Cliches : Horror Genre


                                     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'
  • Tricky Phones : When it first started in movies like " When a Stranger Calls  or Scream it looked scary, but this trick was done to death nowadays. 
  • 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. 

17 comments:

vinay said...

I'm usually the one who gets scared while watching them, I sometimes close my eyes, scream, get goose bumps etc.
So I'm not surprised that I haven't watched even a single movie out of the ten in your list.

jaish_vats said...

I am also terribly scared of watching horror flicks...Yet I do recollect almost all that you have stated here from the chosen few that I have seen irrespective of the language

Rajnish said...

We live in mordern times, yet we love to watch horror flicks based entirely on superstition. Nevertheless I do enjoy watching these movies...
www.rajnishonline.blogspot.com

ritesh said...

Haha...Made for an enjoyable read...your listing is spot-on..One may also add "Haveli ghosts" associated with Indian films :)

Arun said...

@Vinay, Thanks for the comment

@jaish_vats, Thanks for the comment.

Arun said...

@Rajnish, Thank you. I too enjoy watching horror flicks as a entertainment.

@ritesh, Thanks for your comment and for visiting the blog.

Jen..The Butterfly Effect said...

o my sweet Lord! Do i really have to watch all these??

sumitra said...

Too much powder, haha! That was funny :D Very true, all the points. All these are cliche, and yet they manage to scare me each time.

Arun said...

@Jen, Thanks for the comment.

@Sumitra, Thank you for the comment and for visiting the blog.

Sushma Harish said...

cool- i am known as ghost myself for I love watching all these Halloween creatures sitting in dark:-) haha

Arun said...

@Sushma, Thank you for the visiting the blog and for the comment.

Abhyudaya Shrivastava said...

Haha.. funny post! Enjoyed!

Arun said...

@Abhyudaya Shrivastava, Thanks for visiting the blog and for your comment.

Neha said...

Nice post :)
I guess as long as there are horror movies there will be cliches. At some point everyone has to adopt the already used and "done with" ideas. Unless they can come up with a new idea which is really rare now a days since all the areas of possible "horror-show" are already covered.
I like those creepy sounds though. That's the main substance for any horror movie :)

Arun said...

@Neha, Thanks for your comment. You are right, most of the possible stories in horror movies are covered. So, the fresh ideas are becoming rare.

Stagg Mann said...

This is why I loved Cabin by the Woods from lst year. It was a movie within a movie, celebrating all the horror cliches. Do a review on it, if you haven't already.



http://stagglandd.blogspot.in

Arun said...

@Stagg Mann, Thanks for the comment. I have done a review on 'Cabin in the Woods'

http://movieretrospect.blogspot.com/2012/08/cabin-in-woods-redefined-horror-and.html