There are certain mistakes that characters in Friday the 13th movies make over and over again. Each time, it results in someone being hacked into bloody lumps. Though they are just acting according to human nature, they're making it pretty easy for Jason Voorhees to yank their guts out. Too easy. I'm sure the monotony is getting to him. He just doesn't decapitate with the same childish fervor.

Please read on, and if you ever find yourself in a Friday the 13th film, learn from the mistakes of others. The life you save will be your own.

Ignoring Locals

If you're new to an area, it's common practice to ask a local which restaurant or bar they recommend. So why would you ignore them when they warn you not to go into the woods? Granted, they are sometimes vague with their warnings, but if I stop in at a diner and a slack-jawed yokel warns me to stay away from Camp Blood because "it's HIS camp," and folks go missing there, I'm inclined to listen. Sorry, gang. Camping trip's over. Let's backtrack to that Dave & Buster's we passed.

Getting Wasted

Camping wouldn't be half as much fun without drugs and alcohol. But these need to be enjoyed in moderation. You need to keep your wits about you. What if a wolf or bear or hockey mask-adorned living corpse were to attack your campsite? What then? No great escape was ever made by running in a wobbly line.

Using A Distinctive Weapon Or Tool

If something can go wrong, it will. That's why you should really leave your toys at home. Sure, bringing your brand ne machete along on a camping trip might seem like a good idea for clearing brush, but trust me, you'll be kicking yourself when a psychopath buries it in your skull. Other items you might want to not pack are spearguns and weed-whackers modified with buzzsaw blades on the end.

Seeking Alone Time

Whether you're storming off in a huff, dropping a deuce, or rendezvousing for a clandestine boink, it's a good idea to tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back. I can understand the urge to want to jam in the power room of a ship as much as the next guy, but do so carefully. Otherwise, your friends might later be startled when your corpse falls down on them from an attic crawlspace.

Being Fat Or A Nerd

Jason Voorhees ha taken out many victims in tip-top physical condition. So, if you're overweight, uncoordinated, or goofing off, it's likely you'll also fall prey. Think about it. If you're clowning around and trying to impress a girl by walking on your hands, there's no way you're going to be able to run for your life. Also, if walking on your hands is your pick up move, there's no way you're going to get laid.

Playing Pranks

It might seem like a funny prank to startle your friends by sneaking up on them while wearing a scary mask. DON'T. If there's one thing killers hate, it's the funny guy. Chandler Bing wouldn't last twelve minutes at Crystal Lake. Plus, you don't want Jason to think you're making fun of him. That's a one way trip to getting your arm chopped off and stuffed up your butt.

Acting Douchey

Hey, leave the attitude at home. Okay, guy? The last thing you want to do is wander into this setting and act like a complete knob. Please limit your taunting of locals, drifters, and those you feel beneath you. This might get you attention at the frat house, but it will only get you impaled on a jagged length of rebar in a Friday the 13th movie.

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