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ASMR Trigger Scenes in the Movies

Updated on November 19, 2017
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Introduction

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.

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


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

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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

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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.

Signs

Little Monsters

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

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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 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!

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      Elj 18 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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      Joe 2 years ago

      Pulp Fiction - Christopher Walken Scene

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      Anabelle 2 years ago

      The Hours and To Kill a Mockingbird

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      Maria 2 years 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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      Willy Boy 2 years ago

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      Holl 2 years ago

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

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      lilisaku 2 years ago

      St trinians - anabelle's makeover scene

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      NAS 2 years ago

      Toy Story 2- Cleaning Woody scene

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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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      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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      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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      Molly Helena 2 years ago

      It should be!!!! XD

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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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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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      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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      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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      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 3 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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      Jerry 3 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 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Oh, good one. Thanks!

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      Paz76 3 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 3 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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      Kelly 3 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 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

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

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      Bill Holland 3 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. :)