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    21 Movie Scenes That Made People Deeply Unsettled Without Using Jump Scares

    No stale tactics, just pure discomfort.

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community what movie scenes made them feel deeply unsettled without using jump scares, and some bloodcurdling gems were included. Here are some of the best scenes mentioned.

    1. In Paranormal Activity 3, when the babysitter is working at the table, and it appears one of the kids is walking around wearing a sheet, but it turns out to be the ghost.

    A girl writes at a kitchen table with a sheet levitating behind her, collapsing when she turns around
    Paramount Pictures

    "The scene is so tense because the entire time you’re debating — is it the kid wearing a sheet, or is it the ghost? The tension is perfectly done to the point where you’re like, 'No, it’s definitely the kid...but maybe not.' The camera pans a bunch of times, and then when she finally turns behind her to look, the sheet collapses down, confirming it's a ghost."

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    2. In Annihilation, when a mutated bear antagonizes the group using the voice of its victims.

    A mutated bear lingers near a woman's shoulder
    Paramount Pictures

    "Enough said."

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    3. In 28 Weeks Later, when Don ditches his family to escape zombies.

    A man runs in a field with zombies chasing after him in the distance
    Fox Atomic

    "The scene where Don (Robert Carlyle) is running away from the house, and you see the zombies across the field sprinting toward him? Jesus Christ."

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    4. In The Silence of the Lambs, when Buffalo Bill uses night vision goggles to creep up on Clarice.

    A scared woman seen through night vision goggles grabs hold of the wall
    Orion Pictures

    "It just freaks me out that he’s stalking her every move, and she’s so unaware that he's even there."

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    5. In The Strangers, when the masked man is lingering behind Kristen in the house.

    A woman smokes while a masked figure can be seen in the darkness behind her
    Universal Pictures

    "Liv Tyler’s character is smoking, and the man with the sack over his head steps out of the dark and just watches her. NOPE. I walked out of the theater and still haven't rewatched it."

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    "He appears so calmly in the dark hallway and just watches her. There was no music or any extra sounds added, but it makes my stomach drop every single time."

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    6. In Nocturnal Animals, when Edward's family is kidnapped in front of him.

    A screaming woman is restrained in the back of a vehicle by her kidnapper and a devastated man watches them drive away
    Focus Features

    "The scene where Ray (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) forces Edward's (Jake Gyllenhaal) family out of their car is terrifying. As a woman, it shook me so much that I couldn't sleep for a few days straight thinking about it."

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    7. In Thoroughbreds, when Lily frames Amanda for murder while she's drugged, then lays down with her.

    A woman is drugged and asleep while another woman covers her in blood, then lays down with her
    Focus Features

    "We're looking at a drugged Amanda, but we can hear Lily upstairs murdering Amanda's stepdad. Then, Lily comes down and wipes blood on Amanda to frame her for it. It's such a tense scene."

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    8. In Hereditary, when you can just barely see Annie's dead mother standing in the dark.

    A woman spots the figure of her dead mother in the darkness
    A24

    "Early on, she's exiting the room, and the dead grandmother is just standing there in the darkness. No music or sounds, but it really unnerved me."

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    9. In Hereditary, when Peter wakes up and Annie is possessed, levitating in the corner.

    Peter sits up in bed with Annie lurking in the upper corner against the ceiling
    A24

    "No jump scare. She is just there in the ceiling corner, not moving. You see her from the beginning of the scene, and she stays put the entire time."

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    10. In Running Scared, when Teresa encounters the pedophile couple.

    A woman realizes the couple whose home she's in is harboring abducted children
    New Line Cinema

    "It makes my skin crawl to this day. It's an underrated movie as a whole, but that particular scene — ugh, it just randomly pops into my head, and I haven't watched it in 10+ years."

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    11. In Looper, when present-day Seth's body parts begin to disappear as his past self is being tortured.

    A man's fingers and nose disappear from his body
    TriStar Pictures

    "That scene haunted me so much."

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    12. In Hush, when Maddie's hiding by the tub, and the viewer can see the window being broken behind her.

    Netflix

    "Maddie's facing the door with her back to the tub. We’re focused on her face, but we can see (not hear, as she's deaf, and the sound is from her perspective) glass shattering as the killer enters the tub through the window behind her."

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    13. In Signs, when the daughter goes to her dad's bedroom and casually tells him there's a monster outside.

    A young girl stands at her father's bedside while he looks at her with concern
    Buena Vista Pictures

    She says, “There’s a monster outside my room. Can I have a glass of water?” so nonchalantly. I was young when I watched it for the first time, and I was terrified."

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    14. In The Conjuring, when Lorraine is doing laundry, and the wind blows a sheet off of the line, forming a frightening silhouette.

    A woman goes to grab a sheet from a clothesline, but it flies off and forms the silhouette of a person
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The demon briefly appears in the laundry sheet."

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    15. In Funny Games, when Peter pretends to be a friendly neighbor, but he's interacting with the victim he's planning to torture later.

    Peter asks to borrow eggs, then knocks Ann's phone into the kitchen sink, pretending it was an accident
    Warner Independent Pictures

    "In one of the first scenes, Peter asks Ann to borrow some eggs. As she turns to grab them, he knocks her phone in the kitchen sink water so it won't work later. He's also wearing rubber gloves to not leave fingerprints anywhere. He's so casual about it and makes it look like it was completely by accident. It's a fucked up movie, but worth the watch."

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    16. In The Crazies, when Judy is strapped down, and one of the crazies is coming for her.

    Someone drags a pitchfork on the floor, and a frightened woman strapped to a table stares at their silhouette
    Overture Films

    "He's coming down the hall to kill her, slowly walking while dragging a pitchfork."

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    17. In Trainspotting, when Renton has hallucinations while detoxing.

    A man screams in bed and a baby crawls on the ceiling with its head turned
    PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

    "Renton hallucinating the dead baby on the ceiling while he's detoxing will not give the average viewer warm and fuzzy feelings. I've seen the movie many, many times, and I often skip that scene."

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    18. In The Invisible Man, when the antagonist lingers around the kitchen, takes a knife off the counter, and sabotages Cecilia's (Elisabeth Moss) breakfast.

    A woman chops vegetables in the kitchen
    Universal Pictures

    "There are so many tense scenes where you're trying to 'see' if he's there. The most stressful one is when Elisabeth Moss is cooking breakfast. It's a beautiful wide shot of the whole kitchen, and she's going about her business, but you just KNOW he's there."

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    Universal Pictures

    19. In the Coraline opening scene, when creepy metal hands construct a doll.

    A metal hand hovers over a doll with button eyes
    Focus Features

    "There's a child-like song playing in the background. Nothing inherently terrifying happens, but those first five minutes freak me out. Scary intro for a kids movie."

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    20. In The Others, when Grace sees her daughter as an elderly woman.

    A mother questions an elderly woman who is claiming to be her daughter
    Warner Sogefilms

    "The 'I am your daughter' scene."


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    21. And finally, in Insidious, when "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" comes on the record player, and a boy can be seen dancing and running through the house.

    A woman walks with a laundry basket while a boy stands with his head down, facing the wall
    FilmDistrict

    "Right before it, just as the woman passes through the laundry room, the boy can be spotted just standing there, facing the wall. Super creepy if you catch it."

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