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.

1970s

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'.

1980s

  • 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 Faroe Islands.
  • 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 Ogrish.com and YouTube.

1990s

2000

2001

  • 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. The screamer was made by Jeremy Winterrowd, who also created the site Winterrowd.com, this year where his creations were hosted.
  • Early shock sites such as Rate My Poo and Klerck.org launched this year.
  • Yourethemannowdog.com was created.
  • Scareware program Madoka.exe was created and spread in Japan.

2002

  • Liquid Generation created several screamer games which he dubbed "Sabotages".
  • Blue.gif was hosted on TeKZoned.
  • Lemonparty.org was launched, inspired by Goatse.cx
  • Famous screamer animation Kikia was created this year by an unknown person.
  • The GNAA was founded this year.

2003

2004

  • 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, playscarymazegame.net, was launched.
  • The ability to create screamers was opened to more people with games such as Garry's Mod is 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 The Maze was released.
  • The Albino Blacksheep short video; Good Intentions, was released in 2004.
  • More shock sites were launched such as Jiztini.com and many games were released.

2005

  • 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, Fuck.org and Heyya.org 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.

2006

2007

2008

  • 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 be 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.

2009

2010

2011

  • Generic screamer videos were released in 2011.
  • The shock site Cheesypeas.net became public.
  • As an April Fools' prank, Minecraft launched its "Steve.co" service.
  • The British YouTube series Don't Hug Me I'm Scared began.
  • The "Screamer Prank" page on TV Tropes was created.
  • This year starts the "Bronze Age" of screamers.

2012

2013

2014

  • MS.Ghost.TV and CrazyMarc666 rose to become a famous screamer video creators, releasing videos such as Scary Ghost Screamer Video to Scare ! and SCARY POP UP - SCARY GHOST VIDEO !!.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's was released onto Gamejolt and Steam and became infamous for its jump scares. Its sequel, Five Night's 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.

2015

2016

  • YouTuber Sr Pelo celebrated Halloween by releasing Mokey's Show: Halloween.
  • 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.
  • This year starts the "Iron Age" of screamers

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

  • Kekma.net shut down after three years of operation.
  • Infamous shock sites LOLShock and Shockchan both closed after hosting shock sites for several years.
  • Goatse.cx completely closed, cancelling the Goatse Pixel project.