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Written by Alex Slade It's always refreshing to see a horror movie where the characters make smart decisions and aren't just running around waiting to get killed! WatchMojo presents our second list of the Top 10 Smartest Decisions in Horror Movies! But what will take the top spot on our list? Will it be from Get Out, The Cabin in the Woods, or Hush? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: Have an idea for our next video? Submit your suggestion here: WatchMojo.commy/suggest.php

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Finally, we’re cheering instead of shaking our heads in disbelief. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for Another Top 10 Smartest Decisions in Horror Movies.

For this list, we’re examining those choices that helped characters in horror movies make it out alive – or at least survive for a little while. If a particular character or moment you’re thinking of isn’t here, be sure to check out our original Top 10 Smartest Decisions in Horror Movies. As expected, spoilers will follow.

#10: Adapting to Having 1 Leg
“Planet Terror” (2007)

Some would consider losing a leg during a zombie apocalypse troublesome; others might see it as an opportunity. As the ultimate exercise in ingenuity, “Planet Terror”’s Cherry Darling uses her stump to her advantage multiple times throughout the film. How, you may ask? First by using a wooden table leg to take down Quentin Tarantino, and then at the film’s climax when she brilliantly straps on a minigun to take down hordes of infected baddies. Utilizing her skills as a dancer to incorporate a floor routine into the massacre ultimately makes her unstoppable, and leads to one of the most ridiculous moments ever put to screen.

#9: Turning on the Car Lights
“Lights Out” (2016)

When you’re dealing with the literal personification of fear of the dark, there’s not much you can do when it’s nighttime. Diana can only be seen in the dark, and that’s where her power comes from. Bret is thwarted and attacked at every turn in his attempts to escape the nightmare creature. However, he uses his phone as a light to ward Diana away, only to be caught again outside. This time, however, his car is parked in front of him, and he activates the headlights with his keys. Quick thinking, Bret!

#8: Burning the Book as a Distraction
“Misery” (1990)

There’s only so much you can do when you’re immobilized, and no one knows you’ve been kidnapped. Sure, Paul’s last attempt at escape isn’t as elaborate as his previous ideas, but it works. Trapped and forced to write a sequel to his captor’s favorite story, Paul ends up burning it right after he’s finished it, destroying all the answers it had to any unanswered questions. While Annie desperately tries to remedy the situation, Paul uses the distraction to finally end the nightmare he’s endured.

#7: Setting a Trap
“The Final Girls” (2015)

It’d be pretty cool if we could be transported into our favorite movies, wouldn’t it? Well, unless it’s a horror movie and you could actually die. Trapped inside the silver screen, Max and her friends must find a way to defeat their masked terrorizer, Billy. They decide to set a trap for him, making weapons, luring him out, and attacking him. While it is a good plan involving flaming arrows and a bucket of gasoline, a lot of friendlies die. But at least we get the kick-ass, self-referential slow-mo escape scene.

#6: Giving Himself the Chainsaw Hand
“Evil Dead II” (1987)

When you’ve lost a limb, there’s no need to completely lose hope. Forced to chop off his own possessed hand, Ash makes the most out of the situation. After all, he still has to face off against the deadites, right? When a demonic force is physically and psychologically destroying you, you’re going to have to be a little unhinged yourself to fight back. And sometimes that means sticking the stump of your own hand into a freaking chainsaw. Let’s hope he doesn’t get an itch.

#5: Sleeping with a Prostitute
“It Follows” (2014)

Being stalked by a murderously malevolent presence that was passed to you through sexual intercourse has gotta suck. What’s even worse is that the only way to get rid of it is by siccing it on someone else – again, through sex. However, when it kills that person, you’re right back to square one, because then it’s going to set its sights on you again. So how do you buy yourself some time or halt the demon’s progress altogether? Sleep with a prostitute, which is exactly what one of the protagonists does. Problem solved… as long as you don’t think about how many people are dying in your place.

#4: Putting On the Sweater
“Friday the 13th: Part 2” (1981)

Norman Bates, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees; all the best horror movie villains have mommy issues. However, there are ways to use that to your advantage to beat the bad guy. Ginny is being chased around Camp Crystal Lake by Jason, as per ‘uge, when she finds an altar dedicated to his dead mother. Ginny ingeniously decides to psychologically mess with the mask-wearing killer by convincing him that she is Mrs. Voorhees by donning her sweater, persuading him to let his guard down for what she hopes is enough time for her to administer a killing blow. Unfortunately, he realizes it’s just a ruse, but he meets his end shortly thereafter, anyway… or does he?

#3: Using Everything to Get the Upper Hand
“Hush” (2016)

Being completely deaf certainly isn’t going to do you any favors when you’re being terrorized in your home by a crossbow-wielding invader. Maddie uses anything she can grab to defend herself, and in her case, doing so is her only chance at survival. Whether it’s insecticide or corkscrews or using a specialized smoke alarm to deafen the assailant, it all ultimately helps when she finally kills him. As a writer, Maddie is always reworking scenarios in her head. Luckily for her, she found the one where the hero lives in the end.

#2: Pushing the System Purge Button
“The Cabin in the Woods” (2012)

This movie contains almost every horror movie cliché in the book, and it’s damn entertaining for that exact reason. After Dana and Marty find themselves pinned down by a dozen armed and dangerous security forces, there’s only one thing left to do: push the system purge button. Sure, in retrospect, it doesn’t seem like a good alternative, but it appears to work out okay for them. The button releases all the captive monsters, and boy do they have a great time tearing everyone to pieces - giving Dana and Marty time to escape. It begs the question though; why does this button even exist in the first place?

#1: Picking Cotton Out of the Chair
“Get Out” (2017)

“Get Out”’s critical reception was well deserved: the film delves into issues of racism as well as themes typical to the horror genre, while featuring a main character that is far from clueless in almost every regard. Right from the get-go, Chris has a strange feeling about the family he’s staying with. When your possible future mother-in-law is a hypnotist who wants to make you docile enough for a brain transplant, there’s only one thing you can do: make sure you don’t listen to her. Chris literally picks cotton to keep himself alive by using his chair’s stuffing to block his ears, and then breaks free to take his revenge. Ingenious.

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