Most horror movies and thrillers count on clichés to provide scares and tension, and there probably wouldn’t be a thrilling movie if the victims weren’t being stupid, mean or violent. But if there’s one thing we can learn from these movies, it’s what not to do in certain situations and life in general.
Do you want to stay alive? Take this post seriously. And please keep in mind there might be some spoilers for the movies featured.
- Don’t be a jerk. Sure, it might give you some advantages in life, but eventually you’ll set off the wrong person. So don’t bully people, don’t take advantage of them, and don’t cheat on your wife (which will become our next safety tip, because we can’t stress this enough).
Movie:Phone Booth (2002)
Stu (Colin Farrell) isn’t a nice guy; he’s also cheating on his wife. He’s been on the radar of a sniper (Kiefer Sutherland) for a while, and when he gets the chance, he ensures Stu can’t leave the phonebooth (or he’ll be killed), despite cops trying to intervene. When Stu’sbeen scared out of his mind and decided to become a better person, the sniper gives him a chance. But not before reminding him he is never truly off the hook.
- Don’t cheat on your wife. We recommend taking your vows seriously because it never really ends well, especially when your wife, mistress or the mistress’ husband turns out to be a total psycho.
Movies:Butterfly on a Wheel (2007)
Adman (Gerard Butler) and his wife (Maria Bello) are carjacked by a gunman (Pierce Brosnan), who is partners with their daughter’s babysitter. So they indulge him as he makes them withdraw all their money only to burn it, sabotages Butler’s career, sexually harasses Bello and forces Butlerto kill his mistress. Butler pulls the trigger, but the gun is empty. Why her? You guessed it: she was Brosnan’s wife. Shortly after, Brosnan decides he’s terrorized them enough, and they’re free to go home to their daughter. The twist? The daughter was never in danger, because the co-plotter was the wife. Oh, and she’s leaving him.
- Don’t piss off a badass.
Movie: John Wick (2014)
What you see isn’t always what you get. The spoilt son of a mobster steals John Wick (Keanu Reeves)’s car, beats him up (with the help of his friends) and kills his dog, unaware that Wick used to be his dad’s best hitman. He got out when he fell in love, but his wife died, and that dog was her final gift. Of course he takes out his old gear, and kills anyone who tries to stop him. Yep, Wick gets his revenge.
- Don’t be a (vicious) criminal. When psychos are being psychos, they don’t realize regular people can snap and do unexpected things too.
Movie:The Last House on The Left (2009, remake)
A gang terribly assaults two young women. Then being obnoxious and dangerous themselves, they see no harm in staying at the vacation home of a couple. But what comes around goes around: the couple are actually the parents of one of their victims, and when they find out who their guests are, they take their slow, brutal revenge. Hell hath no fury like parents scorned.