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The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« on: December 04, 2012, 10:47:04 am »
Based on the movie Scream, you watch enough of a particular genre like horror and you start to see that most have quite a few of the same "scenes" in them.

So, post what scenes you see over and over in the Horror Film genre. I will get it started:

Skinny Dipping - If the protagonist or victim is out in the woods or by a lake, this is almost a guarantee.
Running the wrong way - Victim running upstairs instead of out the front door.
Sex - As Randy said in Scream, as soon as you have sex, you die.

I don't want to post all of them so as not to include what you see over and over on your end of things. Mac, you should have a pretty good handle on this topic. All I ask of you is that you high-lite the scenes in Yellow so that it will be easier to pick them out of the thread should it get really long.

That's what she said.

I will also be starting other threads per genre as well. So, stay tuned.....
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2012, 02:02:49 pm »
Cool... I just read this. I'll get back to it.
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2012, 04:25:32 pm »
A couple come to mind. In horror movies, the people that walk backwards, maybe away from a sound or image, or walk backward into a room or door without looking first. This NEVER happens in real life.

Also as black comedians are quick to point out, you white folk are crazy. When something looks very bad going down, white people do not run away, they go investigate it further.

And a big one on rom-com's where the male and female lead don't like each other, but you know by the end of the movie, they will be a couple. (see and lifetime channel movie)  ;D

« Last Edit: December 04, 2012, 04:27:36 pm by Mac »
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2012, 04:51:33 pm »
Hiding Under The Bed / In The Closet - If you're under the bed, you see the slow pacing of the killer's boots walking back and forth. In the closet you see the silhouette of the killer as the victim looks through the slats. In both cases, you never see the killer's face.
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2012, 10:30:51 pm »
This is slowly going to become TVTropes.

You guys saw "The Sleepover," right?  This addressed quite a few tropes about horror stories and urban legends.


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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2012, 10:34:37 pm »
Never seen nor heard of it.
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2012, 10:42:27 pm »
The Phone Call - This is where the Killer reveals themselves to the main character. Granted, this only works with 'Human' killers. I can't picture Jason or Meyers calling their intended victims and grunting their way through a conversation and Freddy Kruger would have problems just dialing with that razor glove on.
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2012, 10:55:04 pm »
Mommy Issues - Think about it. Most of the Horror flicks revolve around Mothers (or Parents) and what they did wrong in their own past that comes back to haunt them later. The horror or crimes are usually directed at the offspring of said Parents. From Psycho to Scream to Nightmare On Elm Street, you can blame the Mother. Hell, in Friday The 13th, it's literally the Mother!!!
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2012, 11:07:01 pm »
Watch "The Sleepover."  It's awesome. 

"Detention" had an awesome take off of the phone call by having the killer text the victim before slashing her-- a second after she received it.

I feel like the reason we see a lot of the family issues thing is because the idea that someone became a sick and crazy bastard because of how terrible the world is just takes too long to set up.  "My mother hit me, so I'll kill you" is much quicker and no one questions it.  Which maybe they should.

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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 04:01:42 am »
Same here, have not heard of it. I'll check in to it
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2012, 06:54:05 pm »
Aliens, except for Spielberg's ET, are always bad news and pretty much bent on killing you.
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2012, 06:56:14 pm »
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"Detention" had an awesome take off of the phone call by having the killer text the victim before slashing her-- a second after she received it.

I'm hearing good stuff about Detention. You liked it?


I ordered both :)
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2012, 07:34:42 pm »
I totally dug Detention.  It made me rethink a lot of how and what I write.


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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2012, 01:38:00 pm »
I'm curious to know, since I don't particularly watch or seek out 'Torture  P o r n  Horror' flicks, but do they have the same cliche scenes in "traditional" horror movies or do they come with their own set of cliched scenes? Just based on the few trailers I've seen over the years, the one that pops up is of course...

Chained In A Room - Given the genre itself, it's obvious that the main or secondary characters end up being locked or chained in a basement or a 'White Walled' room that serves as the Antagonist "operating" room.

I went with Red to distinguish it from the 'traditional horror' genre. So, clue me in if it has it own set of rules and scenes. Thanks.
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Re: The Horror Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2012, 02:01:26 pm »
I myself would not splinter that genre off. I don't like that particular kind of horror. It all depends though on the story. But I've seen way to many where it is torture and gore for shock value and little else.
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