10 Things We Learned From The “Avengers: The Age Of Ultron” Trailer

So Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was officially released a few hours ago and it looks like it’s going to be even more action packed than the first. Oh my god I can’t express how excited I am. I’ve embedded the trailer at the bottom so if you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out.

I’ve highlighted 6 things that we now know about the movie, just as something for you to ponder.

1) Ultron’s army are badass as hell

They seem to be designed to look like Tony Stark’s Iron Man costume. We see them crawl out of the sea and one of them (possibly Ultron himself) crushes one of Iron Man’s drone’s head in one hand. I mean, Thor’s hammer couldn’t even smash Iron Man’s head and if that’s the kinda damage his little helpers can do, then one can only imagine the havoc that Ultron himself could cause.

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 2) Bruce Banner goes off the rails

We see Mark Ruffalo shaking on an aircraft, running alone through a forest and battling Iron Man (more on that later). There have been talks of a new Hulk film being in the air at Marvel Studios (Planet Hulk maybe?) so perhaps this is a way of giving the Hulk a jumping off point for a spin off.

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3) Tony Stark Brings Out the HULKBUSTER OUTFIT

One of the coolest things Iron Man does in the comics is create lots of different suits for different purposes, for going into space, for going underwater and best of all, for fighting the Hulk. It’s so awesome that they’re bringing this miniature story-arc into the bigger story-arc (arc-ception?) and we’ll finally see the Hulk do battle with someone as strong as him.

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 4) James Spader is The PERFECT Choice for Ultron

The voice that echoes throughout the trailer is one of the eeriest, threatening and dread inspiring voices I’ve ever heard. Joss Whedon was quoted as saying Spader was the “first and only choice” to voice Ultron because of a “hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling” and by the sounds of things, he was dead right!

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5)  SOMEONE Is Going To Be Killed Off 

Soon after Age of Ultron was announced, Joss Whedon said that there will be a death in this installment of the franchise. The question is… who? There are hints littered throughout the trailer, though most noticeably at the end we see Thor’s arm looking rather limp beside Captain America’s shield. Would Marvel really kill 2 of their most successful franchises though? With RDJ yo-yoing between confirming and denying Iron Man 4, maybe it’s been decided that Tony Stark will make his final bow in Age of Ultron, being destroyed by his own creation. How poetic.

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6) It’s Going To Be a LONG Movie

There seems to be a lot of action to fit in and a lot of different storylines that need to play out. There’s the whole Ultron saga, then Hulk having a battle with himself (and the other Avengers), the Maximoff twins (Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) need to be introduced and there looks like there’s some Hydra weapons thrown in there for good measure. So it must be a long film.

7) Tony Stark F**** Up. Royally.

“This is the end. The end of the path I started us on”. We already know that Ultron himself is a bit of Stark tech that went completely wrong, became self aware and developed a God complex. But seeing Tony Stark talk himself down is something we haven’t really seen yet. Throw Thor pinning him up to the wall by his throat into the mix and you’ve got yourself a real f*** up.

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8) Tom Hiddleston Definitely Won’t Be Making An Appearance

For the first time in this franchise, I think we’re going to be presented with a villain more disastrous and dangerous as Loki. To be honest I’m glad that he won’t be making an appearance. It would be a shame to almost embarrass him by putting him next to a villain as evil as Ultron. He would definitely pale in comparison and it would almost ruin the cunning trickster by making him seem trivial and lame compared to Ultron.

9) Hawkeye Has A Lot More Screentime

Hawkeye was a massively wasted character in Avengers: Assemble, his main contribution to the film being one of Loki’s mindless goons. This one however, appears to show him single handedly fighting an army of what appears to be Hydra soldiers. Whedon did promise that Agent Barton would get some more screen time as there is also consideration for him to have his own spin-off franchise. Not the most deserving character, but anything Marvel touches seems to be golden these days so maybe it’d be a good choice.

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10) It WILL Be One of The Biggest Movies of All Time

When I wrote this article, the trailer was only around 12 hours old and it already had 7,000,000 views on youtube, plus views on other hosting sites. With Avengers: Assemble taking in over $1.5 billion at the box office, with the now even larger fanbase following Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, Thor 2 and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff series, there is no reason for this to not challenge Titanic or Avatar for highest box office gross. Even if it doesn’t top them with box office takings, you can be guaranteed that it’s going to beat them for quality. Awards wise, although movies like this don’t tend to be “Best Picture” winners at the Oscars, they do pick up a lot of special effects and cinematography kind of awards. To be fair, within 15 hours of the release of its trailer, it’s managed to pick up an award nomination.

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I am so damn excited for this movie so whenever anything new crops up, be sure that I’ll have an update!

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Top 5: Iconic Movie Tattoos

I felt that it would be a good idea to make this list to show how iconic and important tattoos can be in films and how they can be used as a tool for both story progression and character development, alongside how they can affect the viewers on both a personal and physical level. So without any delay, here we go:

5) Harry Potter Series: The Dark Mark

Since we first came across it in The Goblet of Fire, The Dark Mark has had a notorious reputation throughout all generations. You would struggle to find a person on the street that couldn’t identify it as the tattoo used to identify Voldemort’s followers. It has had such an impact that just a quick Google could show you how many people have had this replicated onto their own skin in tribute to the most popular film series of modern times

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4) Red Dragon (2002): The Red Dragon

Ralph Fiennes donned this tat for his appearance as serial killer Francis Dollarhyde in 2002’s Hannibal Lecter flick, “Red Dragon”. I chose this to be so high up on the list because of how it’s revealed in the movie in such a dramatic manner and how it manages to capture it’s wearers crazy, obsessive, creepy persona. It has become so ingrained into pop culture as a reference to the film, that people seem to have forgotten that it’s actually based on the extremely famous paintings by William Drake. To be fair, I am glad that I haven’t come across many replications in my searches… It does worry me that there have been people who have copied this tattoo though.

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3) Cape Fear (1991): Justice

Robert De Niro plays the heavily tattooed, convicted rapist Max Cady in Scorcese’s highly rated 1991 thriller. Now, Max Cady is a scary, evil, twisted man as we see in the events of the film, but his tattoos manage to portray just how evil he is. Although he is definitely guilty of the brutal rape of a girl he seems to believe that it is unjust for him to have a prison sentence. So whilst in the clink he has a cross tattooed on his back, accompanied by a dagger with “Justice” beneath it, indicating his never ending lust for revenge. To be honest, this only makes the character much, much more scary, as he apparently sees no wrong in his crimes.cape-fear-tattoo1

2) Memento (2000): Clues

Number 2 is in Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece “Memento”. The reason it’s here (among being a really good movie) is because the tattoos play an intrinsic part of the whole story. Leonard (Guy Pearce) suffers from short-term memory loss, so after his wife is murdered he uses tattoos to enable him to remember clues and information in order for him to investigate. An amazing movie and a good use of tattoos in order to aid the story rather than solely focusing on character development. It’s also a tragic reminder that although Leonard’s memories may be some of the most awful that one could have, he still wants to remember what happened.

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1) American History X (1998): Nazi Paraphernalia

I feel that this really is one of the most culturally important films of the modern era and it’s one of the best movies that you will ever see, I promise. Edward Norton features as an ex-Neo-Nazi (Derek Vinyard) on a path to retribution for he and his family after spending time in prison for manslaughter. The “Nazi” character of Derek is massively emphasized through his tattoos; he has a pair of dogs (which supposedly represent the dogs used in concentration camps), a gang insignia “D.O.C.” which represents his Nazi gang and most noticeably, a huge swastika over his heart, which he uses to threaten people early in the film. He makes a point of covering them after his reformation. This is a stark contrast to the character portrayed in the early moments of the films, where he wore his tattoos with pride. A fantastic use of tattoos as an embodiment of change and retribution.
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Top 10: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Episodes

So this week, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was renewed up until 2015, making it the longest running series in cable history. if you don’t know what it is, I seriously suggest you check it out.  It’s a comedy about 5 intolerant, ignorant yet egotistical people trying to run a bar in Philadelphia. It stars Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Rob McElhenny, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito. To celebrate the renewal, I have put together a list of my top 10 favourite ‘It’s Always Sunny’ episodes…

Sweet Dee has a Heart Attack (S4 Ep10)

It is what it says on the tin, Sweet Dee has a heart attack, which causes a stir with the rest of the gang, leading to Charlie and Dee joining a gym and Mac and Charlie getting a mailroom job for health benefits.

Best Moment – “Dey Bow Bow”

Chardee Macdennis (S7 Ep7)

The gang is bored so they decide to play their drinking game “Chardee Macdennis” where Mac and Charlie’s team has lost 18 games in a row to Dennis and Dee (Team Golden Geese). The game has some weird rules including: Cheating is tolerated, if you ask a question you must drink, you have to get into a dog kennel until you eat the raw ingredients of a cake etc. it’s so twisted and so funny.

The Nightman Cometh (S4 Ep13)

Charlie has written a musical (“The Nightman Cometh”) in an attempt to impress the waitress, but naturally the rest of the gang mess it up, leading to Mac “raping” Dennis onstage and Frank offering to sell a “Boy’s hole” for a toll.

Best Moment – The “Toll Troll’s” song/Mac rapes Dennis

Mac’s Big Break

Mac wins a radio competition, which gives him the opportunity to hit a shot from center ice at a Flyers game with a chance to win a weekend at a beach party full of A-List celebrities.

Best Moment – Charlie’s scream after they win the competition

The High School Reunion (Parts 1&2) (S7 Ep 12&13)

In part 1, the gang goes to a high school reunion where they feel like they have a lot to prove. In part 2, the gang hatches a plan to impress their old classmates after being embarrassed in part 1.

Best Moment – The dance at the end of part 2

The Gang Dances Their Asses Off (S3 Ep 15)

When Charlie signs the Bar up as the prize for a radio contest, the gang has to enter a dance marathon where plots are devised and they all end up scheming against one another.

Best Moment – Mac and Dennis’ dance off

The Gang Gets Extreme: Home Makeover (S4 Ep12)

In an attempt to do a good deed in exchange for good karma which the gang will use to get valuable things, they decide to perfom an Extreme Home Makeover for a Mexican family. It can be seen as a hate crime.

Best moment – Dennis’ short shorts

The Storm of The Century (S7 Ep6)

Philly is about to be hit by the biggest storm in living memory, so the gang decides to head out to pick up some supplies. When at the store, Dennis decides that it’s a good idea to have a “Storm party” where he can take girls back to his bunker. The episode ends with mass looting and Dee waging a war against machines.

Best moment – Dennis tries to pick up some girls at the store

Dee Reynolds: Shaping America’s Youth (S6 Ep9)

Dee takes on the role of a drama teacher which Mac and Dennis see as an idea opportunity to have the first screening of their new film, Lethal Weapon 5. The film features Mac as Murtaugh/Riggs, Dennis as Murtaugh/Riggs and Frank as The Indian.

Best Moment – Any time Mac is in blackface (3:30 in the video)

With this list covering almost all the seasons of IASIP, it just shows how McElhenny, Howerton and Day are capable of consistently producing top quality comedy and will carry on doing so for the next 2 years.

DISCLAIMER: I counted the reunion episodes as 2 episodes, hence why there is only 9 different items on the list.

Top 10: Movie Series to Watch on Movie Day

So summer is coming up and I know that something that a lot of people plan to do is have movie days with their friends and/or family. I’ve put together this list to give you a nudge in the direction of what I think are the best series you can watch on movie day. The only parameter to make it onto this list is that the whole series must logically be able to be watched in one day. I’ve included my opinion of the Standout movie of the series and also the total runtime, so you can plan your movie day accordingly.

#10 Blade:

This may come as a shock to you, but the Blade trilogy does have everything you want on a lazy day; hammy acting from all involved, simple storylines and action all the way through. It’s just entertainment through and through, no complexity, just easy mindless viewing.

Standout of the Series: Blade: Trinity

Total runtime: 358 mins. (6 hours)

#9 Toy Story:

With the trilogy being completed in 2010, Toy Story is a fun, easy and bright way to spend a day. It’s perfect for if you are on a budget and want to have a cheap, relaxing day with your children (you can pick all 3 up in Tesco or on Amazon for £12 ($20)) With a short(ish) runtime, you also don’t need to commit your whole day to the cause. Please note – You will cry at the end.

Standout of the Series: Toy Story

Total runtime: 276 mins. (4.5 hours)

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#8 Mission: Impossible:

Tom Cruise’s action packed franchise makes perfect viewing for movie day. With cool special effects, awesome stunts (Tom does his own) and out and out action. There have been confirmations that a 5th movie is in the works, lets hope so because the Mission: Impossible series just gets better and better.

Standout of the Series: Mission: Impossible III

Total runtime: 490 mins. (8 hours)

#7 Indiana Jones:

I would have put this franchise higher in the list had they decided at the last minute to pull the plug on the farce that is The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Indiana Jones’s adventures are fun for everyone, with dry humour and good independent storylines; an Indiana Jones day is a must.

Standout of the Series: Raiders of The Lost Ark

Total runtime:  481 mins. (8 hours)

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#6 Iron Man:

If you’ve read my other articles, you know why I rank this so highly. Iron Man is one of the best modern comic book series there is and with Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark battling a host of villains throughout the three films; this makes for a full day of action and humour.

Standout of the Series: Iron Man 3

Total runtime: 381 mins. (6.35)

#5 The Jason Bourne Trilogy:

Jason Bourne is the U.S.A.’s reply to James Bond. I’m not going to lie, in my eyes, the series is more consistent than Bond’s (Die Another Day) though being English, 007 will always hold a special place in my heart. Awesome fight scenes, car chases and a solid storyline (with solid acting to boot) the Bourne series rightly deserves a place on this list. Note: I’m not counting Bourne: Legacy with this one

Standout of the Series: The Bourne Ultimatum

Total runtime: 342 mins (5.7 hours)

#4 Star Wars (Original Trilogy)

I hold this film series in such high regards. Every time I’m jetlagged from a holiday, I get some snacks and drinks, lie on my sofa and just watch Star Wars, the original three, back to back. There’s no better way to beat jetlag. It’s a classic series and in my eyes it’s almost perfect. The classic soundtrack, the (then state of the art) “special effects” just make this series an easy and entertaining watch. Likeable characters like Han Solo, Chewbacca and even Darth Vader will always make your movie days more enjoyable as you find yourself quoting them for days after, “Laugh it up fuzzball!”

Standout of the Series: The Empire Strikes Back

Total runtime: 382 mins (6.5 hours)

#3 The Dark Knight Trilogy

Remember how I said that Iron man was “one of the best modern comic book series there is”? Well here is THE best… Nolan created a new angle for comic book movies with this series; a darker, more serious insight, focusing on the character of Batman more than anything, and emphasizing his humanity. These are slightly different to the other series as it has you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Immerse yourself in the seedy world of Gotham for a day. It’s worth it.

Standout of the Series: The Dark Knight  

Total runtime: 458 mins (7.5 hours)

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#2 The Godfather

I’ve ranked this so highly because of the memories I have attached with this series. The Godfather Part 1 was the first 18 rated film my parents ever let me watch (not the first I ever saw, mind) and I have memories of me, my dad and my brother sitting down for the whole 9 hours and being mesmerized by the world of the Corleone family for the whole time (if we were feeling up to it, we would sometimes follow this with “Once Upon a Time in America” which is just over 4 hours long).  If this film series can have such an effect on someone at age 10/11, it has to be up there with the best. In my mind, there are no other series in this list that can possibly replace this one as far as personal importance is in question. Aside from personal experience, a combined total of 28 Oscar nods can’t be a bad thing right?

Standout of the Series: The Godfather Part II

Total runtime: 545 mins (9 hours)

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#1 Lord of The Rings (Extended Edition)

I would recommend you plan this particular movie day advance, because this one takes some commitment, but it is so worth it. Lose yourself in Middle Earth for just over 12 hours, following the Fellowship on their journey to destroy the One Ring. Beautiful cinematography, good acting, amazing battle scenes and it says a lot about a film series when it can easily keep you occupied for 12 hours and leave you wanting more. Make sure you try to get the extended edition for the 12 hour version, but if you want to take it easy, the 9-hour version is still incredible. Not to mention there’s a pretty good drinking game to go with this series (I’ll post the rules in a separate post).

Standout of the Series: The Return of The King

Total runtime: 558 mins (9.5 hours) 726 mins. (12 hours)

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Notable Mentions: Harry Potter (Too long, almost 20 hours!), The Red Riding Trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, Twilight (Just kidding)

What are your best tips for a movie day? Let us know in the comments below

 

10 Movies Not To Watch With Your Parents

#10– Extreme Movie (2008)

A coming of age movie should be okay right? Wrong. This one is entirely about sex, and sex alone. In the same vein as American Pie concerning the embarrassments of teenage sex, Extreme Movie goes the extra nine yards and just throws a funny storyline out of the window and just has it about trials and tribulations of teenage sex. I managed to avoid watching this with my parents, but after watching it (it was bloody awful) I decided to scour forums etc. to see what people thought and there was this nice little anecdote that someone had posted where at every single embarrassing moment, his mum would tell him if he ever had any questions about sex to just ask. That is one situation you’d want to avoid. Trust me.

#9 – Spring Breakers (2012)

Again, a really poorly written film though shockingly it got so much praise. Think of it as Girls Gone Wild meets Havoc. But what do a lot of film makers tend to head for to make up for bad acting (to be fair to James Franco, he did put in a relatively stellar performance), bad dialogue and a crap storyline? Girls in bikinis, and sex scenes. Foolproof right? Cue James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson taking part in a ménage a trois kind of situation. More than once.

# 8– Crank 2: High Voltage (2009)

Now this one might have slipped under the radar had I not watched it no more than 2 weeks ago with my dad. When we sat down and were choosing a film off of the Internet to check out, we came across Crank 2. Now this film had Jason Statham, seemed action packed and adrenaline filled. So what could possibly go wrong? I’ll tell you what can go wrong… Amy Smart can go wrong. When the main character Chev (Jason Statham) goes into a strip club to get his “kicks”, Amy Smart rocks out and performs a rather *ahem* ‘provocative’ strip tease. I know what you’re thinking; “How lame, I can deal with that!” BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Skip forward a scene and we find our characters at a horse racetrack and Chev’s heart starts to stop. This then leads to Amy raunchily grinding on Statham to give him an adrenaline rush, which escalates to a pseudo-pornographic sex scene and ends with Amy Smart reaching her climax on the track itself whilst staring at a huge horse’s penis.  Yep, that just happened.

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#7 – American Pie (1999)

It would be foolish to think that not one member of the American Pie franchise wouldn’t make this list. There are just too many moments that are “Oh God why?” I have had the personal pain of sitting through most of them with my parents and I can safely tell you, it was awful. Admittedly (most of) the films are absolutely hilarious and the antics of Jim and the gang guarantee a laugh, but of course, they aren’t the only ones that make this film wholly inappropriate to watch with ol’ ma and pa. You get scenes (from the girls and Stifler especially) which could be crushingly uncomfortable, highlights include; Alyson Hannigan’s Michelle revealing where (“This one time at Band camp”) she had put a flute and Shannon Elizabeth ‘pleasuring’ herself in Jim’s room, Stifler drinking beer filled with semen ad the classic pie scene… All in all though, if you avoid those scenes and the rest of this smut filled movie series on family movie night, you’re in the safe and clear

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#6 – Teeth (2007)

I’ve written a review of this one earlier on. Wow. This is just a strange film in general. So basically it’s about a girl who was going to take a celibacy vow, who also has teeth in her vagina. I think that’s enough said for you to steer clear of this one. It’s a bizarre concept for a film based on folk stories concerning “vagina dentata” where some girls developed teeth in their vaginas to warn away sexual predators, which for some reason in this movie every single man in the whole entire town is. The protagonist gets raped at the start of the film, before the guy realizes he has been castrated by his prey (he wholeheartedly deserved it as well, the creep). Then her gynecologist also becomes inappropriate with her and loses a couple of fingers… but hey, if you have a relatively strong stomach check it out for yourself, just not with ma and pa.

#5– American Psycho (2000)

My experience between this film and my parents was an indirect one. I had bought it on DVD and before I had even watched it my mum and dad decided to have a nice lazy Sunday afternoon with a movie and some wine. One and a half hours later, mum’s taken the DVD and throws it away and I’m banned from watching it. When I eventually did get around to buying the DVD again and watching it, for the first 10-15 minutes I was thinking, “hmmm, mega over reaction from mama there” cue Patrick Batemans attempt to uproot and recreate the infamous “One Night In Paris” tape. That’s right. The main character in this film is so arrogant, he decides he wants to make a sex tape with 2 prostitutes whilst flexing and looking at himself in the mirror. Fantastic stuff. Just glad I wasn’t there to see it in its full glory with the folks. He also decides to go down on one of the girls and manages to kill her, leading to the other one running away and discovering mounds of other dead bodies. He drops a chainsaw on her from the top of a stairwell as she tries to escape(see my “Top 10 movie kills” article).

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#4 – Splice (2009)

This one is about a couple of genetic scientists (Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) who are secretly splicing animal genes together to make a human hybrid in an attempt a a massive scientific breakthrough. They create something and allow it to be “born”. This is when one of the scientists, Elsa (Sarah Polley) develops mother like tendencies towards the creature and calls it “Dren”.  It then moves in with the two scientists at their barn. The whole film is a bit hard to watch to be honest, but who could ever forget THAT scene. One evening, Adrien is seduced by Dren and has sex with her. Dren then dies and is reincarnated as a winged, male version of herself (itself?) who then rapes Elsa and impregnates her. It’s just one you have to see to believe.

#3 – Ken Park (2002)

Harmony Korine’s second appearance on this list (this time as a writer rather than director) Ken Park is based on Larry Clark’s stories about adolescence and rebellion. The film is centered around four main characters; Shawn who is having sex with his girlfriend’s mum, Claude who is beaten and abused by his father (eventually this escalates to sexual abuse), Peaches who’s dad is super religious and abusive towards her, and the most messed up of all, Tate, who is a complete and utter sadistic savage. There are scenes of autoerotic asphyxiation, incestuous relationships and to wrap the whole film up, a threesome. So I think you can understand why you’d want to avoid this with your parents.

#2 – A Serbian Film (2010)

Described as a “Nasty piece of exploitation trash” by Mark Kemode and “pandering to mouth-breathing gorehounds who found Hostel a bit too soft”, it’s no surprise that A Serbian Film made this list. Quite honestly, I didn’t want to put it in here because I in no way endorse this movie, I think it is an absolutely twisted, shocking and quite frankly disgusting advocate for the art film genre (which can be extremely good at times), but if I did ignore it in it’s entirety then I would be lying to you. I’m not going to go into any detail of what happens but I’ll just say, there are scenes of child rape, necrophilia and something coined in the movie as “newborn porn”. Just thinking about it is disgusting. Don’t watch this movie with your parents, hell don’t even watch it by yourself. I’m being deadly serious. It can only be described as inches away from a snuff film.

#1 – Antichrist (2009)

This whole entire film is an absolute mindf*ck from the word “Prologue”, where we see a baby tumbling out of a window whilst an unnamed couple are having some completely uncensored sex. The movie itself is about a couple who, after their childs tragic death, retreat to a cabin in some woods for some closure. This is where the husband (aptly named “He”) finds out the wife (“She”) is quite insane. You see everything. This one had many many possible scenes that one wouldn’t want to see with their parents, but I’m going to focus on two particular parts. The first is a scene in Chapter 3: Gynocide. He (Willem Dafoe) is attacked by his wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who accuses him of wanting to leave her. She then begins to mount him before crushing his testicles with a block of wood and then giving him a “not-so happy ending” which ends in a lot of blood. Disgusting.  The next is a scene in Chapter 4, where She is masturbating and gets a pair of scissors and cuts off her clitoris. There is no censorship in the whole film, with “porno doubles” being used for the more graphic parts. Full of sadism, violence, gynocidal tendencies and violent sexual activities, there was no other film reaching the top of this list. It’s just director Lars Von Trier in a nutshell, controversial, opinion splitting and completely original. Admittedly some of the shots were quite beautiful (it did win quite a few awards for cinematography) but many were very disturbing. If you do decide to watch this, don’t say I didn’t warn you (and yes I did watch this with my dad by accident, a horrible experience if you want to know).

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Top 10 (Slasher) Movie Kills

Just to put the parameters for this list out there. To qualify for this list, the death in question must appear in a slasher film and must also have a unique, humorous or iconic aspect to it.

 #10 Friday 13th Part III (1982): Pop Goes the Weasel

Ok, I’m going to kick this list off with a more humorous kill.  A little bit of info about the film, when it was released, it was supposed to be in 3-D and to be honest, probably solely for this moment. Jason approaches this poor, unsuspecting guy from behind, grabs his head and squeezes. He squeezes hard enough for this guy’s eye to pop right out (in 3-D) into the crowd, much to the delights of the spectators. NB – This is the fakest use of prosthetics you’ll ever see.

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#9 Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006): The Hunter Becomes The Hunted

I thought this film deserved more acclaim and exposure than it got. It’s the best documentary style film I have seen, with appearances from Robert Englund, Scott Wilson and Zelda Rubenstein. That’s one of the reasons I’ve put it on this list. This is a unique kill because it’s actually the slasher himself who gets “killed” by his “virgin girl” (watch the movie, you’ll understand) by crushing his head with an apple grinder. SPOILER: He’s not actually dead!

#8 – Halloween (1978): Ghostbuster

I never liked the Halloween films to be honest, but one has to respect that it was the starting point of the 80s slasher film craze. I chose this one because it just seems like a funny and strange kill. The killer (Michael Myers) has dressed up in a sheet and sunglasses to look like a girl’s boyfriend dressed as a ghost. He then strangled her with a phone wire.

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#7 – A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors  (1987): Puppetmaster

Although I didn’t care much for the Nightmare series after the original (which was fantastic), this has to be the most creative kill on the list. Freddy manages to pull all of the veins out of mental patients arms and legs before using them to guide him (like a puppet’s strings) off the edge of a building. You have to ask who thinks of these things?

 #6 –A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): To The Wall

This is an extremely iconic and famous kill, and that is why it makes an appearance so high in this list. This is the first time we were all terrified by Freddy Kreuger. A girl has a few people over to her house and one thing leads to another and she goes up to bed with a random lad. After she falls asleep, she enters Freddy’s domain where she is brutally slashed and dragged up the walls, though outside of the dreamworld, this is all happening without a perpetrator. Creepy.

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 #5 – Friday 13th Part VIII: So You Wanna Be a Boxer?

People outside of Camp Crystal Lake don’t seem to understand how Jason works, well at least not Julius, this young whippersnapper from New York actually thought he could box Jason. This one is just funny to watch, he really tires himself out trying to punch Jason and after the “bout” (if you could call it that), Jason whips off his head with one clean sweep of his machete and the head flies straight into a bin. Lesson learned.

 #4 – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): The Fountain

The only film to make it on this list twice is the original Nightmare on Elm Street. This one makes it onto the list for exactly the same reason as #6; it is completely iconic. Killing Johnny Depp on his film debut by turning him into a geyser of blood? Classic. Who could ever forget that?

 #3 – Friday 13th Part II: The Wheelstairs

As much as it is quite terrible to admit, my friend and I watched this on repeat about 4 times whenever we had Friday 13th marathons. Mark is a guy in a wheelchair and Jason Voorhees slams a machete into his face. I know what you’re thinking, “Wow, how original…” here’s the kicker; Jason hits him hard enough for him to roll backwards down some stairs. Awful, but funny all the same.

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#2 – American Psycho (2000): The Chainsaw Stairwell

This one is up near the top for 2 reasons. It is potentially the most flukey (or possibly well timed) kill that appears here and, come on, the originality is mind blowing. Not to mention the context of the whole thing, he was literally having sex with this girl 1 minute before this happened. I think this one is one of my favourite moments in slasher film history (if you could class American Psycho as an out and out slasher).

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#1 – Psycho (1960): The Shower Scene

This is literally THE most iconic kill in any film, ever. The set up is perfect, big name actress (Janet Leigh), quite early in the film. Nobody suspects a thing. Until a shadowy character approaches her in the shower, pulls back the curtain and (cue Psycho music) the rest is movie history. Wow. Seriously nobody expected that. This movie is one of the reasons that Hitchcock will forever go down as the master of suspense.

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If you’ve got a favourite, or I’ve missed out any that you think deserve a place on this list, be sure to put it in the comments below.

Top 10: Twist Endings (Spoilers)

10 – The Others (2001) 

Nicole Kidman and her children are actually the ghosts, and they are the ones disturbing a living modern day family. The old woman in the attic is actually a medium sent to contact them *GASP*

9 – The Village (2004) 

Really, the village is in modern day America but the elders of the village decided that it would be better to remain in the 19th century. Classic M. Knight.

8 – Psycho (1960) 

Norman Bates had actually murdered his mother, but preserved her body

7 – Planet of The Apes (1968)

the Planet of the Apes is actually Earth! Who could forget Charlton Hestons epic knee fall; “DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL”

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6 – Se7en (1995)

“What’s in the f***ing box?” well… it’s Brad Pitt’s heavily pregnant wife’s (Gwyneth Paltrow’s) head.

5 – The Sixth Sense (1999)

M. Knight Shyamalan’s second appearance and  probably the most famous twist of all time, Bruce Willis is a ghost. “I can see dead people”? You’re god damn right you can.

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4 – Fight Club (1999)

Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) is a result of a split personality disorder for Ed Norton’s (unnamed) character. Turns out when Ed thought he was asleep, it was really Tyler taking control. (NB- the end-scene where he is fighting himself is hilarious and not to be missed).

3 – Oldboy (2003)

One of the more messed up twists on this list. So it turns out that Dae-Su (The main character) had unknowingly fallen in love and had sex with his own daughter (Mi-Do) as part of a gangsters master plan. Messed. Up. Though the film itself is excellent.

2 – The Usual Suspects (1995)

It had to be on here. In my opinion one of the greatest films of all time, and one of the greatest performances of an actor, by Kevin Spacey. The police are trying to get a lead on a mob boss named Keyser Söse and they have managed to find a person who they can get some info from. After a very intricate and convoluted interrogation, Verbal Kint (Spacey) is released by the police. Only, half way down the road outside the station we realise that good ol’ Verbal was actually Keyser Söse. Cool. “And like that, *poof* he’s gone”

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1 – Primal Fear (1996)

Literally my favourite movie of all time. Richard Gere plays a lawyer defending an altarboy (Edward Norton) who is accused of murdering a priest. Part way through the film we discover out that Norton has a split personality disorder where he blacks out and can’t remember a thing (Twist 1). Once Gere manages to get Norton off on an insanity plea, he visits him in a holding cell and Norton recalls a memory from one of his blackouts. Turns out Norton had no split personality and had managed to fool Gere and the whole of the court that he was just an innocent little altarboy with mental problems; ”There never was an Aaron counselor” (Twist 2). Such a perfect, twisted and simply awful ending.