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ASMR Trigger Scenes in the Movies

Updated on April 11, 2017
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Introduction

Some of my first experiences with the ASMR sensation were while watching scenes in certain movies. Many whisperers admit the same. In fact, pre-Internet, the following scenes could have doubled as typical ASMR-themed videos. Below are some scenes that have triggered my ASMR and the types of videos they would be equivalent to watching if these scenes stood alone.

* Note: Some of the following scenes mentioned can be considered SPOILERS - just letting you, even though most of these movies were made in the 80's and 90's.

** Don't know what ASMR is? Read my other article on ASMR: My Top 15 ASMR Artists: http://laura335.hubpages.com/hub/My-Top-15-ASMR-Artists.

1. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Type of Video: Room Tour

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 earth using various objects in his room. There is a lot of tapping and clinking of plastic and metal toys including: tossing coins into a peanut-shaped bank, dispensing Pez candies, performing Star Wars action figure fights, etc.
  • Getting Snacks – While playing “hooky,” Elliott fixes lunch for himself and E.T., taking out almost everything from the fridge. 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. He later tiptoes into the room, balancing the plates in his arms to offer to his new friend.
  • The frog dissection scene features lids clinking onto jars, cotton balls and soft speaking.
  • Finally, E.T. takes objects from around the house and assembles a “phone” to call home and ask for a ride.

Scene from "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial"

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.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Trailer

3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Type of Video: Makeup Role Play

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 ride of a face full of scars has never been so relaxing. If you like scissor sounds, there’s plenty of these too. He cuts everything from hedges to hair to ice to skin (Okay, maybe the skin part isn’t for everyone).

Edward Scissorhands Makeup Scene

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4. The Cider House Rules (1999)

Type of Video: Dr. Role Play/Water Sounds

What could be so relaxing about abortion? The scene I’m referring to takes place right before Homer is about to perform one on Rose Rose when he preps his station by disinfecting his metal tools in hot water and wiping them with a clean cloth while whispering off a roll call of the instruments and mentally prepping himself for surgery.

5. Titanic (1997)
Type of Video: Drawing/Sketching
The portrait scene (if you’re mature enough to handle it) could pass as a short, ASMR video. IT includes scratching, sketing and scribbling sounds. It also serves as the calm before the storm, settling you into a serene state of mind before that boat hits the berg.

Jack Dawson - ASMR Artist

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6. The Lovely Bones (2009)
Type of Video: Soft Speaking
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. One notable scene is when Susie’s sister finds the killer’s journal detailing his crime and quietly flips through it before being discovered and running off with it.

7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Type of Video: Library Role Play
One of my favorite clips 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, making a rubbing of the engraving on its lid. It’s not your typical library role play, but it gets the job done.

Indiana Jones Searching for the Tomb

8. Signs (2002)
Type of Video: Page Turning
After purchasing a book on extra terrestrials from the local book store, the Hess family spends a morning flipping through it. Graham slowly turns the shiny, thick pages and softly speaks to the kids about what they are seeing on the pages. Then, the phone rings, and it spoils this eerie but quiet moment.

Signs

9. Little Monsters (1989)
Type of Video: Prank Role Play
There are several notable ASMR scenes in this movie. They include:
The Pranking Sequence – Gross 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 gross, 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.

Little Monsters

10. Hook (1991)
Type of Video: Personal Attention
This scene is a bit hard to explain, but I’ve heard it 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.

Pockets and Peter - Scene from Hook

11. The Princess Bride (1987)
Type of Video: Wizard Role Play
Miracle Max may have been the grandfather of ASMR. While resurrecting Westley, he employs the methods of skin tapping, air blowing and pill making sounds that leave Fezzik and Inigo spellbound (or maybe they were just confused by what he was doing).

Miracle Max Works His Magic

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12. The Craft (1996)
Type of Video: Dr. 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’s also photography and soft speaking throughout.

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 and gets to work sewing her Catwoman suit with the rustling of sewing equipment and squeaky raincoat sounds.

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 comes to mind, though, is when she is making her way across the field to find her dying fiancé that 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 rescue her.

Ivy Counts Her Steps

Other Notable Scenes:

  • Matilda (1996) – Matilda uses her powers
  • The Secret Garden (1993) – circulation machine and other therapies used on Colin
  • Toy Story 2 (1999) – restoring Woody
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) – Charlie unwrapping the candy bar with the ticket inside

There are plenty more ASMR scenes out there. What are your favorite? Leave your answers in the comments below!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had to look up ASMR so I could understand this....once I had done that, your article was very interesting. :)

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Thanks for reading. Yeah, it's a strange phenomenon.

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      Kelly 2 years ago

      The first movie I remember giving me ASMR was "Escape From Alcatraz". The scene is only 5, maybe 10 minutes into the movie. Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood) meets the warden and the warden lays down the rules for the prison. I believe its called the "no one ever will" scene because at the end the warden says "No one has ever escaped from Alcatraz. And no one ever will." It's been more than 20 years since I first saw that and it still works every time.

      Another, more recent, movie scene that gets me every time is the "Strudel scene" from Inglorious Basterds.

      I think what gets me about these is scenes, and other ones that give ms ASMR, is that while not much is actually going on in the scene you can feel silent, or hidden drama that is building up to something big or special later in the movie.

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I have to check those out. I'm always looking for new scenes like that. Thanks!

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      Paz76 2 years ago

      The interrogation scene in the Matrix after he drops the folder on the table. Here ya go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_xLC8va8Os .

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Oh, good one. Thanks!

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      Jerry 2 years ago

      The scene in Shawshank Redemption towards the end of the movie when Morgan Freeman goes to find what Andy Dufrain has left buried beneath a tree....soft nature sounds, rocks being moved, opening a metal box, and the best part him opening an envelope!

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Wow. Yeah, they really packed in the triggers in that scene. I've always wondered if filmmakers did that on purpose or if it is just a happy accident. Thanks for reading!

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      Jimbo 2 years ago

      Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" is made using deliberate ASMR techniques throughout in order to semi hypnotize the viewer into feeling the effects of depression and drug addiction. It is an OK movie but it is very clever in its execution.

      The scene where 'Blake' unwraps his stash and makes food in the old kitchen is trigger heaven! But the whole movie is atotal trip for anyone sensitive to ASMR.

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I haven't seen that one, but I hear it is a quiet movie so I guess it would make sense that the sounds would be very ASMR-friendly. Thanks for sharing!

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      Molly Helena 2 years ago

      The bathroom fight scene in "Sunshine Cleaning" and basically every scene other than the loud ones lol in "American Hustle".

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      Molly Helena 2 years ago

      Also the movie "Her". I'm a big movie buff and look out for ASMR scenes:) You'd be surprised how many there are!

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Me too. I'm always wondering if they put them in there on purpose or if it's just a happy accident. Thanks for the comments!

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      Molly Helena 2 years ago

      Hi it's me again:) I just found a good one, although what they're talking about is a bit unsettling and it ends in screaming but the beginning is REALLY asmr-y!!!! I'm seeing this movie today and I know it's sad but I'm bracing myself:) Also I want to know what ASMR sounds like in a big movie theater!!!!!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuFjzAD4ank

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Oh wow. I really want to see that movie as well. I'm sure watching it in the theater is going to be like listening with headphones. Let me know!

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      Molly Helena 2 years ago

      The movie was amazing and the sound in the theater was INCREDIBLE!!! Tingles galore!

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      ha ha This may be a new ASMR trend.

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      Molly Helena 2 years ago

      It should be!!!! XD

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      Molly Helena 2 years ago

      Hi! Sorry to post again but I just found the most amazing (and funny) ASMR! The NPR Delicious Dish segments from SNL. Here's a link to one of the best ones in my opinion:

      https://screen.yahoo.com/snl-women-skits/npr-delic...

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Oh, yeah! That's a good one. NPR itself is ASMR-inducing so that sketch is so authentic - and hilarious- because of that.

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      Hanuvanara 2 years ago

      You should definitely watch Dead Man and Limits of Control by Jim Jarmusch. Dead Man is one of the most amazing films I ever saw. There is also Naked with David Thewlis and directed by Mike Leigh. David Lynch has an ASMR-atmosphere in my opinion too. The squishy sound of the "gamecontroller" in eXistenZ is great too.

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      NAS 2 years ago

      Toy Story 2- Cleaning Woody scene

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      lilisaku 2 years ago

      St trinians - anabelle's makeover scene

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      Holl 20 months ago

      My Girl - the vada make up scene and the phrenology scene.

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      Willy Boy 20 months ago

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      Maria 19 months ago

      Boy in the striped pyjamas is great. Whispering, lots of nice footprint sounds, and wrappers. Brilliant and moving film too.

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      Anabelle 18 months ago

      The Hours and To Kill a Mockingbird

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      Joe 18 months ago

      Pulp Fiction - Christopher Walken Scene

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      Elj 11 months ago

      Book of Eli scene between Denzel Washington and Tom Waits in the store. Their soft voices and the variety of little sounds, rustling, creaking during the scene always relaxes me.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=idJklVyn5PE

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