Would someone please kill these dirty movie tricks?

You know the movie: A young woman is home alone. She hears a strange noise coming from the basement and goes to investigate. The music speeds up as she looks around. Something moves, and ... whew! It's just a cat.

But lurking behind her we see a masked man wielding an impressively huge machete. She screams and, naturally, runs outside into the nearby woods. She has a good lead, but trips and falls, giving the killer ample time to catch up and hack her to pieces.

You know the movie: It's called 'Your Typical Horror Film.' From vintage classics to awful remakes, horror flicks tend to use the same plot devices so often it's scary. Check out our list of the 26 most used horror clichés, then tell us your favorite.

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