There are an enormous number of clichés images used in books or films. Some of them are the man or woman all in black or in black leather; the scary music suggesting fear; blood running from eyes suggesting something unspeakable has happened; blood coming from nose; the hazy wall of energy or something, suggesting a great change of a different world or dimension, the devil or horns on person, suggesting incredible evil; huge wave or tsunami.
Another great clichés in movies is that when anyone get angry or hurt they have to destroy everything, thrown things around, smash what they have been working on.
I wonder if it is a national thing An enormous cliché is the woman stripped down to tight panties and brassiere, or the woman/actress showing as much of her boobs as allowed, and also their butts. The aim is to arouse the instinctive response in males – especially males who haven’t left their teenage years behind them – teenagers with an active sexual feeling are plagued with constant erections when looking at women – also homosexual women. See Beware of Love
Many of these have no connection with the real world or waking reality. Of course we can dream any scary thing we like, but you cannot be hurt in your dreams. You cannot drown, you can’t die in a dream, no tiger or other animal can harm you. Of course you can feel feelings of dying, or being hurt, or drowning, but they are all images you create because you feel afraid and you haven’t faced up to your fears. Like images on the cinema screen a gun can be pointing directly at you and fired, but no hurt comes. See Avoid Being Victims; Dreams are Like a Computer Game; Summing Up