15 Movie Characters Who Should’ve Turned Around

By Shannon Randol, intern contributor, American Red Cross

Rain, rain, go away come again some other day … like in a year.

The Red Cross has flooded social media feeds for months about the importance of #TurnAroundDontDrown (thanks for the campaign, National Weather Service)! So much so I think it’s safe to say you might be sick of hearing it.

To add some cheer to the drenched residents of Texas and to play off of the infamous hashtag, here are 15 movie characters who should’ve just listened and turned around. 

15. Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”

Why did Melanie check out the attic alone when she knew there were killer birds out there flapping around? Don’t ever investigate a noise in a thriller movie!

14. Tobe Hooper’s “Poltergeist”

White noise coming from a television in the middle of the night? Little Carol why did you put your hand out! Always pretend to be asleep and then tell your parents to hit the road tomorrow! Yikes!

13. Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws”

A classic movie that terrified viewers with two notes, but Brody wanted to chum the waters. Why didn’t you chug that tug boat to shore warp-speed after seeing the monster? You’re crazy. 

12.  Joe Johnson’s “Jumanji”

Yes, we understand you had to finish the game to end the nightmare, BUT after being thrown into a monsoon with a giant crocodile, why didn’t you just say, “nope, I’m done, I need to get the rest of my life together!” 

11. Disney’s “Little Mermaid”

Every time you watch Ariel give her voice to the sea witch, Ursula, you feel anxious. WHY WOULD YOU TRUST AN OCTOPUS?! Do you know how much easier it would’ve been to nab your prince had you just turned around!? 

10. Roland Emmerich’s “The Day After Tomorrow”

New York City is under another world altering natural disaster? NOPE. That never ends well, plus who wants to freeze to death and dig their way out of snow piled up to skyscrapers? 

9. David R. Ellis’s “Snakes on a Plane”

Um, I can deal with spiders, but slimy no leg slithering poisonous snakes falling out of every nook and cranny from an airplane? I don’t think so. I hate heights and flying for that matter, but I would’ve grabbed a parachute and floated my behind right back down to snake-free ground. Peace out! 

8. William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist” 1973

If I saw anyone who could turn their head around without the use of their neck … I wouldn’t be wasting any time on trying to save their souls — bye, Felicia. 

7. David Yates’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” 

You can’t have a list without the Harry Potter series. I couldn’t let that happen. I’m glad they didn’t turn around, and I’m happy they beat that bully Voldemort. (#HarryPotterForever) But, in order to include them with this list, here’s Longbottom’s scene with all those greasy death eaters. 

6. Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice”

You’re trying to tell me none of the Deetz’s were scared when Barbra and Adam stretched their faces? It makes my eye sockets burn just thinking about it … 

5. Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World”

No spoilers in this clip, but when the boys find the broken fence to investigate … and then “Hello, super giant dinosaur”… Nope, nope, nope! Dinosaur + me in a small moving cube = definitely to the NOT. 

4. Jonathan Demme’s “The Silence of the Lambs”

Hannibal Lecter and his pack of misfit friends were beyond creepy. Clarice when you left that jail, you never should’ve looked back. The lotion does not do good for the skin.

3. John Hughes’s “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Poor Cameron, never should’ve let Ferris convince him to take out his dad’s Ferrari. Then, he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to knock it off its stand.

2. Howard Deutch’s “The Great Outdoors”

Chet you should’ve just stayed home and forgot going to Wally’s cabin. You had to have known the bald-headed bear was going to come looking for revenge!

1. Disney’s “The Lion King”

Simba, why-oh-why did you have to go to Scar? Do you know grown adults still tear-up when your father, Mufasa, dies! Why couldn’t you have just turned around!!!  

If ever in a pickle and you’re not sure which direction to take, remember all of these fools who didn’t turn around and ask yourself, “could this be turned into a GIF?”

There’s a moral to every story, and you don’t want to be the example. Don’t attempt to drive through flooded streets and moving water, your life is much too valuable. Always remember turn around don’t drown!


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