For many horror movie characters, the key to survival is in numbers, but in film after film, victims find them alone and in danger.
As seen in dozens of films, there are some key cases to be alone and horror movies have taught us to avoid these places at all costs.
Using examples from classic and modern horror movies, this survival guide shows you the best places to avoid while killers, monsters, spirits and other creatures are on your trail.
Campground –Camping is a great time for family to bond, to make friends and take a dip in the lake, but you should always keep a buddy nearby. As seen in the Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp series, summer camp can become a dangerous place, especially if you travel alone.
Behind any large tree, Jason Vorhees could be lurking, and the thin walls of a plastic tent are no protection for the gruesome machete.
Other horror movies like Camp Slaughter have all featured slaughtered campers, with a majority of the deaths occurring to lone campers that made the classic mistake.
If anything, stick to a double locked RV, but expect your tires to be slashed in the morning.
Woods- Even worse than a campground is the deep forest. The shadows from the trees, the allure of nature and the pitch black have made the woods a perfect setting for horror movie deaths.
In movies like Wrong Turn and The Blair Witch Project, the woods became a breeding ground for lone wanderers to become captured and killed.
When alone in the woods, stay as still as possible because running through will only cause more confusion, chaos and attention drawn to the roaming killer.
Hotel – Staying out of the woods is a good idea, but finding comfort and safety in a hotel is a different story. Alfred Hitchcock showed one of the best examples in the horror classic Psycho. Normal hotel workers could be peering through pictures, interrupting showers or dressing as their mother.
Newer films like The Shining, Vacancy, Vacancy 2, the Prom Night remake and No Country For Old Men showed more hotel dangers. Evil spirits, random knocks on the door and raging killer have all made it through hotels.
If you need a place to stay, definitely avoid motels and stick to a well-lit hotel that is filled with plenty of (friendly) guests.
Hospital – The hospital is supposed to be a safe place to heal and get care, but when you find yourself alone, the hospital can become a very scary place.
Halloween II is one of the best examples. Both the original and remake of Halloween II capture the abandonment and creepiness of an empty hospital. Guests scream to empty echoes as Michael Myers goes on a rampage.
The end of the horror remake Black Xmas also takes place in a hospital where the victims have nowhere to run. The zombie film 28 Days Later started off at an emptied hospital and provided the creepy opening scenes to the film.
At least if you are injured in a hospital, there are plenty of tools to help heal and get out before the horror movie villain strikes again.
Your Own Home – Your home is supposed to be safe and your ultimate comfort zone. If your home is in a horror movie, the complete opposite is true.
The home is one of the main places for horrific deaths, especially to victims staying home alone. In countless slasher movies like Halloween and Scream, the victims are often in their own home, walking around alone, talking on the phone or trying to avoid the killer.
Some of the scariest scenes in Scream took place at home; read about them here: Scariest Scream Scenes