Simple Horror Plots, Part 2: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

The main character has a dilemma.  It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation–but there’s damnation, and then there’s damnation.

  • The character has a problem, or is called in to deal with a problem.
  • The character has to choose between a couple of craptastic options.
  • They try to avoid choosing.
  • But eventually, they have to choose.
  • In the end, the choice comes from an instinct that shows the true character of the chooser.

This is stuff like The ExorcistThe Babysitter, anything having to do with John Constantine, a lot of Devil’s Bargain stuff (although not really demonic possession stuff).  Sometimes you’ll get devil’s advocates for one or both sides.

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