Deadly Sins of Horror

The writer/director of Severance (which I haven’t seen, but will now look out for) lists the seven deadly sins of horror, which worked fine back in 1952 but are now forbidden:

5 – Magic, psychic killers: Oh thank goodness, the large breasted girl has managed to put some distance between herself and the killer. Oh look, she’s found a car – and it’s unlocked! And the keys are in the ignition! And the engine has started, first time! Hooray! She’s going to escape! I hope that the killer hasn’t somehow magically teleported into the back seat, where he will suddenly pop up to stab or garrotte her. I’m sure that won’t happen though, because he’d need the aforementioned teleporting skills, plus the ability to psychically predict which car she would choose. And it would make no sense to hide in the back seat, wait until she starts driving, and *then* attack her. So he probably won’t do that. Oh. He did.

Fair point. I think this kind of thing is fine in tongue-in-cheek horror a la Scream, but it always grates when a film’s making a serious attempt to be scary. Not that I’ve seen all that much proper horror, to be honest.