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Most Overused Horror Cliches in Movies

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Posted: 8 years, 4 months ago at Apr 4 7:45
What about the loner leaving the group?
Famous last words of "I'll be right back!"

Check out www.dreadcentral.com/story/51-worst-horror-movie-cliches
Posted: 8 years, 4 months ago at Apr 4 10:25
Haha, nice one.
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Posted: 8 years, 4 months ago at Apr 4 14:00
Thanxx for your tips nonfictionguy :) You're absolutely right lol
I'll be updating this list soon. I already thought about some cliches but I can't find any pics. :(
Posted: 8 years, 4 months ago at Apr 5 13:54
hahaha love it xD
what about when they get your leg or arm under the bed something like this
i144.photobucket.com/albums/r166/SpunkyMonkey27/Bed.jpg
Posted: 8 years, 4 months ago at Apr 5 18:59
10. The final scene is a "new horror"
Posted: 7 years, 11 months ago at Aug 30 23:42
what about the one who is frightened right away. or how about the guy/girl who always leads them into the trouble by trying to be funny and scare the one who is frightened

"guys lets go back"
Posted: 7 years ago at Jul 28 7:01
Ha! I love this. Yeah I remember a few years back when VH1 (or was it MTV???) also made a special show series about the Mega Rules in Movies based on its genre.

I remember when they were talking about horror/slasher movies, the mega rule #5 is "virgins live, sluts die", just like in your list. That sure made me laugh hard.

Oh and another mega rule which I notice is not included here in this list is this: "running up the stairs" (notice how in every horror/slasher movie, when the antagonist chases the protagonist/its victim in a house, instead of running away from the house, the victim would usually run UP the stairs - as if there's an exit door upstairs) LOL!!!
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Posted: 7 years ago at Aug 14 6:30
I would add the music that go in crescendo before the strongest scenes!
Posted: 7 years ago at Aug 14 8:39
DEATH
Posted: 7 years ago at Aug 14 8:57
nice
Posted: 7 years ago at Aug 14 19:42
Black guys die always.

Old buildings in countryside are evil places.
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Nov 16 7:46
What about at the very end when you are sure the killer is dead, they pop back up in one last dying effort to get you.
Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Jan 7 1:25
"The Car Won’t Start"

Usually for no good reason! I hate this one!
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Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at Feb 11 8:55
Another one I've noticed, for e.g. Michael Myers.
The killer walks really slow and the victim runs away really fast and yet they still get caught.
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Feb 26 3:07
Here's a good list (and some of the cliches here have been used):
www.fanfiction.net/s/7740340/1/Rules_for_Being_a_Horror_Movie_Character
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Apr 10 20:26
I think that is a good write up, but you forgot one, characters doing really stupid things to get killed off just to keep the plot going.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Apr 10 21:53
This also happens in games.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Apr 10 23:47
How about walking in the front door and leaving it wide open? Also, fumbling with your keys when trying to open doors. Great list. Horror movies need some new material.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Apr 11 14:06
calling out "who's there?"
No one ever actually does that.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at May 9 17:28
The cop who doesn't call for backup and is immediately killed.
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Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at May 21 11:14
This is a list about the reasons "The Cabin In The Woods" is an epic win.
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at May 22 10:37
I would add...

the "boss" monster comes back to life to attack the hero and then finally gets killed --- just spotted posted by blankend

and one of the most annoying ones...

people do not even bother to try turning on lights when entering strange rooms in bad light or pitch black --- wtf?
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at May 22 10:41
- sorry for double post -
I would also add - twist endings

and people can be pulled apart yet still be conscious and screaming even if it takes a long time

oh throw in the hyperquick cut in half or diced bit where a person is hit by something then a few seconds later we see them fall to the ground cut in half (Ichi The Killer) or diced (Cube)
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at May 22 10:44
- triple post - lol

there should be a J Horror subsection

overrused cliches - the long dark haired ghost girl,overcomplicated or confusing plots, ghosts in toilets or elevators
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Sep 15 4:24
Good list!

Hearing a noise and yelling out, "Hello?"
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Jan 3 17:37
@kusperli - another cliche is that the police are generally clueless and the people involved in a crime are amateur detectives who come across vital clues which even a blind idiot would not miss but somehow the police did

and my pet hate - never even attempting to find a decent light source - hey lets enter a scary place in the dark

oh the use of a camera flash to light up a room intermittently
Posted: 5 years ago at Aug 7 5:36
"The cop who doesn't call for backup and is immediately killed."

Along with kusperli's suggestion.

Anything to do with cops, really. They are always the worst in horror films.

Great list, by the way! I would vote, but apparently I already did.

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