Horror movies are built on the terrible decisions that their characters make. After all, if characters always made wise decisions, the movie would end before the 10-minute mark. Still, there are some decisions made that are simply unforgivable and unbelievable. Suspension of disbelief can only go so far, and the eight movies below are some of the worst offenders.
When the director of the film admits that something in his own film is “the stupidest plan ever,” you know you’re in for a treat. The kids in It Follows decide the best way to defeat It is to electrocute it in the pool. It’s not the worst idea I’ve ever heard, but it all goes horribly wrong when It starts throwing things at Jay (Maika Monroe). The whole thing becomes a big clusterfuck that ends with It seemingly dead in the pool, but we all know It can never die…
Full disclosure here: I would have gone for the dog too. I adore my pup, and the thought of me losing him in a zombie apocalypse breaks my heart. That being said, I know there are people out there who hate Nicole (Lindy Booth) for going after that dog, thereby putting herself and the people in her survivors’ group in danger. The girl just lost her father and this dog is the only thing she has left! You can’t blame her. I understand you, Nicole. Plus, Chips is cute!
You have to appreciate what screenwriters Larry Brand and Sean Hood (did this movie need two screenwriters?) were trying to do here. After retconning the end of Halloween: H20, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is confined to a psychiatric institution when Michael Myers comes a-stalking. Before she finally kills him, she tries to pull off his mask to make sure it’s him (since it was revealed that the man she beheaded at the end if H20 was a paramedic wearing Michael’s mask). Unfortunately for Laurie, it is Michael and he stabs her and throws her off the building, killing her. The reason this decision is so infuriating is that it doesn’t make any sense. This person broke into the psychiatric facility, chased her through the halls with a knife. Even if it wasn’t Michael, she would have every right to kill him. What a useless end for such a beloved character.
The map scene is frequently made fun of among the horror community, and for good reason. Mike’s (Michael C. Williams) maniacal admission that he kicked the map in the river out of frustration is almost funny to watch. It’s also a really, really stupid decision, and one that would cost him and his friends their lives (well, unless you’ve seen Blair Witch, which gives another explanation for not being able to escape the woods).