva Alliance video "Game Show Spectacular" is said to have killed a boy who watched it, Analog Archives has "spectral frequencies" of light that are harmful to humans (typically red), etc.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: A common source of the strange occurrences in every analog horror series are cosmic threats beyond mankind's grasp.
  • Decade-Themed Filter: Most commonly The '90s with Deliberate VHS Quality, but occasionally older-style filters will be used, such as film grain for things made in The '60s. TV channels found in analog horror would also have different vanity plates, music and visuals for different decades.
  • Deliberate VHS Quality: This is the most common filter applied to videos of this genre, since many videos are set in the Turn of the Millennium or before.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Interruptions are quite common in analog horror, and videos without them are in the minority.
  • Emergency Broadcast: Every analog horror channel contains at least one of these. Local58 has "Weather Service", The Minerva Alliance has "Unusual EAS", and so on.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Most videos show a single broadcast, with nothing to suggest it goes on for longer than the video's duration.
  • Facial Horror: BLUE_CHANNEL: THALASIN by Gooseworx features this trope in spades, thanks to the 'original emotions' being peddled by the creators of the titular Thalasin and Thalasin Plus drugs, especially in the case of Nage, Dorcelessness, Andric, Trantiveness, Onlent and the one after Loric.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Many things show up too fast to see, most often in the form of Unreadably Fast Text.
  • Haunted Technology: This is what causes many of the broadcast intrusions.
  • In-Universe Camera: The only cameras in analog horror, due to being a subgenre of Found Footage.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: This ambiguity is present in many videos.
  • Nightmare Face: Some series flash these on screen with varied intervals and sounds (or lackthereof) used.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Analog horror rarely shows much of what's causing interruptions and chaos.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: These are quite common, often signaling greater horrors to come in the video.
  • Reality Has No Soundtrack: Music only appears when it logically should appear.
  • Retraux: Most videos have this visual style applied to them. Usually in the video era (mid-1980s to mid-2000s), but occasionally prior eras will show up.
  • Silence Is Golden: Spoken dialogue is surprisingly rare in this genre. The vast majority of these words are on screen. Any spoken words may be distorted beyond comprehension or spoken with a text-to-speech voice.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: As most footage takes the form of either local TV broadcasts or instructional videos, most soundtracks consist of easy listening stock corporate music, which definitely does not match the incoming horror. TV broadcast videos in particular have a predilection for the work of Trammell Starks (former primary composer for The Weather Channel) or similar.
  • Strictly Formula: A major criticism of the genre, as nearly all analog horror videos involve VHS effects, "cryptic" imagery, ARGs and ambiguity about the subject matter. In addition, lot of analog horror videos involve fake emergency broadcasts that may or may not have been hijacked by a third party.
  • Vanity Plate: These are shown to make it look like a fictional company made these videos, or are receiving interruptions.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: A common thing to say when a TV station regains control of its broadcast.

    Examples of Analog Horror series 


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