People say there's safety in numbers, but that's not always the case for the dumbest friend groups in horror movies. These buds diminish their chances of staying alive by making stupid choices: investigating strange artifacts or sounds, conspiring against each other, and - of course - splitting up in pursuit of assistance. Audiences watch with agitation as tragedy unravels due to poor judgment.
What the dumbest friends in horror movies fail to realize is that they are being chased by malevolent monsters with one goal: their annihilation. While some members of these horror movie crews make it out alive, they endure tortuous ordeals that lead to the demise of their closest allies. Survivors must reconcile with carrying out some of the dumbest plans in genre history.
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Standout Moron: Christine "Chris" Hargensen is the leader of the high school girl group intent upon tormenting the shy, awkward, and telekinetic Carrie.
Single Dumbest Move: The crew hatches a plan to ridicule Carrie at their prom. Chris takes her mean girl status to sociopathic levels, convincing her boyfriend, Billy, to get some fresh pig's blood from the local slaughterhouse to dump on Carrie's head.
Comeuppance: After being humiliated in front of the whole school, Carrie uses her psychic powers to lock all the prom attendees inside the gymnasium and decimate them with fire and rage.
Are they morons?
- Actors: John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen, Amy Irving
- Released: 1976
- Directed by: Brian De Palma
Standout Moron: Both Kirk and Pam are responsible for leading their friends astray by wandering off together to find a watering hole on the Hardesty land.
Single Dumbest Move: The friends decide it's okay to pick up a demented-looking hitchhiker with a roadkill purse fashioned around his neck. Considering the purpose of their trip was to check out the desecrated grave of Sally and Franklin's grandfather, they should have taken the hint that something was not right with this town and saved that Texas hospitality for folks in the next locale.
Comeuppance: The cannibalistic Sawyer clan - with chainsaw-wielding Leatherface doing the grunt work - hunt and eviscerate the friends one by one like the cattle they used to process in the now-defunct slaughterhouse. Sally manages to escape with her life intact, but only after becoming acquainted with Leatherface at the Sawyer dinner table, being chased around with a chainsaw a few times, and watching all her friends meet grisly ends.
Are they morons?
- Actors: Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, John Henry Faulk, Jim Siedow
- Released: 1974
- Directed by: Tobe Hooper
- Photo: Warner Bros.
Standout Moron: Tagalong Dalton really goofs up when he goes searching for the missing Wade and finds his new friend covered in wax. He decides to peel the wax off of Wade, taking Wade's skin with it and drawing the attention of crazed wax museum curator, Vincent, who doesn't hesitate to let Dalton know how he feels with a pair of garden shears.
Single Dumbest Move: When this group of friends, en route to a football game in Louisiana, decide to camp out in a large field in the middle of nowhere, they ignore all the warning signs that they may want to find a new spot for the evening. From the pickup truck lurking in the distance to the weird sounds that carry on through the night, they don't realize what they are up against until it's too late.
Comeuppance: After breaking the fan belt in their car, deranged twins Bo and Vincent lure the travelers into Trudy's House of Wax, where they intend to make permanent exhibits out of them. The group overlooks the slayers' poor acting skills, and most of them succumb to the strange and twisted plot enacted by the brothers.
Are they morons?
- Actors: Paris Hilton, Elisha Cuthbert, Jared Padalecki, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt
- Released: 2005
- Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
- Photo: New Line Cinema
Standout Moron: There are two batches of young fools who fall prey to Jason Voorhees in this remake, and it's Whitney from the first group who gets the award for biggest moron. After she's rescued by her brother, Clay, from Jason's machete, she believes Jason is actually gone, lets her guard down, and is eventually dragged into Crystal Lake by the revenge-fueled slayer.
Single Dumbest Move: While Whitney is still missing, Clay seeks help at the summer cabin belonging to Trent, who is vacationing with five of his best friends. Instead of running as far away from the suspicious scenario as possible, the group decides to break up and trek around the lake in hopes of locating Whitney.
Comeuppance: Jason does what he knows best: slashing and bashing all the substance-loving, beer-guzzling adolescents partying around Crystal Lake.
Are they morons?
- Actors: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Willa Ford, Julianna Guill
- Released: 2009
- Directed by: Marcus Nispel