The stupidity of epic proportions is a prerequisite for most scary films, necessary to further the story.
Sometimes the characters end up looking like natural selection in action. And the further away they are from the gene pool, the better.
So, here are some of the most foolish things done by characters in horror movies.
1. Wolf Creek – Giving The Psycho Killer His Rifle Back
The character Liz is captured by Mick, the psycho killer, but escapes fairly quickly. Eventually, the pair clash and Liz shoots him in the neck with his own sniper rifle. That was an impressive move, but what she does next defies logic.
Instead of putting an extra bullet between his eyes for good measure, she discards the firearm right next to his apparent corpse and leaves. Of course, Mick isn’t dead and the rest of the movie is basically him taking out Liz and her friend Kristy with that very rifle.
2. Halloween: Resurrection – Trying To Unmask An Unrestrained Michael Myers
The mask-wearing killer is stalking his sister at a mental hospital, but this time she’s ready. Luring Michael to the roof, Laurie snares him in a trap and has the chance to put an end to him for good. Michael is suspended from the edge of a building by his ankle with a rope waiting for gravity to do its thing. But Laurie has to be sure it’s him.
Fair enough, but what she does next is just incredibly stupid. Seemingly forgetting that Michael’s arms have not been restrained, she slowly reaches for his mask and attempts to remove it. Of course, her brother retaliates and quickly turns the tables. How exactly did she think that was going to play out?
3. Saw II- Both Hands In The Razor Box
In a moment of sheer panic, Addison Corday placed both of her hands inside the razor box with its wrist-slashing blades inside and died a slow and painful death as a result. All Addison had to do was take a deep breath and obtain all of the facts before deciding how to tackle the problem at hand.
A quick glance at the other side of the box would have revealed a lock, with a key already inside it. It should have been painfully obvious that haste and Jigsaw traps don’t mix too well.
4. Paranormal Activity – Mocking The Demonic Spirit
Taunting and goading the evil entity is never a good idea, yet the camera-obsessed moron, Micah brings home an Ouija board to wind the demon up, against his terrified girlfriend’s wishes. He even treats the professional Katie brings home for help with contempt and refuses to take the situation seriously.
It’s his actions alone that cause the situation to escalate and ultimately spiral out of control. Micah ends up being Paranormal Activity’s sole fatality, and boy did he deserve it.
5. Scream – Trying To Escape Through The Doggie Door
When Tatum Riley is confronted by Ghostface inside the garage, she has two options: attempt to flee through a doggie door that was clearly too small to fit through or fight him to the death. There are tools everywhere in that garage that she could’ve used to fight back the predator, but she does the exact opposite.
She chose to try and flee through a doggie door that most dogs would struggle to fit through, making her a sitting duck, and one with a broken neck at that.
6. The Fly – Failing To Assemble The Rifle Before The Showdown
Towards the end of David Cronenberg’s The Fly, a crazed and fully mutated Seth Brundle snatches Veronica from the hospital and whisks her away to his lab. Her ex Stathis Borans doesn’t have much time to plan his rescue operation, but even so, his decision to assemble his gun inside the lab was sheer madness.
While the magazine editor is still piecing the gun together, Brundlefly leaps out of the shadows and catches him off guard, before assaulting him with his corrosive (and utterly disgusting) acid vomit. Stathis’s failure to take a fully-assembled and fully-loaded gun into that lab ended up costing him an arm and leg. Or a hand and afoot, to put it more literally.
7. Jeepers Creepers – Entering The Pipe
After witnessing a man disposing of a dead body down a dark pipe, any rational human being’s response would be to get as far away from there as possible and contact the authorities at the first opportunity. But God knows why the two leads decide the best course of action is to check out that dark pipe and find out what’s lurking down there.
Darry reckons it’s a good idea to climb into the thing, as though every horror film for the last several decades didn’t even happen. At least his sister Trish adds some metaphysical satire to the situation by warning her sibling that the audience is going to hate him for making this stupid decision.
8. The Omen – Praying Before Dealing With Damien
Time is of the essence when Robert Thorn realizes it’s down to him to vanquish the Anti-Christ, who turned out to be his son Damien. For a man who knows what is at stake if he fails, Liev Schreiber’s US Ambassador sure takes his sweet time in his attempt to fight evil, taking time out to recite a prayer before dealing with his adoptive devil son.
This proves fatal for Robert, and probably humanity during the unseen aftermath of this remake since the police soon catch up with him and stop him with a bullet.
9. I Know What You Did Last Summer – Stopping To Look Back
The film seriously trolled the fans with Helen’s death. All Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character had to do was keeping on running and she would have left that dark alley behind and caught up with a parade march, finding safety.
But no, in a move straight out of the horror cliche bible, Helen stops and looks back to see whether the hook-handed fisherman she was fleeing from had caught up, and this alone is what got her killed. Even the teens in Scary Movie have stronger survival instincts!
10. FeardotCom – Ignoring The Killer Website Warnings
FeardotCom is a forgettable Ringu knockoff about a website with fatal consequences for anyone who logs onto it. When Stephen Dorff’s Detective Mike Reilly gets to the bottom of the mystery he promises his fellow investigator Terry Huston (Natascha McElhone) that he will never log onto the site himself.
But five minutes later, guess which website he visits? When Mike is carried off on a stretcher, screaming at Terry and pleading with her never to make the same mistake as him, you’d think she’d heed the advice. But nope, Terry also visits the lethal URL and all hell breaks loose. Clearly, this level of abject stupidity is more contagious than 28 Days Later’s Rage Virus.