#LessonsFromScaryMovies: Learning What Not to Do in a Horror Movie on Twitter
'Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' 1974 (Photo: Everett)
#LessonsFromScaryMovies has been trending on Twitter. Anyone who has watched horror films over the years knows there are certain things you should avoid doing at all costs if want to make it alive to the end. For your horror film survival guide, here's some friendly advice from Twitter's #LessonsFromScaryMovies thread.
Don't Trip Over Things.
Tripping in a huge concern to the Tweeters. Looking back, there is perhaps no greater threat to a horror film character than falling over something. Among the variations on the theme:
"Never run out to the woods from your house cause you will trip and fall & the killer will get you" (Kneleyy @ KneleyKnowlton)
"try NOT to trip and wait for the killer to come closer and be all 'no please stop' bc seriously they won't" (from Sara @ LassieNymphet).
It's also not a bad idea to follow the advice of Giggity @ _Riekcaz:
"When you're running, don't look back, just GO."
And Shonuff @ 5oodaysofautumn is probably on to something when he says:
"jason, michael myers and leatherface are all long distance runners, so sign up for a long distance training class."
Politely Greeting the Killer Never Works.
As Desstiney King @ DesstineyKing puts it:
"yelling 'hello?' or 'who's there?' will NOT cause the killer to be like 'oh hey, it's me, what's up!?' #idiots."
Sad but true, the old trick of walking slowly though the house (or woods) (or graveyard), asking if anyone is there is clearly bad strategy, since the guy with the big knife is not going to answer you, and the sound you make will only make it easier for him to find you.=
Just Get Out of the Haunted House Already.
From "Poltergeist" to "Paranormal Activity," it's the same story: Folks move into a house, strange and scary things start to happen. A person with any sense would hit the road, but in the horror films, again and again, people refuse to budge! Take this advice from Cassady Bieber @ cassady_bieber:
"if you move into a new house and voices tell you to leave, DO NOT STAY."
And America Singer @ NotHisDear also offers a valuable perspective on this matter:
"if you think there's something haunting you don't film it! After 4 films you'd have thought they learned something."
Being Too Sexy in a Horror Movie Is Never a Good Idea.
"Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" introduced a concept that became an iron clad rule in slasher flicks: it’s not going to end well for the the young woman who is a little to eager to get bus. As time has gone on, that rule’s been expanded to include the gal who looks a little too good and isn't afraid to let folks know it.
ConnorManning @ AConnorManning sums it up pretty concisely when he says:
"Never engage in sexual activity in the woods. You will die first."
Yezenia. @ YezziYez has cleverly spun this convention wisdom into a survival mechanism:
"have a slutty friend, they usually go first."
And June 22nd @ Squaduphoe fully understands the indignity of it all when she says: