How To Terrify The Audience

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The Closer Look : Hey guys, so I’d just like to say sorry my voice sounds a little weird in this video. Essentially the reason why is I have been struggling with Tinnitus for the past 6 months. For those of you who dont know it is best described as a constant ringing that is in the victim’s ear that never goes away. Whenever you’ve been to a loud nightclub or a music festival you will probably experience a ringing in your ears that goes away within a few hours. What I have is that except the ringing is much louder and it never quiets down. It is constant. It may sound like it’s not that bad but really it is unbearable sometimes. I hear it all day every day and it is at the point now where it is making me depressed and is severely limiting my productivity. Nights are the worst. You never truly appreciate something until it is gone and something as simple as silence is something everyone takes for granted. The ability to go to bed or somewhere quiet and hear nothing is something that I have not had for half a year. The silence is deafening. Right now I’m taking a course of drugs that are supposed to reduce the fluids in my ear as the doctor thinks that is the cause, the ringing is ever so slightly less noisy but still unbearable at times such as right now when I’m writing this. For those of you who dont know the ears, mouth and nose are all linked together so me taking these drugs to reduce fluids in my ears is also causing the way my nose works to shift so when I speak I sound slightly different. Not going to lie it feels pretty shit and I am 90% certain I will have this ringing and warbling in my ears for the rest of my life. But anyway don't forget to like and subscribe XD

James Burgess : "Jump scares... lots and lots of jump scares." *All of Hollywood:* "Ok, sure!"

Sepia Smith : i definitely agree that using helpless protagonists makes it very terrifying, but in some ways I find the opposite to be true: what's more horrifying than seeing someone do everything right, everything you thought would work and keep them safe, only for it to fail in the end. they're helpless in that sense, and you'll feel the same way too. 👀👀

Prot07ype : Watched this film for the first time yesterday, at my local cinema. How did I even miss this gem?

Jack Berczi : Let's not act like the writer or director made this character, without Anthony Hopkins we wouldn't be making this video.

Bijinius Cross : Oh, I feel the scariest thing of _ALL_ is that "impenetrable" plastic you talk about. For me, after the straight-up _medieval_ iron bars containing the other hopelessly insane criminals, there seems to be _nothing at all_ between Hannibal and Clarice (i.e. _us—the audience.)_ There isn't a lot of light reflecting on the material—I wouldn't be surprised if there was nothing at all really there while filming it.

The Halo Scrolls Gaming : Hollywood back then: Who needs jumpscares when we can have terrifying Villains and good writing? Hollywood now: “who needs good writing and terrifying villains when we can have jumpscares?

ElectroBlissMusic : Does anyone else remember. Him saying "hello clarice" as the first line? And not "good morning?" that just sounds weird to me.

WillRock07 : Something that the video doesn't mention is that while yes, when you first see hannibal lecter standing there in his cell, he's not showing any signs of insanity, to me he is terrifying anyway because he seems so... artificial. Yes he's not showing any signs of insanity but he's not normal because a normal person would just looking bored, lying on the bed, maybe reading...? However, he's just standing in the middle of his cell, unmoving, with a perfect posture. Its almost like he's TRYING to appear normal but just comes off creepy because its not actually normal in the slightest. However, he's a psychologist so it has to be intentional. The best way I can describe it is that it is like he knew she was coming and decided to do the creepiest thing he could think of, which was in fact, nothing, like an absence of any sort of traits so she couldn't read him. And that is terrifying because you have NO idea what to expect.

Grace Zhu : I have no idea why I'm watching this but it's sort of interesting

Justin Knapich : I always loved that look Lecter gives after Clarice said "no, you ate them." the look of... oh, yeah...

Daniel Cannata : He is so insane, he is sane in his own right.

13RedCorpse : This is funny because in my university there is one lecturer who is known for his cruelty, harshness and in general for his horrific nature. And we all heard the stories about him until we actually saw him. And, what a coincidence, he totally looks like Hannibal Lecter.

Madness by Design : It seems obvious to me that you're getting better than average viewer retention times because you're putting together intelligent content. Your observations and conclusions make sense. Your delivery is well paced, and clear. Kudos!

Psiberzerker : The intimacy of the eye contact is unnerving. The ultra-closeups, and how both actors portray it. Jodie foster doesn't get enough credit for her acting in this scene. It's terrifying, you can feel it, but because she's standing across from Anthony Hopkin's Hannibal Lechter, it's overshadowed. More sublimation here, he steals the scene, but as you pointed out "Closer..." is asserting dominance, it also tightens the vignette. Focusing on the eye contact, the intimacy, and claustrophobia of the situation. Ironically, she's trapped, while he's standing calmly in his cell. He's comfortable, well lit, with decorated walls, while all she's got is a folding chair in a dim cramped corridor...

Chops667 : When you said he looks normal just standing as he does, I think when I see it, I see a predator ready to pounce. I think this is furthered by his gaze and the way he looks at her overall, I think this is what makes up the menace that we feel when we see him.

Kayde Kai : Hannibal is a decent man that just happens to eat people. And, on the grand scheme of things, Dr. Lecter really isn't that horrible when compared to real life serial killers.

WarlockofWords Channel : Bram Stoker also used this in Dracula, building mystique around the count from his effect on Renfield before we meet him.

Luca DeAdam : While I don't fully disagree with your statement "if you want your audience to feel terrified, it has all to do with which character has the power" I think it only tells half of the story. It may sound like nitpicking but I'd say it's just as important, if not more important, to emphasize where the LACK of power is if you really want to terrify your audience. I hadn't ever really thought much about the idea of terror until you made that statement, but once I heard it I realized that terror is feeling an overwhelming sense of powerlessness in the face of a malicious presence. If you want your audience to feel terror then you want your audience to be focused on the terrorized's powerlessness more-so than you want them to be focused on the terrorizer's power. Either way though, I think this was a great video and it really got me thinking, keep up the great work!

Mysteri0usChannel : There's a huge difference between horror and terror.

Putri Wahyuni : In summary: Pay attention to details

Bijinius Cross : I do "enjoy" how you pat yourself on the back ceaselessly for the entire ending portion of this video. Good work? Keep it up???

Laverne Blaszczyk : But is he really that smart?? He only knew Buffalo Bill because he actually KNEW him, he already had that information, it's not like he deduced it from anything

Lua : You clearly don't know what psychotic means.

grkpektis : I think the scariest villain I've ever seen is Killgrave from Jessica Jones. We spend the whole first episode seeing how much of a complete badass Jessica is, but when we see how terrified she is of Killgrave it builds up so much tension we are immediately terrified of him. He is not set up as a supervillain he is a horror villain

Nick the History Buff : Someone who helps writers get inspiration deserves to be subbed. *Subscribed!*


Krisu 22 : 2:05 Do you know, the definition of insanity?

Kevin N : British accent a must. That being said Mads Mikkelson is a far better Hannibal.

Original American : You call him a terrifying villain. I call him my next door neighbor. He is a very nice man. I just don't eat anything he cooks.

Gaddox : You forgot one factor that makes Hannibal scary in the first scene, which is the context provided.

Gerardo Ochoa-Vargas : How to terrify your audience: to, without warning, cut off the main topic and start rambling about minutes of audience retention and subscribers

ROSCO608 : 80% of this achievement is Anthony Hopkins'. Not the script.

The Drummer : You could also say that him looking into the camera gives a sense of fear as it seems like he is looking directly at you (the audience)

MellowJelly : You obviously understand how to lure in an audience because you're explaining it for us; so it's pretty clear why your average view duration is longer! You just know how to work an audience

avalon NewWay : So called majority of normal people can turn out to be more crazy than people like Tesla and Thoreau.

Miloslav Číž : "The reason is because ..." - that cost you my like on your video.

Stop the Philosophical Zombies : I waited on Anthony Hopkins in Park City, Utah at a ski resort where I was working back in 2007. What a genius actor. I was starstruck but kept it to myself. I couldn't think of anything to say that he hadn't heard a thousand times, so I just was as normal as I could muster.

Loxer150Gaming : Now make a video about how to make the audience gets turned on

Michael : Lol you made it to 10:00 with only 7 minutes of content. What a legend

Brandon Spain : This video helps me try to make a legit good horror movie I'm working on. Working title is "Ashes to Ashes"

Makis Makiavelis : 6:38 Shouldn't it be inversely proportional since he's talking about the negative space around the character? I am confused. Great vid though.

Eli N.S : How to terrify the audience? Put Amy Schumer naked or in a skin tight laser dress. Without make up. With a bogger coming out of her nose.. omg i have just terrified myself 😱😱😱

Salea Gilner : I feel that when a villain doesn't have a true motive that makes them scarier. I mean if the villain had a tragic back story you end up wanting them to kill everyone.

MineTurtle Animations : I love your videos, I’m thinking about writing stories using your advice. Thank you so much!

DunkinGrad : This man definitely took Film Studies and got grade A*

Awesomemay : Ill just show a picture of my face. BOOM TERRIFYING

SlewedBoot25934 : Lmao just do a spooky when nobody expects it

SCP 106 : I can use this technique at school now :D

DanHarkless ﴾Halloween videos, YTPs, & more﴿ : Good stuff on the "Lambs" shot dissection film theory. I disagree about "ALIENS", though. To me, it's more horrifying than the first one. Factors influencing this include that there are aliens everywhere, and they blend into the walls due to their resin secretions; the malign intelligence of the alien queen, her ability to direct the brood, and her sheer physical presence and power; the fact that the aliens have already wiped out the entire colony (bar Newt); the fact that the marines aren't familiar with the colony layout and construction and don't know when, for instance, aliens might be coming at them from above the ceiling or below the floor; and the fact that the marines, _despite_ their weaponry and training, turn out to be little match for the aliens, and even some of _them_ start freaking out. Another factor is that in "ALIEN", the characters are constantly arguing in an uncharming way, and most of them are unlikeable or at best, neutral, with the only exceptions being Weaver's and Skerritt's characters. I didn't really care if the other characters died (or at worst, wanted them to hurry up and die and shut up already), whereas in "ALIENS", there are a ton of likeable and pretty distinctive characters that charm you even when they're bickering. Even Paul Reiser's character is missed once he's killed, since he pulls off such an amazing "seems like a really nice guy on the surface" / "love-to-hate-him" performance. Therefore while watching the second film, I'm much more terrified on the characters' behalf (not to mention the influence of the extreme vulnerability of a sweet little girl). A couple of production factors weigh on this as well. One, Jerry Goldsmith's "ALIEN" score certainly has some brilliant moments, but Ridley Scott cut most of it out, and replaced parts of it with unrelated pieces of music. James Horner's score, on the other hand, is effective throughout at creating moods of expectant dread, ultra-tense and always doom-tainted action, and sheer terror. And finally, James Cameron's brilliant idea to hire gymnasts and dancers to portray the aliens; to reduce the restrictiveness of the costumes as much as possible to allow them to move quickly and freely; and to use tricks like hanging them on wires and turning cameras upside-down or sideways to allow them to move in humanly impossible ways makes the aliens far more terrifying than did Scott's approach of just hiring some random graphic artist dude they stumbled across in a pub that happened to be extremely tall and skinny, and then relying purely on lighting, camera angle, and very quick edits to try to minimize the "man in a suit" factor (OK... also some mime training for Badejo). The moment in "ALIENS" just after Newt is abducted and Hicks and Ripley are in the elevator waiting for the stupid door to close and then an alien comes leaping at them _along the wall_ and holds back the door remains, for me, one of the most terrifying shots in the history of cinema. P.S. Sorry to hear about your tinnitus. Hope you get better. I've had mild tinnitus all my adult life. I think I damaged my ears going to a few very loud concerts back when I was a teen in the days when hearing protection was never promoted and almost no one wore earplugs at shows. After that, I never failed to wear earplugs (whether makeshift rolled balls of Kleenex, or the real thing) when exposed to potentially ear-damaging noise, at concerts, fireworks shows, movies with the speakers turned up too high, etc. For the most part I don't notice my tinnitus unless I specifically think about it. (So thanks a lot for bringing it up! 😉)