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Glad to See You Go: The Deaths of Horror Cinema's Most Annoying Characters

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Horror films are not always known for having well-developed and instantly likable characters.
. But, seeing as how cheering for the demise of horny teenagers is often half the fun, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are a few deviations from that trend, however. Occasionally, viewers are given a group of characters that are easy to identify with and immediately likable. Alien and Black Christmas both had a great cast of well-developed characters that were relatable to the audience. 
 
Realistically, though, horror films with a congenial and fleshed out cast are the exception more so than the rule. It’s more commonplace to see horror films with disposable and interchangeable characters that no viewer has any emotional attachment to. Amongst those throwaway characters, we sometimes find performances that we are actually incensed by. We develop an intense dislike for certain cast members for a variety of reasons. Some characters are too busy complaining to save their own skin, others are outright stupid, and some are simply too shallow for audiences to even attempt to connect with. Whatever the reason, there are some characters that just need to die. With that said, we have outlined seven characters that we were more than happy to see killed off. 
 
Paige in House of Wax (2005)
 
 
It’s not a big stretch to presume that Paris Hilton was cast in House of Wax just so that her character could later be killed off. Hilton was cast in House of Wax at the height of her infamy, so her onscreen death was a welcome sight to a lot of viewers. Though her performance wasn’t as bad as many speculated it would be, her character, Paige, was plenty obnoxious. Seriously, who wears a velour sweatsuit out of their house? Paige’s onscreen death made up for the fact that we had to tolerate her existence through a good portion of the film. And, we would be lying if we said she didn’t have the coolest death in the film. Paige gets a stake driven through her head with such vigor it makes all of the other deaths in the film pale in comparison. 
 
Shelly in Friday the 13th Part 3
 
 
We have Shelly to thank for lending his hockey mask to Jason. So, for that we are grateful to him. However, he was extremely obnoxious as the practical-joking lifelong virgin in Friday the 13th Part 3. We did appreciate him for his fascination with cinema and makeup effects, but not enough to really muster any remorse over his demise. He was too quick to feel sorry for himself and too helpless to ever stand a chance of surviving a horror film. Needless to say, we didn’t feel a great deal of empathy when he got his throat slashed by Jason. 
 
Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project
 
 
There really were not any characters that stood out as particularly likable in Blair Witch. Heather was, perhaps, the most obnoxious. Between her getting the group lost, misplacing the map, and demanding that everything be documented, she was difficult to warm up to and ultimately kind of obnoxious. Her death in The Blair Witch Project was more implied than what we are used to from a horror feature, but the film was made for about .019 cents, so implied death scenes were friendlier to the film’s budget. And, truthfully, it ended up creating a more atmospheric film than what it would have been had the death scenes been violent and carried out on camera. As a side note, I genuinely like Heather Donahue as a person. She is as pleasant as can be and all of my interactions with her have been extremely positive. 
 
Titus in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
 
 
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is a weak follow-up to an already average slasher. None of the characters are particularly likable, but Titus took the cake as the most obnoxious idiot in the film. Titus was an early role for the almost always-likable Jack Black. Even he couldn’t save this ultra annoying stoner from being universally disliked by audiences, though. Most of what made the character obnoxious was a bad script, and an equally bad wig, but Black did make things worse with some pretty awful overacting. His death scene was even annoying. He kept making ridiculous noises and pleading with the killer to spare his life. In addition to being irritating to watch, Titus’ death scene was extremely derivative of the kills we saw Cropsey carry out in The Burning. The killer does Titus in with a set of gardening shears, much in the same fashion that Cropsey did years before.  
 
Steve in Dawn of the Dead (2004)
 
 
Ty Burrell has true range as an actor. America has fallen in love with him as the bumbling, but lovable Phil on ABC’s Modern Family. But it wasn’t all that long ago that Burrell played a raging a-hole in the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead. Steve was unkind, insensitive, and completely self absorbed. It’s strange to think that the same person portrays these two polar opposite characters. Needless to say, we weren’t too broken up when Steve made his exit by way of a bullet to the head. 
 
Mrs. Carmody in The Mist
 
 
The Mist was a morbid film from beginning to end, and Mrs. Carmody’s death was really no exception. All things considered, though, Mrs. Carmody’s death scene was a welcome exit. She was absolutely wretched. Mrs. Carmody had a terrible attitude and tried to start what could only be described as a cult amongst the group of survivors in the grocery store where the film was set. She was judgmental and nasty and she fancied herself as better than the people she was stranded with. When a store clerk shot her in the head, viewers found themselves unsympathetic and quite satisfied that someone had put an end to her reign of nastiness.  
 
Franklin in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
 
 
Franklin was such a whiner in TCM. He complained the whole time he was on screen. Franklin was at an obvious disadvantage, as he was wheelchair bound and unable to run from Leatherface. So, we do offer him our sympathy for that. But, if Franklin had spent half the time plotting an escape that he did complaining, he could have easily evaded his untimely death and rescued his entire group of friends, for that matter. 
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