Wiki Says, "A cliche is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel. Movie-viewers often get frustrated by cliches. Cliches, on certain occasions serves as a form of entertainment, and most of the times as a ailment to our mind.
The wiki quote clearly states that , cliches are born from something which is once meaningful.The themes of Horror movies nowadays are born from something, which is never considered with a purpose. Consider 'Blair Witch Project', which was advertised as a real incident and the tape, somehow traveled from the forest. Even though, the movie had a minimum budget with a shaky hand-held camera, it terrified some people.
This started the long boring phase of horror movies, where they invented a genre named 'mockumentary.' In these kind of movies men and women talked to a digital camera for a long period , where you might start to wonder, when these people are gonna die in the movie? Of course, these movies has some genuine scary movements, but it's like those scary flash games, where u stare the screen for a long time and a ugly faced ghost pops up.
Movies like 'Paranormal Activity' should be hailed for its marketing strategy rather than the quality of the movie. I am starting a series of posts about the cliches in various genre. Here are some ten horror genre cliches. If you have come across a cliche other than these, please share it on the 'comments' section:
- Creepy Kids : Mostly beware of the kids, who applies so much powder, like the one in 'Grudge'
- Unresponsive Body : Whether a ghost is lying in bed or rocking in a chair, it seems to respond immediately after you touched it.
- Strange Noises : As long as there are horror movies, there will be strange noises. And as long as there are strange noises, there will be a character(usually a extra) who walk carelessly into the darkness to investigate them.Soon they will be the victim of a ghost or a psycho killer.
- Black Cats : These provide the jump scare moment in every cliched horror movie. They always leap from a alley or from windows and says "Boo."
- Haunted Houses : Floor creaks, walls bleed and the kids in the house talks to a ghost.
- The Glass Scare : This may be the oldest cliche in movies, but it’s one that still tenses up the viewer every time.
- Car Trouble : Either the character searches for the key, or says "It won't start." This cliche applies to all the car models.
- One Last Fight Before Death : The character might have shot, stabbed, bludgeoned or burnt the psycho killer, but he might get up for one last fight.
- Casting Cliche : A white girl, black dude, a Asian, who struggles with English language and finally a geek. They somehow choose people from different race, and most of the times a black guy dies as the first victim.