Live Poll: No, Don't Do It!

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These things are repeated so often that they're cliche, and yet movies still depict them over and over again. Of these common tropes, which is the dumbest thing a character can do?
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls079077239/?publish=save#1

http://www.imdb.com/poll/6cwzVhyuAXc/

List still under construction. Suggestions are welcome and appreciated. 

The following are options that I haven't added yet because I'm still searching for a photo:
*After getting the weapon away from the attacker and seemingly disabling the perpetrator, the character leaves the weapon in grabbing distance of the attacker.
*Walks into their dark house even though the door was open or window broken.
*Walks into a room despite a very strange, creepy noise.
*Lets a suspicious person into their house.
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Ruby,

I'm assuming you are still working on your list. Of the one you have available, this is my vote:

When a threat is imminent, the character, instead of calling police or other emergency service, calls a friend or family member.
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Oh, I'm definitely still working on the list. I agree with your vote. 
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The door one can be summed up as the absurdly ineffective barricade (like when they put a chair on it lol), there's also the situation when the viewer is obviously prepared to see the enemy rising from behind, there's also the distress call that ends up being interrupted by the light being turned off or the end of the communication (calling someone is the best way to lose focus).

One I like is that no one is really specific about the threat, whoever is supposed to provide the information, either the responsible of the location who knows the back story or the first victim, are never able to say exactly what happened, or let's say it's vague enough to leave the group puzzled or not very preoccupied... until the second threat happens. In other words, no one even get the hell out and think after once the first sign of a menace pops up.

Some tropes were so overused they became subverted, but then the subversion was overused enough to become a trope, the best example is the false jump scare (it was just a friend... or a cat...no, the cat was an old one), but many movies relies on the startling effect of jump scares and that's an annoying trope, not that it fits your poll.
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There's some overlap here, so you may want to avoid phrases and ideas from this suggestion:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...
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Thanks, Peter.
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The only situation that I was thinking about using that is similar to one in that poll is about leaving a group. I was going to use something like "A character decides to leave the group and go on his or her own, thereby leaving the safety of numbers." 

The similar option in the other poll is " Let's Split Up!
It's always better to split up and cover more ground, but by doing so dwindles the numbers to make it easier for the killer. ”

What do you think? What do others think? 'Too similar or, even if very similar, a big omission if I didn't include it? 

Otherwise, I don't see any overlap but thank you, Peter, for the link, in case someone suggests something too similar or if I think of something that's identical, I can check it. 
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One similar option is probably fine, I just thought the suggestions seemed similar since they are both about movie clichés.
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Thanks, Peter, for your feedback!
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The characters continue to live in a haunted house
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Depending on the situation here. In a number of haunted house films I have seen, the characters have run out of other options.:

*1) Some films have the characters spend much of their money on purchasing or renting a building or apartment that turns out to be haunted. They have no money to move out to another place or even rent a hotel room.
*2)Some films have already financially broke characters move into an old family residence that has been neglected for years. It is seemingly their last hope, then turns out to be haunted. 
*3) The characters are effectively homeless. In "The Haunting" (1963), Eleanor Lance is an aging spinster who has been kicked out by her family. She takes part in the investigation of the haunted house because she has nowhere else to go and nothing else to do. 
4) In some films, the characters are cut off from the outside world due to severe weather conditions, or the blocking of their escape path. In "The Evil Dead" (1981), there is only one bridge connecting the isolated cabin to the road system. And that bridge collapses early in the film, leaving the characters stranded. 
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The characters continue to live in a haunted house.
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What I think that’s dumb, that’s when they seem to have beaten the attacker. Instead of finish him to make sure, they take a close look, sit down or they walk away.
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Yes! I'll add that or incorporate into the option about not moving the weapon out of reach of the attacker after the attacker seems to be down. Thank you!
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Some films have characters finish killing the attacker, but still end on an unhappy note. In "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" (1984), Jason Voorhees is hacked to death by Tommy Jarvis. But the experience leaves Tommy mentally disturbed and the implication is that he may become the next killer.

In the sequel, "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning" (1985), Tommy Jarvis faces a copycat killer who is impersonating the deceased Jason Voorhees. Tommy manages to kill the copycat, but then picks up the killer's knife and prepares to go on a killing spree of his own. The film has a cliffhanger ending.

In "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988), Michael Myers fails to kill his niece Jamie Lloyd and is seemingly killed. However, a little later, Jamie exhibits some traits of her notorious uncle and kills her adoptive mother with a blade. The implication is that Jamie has become Michael's successor. 
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