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5 Things We Don’t Want To See In Horror Films Anymore

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The horror genre is arguably one of the most underrated film genres in Hollywood. Horror films have the potential to include all other genres in them and evoke all sorts of emotions from their viewers. However, films that use these five common jump scare tropes are not nearly as creative as they could be. Here’s what we wish horror filmmakers would stop doing in their movies:

The Best Friend Fake Scare

This jump scare is typically used to break tension after a frightening scene. You’ve likely watched at least one horror film where the main character feels a presence behind them or turns a corner to be spooked by not the killer, but their best friend. Not only are these unrealistic (how many of your friends sneak up behind you unannounced?) but they’re the equivalent of the horror film’s “boy who cried wolf.”

The Mirror Scare

If you ever tried to conjure “Bloody Mary” in the mirror as a kid, you know exactly what this one is about. Many horror films use mirrors to portray jump scares, having the main character look into one and see the monster or a scary disfigurement in the reflection. Back in the 60s, this trope was very effective (such as in Roman Polanski’s Repulsion) but now it’s definitely overplayed.

The Creepy Face

Scary or gruesome faces are the pinnacle of scary movies. If the villain didn’t look scary, it wouldn’t be scary, right? Though some movies make good use of disfigured or creepy creates, others do it simply to make a limping plot work. Horror movies with a great plot are so much more compelling than those that rely on makeup and costumes.

The Sudden Scare

This scare is the most obvious and most common jump scare. The character looks away, or lights flicker, and suddenly the villain appears to try to get them. This trope can be very effective, such as in the latest horror blockbuster It, where children’s fears are manifested by Pennywise and pop out from familiar places. However, almost all horror films use it, and not always with meaning or significance.

The Haunting Noise

A character focuses outside and hears a chainsaw whirring; he’s alone in the house and hears a knock at the door; she’s walking at night and hears footsteps… The jump scares that use auditory spooks were once creative, but are now old news. Exceptions to this include the “hide and clap” scene from The Conjuring and other creative renditions, but not all movies do it so well.

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