Ginger Nuts of Horror
I don't normally post private family stuff on here, but when Ella decided to dress up as herself for the school's Superhero day I just had to share it.
For those of you who don't know, I gave the name Cthella to my daughter Ella practically on the day that she was born. She came out kicking and screaming, and almost eight years later she is still a feisty, strong willed handful. And you know what I wouldn't change her for the world. I love the fact that she will take no nonsense from anyone. I love that she isn't a girly girl.
I just pity the world, she has my partner's determination, and my anger, a combination that will probably see her enslaving the whole world.
Fear the child, fear THE CTHELLA!!!!!!!
Horror, in all its gruesome, ghastly forms, has a reputation for being one of the most cliché-ridden genres out there. Unless you are switching on a film in order to switch off your brain – which can be fine – there are few things more frustrating than enjoying a tense, blood-curdling scene, only to have that atmosphere collapse beneath the weight of one hackneyed, unrealistic trope.
Since Scream’s (1996) postmodern take on the slasher film, the billion-dozen Scary Movie (2000-) sequels, and Joss Whedon’s brilliant Cabin in the Woods (2012), horror cinema has become haunted by the ghost of its own predictability. We can all name the popular slasher clichés – half-naked women tripping over lumps of air, groups splitting up unnecessarily, black characters dying first, and pot-smokers and marathon-shaggers following suit quickly after. Many of these have faded like exorcised ghosts since being recognised and parodied, but what about the clichés that persist, or those that have arisen in the last 10 years?
In an attempt to answer this, here is my 110% subjective list of tired tropes and enduring cliché’s that I would love to see impaled, dismembered, and buried forever, without hope for a sequel.