Topic: Favourite cliche horror character..
We all love a slasher. Most of us have at least one slasher on our favourites list and they all contain the usual suspects that we know and love. Scream made a mint out of exploiting these stereotypical characters and I sit there matching the characters to their cliches. All horrors contain a cliche character not only slashers.
The Final Female is my favourite. It's a simple formula probably made most famous by John Carpenters Halloween. I love it when the seemingly innocent victimized girl who spends most of the film being stalked by a masked madman but manages to escape by the skin of her teeth to finally turn badass and succeed in killing the bad guy all by herself usually with the first weapon that comes to hand. Jennifer from I spit also played a strong female lead and seeing her get her revenge was empowering and shocking in equal measures.
The other cliche that I love is the family member of the hero who gets bitten and tries to hide it in zombie movies, an example is Shauns mum in the horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead. I dunno why, these characters don't get a lot of air time but they provide a dramatic scene later on when the hero has to kill his own loved one.
What are yours and why?