Few film genres have become quite as divisive as horror over the years. Either you love horror movies, or you definitively hate them. Here at Cinema Blend, we tend to fall into the former category; there are few things more cathartic than strapping into a seat and letting a movie absolutely terrify us for the better part of two hours. Sadistic? Totally. Worth it? Absolutely. With The Conjuring 2 hitting theaters this weekend, we very much look forward to James Wan continuing his streak of scaring the living daylights out of us.

That being said, as horror connoisseurs, we have become somewhat callous to certain common scares that Hollywood constantly tries to use on us. It's not that these scares never worked, but through a combination of poor execution and repetition, we have simply grown tired of them. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of seven major horror movie scares that simply don't work on us anymore. Now let's get started with one of the most common offenses on this list.

Fake Jump Scares

Anyone who has seen a mainstream horror movie over the last few years has encountered the "fake jump scare" at least once. The protagonist creeps down a dark, spooky hallway, sees a figure draped in a curtain, then slowly pulls it back to reveal it's simply his or her friend Chad waiting to freak them out -- complete with the requisite sound effect to amp up the scare factor. Jump scares are completely fine -- modern classics like The Conjuring and Insidious use them to great effect -- but a jump scare only works when the filmmaker follows through with a legitimate scare. A director needs to be economical in how they scare us; otherwise we stop caring about what we're seeing on the screen.

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