If you're a long time horror fan like me, you've seen the same annoying horror cliches over and over again. I don't think I've ever sat through an entire horror film that completely avoided these "oh hell no!" moments. Join me in trashing these totally avoidable horror actions, will you?
Girl Falling Down
This constantly recurring theme in horror movies makes the feminist inside of me scream "oh hell no!" every, single, time! Nothing pisses me off more than seeing a young woman run away from the killer and fall over NOTHING.
Even when there is nothing in the woman's way, she still manages to trip. Sometimes the killer nabs her and sometimes she gets away before falling one last embarrassing time leading up to her eventual slaughter.
These embarrassing "fall down" moments do not build suspense or sympathy so could we do without them, for like, ever... please?
Will Someone Turn on The Damn Lights?
People in horror movies have the weirdest aversion to light. They hear a bump in the middle of the night and wander down to the kitchen or living room to investigate the cause.
Completely normal right?
You know what's not normal? Investigating the entire house in complete darkness in order to see what's wrong! I don't know about you, but the first thing I do when I want to see what's making a funny noise is turn on the light so I can see exactly what's going on.
Maybe that would make for an uninteresting horror movie or suck all the atmosphere out of it, but it's an "oh hell no!" moment that never fails to annoy the crap out of me.
Having Sex....And Then Being Slaughtered
This horror meme has to be stopped, and stopped right now. It makes no sense. This horror theme seemed to sneak into the horror film genre of the 60s. Two kids necking in the woods would suddenly be done in by the monster or murderer almost immediately after fooling around, or while still in the act.
Subliminal message being splashed across the screen: Having sex outside of wedlock will lead to a sudden and horrible death!
Even the most conservative person would agree that theme is not changing anyone's mind and really just takes up too much screen time. The sex shaming must end.
For God's Sake, Don't Run Up The Stairs
I can't help an "oh hell no!" from bursting right out of me every time I see some idiot run up the stairs when they have multiple ways to run OUT of the house. The back door may be straight ahead, but lets run up the stairs so it's even easier for the killer to trap and kill us, shall we?
There's not much to say about this one other than find another exit on the first floor of your house, running upstairs just makes it more fun to kill you because the murderer thinks you're an idiot too, well, now he knows it.
I'll always be a horror movie lover no matter how long these shameful cliches persevere, but my "oh hell no!" rants every time they pop up, won't be ending anytime soon either.
What horror movie cliches make you want to scream "oh hell no!" Be sure to share what irks your nerves!
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