Horror films are usually so full of dumb people that they’re practically a prerequisite. We’ve all sat down to watch a scary movie and found ourselves screaming at the screen when some idiot with a common sense bypass goes down into the basement when they should be running out the door or decides to split from their group after uttering the immortal words ‘I’ll be right back’ when a maniac killer is on the loose.
But the thing about horror movies is that they kind of rely on idiots to propel the plot. If they didn’t have imbeciles making bad decisions, we wouldn’t get to witness the grim and gruesome situations they find themselves in. In other words, if horror films were populated by real-life people with logical thought processes and sound judgement they’d be over before they’d even really begun.
It’s not too much of an exaggeration then to say that without dumb protagonists in horror movies, we wouldn’t actually have horror movies. They’re as essential an ingredient to the horror film as the big bad villain or the final girl.
So, some stupidity is to be expected but certain acts of sheer idiocy in horror films defy all logic no matter how hard you try to suspend your disbelief. Some horror protagonists make decisions so utterly brainless that you can’t help but wonder if they’ve got a death wish.
Here’s to those characters – the dumbest of the dumb in the horror genre – in all their idiotic glory.