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The best horror movie tropes, picked by horror writers and directors

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The first time you see a slasher movie, you don’t know that the car won’t start. You’re confused when the main character spots a shady figure outside the window, only to discover in a second glance that they’re no longer there. And you, naive little you, are blown away when the killer survives an attack that seemed more fatal than any of the ones he had inflicted on the jock, the nerd, and the mean girl.

Then you see another slasher movie, and then a few more, and then perhaps a hundred more, and you no longer recall a time when those motions felt like fresh inventions. And it’s not just the slashers that rely on these tropes; we’ve all seen a million ghost movies where a figure appears in the background, then — after…



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