From the little-known benefits of virginity to never saying "I'll be right back" when exiting a room, horror movies have taught us a lot about survival over the years. So when the day finally comes that we have kids and move into our first haunted house, we can only imagine how grateful we'll be to the horror movie parents that came before us.

Thanks to their unwillingness to believe in anything that isn't actively killing them, they not only put their family's lives in danger with each passing scare, but end up looking extra stupid when their kid says, "Told ya' so," as they die like idiots on the floor. Every once in a while you'll get an exception like the parents in 'Poltergeist,' but such is not the case with Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes in 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.'

From never listening to their kids to plainly denying the evidence staring right at them, it's astonishing how dumb some parents have been over the course of horror history. With that being said, click through to see our comprehensive list of cliched scenarios that horror movie parents keep screwing the hell up for reasons we still don't understand.
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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
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Lonely and introverted, young Sally (Bailee Madison) has just arrived at the 19th-century mansion that... Read More