Screamers Throughout the Years

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Here, you can learn about notable screamers by each year. For a list of all screamers on the wiki, go to the Screamer Library. This timeline only contains some moments, not all moments of each year. Click on the year/decade to view all screamers and shock sites released in that time frame. Note that you can add more screamers to this article if you want.


Ladies and gentlemen, the very first screamer video...
  • What is said to be the first screamer ever made, Monkey on Their Backs, was aired on TV as a PSA on the topic of anti-heroin. Though not deliberately, it can be said to have kickstarted a myriad of videos, gifs, and games under the names of 'screamers'.
  • In 1979, Faroe Islands has been released, being probably the first one to use shocking content on TV.


  • This decade featured a wave of PSAs and advertisements containing shocking content and jumpscares. They typically contained gore or other disturbing imagery. Examples include Dumb Animals and The Scavengers.
  • In 1987, Budd Dwyer’s Suicide was recorded. It wasn't until the rise of the internet that this footage was shown worldwide on sites such as and YouTube.




  • What's Wrong?, one of the most famous screamers of all time, and one to pioneer the future of screamers and jumpscares, was released this year. This screamer was the first to use the famous image of a pale woman with black eyes and her hands on her face with her pinky fingers raised. Many other screamers were made in future years in the style first seen here.
  • Early shock sites such as Rate My Poo and launched this year.
  • was created.
  • Scareware program Madoka.exe was created and spread in Japan.
  • Man-dog-man Train was created, pretty much being the first shock site to contain zoophilia.
  • The original version of Where's Waldo? was created this decade.




  • The most well-known screamers of all time were released this year, including The Maze while the infamous K-fee commercials were all recorded and ready to air on TV.
  • The previously mentioned maze game saw sequels spawn, like Maze Game 2 and Maze Game 3. Alongside these maze games, their site,, was launched.
  • The ability to create screamers was opened to more people with games such as Garry's Mod were released.
  • The possessed state of Regan MacNeil from the 1973 classic horror film The Exorcist was introduced this year and was already all over the internet after Say It and The Maze were released.
  • The Albino Blacksheep short video; Good Intentions, was released in 2004.
  • More shock sites were launched and many games were released.


  • Similar to how 2004 was a huge year for screamers, 2005 was a huge year for shock sites.
  • Many famous shock sites such as Bottle Guy, and were launched. Mr. Hands also saw its release this year. It became easier to broadcast your screamers thanks to the launch of YouTube this year.
  • Multiple new games were released, as with previous years, including The Never Ending Level Game and a huge quantity of sequels to The Maze.
  • The previously mentioned K-fee commercials were aired on TV this year and so was the French ad for the survival horror third-person shooter game Resident Evil 4.
  • Other screamers released this year, such as AV Test.




  • How 2004 was a huge year for screamers and 2005 was a huge year for shock sites, 2008 was a huge year for disturbing videos.
  • A list of disturbing videos released in 2008 include 2 Kids 1 Sandbox, Jarsquatter and 4 Girls Fingerpaint.
  • This was the first year to see over 100 screamers released.
  • The UK saw a Scary Movie release, released by Fire Kills.
  • Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre film franchise, saw his debut as a screamer image this year, being as famous as Regan. This reign as a screamer would not last long, however.




  • Generic screamer videos were released in 2011.
  • The shock site became public.
  • As an April Fools' prank, Minecraft launched its "" service.
  • The British YouTube series Don't Hug Me I'm Scared began.
  • The "Screamer Prank" page on TV Tropes was created.




  • MS.Ghost.TV and CrazyMarc666 rose to become famous screamer video creators, releasing videos such as Scary Ghost Screamer Video to Scare ! and SCARY POP UP - SCARY GHOST VIDEO !!.
  • The Five Nights at Freddy's franchise was released onto Gamejolt and Steam and became infamous for its jumpscares. Its sequel, Five Nights at Freddy's 2, was also released this year.
  • YouTubers Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD released an episode of their famous series, Epic Rap Battles of History, Jack the Ripper vs Hannibal Lecter.
  • International screamers started to become popular.



  • Omsj dropped online.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared ended on June 19th.
  • Screamers started to become very similar and began to "dry up" this year.


  • The controversial 2016 screamer by PawPatrol&Jack'sBigMusicShowFanatic 2004 was released. (Though it may have been released in late 2016 too.) The screamer was later remade by DiscoverGuy1999 in March 2023.
  • Angry Video Game Nerd episode 150, Polybius, was released as the show's 2017 Halloween special by Cinemassacre, and featured two screamers at the end.
  • Many now-deleted still image screamers became public such as What's The Matter With This Picture?.
  • Many more .exe games were released, such as Google.exe, Zalgo.exe, Essence.exe, Windows 11.EXE and Untitled.exe. The number of screamers released continued to drop still.






  • Infamous shock site shut down after three years of operation.
  • Infamous shock sites LOLShock and Shockchan both closed after hosting shock sites for several years.
  • completely closed, canceling the Goatse Pixel project.
  • 2022 Tunes was made as a YouTube channel.
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared gets a TV series containing 6 episodes on the British network, Channel 4.


  • becomes the first shock site to be released in 2023.
  • The 1 Guy 1 Hammer incident took place in Goiás, Brazil.
  • A zoosadist shock video known as Cat in a Blender goes viral on Twitter, ending up with the original maker doxxed and possibly arrested.
  • YouTube user DiscoverGuy1999 continued to make new screamer videos, including Moving Laptop, which was temporarily a featured article in May. Discover is also known for accurately remaking lost screamers.
  • Xploshi makes another video with screamers called Wake Up Jeff DVD Game