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The Most Annoying Horror Movie Cliches

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The Most Annoying Horror Movie Cliches

Earlier in the week I was watching the Mothers Day remake and it had a particular scene which annoyed the crap out of me.

Overall its a great film but the scene that irked me involved the cast running into a garage to pick up an air nailer and using it as a machine gun against the villains.

Where I live these devices have pressure switches to make sure you cant do this and this blatant falsehood got me thinking of the most annoying horror movie clichés.

I asked our readers what the most annoying horror movie cliches are and this list is a compilation of all the answers as well as some of my own.

  • When someone is trapped in someway, for example tied up on a chair and the killer is about torture the victim they always plead: You don’t have to do this. or: Why are you doing this? ISN’T IT F*CKIN’ OBVIOUS!!? HE’S A PSYCHO! And I think he knows that he doesn’t have to do this, he just wants to.
  • How whenever kids go into the woods it’s the silicon pumped stupid girls, the a**hole football guy, the black guy, the nerdy guy, and the guy & girl next door. Guess who survives? And also fall in love
  • There can be literally zombies shambling all around you and nobody believes you that zombies are really attacking.
  • Girls screaming while running away. I’m sorry but if someone/something is chasing me, I’m not going to be screaming. Also, have you ever tried screaming and running?
  • When somebody is hiding from a killer they cant keep quiet they always have to whimper or cry just loud enough to be heard.
  • Zombies that run when rigor mortis would clearly prevent a dead body from running or chasing anybody
  • All scenes where a cat jumps and ‘scares’ people
  • The last survivor is always a woman. Men are somehow not capable of surviving a horror movie
  • Where the killer is behind them in the bathroom or suddenly appears in the mirror.
  • Nail Guns being used as Machine Guns.
  • People who run upstairs from the villain instead of out the front/back door
  • People who shoot the villain once instead of emptying the clip into them like any normal sane person would do.
  • Door knobs that suddenly stop working because you’re in a horror movie or people who suddenly cant figure out how to turn a door knob to open a door.
  • People who trip and fall for no obvious reason and can’t get backup when running from the villain
  • A victim running away for some reason always a hot woman, while the villain walks but can keep up
  • Car doors that stop bullets
  • Cars that explode when their gas tanks are shot
  • People who have never fired a gun before yet somehow become experts in seconds knowing not only how to hold the gun but also how to cock it and turn off the safety.
  • Yelling out ‘is anybody here’ in an empty room after you have just escaped from an axe wielding maniac
  • Cars that wont start until the villain has the door handle in his hand.
  • People who go to investigate a strange noise, because there is for some reason doubt that yep its still the killer
  • When people are stabbed they always bleed from the mouth
  • People who monologue for 20 minutes before ….. gasping….. and dramatically collapsing.
  • In a society of guns there are never guns around when the killer is
  • How easily people get their necks broken
  • Victims who bang on a door screaming let me out, as if the villain will somehow have a change of heart and let them go
  • Struggling single moms are always ridiculously hot and have perfect teeth and expensive hair
  • Survivors who walk over the villains body and get their ankle grabbed
  • Checking if a killer is dead after being terrorized by them for the entire film.
  • The fact there is never cell reception when the sh*t hits the fan.
  • Guns that hold 5o rounds and never ever need to be reloaded
  • Guns that jam and stop working when the killer arrives
  • People that throw away guns when they run out of ammo as though it’s somehow better to need to re-fund the gun and more ammo versus just finding more ammo.
  • How nobody in a zombie movie has ever seen a zombie movie.
  • No one ever goes to the bathroom
  • How Busta rhymes can somehow beat Michael Myers in a fight where so many better men and women could not
  • Cars with keys left under the visor, really who does that?
  • Well trained killers can’t shoot for sh*t against the star of the movie no matter how well-trained the killers are.
  • Blood in swimming pools stays red instead of turning green.
  • Anything medical related.
  • Survivor movies where people are clean and well-groomed. No hairy legs or arm pit hair on the ladies, perfect teeth and well-groomed hair. Yeah really roughing it.
  • When movies end Ambulance always rush to bring the one miracle medical item survivors of horror need most…. blankets.
  • Groups that split up in a movie because somehow its better to go one on one with a killer than fight as a group.
  • Objects that fall from buildings and catch up with other things.  Gravity is somehow not constant
  • People who jump through plate-glass windows without any kind of injury
  • Everything from cabin in the woods
  • Loud explosions in space. Because in space nobody can hear you scream but they can hear you blow up somehow.
  • Clawing at hands with a bag on your head instead of poking a hole in the bag
  • Happy endings
  • Really bad and completely random twist endings that serve no other purpose then to setup a sequel. Even more annoying then the must have happy ending.
  • The fact that in most horror movies women are either super sluts or nuns.
  • If you have sex or get naked you are going to die.
  • The virgin always lives

What did we miss?  Leave your own and we will just keep growing this list of bad horror movie clichés.

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      1. Lee Vervoort January 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        Here’s what you missed….cars that magically squeal tires on DIRT, vehicles that don’t sound like they should and have other vehicle sounds dubbed in, when some idiot pumps the gas pedal on a fuel injected vehicle to help it start-no way in hell, it would flood the injectors and then it would NEVER start. When a vehicle smashes into another vehicle and jumps over it…instead of smashing into it, when someone throws a knife and it imbeds itself 4 inches into the skin then the person dies, when someone hits the killer only once then runs instead of bashing their skull in.

      2. Bob B January 14, 2013 at 12:30 am

        I also hate how people have perfect teeth in all movies.

        The only way that stuck out on the list is this one “People who shoot the villain once instead of emptying the clip into them like any normal sane person would do.” It would depend what the villain is. If it’s a human, a normal sane person would just shoot them once unless the villain was somebody that they knew

      3. Tiago Almeida January 14, 2013 at 12:56 am

        What about the “cat jump scare”? that always makes me mad…

      4. Brian C January 14, 2013 at 2:11 am

        The Cabin in the Woods was a meta satire on Horror movies. All those irritating cliches anybody thinks they were clever for spotting, were actually comments on the tropes of the industry.

        • HorrorMovies January 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

          Brian we know that it is what made Cabin in the Woods great.

      5. John Wao January 14, 2013 at 4:02 am

        When the killer kills people he/she has no reason to?

        The fact that the killer can be at so many different places at once so quickly as if they have a TARDIS.

        • Silence January 29, 2013 at 12:03 am

          hahahaha!! IRk .. n happy 2 see a WHOVIAN here ^^

      6. Ning January 14, 2013 at 7:00 am

        every possible mirror scare scenes.. especially the ones in the bathroom; where the protagonist closes the cabinet and somehow, there is always someone/something standing behind him/her (mostly her).

        • HorrorMovies January 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

          good one! Will add it to the list those are REALLY annoying scares.

      7. Rodd Buddha January 14, 2013 at 8:03 am

        I hate it when women are always gonna be the last survivor, in every horror movie. Whats up with that? They are always the last person to survive, like men are incapable of surviving a horror movie.

        • HorrorMovies January 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

          haha good one.

        • T Faunos January 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

          it’s called misandry…there’s a socially enforced expectation that somehow a male who saves himself but fails to procure at least one female survivor is an utter failure at his gender and a weak, terrible man….whereas a female who saves herself from a situation, with or without aiding others, is a strong woman.

          The illusion that if a female dies and a male survives at the end of a film it is somehow misogynist (woman hating) is only a convenient cover for allowing misandrist (man hating) scripts in their stead… scripts that further enforce our chosen and enforced gender roles in society.

        • HorrorMovies January 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

          I feel 10 iq points smarter just from reading your comment. Why dont you write for our site? Think of all the smurts you could share :)

        • Rodd Buddha January 15, 2013 at 6:00 am

          that is a really good explanation and I am starting to think that the horror film genre is sexist. Men can save themselves without women and not be misogynist in fact the only male to survive a horror film was Ash in Evil Dead, the rest are all female. It is a sexist cliche.

        • UltraViolent January 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

          The “final” person in the burning was also male, nightmare on elm street 2 Jesse was the main character and survivor ok it’s believed and vaguely confirmed Jesse was gay but a memorable male survivor We actually have got an article, I believe written by our creator here, Meh about women in the genre. It’s an interesting read. Maybe someone can link you if you haven’t already see it. T Faunos has given you the best explanation though.

        • ana January 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm

          Women are constantly being objectified and the one that survives is a virgin which implies that having sex is a wrong thing and you should be punished for that. And I feel like the fact that a woman that also happens to be a virgin survives, besides implying that having sex is wrong for women, it’s only done that way because there’s a notion that women are weaker than men and getting to beat someone or something that has already proven to be stronger than a whole group of people makes it somehow more interesting.

          The whole strong woman thing is also sexist, because you will never describe Ash from The Evil Dead as a strong man. In fact you won’t say that about any other male character.

          Anyway, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and The Cabin in the Woods are good ways to realize this problems and hey they both have males that make it to the end of the movie.

        • Lunaka February 5, 2013 at 12:29 am

          There is one horror movie I know of that breaks most of the rules; Deep Blue Sea. Without spoiling too much… The highest paid actor dies quickly. The one person you expect to die survives. And it has killer sharks that aren’t fucking Great Whites. Awesome movie.

        • krystal12345 June 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

          I honestly despise the misandry in horror movies. And I’m female. Please guys, just one horror movie where the man survives. One horror movie. That’s all I ask for.

      8. Mersey Male January 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

        My worst cliche in horror movies is when the victim, when being chased by the knife-wielding maniac, always makes for the car, thereby wasting precious time fumbling frantically for the ignition as the maniac gets closer and closer. In real life, your nerves would just go, and you would run and run and run, instead of making for a car. Pathetic!

      9. Eric Taylor January 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        it’s ridiculous zombies can run after being dead for so long.. rigor mortis would have set in, hence the reason I hate a lot of the films with running zombies, and apparently nobody understands my argument.

        • HorrorMovies January 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm

          your argument is sound in my books and I am adding it. Although I do like running zombies :P

        • Seara Cannibalism Lamarche January 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm

          I think that when its a ‘Virus Zombie’ running is okay, but when the film clearly specifies that it’s a ‘dead come back to life’ scenario, it’s not okay. I did a dialectical along these lines in high school :P

        • Vakshal January 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm

          You do realize that Rigor Mortis only lasts for 48-60 hours, post-expiration, right?

        • djkoz78 January 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm

          What about freshly made zombies no rigor mortis?

      10. Lori OQuinn January 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        When someone is trying to hide from the killer and is crying/whimpering/breathing heavily enough to be heard, always irritates me.

        • HorrorMovies January 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm

          excellent choice. I am going to add that one!

        • Lori OQuinn January 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

          i always have to yell at the screen “shut the hell up!” haha

      11. mattymattymatty January 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm

        People always talk about how they hate happy endings… but I’m starting to get sick of the “twist” bad ending. I assume at this point all horror movies have a “bad” ending… i guess mostly for sequel purposes, but it’d be nice to see just a neutral ending.

        • lkeke July 3, 2013 at 4:44 am

          Jeepers Creepers was interesting in that the villain was never after the final girl in that film. He was after the guy. She survives, the villain survives too. Does that count as neutral?

      12. Seara Cannibalism Lamarche January 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        Ever notice how women in horror movies are either super sluts or nun-like in their innocence? That’s just not realistic….

      13. Stephanie January 28, 2013 at 1:46 am

        Well, I can agree with most of them, but the bleeding from the mouth one? Not really a cliche… I mean, it’s what happens isn’t it, there isn’t a reason to hate it, if anything it makes the movie more realistic.

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur January 28, 2013 at 1:49 am

          I am not a doctor so I have no idea honestly if when i get stabbed i will bleed from my mouth. To me though it doesnt seem very logical.

        • Stephanie January 28, 2013 at 1:50 am

          Just one more thing, the gravity not being constant? If your dropping a feather from a window, then a microwave, of course the microwave will catch up with the feather, gravity is constant, but weight isn’t!

        • Marigen Beltran January 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

          Not a doctor but I think if someone is stabbed or shot on the lungs, blood will come out of the mouth

      14. Robbie January 29, 2013 at 1:00 am

        Closing a curtain so the killer will never see you. Idiots its fabric

      15. Robbie January 29, 2013 at 1:11 am

        Closing a curtain so the killer will never see you. Idiots it is only fabric

      16. Don January 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

        Lots of people go to the bathroom in horror movies. In the FRIDAY THE 13TH series alone, we’ve seen numerous people squat in the woods or retire to the outhouse. Indeed, horror is probably the film genre which most accurately represents the human need to use the facilities… if for no other reason than it provides an excellent excuse for a character to wander off alone.

      17. Stephanie February 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm

        What about the most annoying line in any horror movie, when someone is trapped in someway, for example tied up on a chair and the killer is gonna torture the victim or whatever, they ALWAYS say: You don’t have to do this. or: Why are you doing this? ISN’T IT FUCKIN’ OBVIOUS!!? HE’S A PSYCHO! And I think he knows that he doesn’t have to do this, he just wants to. I watched so many horror movies like this so if I one day would be obducted myself I would be like, alright man, just get it overwith, I understand you, bring out the chainsaw, yiihaa! And that’s probably gonna be my get out of jail card;) LOL

        And another thing, I think it’s quite weird that they never mention in a zombie flick how the zombies stink, because they really should, shouldn’t they?

        And I can’t miss the classic story line, a gang of teens go out in the woods somehow, it’s the siliconpumped stupid girls, the asshole football guy, the black guy, the nerdy guy, and the guy & girl next door. Guess who survives? And also fall in love. ;)

      18. aisling February 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        Deep Blue Sea has two male survivors, after the female protagonist is eaten by the shark last minute leaving no women. Brilliant change!

      19. deadinhell February 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

        Some of these are good, but I think there are too many cooks in the…list kitchen. You’ve got one bullet complaining about how people are too good with guns, then another complaining that no one ever has a gun. And you have separate points for happy endings and bad endings. So…which is it? Personally, I don’t recall seeing many “happy” endings recently in horror. Certainly not enough to be bothered. It’s more the other way around. The new thing is to be joyless, ugly, and cynical. Contrary to popular belief, the whole cast doesn’t have to die just to make it a horror movie. Lots of the best horror films and series of yore actually had, gasp, heroes! If you threw Ash (Evil Dead), or Reggie (Phantasm) into a modern horror movie they would fuck. shit. up. Nowadays all we get is useless screaming welps who are inevitably tortured and killed by the end. Where’s the suspense?

        Anyways, for me, the worst cliche is the boring invincible villain. Some of them have reasons (ghost killer, undead zombie guy, etc) but most of them don’t. And not just physical invincibility, I’m tired of every horror movie being predicated on an impossible confluence of events. Everything always goes perfectly for the villain, and even if he’s a 90 year old retired doctor he can still survive being beaten, shot, and set on fire while pulling grown human beings around like ragdolls and ALWAYS having access to every possible resource (money, drugs, costumes, impossible skills). For example, if I had a nickel for every time some villain in a horror movie threw an axe or a knife so perfectly, quickly, powerfully and accurately that it defies physics. It’s lame and horrible. If the audience rolls their eyes at a kill, it’s kind of a bad sign.

        Second worst cliche: Accidentally killing your friend. This scene is always SO OBVIOUS, AND SO STUPID. The Strangers, Inside, Spiderhole, etc. The worst part is that this scene is almost always followed by a later scene in which the protagonist has the perfect opportunity to finish the villain but RUNS AWAY INSTEAD. So, you were totally fine with murdering your friend, mother, or whoever else, but now that it’s the killer you’re going to bolt? And what, hope the villain forgives and forgets? Takes a lesson from you in mercy?

        Horror isn’t dying, it’s being murdered by hack screenwriters, directors with no vision, and studio execs who don’t (and never did) understand the genre.

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur February 4, 2013 at 6:09 pm

          Thanks for your well thought out comments. And yes when you ask readers to submit them you get alot of varied answers.

      20. Lex February 6, 2013 at 5:43 am

        girls screaming.

        I’m sorry but if someone/something is chasing me, I’m not going to be screaming. Also, have you ever tried screaming and running? Try singing and running. It’s hard because you run out of breath quickly, so you probably wouldn’t be doing anything but panting.

        also; girls wearing high-heels in outdoors-y kinds of movies

        i don’t really care how “stupid” they are, heels are a pain to wear, and no other girls I know, no matter how girly, wears them when they are going hiking/camping/whatever outdoors activity.

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur February 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

          Thanks Lex great idea and its been added :)

        • Ads January 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

          Also the way they scream. They have enough time to take a deep breath and let out a huge scream. I know if something scares me the sound that comes out is usually a weird yelp or a gurgly sound because I do not stop to breath in it’s just an automatic noise.

      21. david marino February 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        Heloo….number one should be how no one ever believes you….I mean how seriously do you have to be for someone to believe you…please directors and writers make a change…..these cliches are too much too constant…..I ALSO HATE HOW NO ONE EVER REFERENCES A MOVIE…LIKE ” O SHIT THIS IS JUST LIKE DAWN OF THE DEAD” …TRUTHFULLY I DONT UNDERSTAND IT…..LIKE THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE …..COME ON….REALLY TWO CHICKS WANDERING OFF IN THE WOODS…..FIRST OF ALL WITH NO WEAPONS….SECOND THEY ACTUALLY WENT IN THE HOUSE….THEY DRANK THE F#$$$$ WATER……ITS SERIOUSLY GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE I WANNA BECOME A WRITER….AND MAKE SOMETHING REALISTIC AS FUCK….

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur February 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm

          helooo thanks for the comment. lol

      22. robbie February 25, 2013 at 12:45 am

        You always know when the prey gains the advantage. Everyone who watches horror knows when the movie perspective changes from the prey to the killers that they are now at the disadvantage. Now the prey gains all the surprise and killer instincts.

      23. Ash February 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

        I really hate it when we are watching someone do battle with a psychopath of some description only to win momentarily with either a single gun shot or a stab to the chest. Then, the hero turns away from the body to call police, reload..etc… only to turn round and find that the body has gone. Surely it would be worth pumping a few extra rounds into that sucker or a slab to the head just to confirm the kill. At least keep an eye on the body when making a phone call just in case? It’s at this point I route for the psycho :) because the human is a total numpty :)

      24. Alexis March 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        Okay so basically…you don’t like anything about a horror movie…Understood :)

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur March 6, 2013 at 11:35 pm

          Alexis this list was generated from USERS so I am not sure what you mean by directing the comments at me not liking horror.

      25. jmatts78 April 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

        Late to the party, but here’s one no one mentioned: when someone gets stabbed or otherwise impaled they immediately go quiet or gasp a little bit instead of screaming in pain. Cause isn’t that actually what would happen?

        Also, one hit kills. While I love the Friday the 13th movies the whole series is one of the biggest offenders in this regard. When you stab someone once, anywhere in the torso doesn’t matter, it actually takes a long time for that person to die if there’s no one to help. The heart is a little quicker, but still.

      26. The Wyman (@TheWyman22) April 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

        How quickly people die off in movies. If 6 people go into the woods, 3 of them are killed off 10 -15 minutes into the film. Or take Wrong Turn 5 for example. (which doesn’t take place in the woods but still follows)

      27. Dylan Bradley May 29, 2013 at 6:39 pm

        when the killer is seconds of getting close to the victim and the victim is panicing of where to hide the suddenly find a place in a second before the killer comes and manages to be silent or when they are in a obvious place behind the killer but the killer dosent turn around (The last house on the left)

      28. nathanf13 June 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        How about the one person who’s stupid enough to stand around when their best friend is turning into a monster?

      29. krystal12345 June 14, 2013 at 9:53 am

        Great list, guys! I agree. Here’s some more, if you’re interested. :)

        *Everyone is an idiot. This kind of sums up most horror movie clichés, but it’s so significant that I’m giving it a category all of its own. People make such stupid decisions. It drives me insane. For instance, if I was being chased by a psychopath, I’d most likely grab whatever could be used as a weapon and run like sh*t. I wouldn’t just stand there and scream for help, especially when I’m in the middle of no where.

        *Be very scared of technology. Phones. Videotapes. Computers. They will kill you. All I have to say is that, if you’re going to make me afraid of the technology that’s making my life better, you’d better have a damn good reason to.

        *The mirror scare. It’s so old. I get that it’s scary to look in the mirror and see some freaky person there. But seriously?! Why is it used so much? Get more creative.

        *Investigating the creepy noise. “Ooh! A scary noise! By all means, let’s check it out! I know it’s most likely the psychopathic murderer but eh, I’ll just bring a flashlight, that’ll scare ‘em.” No, sweetheart. When you hear a freaky noise you run out of the house. Oh and call the police.

        *The false alarm. It is so irritating, when someone grabs the hero and you think that there’s finally going to be some action, but NOOOOOOOO, it’s just your friend.

        *The noble risk-taker. When there’s a curse or a psycho or something that’s stalking the place and then some noble idiot stands up to save the world. Most likely this noble idiot will get killed but will save all their friends and that’s what’s important, right? Ugh.

        *Walking home alone. If I had a euro for every horror move where there’s a person walking home alone (or anywhere alone) when they know that there’s a killer on the loose, I’d be able to buy myself a new iPad 5.

        *The black guy always dies. No, I am not being racist. I am merely stating a fact. Horror movie writers always kill off the black person. Probably when the actor gets the script, they’re told, “Don’t even bother reading past the first thirty pages – you won’t survive that long.”

        I think I left some out, but none are jumping out at me. If I remember them, I’ll post another comment. Again, great list.

        =K

        • lkeke July 3, 2013 at 4:55 am

          Not only does the black guy die first but usually dies as a result of reckless anger – although they are always angry about wnw.

        • Robert January 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

          There are multiple films where the black dude doesn’t die first, or even at all. LL Cool J survived Deep Blue Sea. Two black guys survive Nightmare on Elm Street 3, etc.

      30. Elizabeth Molloy July 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

        Rigor mortis only lasts a couple of hours you know. I think it’d be the smell of the bodies rotting, and the popping once their abdomen is filled with gasses generated from the intestine & stomach bacteria digesting themselves.

      31. bobby July 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm

        Its a movie if it didn’t habe cheesy but awsom e shit like thsy we wouldn’t habe jason we wouldn’t habe scream we wouldntttttt habe halloween we may habe hellraiser and maybe a few other the fact is it isn’t just blood and gore and suspense and plot that make a horror movie or a slasher film or a survivak film those cheesy things you mentioned make the movie to not all agree to some where they repeat those same things in a series but with out some happy endings there would only be one movie unless it’d tells from the crypt all the time just saying jason is cheese as fuck but it I can pay 7.99 a month to watch cheesy classics like that I will cause they are classics anyway you are right but wrong at the same time

      32. Cheddar July 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm

        The fact that the villain is almost always a dead young girl between the ages of 6 – 10

        The survivors will meet an old guy half way through the movie who will give them a place to stay the night and give the main character vital knowledge on how to defeat the villain. This old guy is then promptly killed afterwards.

        Plans never go to plan

      33. Iliac August 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        When someone uses a camera. About the entire movie. Enough said.
        Seriously, how much battery life do theses things have?

      34. Leo September 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm

        Someone always calls a medium, and the medium has awful, usually red, hair.

      35. Leo September 14, 2013 at 10:31 pm

        After the car stops working, people going into the grassland heading to nowhere even though there is a huge road ahead of them

      36. Rebekkah C October 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

        -When someone thinks they see something and then when they turn around, blink, wash their face, etc., it’s no longer there. Also applies to mysterious writings on walls/mirrors.

        -Just everything you can think of to do with mediums/psychics – especially the ones that insist on holding hands around a table (ever notice how there always has to be at least one person against it and one person strongly for it?)…

      37. Iliac October 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm

        Every ghost is usually a creepy girl/woman or creepy boy/elderly man. There’s never a middle-aged man ghost.

        There’s always a jumpscare when opening a door, turning around, in the shower, hiding in a closet or talking on a phone.

        Whenever teens hear about a haunted place with confirmed murders having occurred, they always assume its not legit, obviously having never watched horror movies.

        The creepy old lady is always a mentor, accomplice or villain.

        There must always be a promiscuous/drug scene before the first kill.

        The family will stay and investigate their haunted home despite the obvious danger.

        The law enforcement is naive and incompetent until the monster shows up.

        The ghost is either after revenge, a relative of the protagonist (or the protagonist them self) or just plain evil.

        Every recent horror film is now about demons.

      38. Daedae December 5, 2013 at 2:35 am

        Black people never make it to the end

      39. Cammy January 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        The “double dream”. When something bad happens to a character,then they wake up screaming and it’s all a dream. So for a few minutes,everything seems normal…then it happens AGAIN! HATE that!!!

      40. Kevin January 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm

        How about a character that says “I’ll be right back”. You know they wont!
        People that say “Let’s split up!” You know they’ll never see each other alive again.
        Going into a room and never turning the light on.
        Knowing the house is supposed to be haunted and going in at night. Wait for daylight then have a look round!

        • Herner Klenthur
          Herner Klenthur January 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

          hah excellent choice. Was also well played in Scream 4 :)

      41. Mitzi Zombiegurl Hobbs January 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

        How about when an extra in a zombie movie gets bitten they turn immediately, but if one of the stars gets bitten it takes most of the movie for them to turn.

      42. Ia January 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        How about the fact that everyone knows there’s a pyscho/Demon/monster etc. on the loose so they decide to go into an unlit building, wander around in the dark, then when they hear a noise call out “Who’s there?” as loud as possible to give their whereabouts away to the bad guy???

      43. Rhonda Thompson January 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

        Zombie attack

        • Horror-Movies.ca January 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm

          sorry this one i dont understand. Explain

      44. Patrick Baker January 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        My most hated horror movie cliche, is actually about the fans, in particular young fans that have only seen a hand full or 2 horror movies, but think they know it all. The ones that think they’re ultra clever, cause they spot a few similarities and then become overly critical former fans. And to clear it up, Cabin in the Woods, was a critique And a very sweet love letter.

        • NanaDonna Castello January 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm

          I loved Cabin in the Woods.

      45. Dax January 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm

        “A victim running away for some reason always a hot woman, while the villain walks but can keep up”
        This one is nicely explained in “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon”

      46. Michael D Stewart January 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        I can identify the movie the picture above is from! “The Screaming Skull”. :D

        • Robert January 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

          Did you get your free coffin?

      47. Chris Keyes January 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm

        Psycho killer has great vision while wearing a mask, with the exception of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon…great big holes in that mask.

      48. Nicholas Gardner January 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        Not picking up dropped weapons…people kiilling someone that has a weapon of some sort..and then runs off leaving it!!wtf…id have arms full.lol…

      49. Tiago January 2, 2014 at 5:19 pm

        Funny list.
        Just we have to be careful not to be selectively realistic. I mean, you are ok with a body rising from the dead, but God forbid it from running because of rigor mortis?

      50. Linda Benton January 2, 2014 at 6:25 pm

        Always assuming the female is soft and an easy kill or the girls that run around screaming like idiots

      51. Jas Turner January 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm

        you touched on it with shooting one bullet and running instead of emptying the clip, but that goes for any weapon. They stab or club the villain once and then run instead of bashing the head completely in or cutting it off.

        • Jay January 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

          don’t forget that they drop the blunt instrument when they’re done with it

      52. Jas Turner January 2, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        you forgot that the black character is generally the first to go

      53. Jas Turner January 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

        the outcast rebel teen who knows whats going on before everone else, yet no one believes him and blames him for whats happening

      54. ben traemer January 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm

        one thing I hate in horror movies is the musical score tells you when its supposed to be scary. in John Carpenter’ Halloween, he sometimes lets you see the scary before the music reminds you. the remake of Evil Dead had some major flawes but the score ruined it completely

        • Haikaru April 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm

          That’s what I liked about The Orphan cause it played scary music then she shut the fridge and nothing. But the girl was the on the other side of the kitchen at night.
          Don’t forget The Strangers as when one of the villains is just walks up in the background they don’t play any music and it takes a while for some people to notice.

      55. NanaDonna Castello January 2, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        “Clawing at hands with a bag on your head instead of poking a hole in the bag” LOL that’s what I always thought.

      56. pizzainacup January 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        It’s irksome whenever the film’s attractive girl who has a boyfriend, who’s an asshole, suddenly realizes that he’s an insensitive person and decides to officially or unofficially breakup with him only after he’s an asshole to the nerdy guy who likes her. See, these kind of females are very fickle and disingenuous, and these kind of males are insecure and have a superiority complex.

        Ugh. In general, I see this enough times in films that I want to vomit. Really? You’ve just realized that your boyfriend’s a douche bag. So you promptly breakup with him in favor of the geek to make yourself feel better. Or to make yourself appear more sympathetic.

        Begs the question, why were you going with him in the first place?

        She should look at herself in the mirror and ask herself: What does this say about me? You like “bad boys.” So don’t act alarmed when he does something mean to somebody else. You’re just as guilty as he is because, oftentimes, females will condone this behavior when they know that it’s wrong.

      57. Marc Thibodeau January 2, 2014 at 11:28 pm

        running Under a falling object instead of moving aside, leaving your weapons behind because there`s nothing to be afraid of in space…

      58. Marc Thibodeau January 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

        when the movie writers have to cast in stupid characters who`s only reason to be is to move the plot along because nobody is actually stupid enough to read from the Necronomicon, or to go in the basement or haunted house

      59. Marc Thibodeau January 2, 2014 at 11:32 pm

        people that take midnight swims in Lakes, the water is chilly enough during hot summer days, *shivers*

      60. Chuck S. January 3, 2014 at 12:27 am

        Many of these annoying cliches can be summed up in the cliche that none of these characters have ever seen a horror movie before. They are engaging in these behaviors for the first time ever. That’s why Cabin in the Woods and Scream were so fun. They confronted the cliches and gave them a cheeky wink.

      61. Olin WhoDat Frizzell January 3, 2014 at 12:41 am

        this could be any genre, but when someone pulls a knife/sword out of a leather holster and you still get that metal “shhhling!” out of it. lol

      62. Tonja January 3, 2014 at 3:35 am

        I hate it when a weapon is found -tire iron, bat, whatever – the victim gives one or two good whacks, the killer falls and they immediately let their weapon fall to the ground instead of bashing the killers brains in. Of course the killer is not dead and is revived within a minute to go on and kill the victim.

        • Charles February 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm

          this annoys me the most. Especially when the victim tuns their back to the killer after dropping the weapon next to the killer.

      63. tinad January 3, 2014 at 3:35 am

        For me, the worst cliche is the survivor of first movie returning on anniversary of “the crime”. If I escaped from psycho killer I would ask for witness protection or at least leave the state never to return

      64. Christo Max January 3, 2014 at 3:50 am

        “Objects that fall from buildings and catch up with other things. Gravity is somehow not constant.”

        Well, unless two objects are falling in a vacuum, air resistance can actually cause this to happen…

        “Zombies that run when rigor mortis would clearly prevent a dead body from running or chasing anybody”

        This complaint always bugs me. Why are you applying medical science (rigor) to something that is medically impossible (zombies as depicted in the movies)? Really? lol

      65. 00ghoul00 January 3, 2014 at 6:01 am

        this is a camera cliche shot thats been so overused for the last half dozen years or so. for a while it was in almost every horror movie trailer too.
        when the character suddenly is lying on the ground and with the camera closeup on characters face, character suddenly gets dragged by feet away from camera into darkness or out door or somewhere.
        whenever i see it i question the director’s personal artistic vision.

      66. John W January 4, 2014 at 7:19 am

        For every group of friends there’s always one super duper obnoxious assh*le that makes everyone else in the group totally miserable and usually is the reason they start getting killed and you wonder why do they hang out with this person?

      67. Jay January 4, 2014 at 9:20 am

        1)the only scientist left finds a cure(praise the lord how convenient)

        2)the scientist “perfects” his serum and decides to try it on himself like a total dumbass

      68. Matt January 5, 2014 at 3:37 am

        1. When they tell someone to come on more then once instead of that person running away on there own will they want to sit there and end up dying.. If it where me I’d be the first person out the damn place common sense
        2. When it’s pretty dn odvious someone is the killer or if someone looks as if they shouldn’t be trusted they really need to make a movie that’s logical
        3. This has already been mentioned but never shoot the villain once put the whole dn round into his ass

      69. D Hermit January 17, 2014 at 9:41 am

        Very late to this party. Lot’s of good items on the list. Here’s my two cents worth:

        Why is it that nobody in any horror movie owns a decent flashlight? Whenever they use one, it always begins to flicker and go out, causing the user to mess with the switch and keep smacking it, only to have the light blare brightly right as the killer/monster strikes.

        Also, why is it that the power almost always goes out at some point, usually right after the victims become aware there’s a killer in the house? Every storm that blows through knocks the power out. Heck, a mouse fart would do it. Should the miraculous occur and the house still has lights on all over the place, then there’s always the inevitable burned out light bulb in the exact room the victim/hero/protagonist needs to go into. Oddly enough, flicking it up and down a hundred times never seems to fix it. :P

      70. djkoz78 January 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm

        Not sure how old this post is but I figured I would add one if nobody else thought of it. Where horror franchises have the phase in the the title of the film like The Final Chapter or (insert horror character name plus DEAD) only to make 20 more sequels.

      71. Wyldkard42 February 2, 2014 at 7:09 pm

        Well, one reason the guys never survive is that it like you said seen as sexiest. They think that men should put themselves in more danger by taking control of the situation and leaving the female somewhere safe while he takes care of it by himself or with the 1 or 2 other guys there (depending on how early in the movie you are) like there isn’t strength in numbers, and personally I know many females that are smart enough to come up with “war tactics” and execute them on their own .

        What annoys me is theres always that one scene where the guy is about to die and the virgin comes up and hit the killer on the head with a vase or candlestick holder. Like seriously who actually owns one of them 20lbs brass candle holders? They after one hit he jumps up and they run out of the room like the killer isn’t going to get up!

        As for the survivor always being a virgin its also based in religion. There are a lot of Catholics and Muslims in the industry and they make it that way not only for their beliefs but not to alienate the watchers with similar ones. Religion plays a ridiculous amount on what makes it in movies. If the studio even gets a whiff of a possible boycott they will make the director amd producers change stuff. There’s no freedom of creativity anymore like with Hitchcock and Kurbrick.

      72. FluffyIdiotIsI February 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

        I have two!
        •Suddenly they have no idea on how to turn the light switches on.
        And…
        •a fuse is blown so someone has to go down to the basement and fix it.
        I just find these two points so annoying for some reason.

      73. Charles February 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

        Most annoying and predictable thing is when the victim manages to stab or shoot the bad guy, and then drops the knife or gun right next to the bad guy and then stands or sits with their back to the bad guy. Ofcourse, the bad guy gets up and attacks again. It’s even more annoying when this happens more than once to the same person, like in Haloween.

      74. Nunyabizzzz April 13, 2014 at 5:43 am

        Actually, rigor mortis only lasts a few hours. It typically starts around 3 or 4 hours after death, peaking at 12 hours, and is usually gone by in 24 hours.

      75. jaahaha April 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm

        I have ran while screaming. Well, it was more like an “AAAARGH, NO NO NO” rather than an “EEEK” but still, it’s not that hard.

        • jaahaha April 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

          Also what is the point of a movie/series if it doesn’t have some kind of happy ending? Daaaaaark is good only if it’s tastefully done.

      76. Pandora April 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm

        I really, most ABSOLUTELY HATE it when the women ALWAYS mess up the men’s survival progress from the killer because of their stupid clumsy accident/idiocy and then the men have to them because of their accident leaving the men to get hurt/killed by the killer whilst the woman stands there helplessly. IT HAPPENS IN EVERY FREAKING HORROR FILM AND NEVER DIES OUT. I’m a girl and I think that this is terrible on that’s how we are portrayed in horror films.

      77. heresone April 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm

        The person who says ghosts don’t exist is usually the first to get killed by them.

      78. Kagai May 2, 2014 at 6:35 am

        I hate that no one knows how to stop a car by pressing the brake or putting the car in neutral.

      79. kate May 28, 2014 at 9:48 pm

        That person who runs while always turning back every 10 seconds, ends up tripping or getting to a dead end and then they die?

      80. LazyCovenant June 22, 2014 at 2:25 am

        when a person magically falls on the ground and they act like they cant get back up so they start crawling any smart person would know that when they fall they should get right back up and run.

      81. Denise Dudley July 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm

        The fact that a place has to be haunted when the family cat is found torn to pieces. I love cats,so this always irritates me.

      82. James Tarr August 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        Opening scene is a family moving into a new house.

      83. cinnamon August 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

        When they defeat a monster but the monster is magically able to fertilise itself and leaves offspring somewhere just before it gets killed. They think theyve defeated the monster and just before the credits come up at the end of the film, they show the offspring the monster has left behind meaning more chaos again.its sooooooooooooooo boring