Top 10 Horror Movie Cliches

The Top Ten

1 Nudity = Death

Jamie Lee Curtis survived in Halloween because she was a virgin

You know your gonna die if you do it, so why do it?

So, sex is a death sentence in this sense? - BorisRule

NUDITY should never = death
#ihateaids #ihatethiscliche

2 "Let's split up"

Don't people in horror movies know anything about horror movies? - ishaantiwari

Its like scooby doo

Stay together, don't split.


3 The killer seems immortal at first, then dies really idiotically

Michael Myers in a nutshell.

4 Black guy always dies

In jeepers creepers to the black gym teacher was technically the first to die. It's racist

No its not, it's a horror movie, people die. Nobody complains when a woman dies and says sexist. Hell movies have to have the black character die by sacrificing himself so nobody pulls the race card. Its just ignorant - RustyNail

Spoiler Alert. Finally,
There is a black character in Jeepers Creepers 2 that actually survives!


5 Can't run and fall after stumbling on virtually anything

Classic, what horror movie could be with out its ungraceful and uncoordinated victims?

Seriously, what kind of person would have two left feet? - DapperPickle

Oh, he's running, I'll just wait till he trips over that nothing

Scary movie is my favourite because it's a Pisstake on everything on this list

6 Teens (or, big red targets with human bodies)

*cough* the Scream movies *cough*. - DynastiSugarPop

7 False scares for first half of the movie

Ah, the Lewton Bus! Actually pretty clever and scary... for the 1950s. Come on guys. In 2014, this is a cliche mocking a cliche.

Oh yeah.

8 Not checking to make sure the killer is really dead

How about this, after you knock out a killer, kick him in the head, punch him, do something!

9 Jump scares

The most overused cliche in history that still gets us most of the time

Not even that scary true horror movies can make you get chills just with a creepy vibe. - diehardfan

It’s 2014, get something new for once

10 Stuck in the middle of nowhere

So predictable, Look at my list of Things A Slasher Movie Needs - only if you feel like it of course! - Britgirl

The Contenders

11 Car not starting when trying to get away

That's in a lot of the horror movies, do something new directors.

So true, Cujo, the killer dog.

12 A slut, jock, nerd, and virgin

Ever heard of Cabin In The Woods? Perfect example of this.

13 Using knives instead of cool guns

No, the guns are annoying. Loads of movie cliches about them. Sometimes they never run out of bullets, sometimes everyone's such a bad shot that you're safe if they aim at you, and sometimes they point a gun at you but don't shoot. With knives, you don't get any of these cliches. Unless they point it at you without attacking. - PositronWildhawk

Possibly the biggest offender of this to a ridiculous number. - Swellow

Killers in movie don't have guns! - DynastiSugarPop

14 The face in the mirror
15 Authorities can't do diddly squat

Police are just about as worthless as my ex-husband in most horror flicks. - mandi021174

You know your police department sucks when a group of average citizens stop the threat instead of them

16 Somebody is screaming but nobody hears him
17 Women are always the survivors

I don't care if it is apparently woman-hating if they weren't the survivors, its already man-hating so they are being so ironic. I don't mind that woman are survivors, but ALWAYS when they mess up they SOMEHOW still survive but if the men went through the same situation they will SOMEHOW always die.

A little bit gender equality please? - BorisRule

18 Old run down house in the woods: "maybe they have a phone"
19 Welcome to Camp Clichè Horror!
20 Terrible acting
21 Obvious hiding place

"ohh a monster / serial killer is looking for me better hide somewhere obvious so he could kill me"

22 Hiding under beds like children

Yeah! Like that's gonna help! - ishaantiwari

Hide somewhere else! Or Go Outside, and run for your lives!

23 Guns never run out of bullets
24 Gun pointed but not used

Yes like : DON'T DO IT OR I'LL SHOT!

25 The children are the most dumb, yet they never die

In IT, the kids were actually really smart despite being called "The Loser's Club"

26 Going in the basement
27 The guy who underestimates the villain dies first
28 Stupid soul searching
29 Everyone dies but the hero
30 Only the hero dies
31 Gunmen can't aim
32 Can't hide quietly
33 Breathing loudly

I hate this so much! It's annoying! To pay attention to detail, so it distracts me from the big picture...

34 Bringing a flashlight and not a weapon
35 Dumb perky blonde survives

It's always that one person who doesn't deserve to survives who survives. - Turkeyasylum

She usually has big boobs, perfect hair white teeth and its stupid

36 "Oh no that, it was just the wind"

(Continent gets blown up)

Oh no that, it was just the wind - Protagonist - TwilightKitsune

37 "Ooooooooh! I'm a ghooooooossst!"
38 Blood

Well actually...

39 Love scene just before or just after action scene
40 Villain devises elaborate hero death
41 Girls are whores
42 Always a female protagonist
43 Good guy gets stalked. He feels suspicious
44 The children become zombies

In every zombie flick, the 11-year old girl becomes a zombie and eats her family. Yeah, we get it. If you always make the "undead preteen flesh-eater girl" why don't you make a movie where ALL the zombies are children!

45 Everybody dies
46 The killer dies but returns as a zombie in the sequels
47 Decapitated body
48 Blonde girl being the protagonist and the sole survivor

There's a lot of horror movies I've seen the trailers for and the main characters for them are usually blond girls.

49 "I'll be back"

No you won't. You will be dead. - Ilovestephanie

50 Most obvious suspect is not the killer

Very true. We think it's them, but then it's always a plot twist.

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