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8 More of the Worst Decisions Ever Made in Horror Movies!


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.


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It Follows – Go to the Pool

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…


Dawn of the Dead – Going For the Dog

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!


Halloween: Resurrection – Stopping to Pull off the Mask

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 Blair Witch Project – Throwing Away the Map

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).

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  • Creepshow

    That dope Justin Long going back to the house in Jeepers Creepers. Eyeless idiot.

    • Grimphantom

      lol that’s true, the worst part is that it was him that pays the price at the end if he hadn’t suggested to go back to the house. Tho honestly both siblings are a bunch of idiots, especially the sister where she’s just annoying at the end.

    • megan williams

      Yea, this one was really stupid. This one’s included in his last article. Think it’s the first one mentioned.

      • Creepshow

        Crawling down the pipe was in the first article. But those clowns shouldn’t have went back there in the first place.

        The Decent 2 handcuffs were actually in the first article as well.
        Repeat lol!

  • Vincent Kane

    Wasn’t the handcuffs from Descent 2 on the other list as well?

    • Bah! So it was. I was doped up on Zyrtec for my allergies. Pardon my error. XD

      • Vincent Kane

        No worries

      • Lirabelle

        I don’t know. It was so bad, it deserved to be mentioned again

  • Grimphantom

    Should include this on the list as well:

    1. The Funhouse- Richie suggesting to stay at the carnival, Richie’s lighter falls from the floor and Richie taking the money…….this idiot really deserved to die.

    2. Return of the Living Dead- Hanging with boyfriend while slowly turning into a zombie.

    3. Drag Me to Hell- Make sure the object that is suppose to lift the curse you have before burying it.

    4. The Howling- Do not mock someone when they have real silver bullets.

    5. Leprechaun 2- Never ever make a deal with a Leprechaun while you already caught him and be very specific on what you want.

    6. Body Snatchers(90’s)- When you’re in the clear DON’T freaking show emotions when they tell ya that they know where’s your little brother.

    7. Pumpkinhead- If you shot the creature and stays down DON’T go near it! Run like hell away from it.

    • Kaijudude

      I can second 2 , 3 , 5 and 7

    • 3 was in my post from last year. =)

    • lonestarr357

      Definitely agree with #1. What a dumb-ass.

  • Vincent Kane

    How about the whole premise of Oculus? Instead of hanging out with the haunted object, why not just destroy it?

    • Kaijudude

      Not to sound like a dick, but the only problem with that was the fact that th whole movie was based on the fact that you couldn’t ” just destroy it ” cause it would stop you . It would make you hallucinate in order to distract you.

      • Vincent Kane

        Meh. Cover it and drop it from a 30 story building. Problem solved.

        • Kaijudude


    • Asty

      because everything went to shit from the very moment when Kaylie was left alone with the mirror after buying it in the auction, you can clearly tell that’s when the mirror started to influence her, plus, considering the mirror already had an encounter with them in their childhood, who says it didn’t “curse” them from that very moment? considering Kaylie spent most of her life obsessed with that mirror.

  • WoodsboroKiller

    Isn’t the map one excusable? I don’t think Mike kicked the map into the lake under his own volition. Maybe the witch’s influence?

    • Aaron Johnson

      That’s what I always thought. I feel like he was a bit unhinged or influenced by the witch. The way that scene plays out is chilling, too, because it seems like joking at first, then you start to realize it has deadly consequences.

  • Travis_Bickle

    I would have added trying to shoot the lock off the gas pump in Night Of The Living Dead…that was a pretty stupid idea….

  • megan williams

    Not that it would’ve made a difference, but Wallace Bryton didn’t call the police when he found his phone in ‘Tusk’. Instead, he leaves a voice message for his friend and girlfriend telling them to call the police.

    • Stefan Heikel

      Buy Canada doesn’t use 911 correct?

      • megan williams

        I’ve just looked it up and, according to Google, 911 is also the Canadian emergency number.

  • Kaijudude

    What made the move so infuriating to me in Dawn of the dead was she watched the dog quite literally just stroll across to the gun shop , And she STILL thought the dog would be in trouble when they attacked Andy.

    Also it would have been a bit more spooky if the map had simply disappeared in the Blair witch rather than being deliberately destroyed

  • lucas

    The one that is painful for me to watch till today is Helen stopping to look back in the alley after hearing a noise in I Know What You Did Summer. She was just so close to salvation… I know that was kind of instinctive and that I probably would have done the same thing, but it doesn’t make the whole thing less painful to watch.

    • I included that in my post from last year! Go read it. It KILLS ME every time. She was so close!

  • Dagon Cleo Macready

    Here are a few that immediately come to mind:

    – Teens being jerks to the outcast – Carrie
    – Tricking a woman into dating you – Audition
    – Messing with a Ouija board; talking sh*t to a demon – Paranormal Activity
    – “Mercy” killing everyone in your party to “spare” them – The Mist
    – Disrespecting the natives – Cannibal Holocaust
    – Underestimating the threat – Aliens
    – Burying your son in the Pet Cemetery – (ahem) Pet Sematary

    • Gabriel Carter

      Letting Gage get hit by the semi in the first place. That kid runs like a mile with his dad chasing him in slo-mo. A grown man can’t outrun a child?

      • Dagon Cleo Macready

        Wow, good point. They were warned right at the beginning about those Orinco trucks, and yet, let’s have our back turned on the toddler who’s playing in a field alongside the road… Maybe somebody buried stupidity in the Pet Sematary, and it came back… stupider.

      • Jamie Parsons

        That’s not exactly a decision.

  • lucas

    American Horror Story: Roanoke had one of the most stupid decisions ever made in any story, that led to the death of one my favorite carachters. It’s even hard to remember without getting pissed.

    EDIT: You guys should seriously do a “died close to salvation” post.

    • That whole season was one “let’s go back to that place where we narrowly avoided death” decision after another

  • Rick-Taylor

    I like the House on Haunted Hill remake, too. I enjoy it up until the darkness gets let out. Then it just turns into a Syfy crapfest.

  • Aaron Johnson

    I think “Lights Out” should be on here. The idea that these stupid people are trying to fight a light-phobic demon with a CANDLE-LIT HOUSE! Turn on the FLOOdLIGHTS.

    • Munchie

      Also the decision to stretch it from a short to feature length.

  • Satanzilla

    Not sure why any of these things are particularly iconic for horror. In fact at least one of them — throwing away the map in BWP — is completely inconsequential. We know that the witch has made an eternal maze out of the woods that they’re never getting out of. What difference would a map make?

    This thread reminded me of a funny geico ad though:

    • Gluke

      Funny thing about that commercial, hiding behind the chainsaws isn’t that bad of an idea. If all of them grab a chainsaw, that killer isn’t gonna stand a chance against them.

      • Satanzilla

        But then you wouldn’t hide behind them — you’d grab them and use them.

        The point I think is that he probably uses the chainsaws to chop up his victims so standing right next to them is probably not a great idea.

  • Jesse Bickers

    These are some good ones. That scene in Dawn of the Dead always bugged the hell out of me, too. You quite literally just watch the dog swiftly move through a horde of undead without as much as a movement.

    The Mist – The ending has always gotten me—although I do believe it to be one of my favorite horror movies of all time… I mean, why ‘spare’ your family and friends from a horrific death if you don’t know that the death is certain?

    Night of the Living Dead(’68) – Why would you shoot a GUN anywhere near a gas tank (pump) let alone shoot one at it. Never quite understood that… But, then again, the survivors would’ve easily gotten away.

    Hostel – Why go to Slavokia to look for beautiful, naked women who will sleep with you? There are whore-house’s everywhere in the world—I wouldn’t take advice from a kid who has herpes on his face.

    House of 1000 Corpses – Hadn’t these geeks seen Texas Chainsaw Massacre before?

    • Adam Clifton

      Jeepers Creepers – Why would Darry jump into the tunnel of death after seeing the Creeper dump a body in there?

  • IfYouSeeKaye

    that fat bully in Christine,running from a killer car…in the middle of the road.

  • horrormaker

    What about Welcome to the Jungle…go a place we have never been before, find a man that the FBI hasn’t found in 30 years, maybe meet some savages and we’ll be nice to, drink and do drug until we get into fight, split up, get lost in the jungle, be rude the the natives….all because someone said he might have seen the lost guy and we can become rich and famous. If anyone enjoyed this film, they must love stupidity.

  • Johnny

    My favorite bad decision is reading this crap.

  • You need to reserve a special place for the rediculous number of times a horror character knocks the villain to the floor and decides “right, now they’re on the floor I can escape to safety, yay”.

    SERIOUSLY. THEY’RE VULNERABLE. END IT! Shoot them, cut off their feet so they can’t chase you anymore, DO SOMETHING. Imagine how many people would survive a horror movie if they stopped to fucking think for 5 seconds.

    • Lissa G

      I always shout, blow off his head!

  • horrormaker

    Don’t Breathe—let’s rob a blind man of 300,000. dollars that i don’t if it is in the house or where it is in the house, but we are going to find it. Oh, look a lock basement door–That’s where the money is, i’m so sure about that. So let’s blow the lock off with this gun and make more noise. It’s not like blind people can’t hear well.
    i know he was supposed to be knock out by the gas, but them trying to get in side the house, made noise, and i’m sure the blind man would have heard them come in. Senses are heighten more when you lose one. I’m deaf, so some of my sense are stronger.

  • horrormaker

    what’s bad about this forum is, there is always one bad decision in just about every horror film. This is why i don’t understand why people have’d like the walking dead. there are so many bad decisions, you have laugh at it and say, “people must like idiots’

    • IceTrey

      The world of The Walking Dead doesn’t have a history of zombies. No movies or books or anything so that is used to explain their stupidity. It’s all brand new to them.

  • Ted C

    “retconning”? Good lord. The English language is on life support.

  • The Less-Than-Amused DB

    Your exclusion of Ronald Reagan in “Bedtime for Bonzo” is inexplicable. His mere presence on the screen was sufficient to cause many moviegoers to vomit and run screaming from the theater.

  • Film auteur Michael Bay is quoted as saying, “Never kill a dog,” and I assume that he is talking about movies and not real life. However, some directors (especially Bay) delight in killing absolutely everything in their movies except the dog. In Dawn of the Dead, the characters are trying to figure out how to get food to an isolated survivor. They tie supplies to Chips the dog and send her over, because for some reason everyone decided that zombies won’t eat a dog laden with ham sandwiches. While the zombies don’t eat Chips, they do follow her to the man she is meant to resupply and eat him. One of the characters, distraught, then crashes a truck into the sea of living dead to rescue the dog (but not the man), despite the fact that they’ve clearly shown us that Chips is in no danger. This course of action directly kills one character and arguably leads to the demise of every character.

  • The monster in “It Follows” sure has a lot of trouble with doors. Most of us were only halfway through “It Follows” before internally obsessing over how we’d personally screw our way out of getting mangled by an invisible wander demon. The rules are simple: The nameless murder entity can only be staved off by passing it to someone else via sex. If that special someone ends up dead, though, the original curse rolls back onto you. Luckily, the creature in question can only advance at a walking pace — unluckily, it does this while cosplaying as a personified staph infection. This movie is clearly a metaphor for being followed by a pornbot on Twitter.

    It’s a terrifying movie that I can’t praise enough while simultaneously picking apart like a crow’s dinner. Because the creature has to physically break into homes to attack. And later in the movie, we witness it smashing a window with a rock like a desperate junkie before changing form and knocking on a locked door. “Uh … candygram?” Yes, the scary invisible fuckubus abides to the physical properties of the world. We see this consistently in the film, as characters barricade doors and booby-trap houses with sound warnings. So if it has trouble with wooden doors and noisy wind chimes, imagine what a walk-in freezer would do to it. Or a jail cell. Or a pantry. Or hey, remember that big pool they lure the monster to? Why not drain the water and pull the ladder up when it jumps in? Can it get out of a drainage ditch? What’s its approach to hedge mazes? It seems to have trouble with bed sheets and bullets, so how does it deal with 20 cubic yards of wet cement? Can it morph into a ladder and climb itself out? And if things get dodgy while exploring these options, you can always bide time with an extended car trip to hooker town — or better yet, a round trip to Sydney, Australia for a quickie. Considering that the average walking speed is a little over 3 mph, that would give you over four months to plan your next move while Walkie McHumpmurder creepily treads across the bottom of the Pacific.

  • In 2002’s “Halloween: Resurrection”, Michael Myers picked off teenagers through the course of a Big Brother-style webcast. A single Internet viewer eventually guides the teens to safety — oddly, the film never explains why he’s the only person on the Internet watching the webcast.

  • The Blair Witch Project tells a very simple story: Three college students head out into the woods to make a documentary about witches. They argue and bitch at each other for 89 minutes, until mercifully they finally die. Some unspecified amount of time later, a major film company finds their footage and exploits the tragic snuff film for millions of dollars.

    That’s the story we’re intended to believe, anyway, and it’s not hard to see why early audiences were sucked in (the entire viral ad campaign was based around people believing in the “found footage” nature of the film). The directors perfectly captured the feel of a documentary being made by a bunch of cold, hungry amateurs. They did it by giving some amateurs a camcorder and leaving them in the woods for a week.

    The Blair Witch Project was radically innovative, in the way that duct-taping a camera to a toddler would also be an innovation. It did away with needless conventions like a “script” or “acting” and opted instead to make sure every scare was a surprise for the actors. The only written lines were given to the creepy townspeople in the film’s opening — the main characters were instructed to do random interviews, and the directors sneaked in these real, actual actors to mess with them.

    Everything else was contained to a 35-page outline with various info on the myth and a vague rundown of the plot and scenes. And that was it. Most of the filming took place over an eight-day camping trip. The directors would meet with the trio to give them supplies, a basic outline for the day’s shooting and directions to where they would meet up next. They then left them to improvise and essentially film their hike to the next rendezvous. Quite a few of the scenes were of the three literally getting lost.

    Sometimes the directors would stay back and stalk the kids, breaking sticks or throwing rocks just out of sight. The cast got more and more exhausted, cold and sleep deprived, and the crew would sneak onto their campsite in the middle of the night to play clips of children’s laughter and violently shake the tents. On top of this, they would give the three actors less food every day to gradually make them angrier and more ragged. The more you read about it, the more The Blair Witch Project seems like a cruel, eight-day-long joke that somebody decided to splice into a movie.

  • John Ilija Ilijevic

    I loved Dawn of the Dead (2004); I believe it was Zack Snyder’s directorial debut. A sequel would have been good…

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