24 Annoying Things That Happen in Horror Movies

Samantha Sutton | Feb 22, 2019 Movies
24 Annoying Things That Happen in Horror Movies

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Sometimes, we enjoy watching cheesy rom-coms where the main couple gets together at the end, sharing a kiss in a picturesque setting after getting engaged within three days of knowing each other. But other times, we find ourselves in the mood to watch slightly more believable; something where we can actually picture ourselves in the main character's shoes, causing us to wonder if this situation could possibly ever happen in real life.

Horror movies tend to make us feel this way. With such an intense buildup, we can become so invested that, by the time the main character is running for his or her life, we feel that fear, too.

Still, that's not to say that every element of our favorite spooky flick seems super realistic. There have been plenty of times where we've been caught up in the suspense only to spot something so silly that we're left scratching our heads, wondering whose idea it was to add that in there.

These moments usually have something to do with classic cliches and tropes. For instance: Why does every scary movie have characters who obnoxiously scream at some point? Why do things always seem to go wrong during that initial getaway attempt? Why does no one learn about the haunted house until after they've moved in?

No matter how much these details make us roll our eyes, if they never happened, our favorite horror movie likely wouldn't be the same. It would lack a whole lot of suspense or probably be resolved within the first few minutes.

Still, that won't stop us from listing the most annoying things that happens in horror films.

  • Crappy Phones


    If we're headed to a secluded cabin in the woods or something of that nature, we'd probably want to make sure there's at least one working phone. What if there's an emergency or someone needs to get in touch with us? Of course, they end up learning this lesson the hard way.

    Also, why does no one ever have a charger? Or a reliable service plan? 

  • Skeptical People


    One of the most annoying things that happens in movies -- whether it's a psychological thriller, a slasher, or a spooky ghost story -- is that the main character usually has to work pretty hard to convince someone, anyone, that something spooky is going down. People are always skeptical when they say something like, "Hey, actually, a demon is haunting me! I even have this [insert small piece of evidence] to prove it!" Until, of course, that person experiences it, too.

  • Not Checking Surroundings


    Since when is it ever OK to not scope out a room in case the killer is hiding under the bed -- or the backseat of a car before getting in?

    Hello, lifesaving decisions, people!

  • Crappy Cars


    So what if the main character was just driving the car a few short days or even mere minutes ago? The moment there's a masked person with a weapon chasing them, the car is going to stall -- or the tire is going to be flat. It's just not going to work, and now they'll have to make a run for it.

  • Basements


    Speaking of being aware of surroundings, now is probably not the time to enter a dusty, dimly lit basement alone. Why does no one use the buddy system when heading down there?

    Also, why is it always the basement in the first place?

  • Getting Curious


    For some reason, people hear a noise in horror movies and decide that the logical thing to do is to walk towards it. They head up the stairs. They shout "Who's there?" They open the door and walk outside.


    Also, let the dead and demons rest! Don't try to contact them with an Ouija board or a seance!

  • Being in the Dark

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    We get it: Half of the reason these films are so creepy and make us jump is that they usually take place at night or, at the least, in the aforementioned dark basement. We're always expecting something to pop out, and yet, still jump when it actually happens.

    Unfortunately, those extra dark scenes can sometimes be difficult to see (all lights need to be off in our room, too, which only adds to the suspense) and it can make it extra hard to fall asleep later on (especially if we hear a noise).

    Can't these things take place during the day?!

  • Blind Trust


    John Malkovich's character in Bird Box likely watched his fair share of scary movies, because he wasn't so quick to trust a stranger -- and he turned out to be right! 

    For some reason, these films have people picking up hitchhikers, letting random folks into their homes, and refusing to believe that someone they know is the culprit.

  • Keeping Secrets


    Leave it to someone to withhold important information until it's way too late. Oh, this house that ya just bought? Someone was murdered in it, which is why no one wants to live here! Those zombies that were just chasing us? They actually bit me, and now I'm turning into a zombie, too! 

  • Bad Research


    Of course, it's not always on the person selling the house to disclose all the information -- the family moving in should have probably done a little bit of research, too, before handing over that money. But they didn't, and now they have to deal with ghosts and demons. 

    Also, they probably should get an expert opinion on that mysterious box before opening it, or look into the history of a game before playing it. Just saying!

  • Staying Put


    Why is it that people who are living in a haunted house or even suspected that someone has been stalking them act weirdly calm about it at first? They're sort of like, "Oh, well, this stinks, but it will all probably blow over soon -- I'm just going to wait it out." 

    Um, maybe get out of town for a few days until the whole thing is resolved?

  • Poorly Planned Getaways


    OK, something is after them, there isn't a lot of time to react -- we understand this. But why are these characters running at the worst possible times? Why do they head up the stairs? Why are they unable to keep a firm grasp on their weapon? Why are they heading into towards the woods?!

    We have a lot of questions.

  • Clumsy Victims


    The second it's time to run, many characters (most of them being women) develop the legs of a baby deer. They can't run without tripping or taking a tumble down the hill. Just once, we would like the person being attacked to secretly be a track star!

  • The Attire


    We're all for people wearing what they want and know that many horror movie tropes involve proms or parties. But more often than not, the outfits in these films -- especially those made the '90s or '00s -- are pretty sexy. Off the top of our head, we can't think of a film where the big getaway or fight scene happened to a woman who was wearing an unflattering pair of sweats.

  • The Masks


    Speaking of outfits, the most evil people seem to put a lot of effort into what they wear, too. Just look at this polka dot dress and layering technique from The Strangers! We're also always curious when it comes to a mask choice. Who decided on them, where and when they bought them, and why, more often than not, do they end up looking like babies?

  • Use of Innocent Things


    So many sweet things have been ruined for us thanks to scary movies. Clowns? Completely terrifying. Dolls? Probably about to come to life and chase after us. Even kids are frequently possessed or used as the creepiest kind of ghosts.

    We also have a list of basic lullabies that we can no longer play.

  • Angry Ghosts


    Aside from a few harmless ones that appear in The Sixth Sense, ghosts are typically always in a horrible mood and ready to harm someone. Sometimes they have a decent reason -- for instance, they were terrible in life, so they're terrible in death, too -- but other times, they're just pissed someone is living in their house or inexplicably evil in general.

    Ugh, where's Casper when ya need him?! 

  • Going Separate Ways


    Probably the worst idea that groups in horror movies have is to "split up." How is that a good idea? What if one group makes it out and then can't find the other? That's another lesson characters usually learn the hard way.

    It's also pretty annoying when people are making a run for it and suddenly lose track of someone. Really? They didn't realize that person disappeared three rooms ago? There's only four in the group to begin with!

  • Rule Breaking


    We tend to follow rules on a normal day -- wash our hands, don't stand too close to the train tracks, etc. So it boggles our minds that, when a disease is out there rapidly killing people, someone is like, "Wait, but I urgently need to do this one thing and risk exposing myself!" 


    If someone says don't open the door, don't open the door! Don't go into that haunted house! Don't watch that mysterious video!

    Just stay curious -- and alive. 

  • Time for Romance


    Chaos is happening all around them. A friend or family member was just killed in cold blood. The neighborhood is on high alert because a criminal is on the loose. 

    And they think it's a great time to kiss, cuddle, and get busy?

    Yes, this mostly happens in teen movies, but seriously, there's a time and a place!

    Plus, don't even get us started about how this will essentially seal their fate and make sure they won't make it to the end of the film.

  • No Follow-Up


    They did it! They got the bad guy! He's gone! Finished! Goodbye forever!

    ...But actually, that's not the case.

    To us, the logical thing to do would be to double-check if the person or thing that was just chasing us is actually dead or captured. But usually, characters fail to do that, and then the bad guy ends up coming back.

  • But Also, Following Up


    Another something that's kind of unbelievable is that, once escaping the scary stuff, someone decides, "Hey, ya know what? I think I'm going to go back!" They return to the haunted house or head back into the thick of it, and end up meeting their demise that way, when they had already survived!

  • Saying It's Not Real


    This one is just silly: Characters who are trying to explain how serious the situation is by telling someone else, "Listen, I know it happens this way in movies, but this is not the movies."

    But...it is...?

  • No Police


    Something that would ruin a variety of horror films or solve the dilemma from the get-go would be if people simply called the police instead of trying to handle things on their own. Half the time, they only think of this as a last resort, when it should be the first thing they do!

    Of course, sometimes the police are called, but they don't find anything suspicious. 

    Which takes us full circle and back to skeptical people!


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