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Eight Truly Terrifying Notifications and Their Horror Movie Equivalents

Warning: These texts, emails, and calendar invites will haunt you.

By Madeleine Kim


Did that scare you? I’m guessing not—so let’s try something a little more frightening:

Nothing sends shivers down my spine like a last-minute calendar invite with no context. And at 8am?! Well that’s just plain cursed. I surveyed my coworkers, and we all agreed that there are some common texts, emails, and Slacks that are universally terrifying. So for a spooky treat, here are eight truly haunted notifications—and their horror movie equivalents.


Out-of-context “Call me” text from mom.

Horror movie equivalent: The ominous music right before the jump scare.


“Action required” in the subject line.

Horror movie equivalent: You’re the only one who can defeat the monster.


Your manager replies to your Slack with “K.”

Horror movie equivalent: Getting framed for murder.


“Can we talk?” text from pretty much anyone.

Horror movie equivalent: The one person you trusted turns out to be the killer.


Slack that just says “Hey” with no additional content.

Horror movie equivalent: A menacing note slipped under your front door.


“Quick question!” that you know won’t be quick.

Horror movie equivalent: You foolishly go into the basement to investigate the sound.


When you can see that they’re typing, but they never send the message.

Horror movie equivalent: The person you’ve been hanging out with actually died years ago.


Any voicemail ever.

Horror movie equivalent: The call is coming from inside the house.

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is the Senior Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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