Insidious: Chapter 3 is playing at Golden Village now! The third part of a horror trilogy that has been highly successful at the box office, it takes on the supernatural, demonic possession and other things that go bump in the night.

But what is it about horror movies that terrify us so, even when they utilise the same plot devices over and over again?

Here are three horror movie cliches that will be very, very familiar to you. They make little sense, and they leave you screaming at the characters to wake up their ideas.

But we all still love them.

1. The cabin in the woods

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It’s a horror movie convention so well-known and beloved that it was the basis for an entire meta-movie – Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s The Cabin In The Woods (2012), a loving tribute to horror movies of all stripes.

The premise is simplicity itself: There’s a mysterious cabin in the woods. And so a group of young people – usually teenagers who don’t know any better – decide to spend the weekend in it.

Along the way, they discover that the cabin has a horrific past/mysterious artifacts and/or is haunted by ghoulish creatures. And the story takes off.

2. The urgent need to investigate that strange noise outside

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The aforementioned group of young people are a veritable goldmine of bad decision making a.k.a. illogical plot devices that are necessary for advancing the story forward.

And so it goes that the young people are usually snug and warm inside their place of dwelling – preferably with a storm blowing outside – when they hear a strange noise outside/in the cellar/in the attic. What’s the next logical step?

Do they a) ignore it and carry on watching TV/making out? b) lock all the doors and windows for their own safety or c) arm themselves and stay in the same room just in case?

Of course not! They go to the source of the noise, preferably in a state of undress, and INVESTIGATE the hell out of it.

3. “There’s a crazy guy trying to kill us all? I know, let’s split up!”

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Another example of bad decision making that is crucial to the plot. The killers/ghosts/werewolves/creatures have revealed themselves. They’re hungry for the characters’ blood and they outnumber the characters. What do they do next?

Run screaming and terrified from the room, so the killers can take them out one by one. Thanks a lot, kids!