Horror Movie Death That Are Total Fail

Some of us like to cheer for the heroes of horror movies, some of us might cheer for the killer. Either way there is a sick sort of pleasure that many of us take from the many deaths in horror films. They disturb us, yet entertain us, and keep us wanting more. Occasionally though our heroes fail to live up to the title. Their actions are groan worthy, and cause us to yell at the screen. Here is a list of some of the horror movie deaths that just seem to be failures.

There will be many spoilers

Jimmy, Hallowen II


Jimmy works on the ambulance that takes Laurie to the hospital. He somehow manages to fall for her, despite their lack of conversation, or it making any sense at all. Truly Jimmy’s romantic feelings for Laurie just seem to be an excuse for him to attempt to be the hero. Jimmy tries, he really does. However, he completely fails. He first slips in a pool of blood, after seeing said pool of blood. He manages to get up at some point and finds Laurie in the parking lot. She is attempting to escape and Jimmy being his super helpful self dies on the car horn, alerting Michael to her location. Michael actually does nothing to Jimmy, he kills himself… and puts the final girl in danger in doing so.

Sarah, The Descent

But Sarah didn’t die? Yes she did, or at the very least it’s extremely likely that she does. The original ending leaves with Sarah alive, but completely lost in the cave with monsters closing in. The less depressing ending only happened because the movie was deemed too much for American audiences. Going with the original ending as it was meant to be, and was seen by most other audiences, Sarah is likely dead.

Moving on, Sarah’s death is frustrating because she jumps the gun. Sarah is clearly having a mental break at this point in the movie. Everyone but herself and Juno have died. She discovers that Juno was sleeping with her husband, and it’s easy enough to say that Juno is responsible for all the deaths. Sarah leaves Juno alive when she first finds her because Juno claims to have an escape route, and it seems smart. Then Sarah for whatever reason decides that she needs to kill Juno before seeing the escape through to the end. She injuries Juno and leaves her to die, running away from the monsters. However she gets lost, and eventually just collapses in the cave. She never got the escape route from Juno, and then left her for dead, seemingly for no reason other than Sarah just didn’t care enough to get out.

Curt, The Cabin in the Woods


Once again a so called hero makes an appearance on the list. In Curt’s defense he really is trying to save his friends, though the plan is pretty far fetched. Curt attempts to make a daring escape on his bike in order to get help for his friends. Brave, daring, and he drives it right into an invisible wall causing him to crash and die. At least it wasn’t his own fault, but it’s still a pretty epic fail.

Tatum, Scream

Tatum’s death in Scream is a series of really poor choices. First she mocks the killer, walking right into his arms because she believes it’s a joke. Then after running around the garage and throwing weak things at him she decides to crawl through the dog door. I get she’s super skinny, but she clearly had no chance of making it through that opening. Behind her she’s left a number of things she could have used as a weapon to defend herself and a killer, that for a moment was actually on the ground. He gets up not long after she’s stuck and finishes her off.

Helen, I Know What You Did Last Summer

I find most of this movie pretty groan worthy, but Helen’s poor choice really sets me off. Helen is running for her life and decides to stop all of five feet from a crowded street to look behind her. When she turns back around the killer slashes her. Helen could have been safe if she just kept moving. I know there’s the cliché of “look behind you” in horror movies, but that’s only for characters unaware that they are about to be attacked. Helen knows, Helen has pretty much gotten away, and Helen has no reason to stop.

Susan, Deep Blue Sea


A different character from this movie almost made the list, for nearly the same reason. Deep Blue Sea features super smart sharks attempting to kill all the people. It’s cheesy, but super entertaining. Despite knowing what’s going on fairly early, a number of characters still make it a habit of being right by the water, thus making the most fail death hard. Ultimately I decided on Susan because she WILLINGLY jumps in the water instead of just standing around it. They know that one of the sharks is attempting to escape and need a plan to stop her. Susan attempts to recreate a rather unbelievable scene from the start of the movie, and jumps in the water while bleeding. It has the desired effect of attracting the shark, but she dies anyway. Her escape plan is weak at best, she didn’t seek help from the other survivors, and she is not overly physically adept. It was clear the plain was going to blow up in her face, but Susan just had to try anyway.

Glen, Nightmare on Elm Street

Glen’s death is actually pretty awesome I have to admit. He’s also a pretty decent character throughout, so it’s a bit upsetting when he goes. The reason that Glen is on the list though is because he does possibly the stupidest thing he could in the movie, he lays down in bed. They are trying to stay awake to be safe from Freddy, and failing pretty miserably at it because they’ve been up for so long, but he still lays down in bed. Despite the loud noise in his headphones, and the TV on his lap, he is still making himself comfortable when he’s already exhausted. Why Glen?

There have been many other characters that have earned the word “fail” when they fell to the many bad things in horror movies. What are some of the ones you loved, hated, or just groaned at?


Top “Ten” Horror Movies

Horror is a wonderful, often over looked genre. People seem to either really love horror movies, or just sort of deal with them from a distance. Personally some of my favorite movies fall into the horror genre. Horror is more flexible than people give it credit for and manages to tackle many different topics and ideas. Here are 10 of my personal favorite horror movies.



If Alien has one thing going for it above all others it’s atmosphere. The movie really works perfectly to create a complete feeling of being trapped, and hunted. A lot of choices work well for this movie. Choosing not to show the alien much helps with suspense and keeps the viewer afraid of the unknown. Also despite the fact that the crew is trapped with this hunter it takes a long time for it to work it’s way through the crew. A lot of horror can misstep with moving too quickly. Alien takes it time and builds effective suspense while we’re waiting. The movie also includes one of the greatest, yet worst scenes of all times. Very few will forget the first time they saw the chest burster.



Psycho is a movie that builds towards a perfect ending. It changed so many of the rules for movies. It was the first movie with a flushing toilet, first movie where such a huge actor died quickly, shocked audiences with it’s gore, and actually changed the way people watched movies in America. Frankly that raises some high expectations and this movie delivers. It is suspense to the highest degree, it builds and builds to a wonderful ending.



I am a fan of the Universal horror movies across the board. I can’t help it, I like the classics. Frankenstein is my favorite of those hands down. It’s well acted, uses shadows to the best possible advantage, and has a solid story. Beyond that though it’s far ahead of it’s time in how it plays with the idea of who is really the monster. Is it actually this abomination or the man who created it?



Not the first slasher movie ever made, but still one of the starting points for that sub genre. John Carpenter took bits and pieces from what came before and created a piece that stands out in the horror genre. The “rules” as we started to know them for slasher movies were in large part created with this film. Aside from that it’s also just a good movie.

The Descent


Modern horror rarely excites me. I find it’s a lot of gore with very little substance, and it takes a lot for a modern horror movie to really grab me. I might enjoy them, but there are few that I love. I love this movie. It takes it’s time, building up an extremely claustrophobic and down right helpless situation. Then when that happens bam, you get your monsters. The movie manages to give the gore, and action that modern horror movies seem to depend on, yet it still brings the suspense and atmosphere that the classics were so good at.

The Thing


I love the score of this movie, the setting, the plot, the acting, everything about this movie. It’s dark, disturbing, and pretty much says from the get go that things are hopeless. It keeps everyone guessing about who is really infected, and gives both suspense and jump scares. The end is also one of the best I’ve seen in a horror movie.



This was the meta horror movie before meta horror movies became their own sub genre. The rules that Halloween established (with help from others) are actually listed in the film. It embraces the desires of the modern audience with highlighting what older films did the best. It features well thought out and planned twists, and just stands in a league all it’s own. The movie might not be the scariest, but it’s certainly entertaining.

Night of the Living Dead


The modern zombie was made with this movie. Zombies were taken to a whole different realm thanks to Romero, a bit of money, good planning, and one great movie. You can easily give me a list of zombie movies that might seem better for various reasons, but this is where it started and it’s such a good start too.

Shaun of the Dead


Before you loudly declare that Shaun of the Dead is not a horror movie, you are wrong. Shaun of the Dead is certainly a comedy, but it’s still a legitimate zombie movie as well. It has the staple characters and the big moments we know from zombie movies. We lose an innocent loved one, the heroes are overwhelmed by the extreme numbers, and there is a lot of horrible deaths. Shaun makes you very comfortable that we are mostly dealing with a comedy, it’s a lot of laughs with maybe a few moments until the end of the movie when it all changes. Once we lose Shaun’s mother the movie ceases to be funny with a few scary moments and movies to intense with just a few funny moments. The movie is great. It manages to really combine comedy and horror in a new and wonderful way.

American Werewolf in London


What kills me about this movie, but also makes me love it is how much I actually like David. You know what has happened to David and what will continue to happen to him, yet it’s entertaining to watch. The transformation was brilliant for the time, and better than some CGI transformations you can see these days. The werewolf scenes are brutal, David’s dreams and visits from Jack are uncomfortable, and you know the whole time where it’s going to end up but you so don’t want it to.

The Shining


I realize that this makes my “top ten” actually “top eleven”, but I just couldn’t leave this one out. If you want to learn what good suspense is, this is a great movie to look at. The build is slow and creepy, then just explodes into an amazing climax that gives you no time to rest. It’s a great story, and well made movie.


Favorite Horror Movie “Other”

I talked about villains (mostly human) and monsters (mostly non human). I feel there is another category in horror though, mostly environmental but really human vs something non sentient. What generally makes this effective is regardless of how dangerous whatever “it” is, humans are what make it even more so.

The Cube (Cube)


Built by humans but ultimately what makes it deadly is the humans in it. The Cube is dangerous, trap after trap after trap. The humans trapped in it need to work together or fall to it. Not surprising they pretty much all fall to it. Each one of them failing in different ways, and failing mostly to notice they have everything they need to get out.

The Cave (The Descent)


The actual cave doesn’t claim any victims, but it’s an important part of what puts the girls in a situation where they can be killed off. By the time the monsters show up the group has already fallen apart. They are tired, injured, have turned on each other, frankly they are easy to pick off by the time the “killers” show up. Some of the scariest moments in the movie are actually connected to their struggles with the cave, and not with the monsters in it.

The Event Horizon (Event Horizon)


Something satanic is in the ship, shifting it slightly from “other” into something else. The ship itself plays a very important role in everything that is going on though. What is in the ship couldn’t work in just any ship, it is the Horizon itself that is able to be taken over and kill the people that board it. It’s a ship that no one should want to get on.

The Sphere (Sphere)


While I am not the biggest fan of the movie, and loathe the ending, I like the idea of it. It’s not invented as a weapon, but it ends up being that and little more. The Sphere allows those that come into contact with it to imagine anything they want. The problem is the human factor. They all become paranoid and begin to imagine their worst fears picking each other off one by one. The Sphere shows that it’s the only thing humans seem capable of doing with that power.

The Box (Hellraiser)


It might seem like a strange choice at first glance. After all the box does nothing to you, it’s the Cenobites you need to worry about. However, without the box the Cenobites aren’t an issue. You are completely safe from these creatures as long as you don’t call them to you, you call them to you by messing with the box. Once you’ve interacted with it you bring a group down on you that desires nothing more than to cause you what they consider beautiful pain. They won’t stop, they won’t let go, you’ve messed with the box so they want you. Even in the first movie the hero attempts to make a deal with them and it doesn’t work. She hands Pinhead the only prey to escape them and he turns and declares that it’s still her turn.

The Hotel (The Shining)


The great debate about this is if the hotel actually did anything to the man, or if the man was already insane. The reasonable outcome is regardless of if the man was already insane, the hotel (isolation) is still what makes him snap. Either way I find The Hotel a fitting thing for the list. Whether a haunted hotel of horrors, or just extreme isolation that drives the people in it insane, they all snap because of it. What was once a semi functional family falls completely apart once they decide to check in and stay at that hotel.