Daily Archives: September 16, 2014

Horror Clichés in Books and Movies

Being stranded in the middle of nowhere is just one of the many horror clichés that make the genre so great. So without further ado, here are the 5 best horror movies in isolated places.



The Shining: Truly Stephen King at his best, a struggling family takes a job as the winter caretakers for an isolated hotel in the mountains. But as Danny (the son) begins to see violent flashbacks from the hotel’s past and his father continues to become more and more deranged from forces inside its walls, Danny’s “shining” may be the only thing that can save him and his mother.  The Shining (movie)




large_MIsery_Book_CoverMisery: More Stephen King, I know, but both movies (and books!) completely deserve a place on the list. Paul Sheldon, a famous author, crashes his car near a deserted town. He is “rescued” by his #1 fan, Annie Wilkes (a former nurse), and brought back to her isolated home in the mountains. When he wakes, seriously injured and missing to the rest of the world, he finds that his rescuer has turned into his kidnapper, and that she is completely unstable. He is completely at her mercy, and when she finds out that Paul has killed off the heroine of his stories (Annie’s favorite), she forces him to write a new novel, and if it isn’t exactly how she wants it, who knows what she’ll do…Misery (movie)



the-evil-dead-posterEvil Dead: Both the original and the current remake deserve a spot on this list, and since they have pretty much the same plot, they’ll count as one. The plot: five friends travel up to an isolated cabin in the woods on a vacation. There they find the Book of the Dead and accidentally unleash an evil force upon themselves, determined to kill every last one of them. Original: An extremely low-budget movie made by first time director Sam Raimi that was by far one of the best “cabin in the woods” movies ever made. For those of you who don’t appreciate cheap effects and old cinematography, don’t worry, there’s a remake.  Remake: While the original was extremely low-budget for effects and whatnot, the remake was most definitely not. The effects are incredible, but very gory. The violence often overshadows the plot line, and it’s another remake that doesn’t live up to the original.



Blair Witch Project: This movie is a lot scarier if you watch it in a tent in the middle of the night as I did (big mistake), but no matter where or when you watch it, it’s still a great movie. Three film students go into a forest alone while making a documentary about the urban legend of the “Blair Witch”. They were never seen again. Only their footage remains to show what really happened.




alienAlien: Everyone has heard the quote: In space, no one can hear you scream.  And it just adds to the whole isolation thing. I mean, what’s more remote than outer space? Anyway, the crew of a commercial spaceship awakened by an SOS from a distant planet. A crew member goes to investigate, and finds thousands of alien eggs. One of the parasites inside attacks him as he inspects it. They take back off for earth and the parasite dies, but what they don’t realize is that an alien is growing in the host, and when it’s ready to come out, no one on board is safe.


–Corinna, Greenwood, Teen Blogger