10 Horror Movie Characters Punished For Not Believing

The moral of the story? Don't be a d**khead on Halloween night.

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One of the many tropes of the horror genre is the classic nonbeliever.

Regardless of what advice or warnings other characters have given them, there are those horror figures who simply refuse to pay attention to what they're being told.

As a classic example, take poor Crazy Ralph of the Friday the 13th franchise. Like, sure, the fella has crazy in his name, but if those countless Camp Crystal Lake visitors had paid any attention to the wise words of warning Ralph had served up in the first two movies, the body count of those pictures would've been considerably lower.

It's not just the crazy sorts who bang the warning drum, mind, for we've seen time and time again how even smart, calm figures are completely ignored when trying to give others a heads-up that maybe they should tweak their plans.

Whether it's cocksure arrogance or dismissing words of wisdom as merely insane ramblings, many a horror character has come undone (see: brutally murdered) for not heeding the warning that was handed out to them.

With all of this in mind, then, here are ten horror movie characters who ultimately ended up being punished for refusing to believe.

10. Sheriff Brackett - Halloween

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Sure, Donald Pleasence's Sam Loomis was forever an erratic, intense, shrieking presence, but if Leigh Brackett (Charles Cyphers) had listened to Dr. Loomis earlier in 1978's Halloween, he may have had a chance to save his dear daughter Annie (Nancy Loomis).

When confronted by a frantic Loomis who informs him an escaped murderer is on his way to Haddonfield on Halloween night, Sheriff Brackett is understandably a little dubious to listen to someone who is coming across as utterly nuts himself.

For Brackett, he throws out lines like, "I have a feeling that you're way off on this", "Well, it's going to take a lot more than fancy talk to keep me up all night crawling around these bushes", "Every kid in Haddonfield thinks this place is haunted", and generally thinks that Sam Loomis is nothing but a scared old man who might be a few sandwiches short of a picnic.

To be fair, that description of Loomis is correct, but it's also with good reason - and that reason, of course, is Michael Myers.

By the time Sheriff Brackett finally starts believing Dr. Loomis, his own daughter Annie has already been slaughtered by the Shape.

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