Herner who runs this site and I were talking and he wanted to know what I think are the Top Ten most cliche’ deaths in horror films throughout the ages. I got to thinking about it. First, allow me to define my criteria.
By cliche I mean that when you see this character you can safely assume they won’t make it to the sequel. I thought long and hard about these choices so without further ado, here is my list of the Top Ten Most Cliche Horror Film Deaths
10. The Detective on his last mission
Beware this grizzled character. If he mentions anything about retiring to the country, the beach, or the mountains you know his lifespan will be a short one. Writers love to cut these guys down right before they get to enjoy their freedom.
9. The Prankster
This guy spends half the film joking about getting killed or terrorizing the others and the other half not there…cause he’s DEAD (think of Shelly in F13 3)
8. The Pot-Smoking Hippies
As cool and laid back as they may be, they are good for some comic relief as well as some great gore. By breaking one of the cardinal sins of morality, they effectively seal their doom.
7. The Wino with the Bottle in the Bag
When you see the weaving wino talking to himself you can bet he is gonna hear something, look at the bottle, throw it away, and get clobbered OR walk up to the killer in disbelief, stare at him dumbfoundedly and get clobbered.(Friday the 13th part 6)
6. The Smartass Jock/Macho Loudmouth
This guy thinks his muscles and wisecracks will save his ass, but they only lead him to the head of the slaughter (athlete from Final Destination 3)
5. The Cop/False Hero to the Rescue
This is always a sad one for me. You think they are coming to save the day but they are only coming to get wacked like everyone else (park ranger in Wrong Turn or the cops/EMTs in ROTLD)
4. The Black Man
It used to be that as soon as you saw a man of color in the cast, you knew his screen time was limited. But this cliche has since moved up the list as more and more writers choose to spare these characters…thankfully. (look at LL Cool J in Deep Blue Sea)
3. The Mentor(the one who knows it all)
As sad as it always is to see this one go, you know he must. His death is usually essential to the character arc. Only when the all-knowing is removed can the true hero arise (Halloran of The Shining)
2. The Dumbest Girl with the Biggest Tits
Well this one is obvious. She is usually annoying but hot. You can’t wait to see her die and you hope she flashes you in the process. Also you can expect her to trip/lose a shoe/run into a tree whilst fleeing the killer with tits-a-poppin. Purely expendable eye candy (see just about ANY horror film, especially slashers)
1. The Teens Having Sex
Breaking the most dangerous morality sin, horny teens have been knocked off time and time again and is easily the most cliche of all. Does it teach us the pitfalls of pre-marital sex…or just that group sex is safer? (again, you don’t have to look far for this one cause horny teens are all over)