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message 1: by Angie (last edited May 20, 2008 02:45PM) (new)

Angie http://www.dreadcentral.com/story/51-...

Good article on the horror movie cliches. I love #43 If they could only hear the music!





message 2: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) The cliche I hate the most is the car not starting at a critical moment. Come on. Even people with jalopies are usually able to start the car on the first crank.

I agree with the list and I'm also tired of: 1) When an actor keeps calling for a friend, knowing if the friend were there or alive they would answer them. Yet they call and call and call. 2) When a villain isn't totally annhialated but shot or stabbed once and then allowed to rise up again. 3) People stopping to screw in the midst of a bloody massacre. I don't think I'd be in the mood. 4) The friend or cat jumping out and scaring someone at the beginning of the film.

Here's one I don't see mentioned often: Any anti-social, pale boy or girl with dark circles under their eyes will see dead people or have powers others don't have.




message 3: by Miss Kim (last edited May 21, 2008 08:10AM) (new)

Miss Kim (thatsmisskimtoyou) #4 is mine - How about the stupid victim that runs toward the scary sound instead of away? Gee, I need to investigate that....


message 4: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) Kim, I agree. Anytime I hear a noise, I lock myself in and grab a phone. No way do I ever run toward the noise.

I especially hate it when someone's house is locked up tight, they hear a noise outside the door, and they unlock and OPEN the door! Give me a break. Who would do that in real life?


message 5: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) Yeah, I just can't understand why a villain who has brutally murdered people left and right is allowed a conk on the head or a bullet in the side. I'd cut him in half with a fullisade of bullets; behead him; chop off his appendages; burn the remains; stuff them in a box; and bury them six feet under.

Movie goers are no longer fooled by the step-over-the-dead-body ankle grab anymore. Can't they ever go around the "corpse"?


message 6: by Manuel (new)

Manuel | 469 comments The moment you see any teenagers about to have sex in the cabin/boat/woods/dorm room/car,tent,shower,tool shed,cemetary,beach,park,trailer,elevator,garage,pool house,closet,sofa,sorority house,frat house,porch,barn,gazebo.........we know they are about to get killed....especially if we see her topless, and he has a stupid grin, while telling her there isnt anyone one else around.


message 7: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) "I see you've given this alot of thought Tressa LOL"

Tee hee. It is wise to fear me.

I see that Manuel has also given his a lot of thought. He must have quite a collection of horror movie porn. What a bummer when one gets a samurai sword through the stomach right before a climax.


message 8: by April (new)

April (escapegal) | 41 comments I hate it when the villains are left for dead, but NO ONE picks up the (insert murder-spree weapon here) before leaving the room??? Come on, people, would it kill you to have a little common sense?


message 9: by Tressa (last edited May 23, 2008 11:15AM) (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) April, what in the world would make you think it's stupid to leave a gun lying right by a wounded villain's hand? :)


message 10: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) Babysitters charge too much, ignore the kids, and scarf down all the junk food. They deserve everything that's coming to them.


message 11: by Tera Marie (last edited May 24, 2008 02:18AM) (new)

Tera Marie I love #48- We all know...I hate movies that I can figure about before they're even half way through.


message 12: by Crystal (last edited Jul 28, 2008 05:41AM) (new)

Crystal | 118 comments Tressa - adding to your anti-social theory: The "creepy" character also has to be unpopular and have stringy hair that is always in their face.


Kim - adding to yours: Also running upstairs/ on the roof/ in a one door room with no window is also dumb. I think that would be the same concept as running toward "sounds".


message 13: by Crystal (new)

Crystal | 118 comments There is also a book out there called:


"How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills" by Seth Grahame-Smith and Wes Craven

If you like horror movies then read this book. It's really an entertaining read. It deals with everything from what kind of "horror" movie your in to killing posessed dolls.


message 14: by Miss Kim (last edited Jul 01, 2008 07:23AM) (new)

Miss Kim (thatsmisskimtoyou) I never understood how Chuckie or any other possesed doll could overpower the human. I mean yes, he is freaky looking, but can't you just punt him accross the room? He is only 3 ft tall.


message 15: by Jessie Pimentel (last edited Jul 01, 2008 09:43AM) (new)

Jessie Pimentel | 6 comments Not sure if it was said, but i hate when the villian is really slow and still manages to reach the person who is running away from them. AND its worse when they trip while running. stupid.


message 16: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) LOL, Kim. I agree about the possessed dolls. Anyone ever see Karen Black fighting that evil little knick knack in Trilogy of Terror? She couldn't even successfully burn it or drown it.

I can't stand when people will stop to turn and watch the bad guys running towards them, and THEN decide to run when they've almost caught up with them. So stupid.


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

I hate seeing people (usually girls) who run UP the stairs away from a killer who is usually supposed to be dead but jumps into the house/other building where said girl is hiding, and the killer uses a window to get in most of the time... the girl runs up the stairs, gets stuck, jumps out top story window... DEAD. it just gets OLD.


message 18: by Daniel (new)

Daniel | 155 comments They missed my favorite: "Okay there's a crazed monster/killer/alien on the loose. Let's all SPLIT UP and look for it."


message 19: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) Yes, Daniel, the premise of 99.9% of horror movies. I've never understood the rationale of splitting up a group facing a monster.


message 20: by Becca (last edited Jan 12, 2009 12:28PM) (new)

Becca (becca2) | 86 comments Justin wrote: "I hate seeing people (usually girls) who run UP the stairs away from a killer who is usually supposed to be dead but jumps into the house/other building where said girl is hiding, and the killer us..."

This cliche bothers me too. As well as the cliche that you also see in monster films (such as Godzilla): Why would you run in the same direction that the monster/killer is going? The destruction/death is "behind" the monster/killer--quietly go in that direction. Then, again, we would never see that character(s) again because he/she/they would survive and we wouldn't have a story to see. But...still...it drives me nuts.


message 21: by Marc (new)

Marc (authorguy) | 325 comments The destruction/death is "behind" the monster/killer--quietly go in that direction.
So right! I used that in my second novel. The Hero climbed a tree and waited for the vast horde of flesh-eating bugs to go away, then walked in the trail of emptiness left behind them, on the grounds that it was the safest place to be. On the other hand, the military was firing at Godzilla from in front, so any missiles that missed, and somehow they managed to miss a 1000-foot-tall monster, would land behind him, so it wouldn't be quite as safe as you may think. Not to mention the falling buildings.


message 22: by Marc (new)

Marc (authorguy) | 325 comments Tressa wrote: "I can't stand when people will stop to turn and watch the bad guys running towards them, and THEN decide to run when they've almost caught up with them. So stupid."
You see that in any (bad) adventure story. I was just watching Jurassic Park 3 a few days ago and the people do it there, too. They bar the gate and then stand there as the giant beastie pounds on it from outside. Or thye dump something heavy as a distraction and then stand there and wait as the other guy digs himself out.




message 23: by Elena (new)

Elena | 20 comments I will never, never understand why people (especially girls) in horror/thriller movies step in their flats/houses, take their coats off, put the bag on the sofa, check the answering machine etc, and don't turn on the lights - We can already know that a killer or a stalker is waiting for them in! :)


message 24: by Ed (new)

Ed | 219 comments Mod
The split up rarely makes sense but I could see it happening.


message 25: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (moanalisa) Ed, I ain't splitting up for any reason. When the slaughter starts, the killer/monster might be distracted with the others and give me time to hightail it out of there.

In movies like Friday the 13th the maniac killer can't just pick up one weapon and stay with it. He has to get creative and make unique kills. A hatchet through the face; an electrocution in the bathtub, etc.


message 26: by [deleted user] (new)

ya... at least Jason isn't like Leatherface:

1) Chainsaw
2) Chainsaw
3) Chainsaw
4) Hmmmmm... Chainsaw
I guess its called Texas CHAINSAW Massacre for a reason...

but Jason in Friday the 13th kinda sticks with the machete MOST of the time...


message 27: by Emma (new)

Emma Audsley (emmaaudsley) | 20 comments Shazzy wrote: "LOL, my brother would open the door I swear he's crazy. I'm going into my bedroom locking the door, picking up my rolling pin in one hand and my mobile in the other :)

I really hate when they go..."
You keep your rolling-pin in your bedroom?!




Stormi (BMReviewsohmy) (bmreviewsohmy) | 96 comments not sure if this is mentioned..didn't read every post..but the thing I hate the most is the woman that stand there and screams when the murder, creepy scary thing is coming towards her and she stands there going aaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa...hello...RUN!!


message 29: by [deleted user] (new)

ya, i agree...


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