Seeing the word Dont in the title of a horror flick immediately triggers a set of expectations for the film to follow. First, you know there will be some sort of terrible cause and effect in play if youre advised Dont Answer the Phone, you know that answering the phone will mean something unpleasant. Second, you know someone is totally going to answer that phone. Which means theres a ticking clock of expectation as you wait for the phone to ring. And third, the title probably has almost zero to do with whats really going on in the film.
In an attempt to discover a common thread in Dont films, weve compiled a list of (almost) every one we could find.
Sean Abley is a playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and zombie enthusiast. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, Unzipped, Fangoria as well as Fangoria.com and ChillerTV.com. His latest book is OUT IN THE DARK: INTERVIEWS WITH GAY HORROR FILMMAKERS, ACTORS AND AUTHORS.