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ASMR Trigger Scenes in the Movies
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
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
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.
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.
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
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!