ASMR Trigger Scenes in the Movies
Some of my first experiences with ASMR were while watching certain scenes in movies. Many others admit the same. In fact, pre-Internet, the following scenes could have doubled as the sleep-triggering videos. Below are some scenes that have triggered my ASMR and the types of videos they would be equivalent to watching if they were posted as ASMR videos 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.
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Scene from "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial"
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 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, playing with Star Wars action figures, etc.
- Getting Snacks – While playing “hooky,” Elliott fixes lunch for himself and E.T., raiding the fridge of its contents. 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.
- 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 the other E.T.'s to pick him up.
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.
Edward Scissorhands Makeup Scene
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).
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbbnJdlJLEw
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 on his work area. His calm, steady movements help to put both the viewers and characters at ease before a very tense situation that is about to unfold.
Jack Dawson - ASMR Artist
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 starts off tense for the actors as Rose disrobes, but then it settles into the task at hand, 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.
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 journal that details the crime 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 Searching for the Tomb
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.
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.
9. Little Monsters (1989)
Type of Video: Prank Role Play
There are several notable ASMR scenes in this movie. They include the following:
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.
10. Hook (1991)
Type of Video: Personal Attention
This scene is a bit hard to explain, but I refer to it 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 artis with his soft, slow movements.
Pockets and Peter - Scene from Hook
11. The Princess Bride (1987)
Type of Video: Wizard/Apothecary 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.
Miracle Max Works His Magic
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 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 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 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!