|If you're ever in a horror movie, avoid the long grass.|
Yes, even if the creatures you see appear harmless and cute.
Sure, sometimes the sneaking occurs in a city, or in the halls of a spaceship, or in a forest, or in long grass, or the halls of an old mansion. Sometimes it ends with a chase. But it always ends in a snack for Monsieur Scaley Fang McLeatherskin. (Or Madame if there's a sequel; Monsieur can't lay eggs, after all!)
Have you ever written or read or seen a version of this trope that feels entirely different and new? What made it unique?
Would a monster movie without this trope have as much impact, or are there other ways to create monster horror without having the monster kill a redshirt character?