- The pre-teen in peril, the anguished parent.
- The spooky pre-teen, the frightened but loving parent.
- Flickery things -- usually heads -- that shake around in an unnaturally fast way (thanks, Jacob's Ladder).
- Montages of disturbing images and sounds with transitional cuts that look rusty, accidental, and degraded (thanks, The Ring).
- Heavily desaturated visuals, usually blue-grey or slightly yellowish (Jacob's Ladder again?)
- Death by ubiquitous technology (The Ring, ringing).
- Impending death which can only be averted by unravelling mysterious backstory (The Ring, The Ring, The Ring).
- Nonsensical, poorly-written script which exists solely to display a handful of visually-striking set-pieces (thanks, Dario Argento).
- Nonsensical, poorly-written script which exists solely to display people getting tortured (thanks, Saw).
- The collection of strangers who must kill each other in order to escape (Saw again).
- Sudden shocks accompanied by audio sting (since movies began, probably).
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Horror Movie Cliches That I Simply Will Not Take Anymore
Next time you're watching a horror movie -- particularly one from the last ten years -- consider this a "cliche checklist" that will spoil your fun.