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Added by Lexie on 29 Sep 2010 08:43
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The Horror Movie Cliches (spoilers)

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The car won't start

Cars are incredibly reliable machines – except in movies! You are almost assured of a breakdown once the action starts. This can have particularly bad consequences for the good guys.
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Running is pointless

The victims run their little ass off until they hit empty while the killer just strides along like it’s nothing more than a brisk walk.
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Creepy children

Unless your child looks like he/she belongs in a Gerber or Band-Aid commercial, be weary. Kids always serve multiple functions: to look/act creepy as hell, to see the ghost inhabiting your house or to be the ghost haunting your house.
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Your boyfriend/husband may be the killer

How well do you girls really know your significant other? Could that loving man you call your soul mate be susceptible to having a psychotic break over the fact his mom abandoned him?
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Tricky phone

Having no reception is annoying. We all know this because it’s happened to everyone. However, answering the phone to a creeper or the phone mysteriously killing someone on the line is another subject.
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Killers never die

Why do you think they have so many sequels?! It’s because the protagonist makes the mistake of not actually making sure said killer is dead before walking away. This usually ends with a mysterious disappearance of the killer, or a surprise lunge attack from the killer. Either way, if you see it, you know there’s a second movie on the way.
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"I'll be right back"

Why this ever seems like a good idea to people, I’ll never understand. This is something that’s subliminally taught to us as children, thanks to a little show called “Scooby Doo”. This cartoon shows us if we split up, we’ll figure it out and meet up at the end unmarked. However, horror films teach us that this will only get us killed faster.
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Fight Club ending

Since the success of Fight Club (it wasn’t the first movie to do this, but it started the new wave of it) there have been a slew of movies where we go on this massive journey with the main character with a clear antagonist and in the last few moments, we realize that the antagonist never existed and it was the main character the whole time!

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Posted: 8 years ago at Sep 30 17:30
I don't really like watching horrors anymore...not that I've watched that many but in all of them there were definitely at least two of these cliches.

Many horror movies are so predictable, aren't they? And they still keep making more of the same.

But anyway, this is a very good list:) nicely put together:)
Posted: 8 years ago at Oct 3 18:58
A good list but Psycho doesn't simply fit in the last category. It's hard to say if Norman is the real main character or are we actually talking about a cliche. Psycho actually created cliches 50 years ago so it shouldn't be blamed of things that hadn't yet become popular on those days. Those other movies are made quite recently.

The idea of the Fight Club's twist is to convince the viewer to believe in the narrator's words and identify with him before the surprise. In Psycho the viewer knows right after the shower scene (which is the real twist) that Norman plays a remarkable role in the murder. He isn't seen in Hitchcock's movie as much as the main character in Fight Club.
Posted: 7 years, 5 months ago at May 10 8:23
Wow, i don't think i ever had this much fun reading a list! This one rocks!

Wish i could vote more... Damn! LOL!

But somehow i don't think Psycho really belongs in the last 'Fight Club Ending' category and i have absolutely no idea why!
Posted: 7 years, 5 months ago at May 11 21:47
i think killers never die, are my favorites characters in the whole wolrd. but the remakes never defeat original horror.
Posted: 7 years, 2 months ago at Aug 14 7:26
The uninvited also match to Fight club ending ; ) Great list
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Aug 24 0:50
Another cliche : notice how in most (if not every) slasher/horror movies, if there's a chasing scene between the antagonist and its victims/main protagonist inside a house, the victims ALWAYS run UP the stairs and never out of the house (as if there's an exit door upstairs LOL). Example : I believe "Scream" makes a reference of this famous scene. Even "Scary Movie" makes a spoof out of it LOL).

And another one : notice that most horror/slasher movies have this subliminal Catholic message that tells you that "virgins live, sluts die" LOL (I borrow that term from MTV). It means that the main protagonist (who are mostly still virgins or have never had a boyfriend before) will be the only survivor at the end of the movie while all the other victims (depicted as sluts, promiscuous, teens with raging hormones, the popular cheerleader girl who sleep around with the popular jock etc) will die horribly. (Example : Hellraiser).
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Aug 25 19:37
Great list! I love it.
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Aug 25 19:59
Shrooms (2007) and The Others (2001) have both a Fight Club ending as well
Edit: 7 years, 1 month ago
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Aug 27 18:10
Posted: 7 years, 1 month ago at Aug 28 0:25
lol coool list! But no matter what i know, i am always scared after watching a horror movie! :D

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