Internet screamer

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An animated version of a painting of Vlad the Impaler, where the eyes of the painting move after 20 seconds. The image is designed to scare the user with the unexpected change.

An Internet screamer, also commonly known as a jumpscare, is an image, video or application on the Internet that has a sudden change designed to scare the user.[1]

They often include a scary face with a loud scream. Screamers have been around since at least 1996 with some of the best known appearing at that time. One of the well-known examples of this include the infamous Scary Maze Game by Jeremy Winterrowd. Today, mobile apps and survival horror video games are beginning to take their place, though some such as the Scary Maze Game still prove popular. [1]


  1. ^ a b Menning, Chris (13 October 2010). "Screamers - The History of the Scary Maze Prank and its Cousins". Retrieved 16 December 2013.