In real life, when I’m angry with someone, I often find myself at a loss for words — sputtering incoherently until hours after the fact, when the perfect line finally occurs to me much, much too late. In the movies, though, all the characters have professional screenwriters supplying all their words for them, and are therefore much more likely to have an elegant yet terrifying threat ready at their lips the second someone crosses them.
Harry Hanrahan, also known as the guy behind The 100 Greatest Move Insults of All Time and Nicholas Cage Losing His Shit, has edited together another fantastic compilation, this time collecting the 100 Greatest Movie Threats of All Time. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking notes for the next time I need to scare the living bejeesus out of someone. (It happens way more often than you’d think… kidding. I’m very nice.) Watch the video after the jump.
It’s a wonderfully comprehensive video, ranging over decades and running the gamut from comedy to kids’ movies to deadly-serious drama. There are tons of classics (“Say ‘what’ again”) as well as more offbeat choices (“I’m going to punch you in the ovary”). I’d tell you my picks for the greatest movie threat of all time — or rather, the greatest movie threat that’s included in this video — but every time I’ve selected some, I wind up remembering yet another one I really loved.
Here’s the complete list of movies included in the montage, via Pajiba:
0’04 – The Limey, Law Abiding Citizen, Cape Fear (1962)
0’33 – Fargo, Scarface, Back to the Future Part III, Tombstone
1’02 – Coogan’s Bluff, They Live, Laughing Policeman, The Dead Pool, Casino
1’33 – Full Metal Jacket, Major Payne, In the Loop, Good Morning Vietnam
2’05 – Midnight Run, The Departed, The Big Lebowski, The Blues Brothers
2’33 – Coming to America, Punch-Drunk Love, Goodfellas, Casino
3’03 – Carlito’s Way, Kill Bill, Sudden Impact
3’30 – Pulp Fiction, Way of the Gun, Scream, Trading Places, The Running Man, Full Metal Jacket
3’59 – A Few Good Men, Smokey and the Bandit, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Speed, Gangs of New York, Miller’s Crossing, Blue Velvet
4’31 – Wild at Heart, The Wizard of Oz, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Shining
5’00 – Anchorman, The Man, Tank Girl, Diner, Mulan, The Goonies, In the Loop
5’31 – Team America: World Police, New Jack City, Training Day, Robocop, Animal House, Harvey, Talladega Nights
6’01 – The Warriors, Rocky IV, Matchstick Men, Way of the Gun, The Big Lebowski
6’38 – Stand By Me, Commando, The Shawshank Redemption, Welcome to Collinwood
6’57 – The Long Kiss Goodnight, Anchorman, Step Brothers
7’30 – Tommy Boy, Home Alone, Sexy Beast, Robocop, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Breakfast Club
8’00 – From Dusk Till Dawn, The Untouchables, Unforgiven, The Prophecy
8’32 – True Romance, Casino, Payback, Inglourious Basterds
9’01 – Ripley’s Game, Way of the Gun, Pulp Fiction
9’28 – Home Alone, Con Air, American History X, Man On Fire
10’05 – Taken, Patriot Games, Tropic Thunder
10’35 – There Will Be Blood, Dead Man’s Shoes, Robocop
10’57 – Rambo: First Blood, Predator, Hard to Kill
Discuss: What are your favorite movie threats? Which ones did Hanrahan miss?