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Old 04-16-2021, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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- Quick deaths are an incredibly rare in motion pictures. Anytime someone of significance dies in a movie, there has to be a 10 minute soliloquy where the mortally wounded person, in between gasps, has to wax poetic about life and love, and then dramatically that person's breath will trail and head falls limp. Just die already.
That storytelling convention goes back at least as far as Hamlet, perhaps earlier still.
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Old 04-17-2021, 12:11 AM
 
Location: NY
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Even more come to mind:

Pretty woman accepts a teaching job at a rough high school. Towards the end of the movie, a male student locks her in the classroom and threatens her with sexual assault. The teacher gets saved and sometimes even feels sorry for the boy.

Maybe this is an old movie cliche:

Mommy's new boyfriend/husband wins over her reluctant child.

New movie cliche:

Kid realizes Mommy's new boyfriend/husband is evil or no good and has to go!

Old movie cliche:

A ransom note gets sent using newspaper and magazine clippings.

New movie cliche:

A ransom note gets sent by email, text, video, some form of modern technology.
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Old 04-17-2021, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Nobody says goodbye when they hang up the phone.

Whenever somebody is told "You gotta see this, turn on the TV" the item starts at the beginning.

People come home and walk halfway through the house in the dark before turning on a lamp. Duh, there was a light switch right next to the door you came in through.

Somebody says "It's quiet out there." The response is invariably "Yeah, too quiet."

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Old 04-17-2021, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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Nobody says goodbye when they hang up the phone.

Whenever somebody is told "You gotta see this, turn on the TV" the item starts at the beginning.

People come home and walk halfway through the house in the dark before turning on a lamp. Duh, there was a light switch right next to the door you came in through.

Somebody says "It's quiet out there." The response is invariably "Yeah, too quiet."
YES! I was going to write that one too. Who goes walking around in a dark house? Most people I know (all, actually) turn on a light as soon as they enter their house.
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Old 04-17-2021, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Every private eye who walks into a room gets conked by somebody hiding behind the door.

Shots that focus on the bottom half of a car, you see the car door open, and two feet hitting the ground at the same time before the camera pans up to show the character.

Being on surveillance and sitting in your red convertible right across the street from your subject and your subject never notices.

Drinking coffee while on surveillance. A big no no in real life because the moment you go to the bathroom is when your subject does what you were supposed to be watching and you miss the money shot.

Nobody has peripheral vision. Walk right past the villain hiding in the alcove and not see him?

The hero can hot wire any car, even new ones, in a matter of seconds by grabbing two wires with exposed ends and touching them together. I'd need the manual to figure that out on my own car.

AC ducts are always roomy enough for people to crawl around in and soundproof so nobody hears them doing it.

Driver turns to passenger, several seconds of dialogue. Try taking your eyes off the road for that long and see what happens.

Shooting a rope, chain, cable in half.

Firing a nail gun like a pistol. Real life nail guns have to be pressed against something to operate.

Run out of bullets, throw away the gun, or throw it at somebody who invariably ducks.

Guessing somebody's password. Getting it right on the third try before the computer locks up.

Looking through binoculars and seeing two circles instead of just one.

(Full disclosure - some of the above came from previous threads.)
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Old 04-17-2021, 10:47 AM
 
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Movie cliche thru this commercial


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYae3ZAAbLc

I think most times I see a B rated horror movie they use some part of the infamous chain saw massacre film as its basis.

the weather is another element used in horror films

The thunderous rain storm

The snowstorm
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Old 04-17-2021, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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Whenever someone takes a bath, there's at least 20 to 30 lit candles all over.
She doesn't take a bath until something horrible has nearly happened. Then they tuck the kid in bed, Dad leaves the house AND THEN she decides to get totally vulnerable.

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That storytelling convention goes back at least as far as Hamlet, perhaps earlier still.
"The English Patient" made a whole movie of it.

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Nobody says goodbye when they hang up the phone.
And when they do that all the other person hears is a busy signal. Over and over.

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AC ducts are always roomy enough for people to crawl around in and soundproof so nobody hears them doing it.
And some old, skinny, dead person with all their joints out of alignment and who moves in jerks and starts, (or their grandma) is not far behind them.

Don't look at this or you'll never want to crawl in an air duct again.
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Old 04-17-2021, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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Movie cliche thru this commercial


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYae3ZAAbLc

I think most times I see a B rated horror movie they use some part of the infamous chain saw massacre film as its basis.

the weather is another element used in horror films

The thunderous rain storm

The snowstorm
That GEICO clip had another cliche, whenever running away, someone always stumbles and falls, even on the flattest ground.
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Old 04-17-2021, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Southern MN
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Or the guy is running as fast as he can and the monster is only slowly stepping along but it still catches him.
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Old 04-17-2021, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Dessert
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*Also in real life, most women do not sleep in full make-up.
Most women don't have sex while wearing a bra or slip (who even wears a slip any more?), nor do they put them back on to wake up in.

Where do they get those bed sheets that lie smoothly even when they're pulled up to the woman's armpits AND down to the man's waist?
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