Via John August, I found this illustrating montage that shows how revealing a horror film cliché is when all the examples are juxtaposed together in order. Behold, No signal?!:
I’m almost proud that most of these examples are picked from films I haven’t seen. My main prejudice against the horror genre is the cheap use of tricks, and here they’re under a scrutinizing light. Any other examples of script or image clichés that have been over-used in films? I vote for a revealing montage of all the unnecessary use of “Poetic close-up of hand touching wheat or grass while walking in a field“.