You ever wonder why some movies make you want to take a nap? If you think it’s because they bored you to death, that may not be the case. It could just be the euphoric sensation, or “brain tingles,” derived from listening to its faint sounds, such as whispering or tapping, also known as your Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).
Though most people get their fill of ASMR from YouTube videos, some flock to theaters. Filmgoers have taken to online forums and compilation videos to discuss which movies chill them out, from “Edward Scissorhands” to “Phantom Thread.” Here are the results.
“Edward Scissorhands,” The Makeover The one that started the trend. Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest) uses her Avon products on Edward (Johnny Depp) with gentle tapping motions and a soft voice. A clip of the specific scene posted on YouTube has garnered over 380 thousand views and comments from users who say the movie was one of their first experiences with ASMR.
“Phantom Thread,” Satin and Silk The sound of fabric — rustling, stitching, draping — has become a popular ASMR “trigger” for listeners, which makes Phantom Thread the perfect ASMR film.
“Toy Story 2,” Fixing Woody When the toy repairman starts opening up his toolbox, the clacking of jars and subsequent sounds of sewing and airbrushing Woody (Tom Hanks) makes for a visually and sonically satisfying scene.
“A Quiet Place,” The Sound of Silence It makes sense that a movie that is almost entirely silent most of the way through makes for an ASMR treasure trove. Ignoring all the terrifying jump scares and the last half hour or so, “A Quiet Place” can be quite an ambient experience.
“Battle of the Sexes,” The Salon Scene Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris explicitly used ASMR to create an intimate and “seductive” environment for Emma Stone’s Billie Jean King as she gets her hair cut by and begins feeling an attraction to Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough). Yet another example of ASMR slowly percolating into the mainstream.
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Source: The Wrap