Horror films are creatures of convention. Most rely on tried-and-true horror movie tropes. Gradually, new tropes are created and old ones die... but not before several sequels and remakes.
The 2012 film The Cabin in the Woods laid bare many of these conventions, explicitly laying out the victim tropes of the whore, the athlete, the scholar, the fool, and of course, the virgin. I mean, by now we all know what is going to happen to a bunch of college kids going away to a creepy, secluded location with a lot of dark history behind it.
This list focuses on the tropes that are designed to frighten audiences. Some of them still have some real juice left in them. Some are only good for jump scares and B-movies. Some need to be put to bed forever. These are some horror clichés that still manage to drive movies to this day - do they still leave you scared?