6. Characters Wandering Off Alone

Teens at the cabin in The Cabin in the Woods

Anyone who’s ever been somewhere deeply terrifying knows that it’s possible to feel as though you’ve stumbled into a horror movie. Thankfully, in the real world, that sense of utter terror is enough to scare us into making sure we’re safe, which usually involves finding someone we trust and getting as far away from whatever’s scaring us as possible. Y’know, basic survival instinct stuff.

It’s become a pretty common joke that characters in horror movies act as though they’ve never actually seen one themselves. That’s because when horror movie characters find themselves somewhere creepy or dangerous, they act as though nothing’s amiss. What’s worse, they always seem to split from the group and wander off alone.

It’s one thing to do this before the murders or the supernatural spooks start occurring, but this continues to happen even after the nightmare is well underway. For various convoluted reasons, characters always seem to feel secure in their ability to wander alone in the dark with a killer on the loose (usually to engage in recreational drug use or to get intimate with their equally doomed sexual partner). It’s clearly only written into horror movies to give the killer a chance to strike without alerting every character at once, but it’s just not something that normal human beings would ever really do.