What follows are the list of the 30 horror clichés from the
Dead of Night core book.
- Splitting up to explore the haunted house is never a good idea.
- Children and dogs are seemingly immune to death.
- The character played by the famous actor survives... or dies
at the climax.
- The token character is always the first to die.
- No one believes the crazy old guy.
- Nearby deaths always go unnoticed .
- Darkened woods and dead ends are the escape routes of choice.
- After injuring a monster with a weapon, said weapon should be
dropped to hasten a character's escape.
- If a ritual can go wrong, it will go wrong.
- Warnings should always be ignored.
- Getting naked means getting killed.
- Strange noises in haunted houses must be investigated,
preferably alone. In the dark.
- Whenever a monster seems dead, it's never dead.
- Monsters rarely prey on one another, no matter how plentiful
the monster or how few the victims
- If a victim survives being bitten or scratched by a monster,
it's only a matter of time before they turn into a
- The monster inevitably turns on its former master.
- Even when its obvious how to kill a monster, characters have to
try every other method first.
- As a character explains how the monster can be killed... they
- 'You look like you've seen a ghost' takes on a new
- Within a minute of a group splitting up, someone will
- Animals always know what's going on long before humans
- Killers can keep pace with even the fastest of victims, despite
walking slowly but surely.
- A character dressed up as a monster inevitably meets the real
- A character looking over their shoulder for the monster
inevitably bumps into it.
- The really obvious villain is either whiter than white... or
blacker than black.
- Characters in the know often reveal the truth via tantalizing
hints and cryptic clues.
- If it's 'just a cat', it's not just a cat.
- Convenient modes of transport rarely survive the first
- No one believes the crazy old guy who warns the characters of
- Pure and innocent characters survive til the end -- don't do
John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Tue Nov 28 15:28:25 2006