- Physical Strength
- Adrenaline Fueled Rage/Terror resulting in fight or flight response
- Friendship, they have to like each other to get there in the first place
- For men- Boobs. Ass. Rage induced stupidity
- For women- Jock’s… Jock… Strap…
- Alcohol or marijuana impairment
- Inability to see in the dark like a kitty cat
- Inability to control bladder/poop chute in very dark regions of the earth
Now let us move on.
Five of ‘Em: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has five primary victims. The characters take around 15-20 minutes or so for fleshing out. Five people are easy to keep in control without getting out of hand. Within the general 90 minute time frame for a horror movie we’ll start to care if they die.
It would be nice to see them kick ass and actually survive; I can only watch Predator so many times.
The hot chick is the bubbly one who doesn’t like to get bloodied but is going to do so whether or not what they think matters anymore.
Dude, Want Some Weed: Everyone knows someone like this at some point in their life. Stoners are comedy relief. Like the Jock, Hot-Chick, and Virgin, you’ll always find a Stoner in slasher flicks without fail. Extra strengths include a mindset of, if weed is illegal and they still use it, wouldn’t they be willing to do something else risky for the sake of the group? Most of the time, they also stay quiet enough to not attract the villain’s attention. Another extra strength can be found in their inventive weapons, such as Marty’s bong from The Cabin in the Woods. Extra weaknesses include couch-potato-syndrome (one of mine unless something really bad is going on), so the Stoner will be rendered useless if an extra hand is needed; and they may have possible depth perception issues- which can lead to some really funny scenes.
Stoners are useful in their own right on rare occasions. Normally though, they make us laugh before becoming monster fodder.
The Man Who Knew Too Much: This guy is not related to the Bill Murray movie but this title describes his job perfectly. The Know-It-All has every horror movie device down pat and almost surely dies. He has a perfect blend of all of the other generalized strengths and weaknesses as the others. Although an additional strength (you should have seen this coming) is their ability to know what’s going on. Unfortunately for them, spouting off the killer’s entire history over a campfire is most definitely a death sentence.