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    1. Movement turns out to be a cat
    2. The bathroom mirror trick
    3. Dropping the keys at a key moment
    4. Someone touches someone else's back at a key moment
    5. The doorknob turns, but there's no one there when the door opens
    6. A slow zoom on a window, door, or hole, and something jumps into view
    7. Someone saying "we need to get out of here!"
    8. Someone saying "I heard something" or "did you hear that?"
    9. Someone saying "I think we're safe now" right before they get killed
    10. The abundant use of crossbows since The Walking Dead became popular
    11. The gun that jams at a critical moment
    12. A car that won't start at a critical moment
    13. A car that gets stuck in mud and won't move at a critical moment
    14. The creepy dude who knows a lot and fills in the plot holes at a critical moment
    15. The fallen priest looking for redemption
    16. Claws making a screeching sound when they are scratched against wood or painted surfaces
    17. Tire screeching noises on dirt roads
    18. The coward, the jock, the bad girl, and the comic relief
    19. Members of a group getting picked off one at a time
    20. Using a weapon once and running away without it
    21. Never, ever, going for a monster's eyes
    22. The cop who goes missing but no one at his/her department ever seem to notice
    23. A body falls and a pool of blood slowly spreads
    24. Screeching violins at critical moments
    25. The shot where it looks like someone is being watched from the trees or a window, then the camera moves into cover when the person looks back
    26. The cop who seems like he/she is helping but is actually a relative of the monster/bad guy
    27. Radiation... the duct tape of monster creation
    28. 10 different views of every explosion
    29. The branches snapping in the woods, followed by someone saying "is someone there?"
    30. And the latest one... being out of cell phone range
    "Spit's all that's holding me together right now too!" James Whitmore, Them!

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    ^Lol. Bruzilla your about two pages away from a finished script.
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    I did forget the one dealing with the need to shoot a zombie in the chest several times before someone explains "you have to shoot them in the head!"
    "Spit's all that's holding me together right now too!" James Whitmore, Them!

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    "HEY!" Some very simple things always (almost always) "Work" and often"Less can be MORE"as I prove so many times in my haunted house.
    Go "Dark" and Quiet and Wait,leaving people in the Quiet -Dark and the unraveling begins!
    A very educated,gifted, writer got pretty nutty in my first room from this. Her magazine article began with a few horror movie cliches , then she said how as a young woman,walking into a scary looking old Haunted house,that if she was seeing this on TV,she would have turned it OFF! But She was the writer here to write a story,so she had to buckle-down swallow her simple but extreme fear and go for whatever was going to happen next!
    I SO Laughed my Butt-Off when I read her article! It was in "Chicago Magazine"?
    She also reviews current plays and does quite an impressive, good job doing that.
    "My Insanity is well-respected, until they wiggle free and become a stringer for a tabloid"

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    Well, my most hated one and it's so maddeningly overused - the killing of the family dog who runs off to investigate something amiss. Over and over and over again this is used as the first sign of danger in a movie and I hate it, hate it, hate it. I'm one of those who can't stand to see animals killed in films. People, no problem. Can't really explain it, but I know I'm not alone.

    There's a whole new slew of cliches specific to found footage horror, such as the documentarian who must keep filming no matter what!!! So that people will know what happened here... And I say that as a fan of many found footage films. [REC] is one of my favorite horror movies ever.

    I can be pretty forgiving of cliches, if the movie is well done and I'm enjoying it. Except the dog one!

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    I hate that! By now, I'm sure everyone knows how to kill a zombie/werewolf/vampire. I just saw "Unfriended," and one of the characters did that about a million times. If you're making a movie geared towards 14-year olds, you don't need to explain what internet Trolls are or how to play Never Have I Ever...

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    or when they've been driving around all night , then all hell breaks loose, and now the car wont start , and it always sounds like an old Chrysler when they try to start it hahaha
    "when hinges creak in doorless chambers"...

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    I might have identified a cliche not yet mentioned here. It usually happens at the beginning of the movie when the young people arrive in spooky location and the local old geezer begins telling them how strange and scary the place is.. and he can't take his eyes off of the foxy ,young babe as he is talking.
    Oh,wait! That's what I do !
    I try not to,really I do! (I just realized,I am a cliche.) " whaa!"
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    I guess now days, there's always two endings. One you are lead to believe is the ending, and then comes the real ending with some kind of unexpected twist.

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    Two film-making cheats that bug me are day-for-night shooting (mostly older movies) and more recently - using obvious top-darkened filters on outdoor shots. You can clearly see that it was a bright sunny day and they just slammed a top-darkened filter on the lens to add a dismal effect. Never mind that there isn't a cloud in the sky and we can see sharp day-time shadows everywhere.

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