Warning: May contain spoilers!
As you’ve probably guessed by now, one of my favorite film genres is horror. I’m not sure why I love this genre, but I do. However, the majority of them seem to share the same thing: They’ll have at least one stupid character. These characters will usually make a decision that will either affect the storyline, affect themselves or another character, or set the overall film into motion. Their decisions are either unrealistic, ridiculous or just plain stupid. Therefore, I’ve decided to put together a little list of the five worst decisions made in horror films (as the title says). This is not a top five list; merely a collection of awful, awful choices.
Jeepers Creepers (2001): Going Back to the Pipeline
OH. MY. GOD. THIS ONE. So, let me set the scenario: Darry and Trisha, a brother and a sister, have just passed a cathedral where they see a stranger throwing white, blood-stained sheets down a pipe. What would you do in this situation? You’d probably get as far away as possible, or report the incident to the police, right? Well, the siblings don’t do either of these things but, instead, decide to return to the scene of the crime on the suggestion (or guilt-tripping) of the brother. Okay, I understand that this decision sets the whole film into motion, but come on. What makes this even more ridiculous is that Trisha even tells Darry that we, the audience, will hate him for making this decision.
Saw 2 (2005): Addison and the Box Trap
Oh, boy. This is a decision that really frustrates me, mainly because her slow death could’ve easily been avoided.
In the red circled area, you can just make out the key to open the box and get the antidote out. If Addison had stopped and actually looked at the whole trap then she would’ve seen this. Alas, this is not the case and she ends up putting both hands in and getting herself stuck.
Drag Me to Hell (2009): Wrong Envelope!
In this Sam Raimi film, the main character (Christine Brown) is cursed; In three days, she will literally be dragged to Hell. The cursed item, a button, is placed in an envelope which she drops in the car after it breaks. A pile of other papers and envelopes also drop on the car floor as well. In a situation like this, where you’d be dragged to Hell in less than twelve hours time, you would double, triple-check that the envelope that you picked up is the right one. Christine does not do this. It’s a stupid and unrealistic decision, but it leads to a sucker punch of an ending, so I can’t completely complain.
Blair Witch Project (1999): Mike Throws the Map in the River
Confession time… I hate this film. None of the characters make a single sensible decision throughout the entire movie, and it was difficult to pick just one bad decision. However, I have to give this one to Mike who, for no apparent reason, decides to get rid of the trio’s map that’ll help them get out of the forest they’re lost in. Why anyone would do this is beyond me and he doesn’t seem to have a good reason for doing it, either. Instead, he laughs at his actions. Not cool, Mike, not cool.
(The reveal and reactions start at the 1:30 mark)
Zombieland (2009): The Death of Bill Murray
In this film, the zombie apocalypse is upon us and the main characters have stumbled upon Bill Murray’s house where they discover that he’s survived by pretending to be a zombie himself. Pretty clever, right? So why would you then decide to prank one of the characters, disguised as a zombie? Oh, by the way, the target of the prank has a loaded shotgun. You can probably tell what’s gonna happen.