I’ve recently been bingeing horror movies and crime fiction in unhealthy amounts. Unhealthy because I’ve watched so much horror that none of the new releases feel unique to me anymore. Even so, there are still a few creepy tropes that I’ve always been drawn to…and then terrified by.
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The Ghost in the Walls which you see in movies like I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House or The Haunting of Hill House is of the creepiest tropes. It’s very unsettling to know that home will never be safe and that what we encountered in there will continue to follow us.
Haunted Dormitories sound like something out of urban legends but when you’re cooped in with several roommates, their fear starts to infect you. Urban legends that are passed down from one dorm generation to another is the worst because these stories just seem to get worse with every re-telling.
A Dead City like the City of Bones or Vaes Tolorro in A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin is not one I would ever wish to encounter. Can you imagine the fear of stepping into a place where it looks like time has simply paused?
Parasitic Islands would be a horror to survive. Wilder Girls by Rory Power writes about this scenario in vivid detail. Nature on the island has transformed to a point where it has even begun to infect the people.
The Unreliable Narrator trope is one of my most favourites! If you tell me a book has this, I am bound to pick it up. It’s having to work double-time when reading a book because you never know if what the narrator is saying is true or if they’re just completely disillusioned.
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What’s your favourite creepy trope? Which horror movie scared you the most?
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