ASMR Trigger Scenes in the Movies
Falling asleep while watching a calming movie.
Some of my first experiences with ASMR occurred while watching certain movies. Many others who are triggered by ASMR admit the same. In fact, these scenes can easily fill in as the sleep-inducing videos. Below are some movie scenes that have triggered my ASMR and how they would be categorized if they were posted as an ASMR video on YouTube.
Note: Some of the following scenes mentioned can be considered SPOILERS - just letting you, even though most of these movies were released in the 80's and 90's.
Don't know what ASMR is? Read my other article on ASMR, My Top 15 ASMR Artists.
Scene from "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial"
1. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Type of Videos: Room Tour, Making a Snack, Science Sounds, Assembling Objects
This movie has many ASMR trigger scenes. Here are some of the most notable ones:
- The Room Tour – In this scene, Elliott educates E.T. about life on Earth using various objects in his room. There is a lot of tapping and clinking of plastic and metal toys including inserting coins into a peanut-shaped bank, dispensing Pez candies, and playing with Star Wars action figures.
- Getting Snacks – While playing “hooky,” Elliott fixes lunch for himself and E.T., raiding the fridge for foods that he thinks his new friend will like. When E.T. is startled by an umbrella, it startles Elliott too, and he drops a quart of milk, emptying the liquid onto the floor which pours out of its carton in a calming way, despite the fact that he has just made a huge mess.
- Dissection - The frog dissection scene features lids clinking onto jars, cotton balls and soft speaking.
- Building a Phone - E.T. takes objects from around the house and assembles a “phone” to call home and ask his fellow E.T.'s to pick him up. This includes tapping on buttons, dragging a blanket of toys across the carpet, and slow hand movements.
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" Trailer
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Type of Video: Office Role Play
The Lacuna Office scenes feature printing sounds, sticker peeling, paper shuffling, and soft speaking to the patients. That Mary Svevo runs at tight ship, but it’s all ASMR-friendly. Kirsten Dunst has a natural ASMR presence with her soft voice and fluid hand movements. If she ever retires from acting, she could make a name for herself as an ASMR artist.
"Edward Scissorhands" Makeup Scene
3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Type of Videos: Makeup Role Play, Scissor Sounds
Any scene featuring Avon products is sure to trigger some ASMR tingles. From Peg Boggs applying clear astringent upon meeting Edward to caking his face in cream and cover up, getting rid of a face full of scars has never been so relaxing. The Avon scenes are so synonymous with ASMR that YouTuber, ASMRrequests, actually did an ASMR role play video where she reenacts these scenes. You can check it out here.
Also, If you like scissor sounds, there’s plenty of these too. He cuts everything from hedges, hair and ice to human skin (okay, maybe the skin part isn’t for everyone).
"The Cider House Rules" surgery clip.
4. The Cider House Rules (1999)
Type of Video: Dr. Role Play/Water Sounds
What could be so relaxing about performing an abortion, you ask? The scene that I’m referring to takes place right before Homer is about to perform one on Rose Rose. His voice is calming as he recites the names of each instrument as he sterilizes them in hot water and dries them with a cloth before arranging them in his work area. His calm, steady movements help to put both the viewers and characters at ease before the very tense situation that is about to unfold.
Jack Dawson - ASMR Artist
5. Titanic (1997)
Type of Video: Drawing/Sketching
The famous portrait scene in this famous movie could pass for a short ASMR video. This sequence starts off awkwardly as Rose disrobes, but then it settles into a calm and thoughtful montage, creating the portrait that connects past events to the present story line. It includes scratching, sketching and scribbling sounds backed by a soft piano score playing a serene version of the movie's main theme. It also serves as the calm before the storm, settling you into a serene state of mind before that boat hits the berg.
"The Lovely Bones" page turning clip.
6. The Lovely Bones (2009)
Type of Video: Soft Speaking, Page Turning
Susie’s soft, slow narration as she tells her story from heaven is like a two hour long ASMR video. She has a great storytelling voice that drifts from one scene to the next. There are also some calming sounds in an otherwise tragic and sometimes suspenseful story.
There is also a quiet page turning scene when Susie’s sister, Lindsey, finds the journal that details her sister's murder and quietly flips through it before being discovered by her sister's killer and running off with the evidence that proves his guilt.
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" Library Scene
7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Type of Video: Library Role Play
One of my favorite scenes from this movie is when Indy locates the entrance to the knight’s tomb in the Venice library. There’s page flipping, number searching, tile moving and book stamping. Once in the passageway to the crypt, he and Elsa wade through murky water, climb on crumbling stones and when they reach the tomb, make a rubbing of the engraving on its lid. It’s not your typical library or explorer role play, but there are a lot of great sounds at play to put you in the scene and trigger your ASMR.
"Signs" page turning scene.
8. Signs (2002)
Type of Video: Page Turning
After purchasing a book on extra terrestrials from the local book store, the Hess family spend the next morning flipping through it. Graham slowly turns the shiny, thick pages and softly speaks to the kids about the information that these pages hold. Then, the phone rings, and it spoils this eerie but quiet moment.
"Little Monsters" lunch prank scene.
9. Little Monsters (1989)
Type of Video: Prank Role Play, Building Video
There are two notable ASMR scenes in this movie. They include:
The Pranking Sequence – Disgusting but interesting sounds are made as Brian and Maurice spend a night pranking Brian’s school friends by packing gross lunches, setting traps, and covering them in wet, sticky substances while they sleep.
The Supply Closet – Kiersten holds the key to a closet full of monster-fighting supplies that these genius kids use to build weapons needed to save little Eric from monster world. The collecting and assembling of these monster-killing weapons include a lot of great ASMR sounds.
Pockets and Peter - Scene from "Hook"
10. Hook (1991)
Type of Video: Personal Attention
This scene is a bit hard to explain, but in my house, it's referred to as the, “Oh there you are, Peter” scene. In an attempt to rediscover his lost friend, little Pockets tugs at Peter’s face until he finds the smiling boy hidden beneath that cranky, aged face. This young boy was born to be an ASMR artist with his soft, slow movements, even if some of them look a little painful.
Miracle Max Works His Magic
11. The Princess Bride (1987)
Type of Video: Wizard/Apothecary Role Play
Miracle Max may be the grandfather of ASMR. While resurrecting Westley, he employs the methods of skin massage, air blowing, and pill making sounds that leave Fezzik, Inigo, and the audience spellbound.
"The Craft" - Bonnie's scars are peeled off.
12. The Craft (1996)
Type of Video: Skin Doctor Role Play
This special effects scene could be a bit gory to the squeamish, but it’s full of ASMR triggers. After undergoing a painful, experimental procedure to heal her burn scars, Bonnie sits on an examining room table while her doctor slowly peels away the dead scar tissue on her back to reveal smooth, healthy skin beneath. There are also photography sounds and soft speaking throughout.
"Batman Returns" - Selina makes her cat suit.
13. Batman Returns (1992)
Type of Video: Sewing Role Play
Selina Kyle’s freak out in her apartment is not soft or slow, but there are a lot of captivating sounds made throughout this sequence. She shoves stuffed animals down her garbage disposal with a wooden spoon, spray paints any girly objects in her apartment black, and gets to work sewing her Catwoman suit with the rustling of sewing equipment and squeaky raincoat sounds.
Ivy Counts Her Steps
14. The Village (2004)
Type of Video: Counting
Ivy Walker has one of those ASMR voices which matches her strong but gentle nature. The ASMR scene that quickly comes to mind, though, is when she is making her way across the field to find her dying fiancé. That's when the ASMR artist comes out in her. Blind since childhood, Ivy taps at the ground with her walking stick and counts her steps to the door where she intuitively finds Lucius waiting for her to come to his rescue.
There are plenty of other ASMR scenes in the movies. What are your favorite? Leave your answers in the comments below!