Screamers / Jumpscares

Screamers / Jumpscares

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A screamer is a practical joke that is meant to scare the viewer abruptly. Such sites often include screaming noises and pop-up scary pictures. Screamers are often used as a bait and switch type of trolling on the online conversation forums and discussions.
Due to it’s nature, several reaction videos can be found all over YouTube in which the common form is jump scare.

Screamers can be catagorized in different categories. It generally depends on how the prank is made.

  • They can be ecountered as a flash game that including games to focus viewers attention (such as Scary Maze Game)
  • They can be presented as a video including few minutes of introduction or instant jumpscare. (such as Ghost Car)
  • They can be presented as instant jumpscare sites. Mostly intended to bait users with fake urls. (such as anne.jpg and


The earliest known screamer currently is Kikia. uploaded in the year 2003, the video has been passed around China and Taiwan until the whole world. Ever since then, more screamers are being made such as the Scary Maze Game.


These types of screamers are usually created using flash player. The most common form of flash screamers are ones that are presented as a game, where the game makes a player concentrate into a certain spot, and after a while a scary picture will suddenly pop-up along with a scream.

Scary Maze Game

Probably the most famous screamer on the internet, originated in year 2003, it makes the player play a maze, upon level 3, the player will focus on the tight lines, and upon passing through it, a picture of Regan McNeil (played by Linda Blair) in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist appears. For the full article click here.


Anne.jpg is a prank flash site intended to fool users with fake filename hyperlink. Instead of a static image, site instantly pops-up and flashes the most known creepypasta character Jeff The Killer with a loud noise.[2]


These certain screamers are presented in video, that can be found throughout YouTube. Usually they are calm in the start, but will scare the viewer in the end.


One of the very first known screamers, and like the usual ones, it starts peacefully, a little boy sitting in a poorly drawn field, the animation continues, then a face from the game Fatal Frame II is shown, along with blood curling scream. For the full article click here.

Ghost Car

Another famous screamer included in one of the k-fee commercials. It features a car peacefully driving, then the car disappears and a zombie pop-ups in the screen. Full article : Ghost Car.

Reaction Videos

Scary prank reactions is a popular video fad based on, scarejump reaction pranks.

External References

[1]Urban Dictionary – Screamer

[2]Urban Dictionary – Anne.jpg

[3]Wikipidia – Internet Screamers

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