Been kicking around ideas for a thriller/horror story, which is a bit outside my element. I'm finding the genre riddled with tropes and clichés, and I don't really wanna to that. It seems that if you could just get teenagers and college students to quit fucking in the woods, you could eliminate 90% of most horror movies.
--Hey, what happened to those college kids?
--Oh, you didn't hear? They went into the woods.
--Really, that's crazy. Why would they do that?
--Don't know. I think they were fucking.
--Well, that's what happens when you fuck in the woods.
If it's not teens fucking in the woods, it's a mental asylum. The escaped mental patient is actually plausible, but it's just been done so many times.
You could probably eliminate another large chunk of horror films by eliminating the mental asylum trope.
There's the crazy man/woman that lives alone in a cabin. I really think that's a throw-back to Hansel and Gretel, right?
I read the other day about the whole "hey, man my cell phone doesn't work way out here," trope. And I don't really see that as a trope. I live "way out here" and my cell phone doesn't work most of the time either. That's just called rural living. It's just that we now in a world that's so spoiled that the very worst thing that could happen to you is lose cell coverage. It's like you cease to exist if your cell phone doesn't work. I actually prefer it that way, but I digress.
Tropes? What other thriller/horror tropes have been driven into the ground? In terms of filmmaking, I'll say the whole caught on tape/discovered footage trope as been driven into the ground. What else?