Slasher films are a subgenre of horror films which mainly follow a killer going around stalking and murdering the most unlikeable people in the world in the slowest possible way. Slasher films have often been the subject of great criticism partly due to the fact that it follows the same format over and over and over and OVER again. Today, we’re going to look at five of the worst cliches a slasher flick could offer.
5. The Back Story
Okay, here’s how it plays out. In a slasher flick, the killer is usually someone with a dark, brutal, horrible past that, oddly enough, only those who lived in the area near that person knew about.
When the main characters enter the area, it always turns out that they have no clue about the legends of the historical killer and go and meet a strange person who tells the story of the killer in the most unsettling way possible. This cliche is so overused nowadays, and people will probably use it again in future slasher flicks, which will always suck.
4. The Young Adults Being the Main Characters
Nowadays, you cannot ever find a single slasher movie or horror movie where the main characters are young adults. Why’s that bad? Because people who are probably still in college are the most unlikeable people you’ll ever know.
I mean it. Young adults in horror movies just don’t do anything worth watching. They literally do everything that doesn’t involve saving their lives, like drinking and going up the stairs when they should be going through the front door.
3. THE KILLER IS TOO FREAKING SLOW!
Seriously, if you didn’t expect to find this on the list, you’re stupid. The killer in any slasher movie is too slow! While the main protagonist/s are running for their lives, the killer just walks to them as if he wants to give them a chance or something, and NO SENSIBLE KILLER WOULD EVER WANT TO GIVE THEIR TO-BE VICTIMS A CHANCE TO ESCAPE!
This is stupid.
2. The Killer Wears Clothing Which Prevents People From Discovering Him
This cliche is something everyone knows. The killer in any type of slasher movie always wears a costume that prevents his victims from discovering who he is. You’re probably thinking, “Well, that’s just to add mystery to the character,” but its just stupid. Say, if I were a killer and I was hunting down my friends who betrayed me, I think I’d leave my face in perfect, full view in order to strike more fear into their hearts.
And what about the masked killers who just kill people at random, like Jason Voorhees or Micheal Myers? They come off as killers who just wear masks just for the hell of it.
1. The Killer Somehow Comes Back at the End Even Though it was Shown that he Died Previously in the Movie
Well, that was a mouthful. Anyway, practically anyone, even those who DON’T watch horror movies know about this cliche. The title is self explanatory, so I won’t give exposition as to how this cliche plays out. This cliche is the absolute epitomy of the word “rehashed,” in fact, I’d be surprised if the killer DOESN’T come back at the end of a slasher flick I’d be watching. And, besides, HOW DO THEY COME BACK ANYWAY!? SOME OF THEM AREN’T SUPERNATURAL BEINGS LIKE FREDDY KRUEGER, NO, SOME OF THEM ARE REGULAR HUMANS WHO JUST COME BACK EVEN IF THEIR WOUNDS WERE AS FATAL AS BEING HIT BY A TRAIN WHILE DYING OF CANCER AND AT THE SAME TIME HAVING A WOLVERINE, A TIGER, A LION, AND AN ELEPHANT BITING YOUR BUTT ALL AT THE SAME TIME!
In short, this is an overused and impeccably unrealistic cliche that should be cut off from the face of cinema!