Top Horror Movie Cliches


The Top Ten

1 "Let's split up"

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

Stay together, don't split.

Its like scooby doo


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2 Nudity=Death

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

NUDITY should never = death
#ihateaids #ihatethiscliche

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

Michael Myers in a nutshell.

4 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

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

THIS makes me really angry
I'm like : 'Run..yes run faster! Wait...don't trip...not again! ' - Ananya

5 Black guy always dies

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

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

6 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.

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7 Teens (Or, Big Red Targets With Human Bodies)

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

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 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

10 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

The Contenders

11 Jump scares

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

12 A slut, jock, nerd, and virgin

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

13 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

14 Car not starting when trying to get away

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

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15 The face in the mirror
16 Somebody is screaming but nobody hears him
17 Hiding under beds like children

Yeah! Like that's gonna help! - ishaantiwari

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

18 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.

I am sure misandry in horror movies in their first, since most people who write movies are male. - Lucretia

19 Old run down house in the woods: "maybe they have a phone"
20 Welcome to Camp Clichè Horror!
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Top Remixes (4)

1. The killer seems immortal at first, then dies really idiotically
2. "Let's split up"
3. Stuck in the middle of nowhere
1. Can't run and fall after stumbling on virtually anything
2. Not checking to make sure the killer is really dead
3. Nudity=Death
1. Nudity=Death
2. Jump scares
3. "Let's split up"

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