'Castle': How many horror-movie tropes were in 'Scared to Death'?
But how many horror-movie tropes did "Castle" manage to cram into a single episode?
- A haunted DVD: I have never watched "The Ring" (neither the Japanese nor the American version). The creepy images and the promise of death? That is exactly why.
- Useless calls to the police: The first murder victim called 911. It didn't do any good. It never does...
- Power outages: When the lights go out, you know you're done for.
- Deaths at midnight: All the best scary murders happen at midnight.
- The creepy inn: Sure, it was the off-season. But that inn looked like it was stuck in an off-decade.
- An insane asylum: The lunatic wasn't exactly Hannibal Lecter, but any inmate spewing nonsense from a glass-walled room counts as scary.
- Disappearing bodies: It's not good for dead bodies to go missing. It's worse when they're dead bodies of serial killers.
- Poor cell reception: Beckett couldn't hear Ryan give her vital information. That would have been too easy.
- Fog: There was a heck of a lot of fog around the cabin.
- The cabin in the woods: Remote, creepy and full of stuffed and mounted animals -- why not just ask for evil spirits and death?
- The heroes split up: NEVER SPLIT UP!!! Don't they know anything?
- "That's not the whole story": It never is.
- Wes Craven: Seriously, the guy is pretty much a trope unto himself. He has been involved with that many horror films.
Did we miss any?