Film quotes are just awesome aren’t they? Even if we have never seen a film, sometimes a line from it are so iconic that we just automatically associate it with a film. Whether it’s the iconic “You talking to me?” quote from Taxi Driver, the haunting “I’m gonna make him an offer her can’t refuse” from The Godfather, or just the over the top but amazing awesome “THIS IS SPARTA!” from 300, the right quote from a film can lead a lasting impression on you for ages to come.
But sometimes, film quotes make a film famous for an entirely different reason. Whether it’s because it’s such a stupid line, said in a stupid way – or just completely over the top and nonsensical, occasional a film quote can make a film infamous as opposed to famous.
On today’s Top Five, I look at the Top Five “So Bad They Are Good Lines In Films. These are all lines that are so ridiculous and, in some cases, utter rubbish, but are still entertaining, if for all the wrong reasons! Most, if not all the ones mentioned below have started off an internet meme in some way or another – and today I honour them!
So, as before, this Top Five is in no particular order and based only on film lines I find really funny and crazy. I’ll also include links to Youtube videos where possible. But first, an honourable mention.
“If this is Justice, then I’m a banana!” from Angel Cop
Yes... you read that right. This is an actual line in this OVA. Angel Cop has got to be, one of the absolute worse Anime OVA’s I’ve ever seen in my life! The animation is sub par at best, the storyline is just a mess of ideas thrown together, and the voice acting – dear god! I’ve seen five year olds that are unable to read do better acting then these guys. Not only that, but the original Japanese version of this is very anti-Semitic as the Jews are the main villains in the story. This of course was changed in the English dub and subtitles, but even so, that’s pretty harsh!
Anyway, as I said, this film is bad in a number of ways – but it’s the scene in question that really makes it stand out as a terrible example of Anime in the 80’s and 90’s. In the final “climatic” battle, the heroine, Angel is forced to shoot her partner to help defeat the main villain, by destroying the cybernetic suit he wears (just go with it). Angel aims her gun and then relents her bad luck by saying “If this is justice, then I’m a banana!”
This is one of those moments where you just stop, think, “Did she just say what I thought she said?” and then burst out laughing. It is hands down one of the most hilarious moments in Anime history. Ok, I know sometimes that things get mistranslated and lost when foreign films are sent over to be dubbed into English (Japanese translation is notorious for this), but I am sure that this was NOT what was supposed to be said. But even so, it makes the scene so damn funny! This should be an internet meme if it’s not already! If anyone reading this wants to start it, go right ahead! Please it would make my day!
Now, unfortunately I can’t find a sample of this without showing you most of the movie, and I really don’t want to subject you guys to this as it is really bad! But if you can come across this scene on the internet somewhere then it will be worth it for a chuckle! XD
Right, now onto the main show! The first one in our list is...
1. “Oh my GOOOODDDDDDDDD!” from Troll 2
The unofficial sequel to the first Troll movie (which is somewhat infamous as it contains a character in it called Harry Potter, who uses magic. And this came out BEFORE the Harry Potter stories. Have to question where JK Rowling got her inspiration from!) and widely considered one of the “best” worse movies of all time (in fact it was even the subject of a documentary film), Troll 2 follows the Waits family as they visit the town of Nilbog, only to be assaulted by a group of angry goblins.
This film was dogged with problems from the word go. The director, Claudio Fraggaso and his crew were all Italian and spoke no English whatsoever, meaning that all lines in the script had to be read verbatim. This, coupled with the cast having little to no experience in acting, lead to the film being a real mess of a picture and to be panned critically – although it has a huge cult following.
Perhaps one of the most famous – or infamous – moments of the film is this scene here, where a teenager witnesses his girlfriend turned into a plant and then savaged by a group of goblins. In a “Captain Obvious” moment, he exclaims “They’re eating her. And then they’re going to eat me. Oh my GOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDD!”
You gotta love how the guy looks more confused that frightened, but this poor reading, coupled with the somewhat creepy music, does actually make for a hilarious scene and one that has been parodied many times. Personally, I think EVERY horror movie today should have a scene like this! It may even make a few of them watchable! There are, of course, many more classic moments in Troll 2, but this one stands out due to the sheer lack of any emotion whatsoever, even though the music tries desperately to convey some horror. Can’t blame them for trying.
2. “You are tearing me apart, Lisa!” from The Room
Oh boy... this film is just... wow! The Room is considered by many to be the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Nothing about this film works! It’s plot has so many holes and points that are raised and abandoned at once (such a scene where the mother of one of the characters mentions she has cancer – and then it’s NEVER mentioned or alluded to again), terrible pacing and acting and even some scenes that make no sense whatsoever – such as a scene where all the male characters get dressed up in tuxedos and go and play football. Why do they do it? Er... because the plot says so?
This is the film that made Tommy Wiseau a star in his own right. Originally intended to be a novel and then a play, The Room was later turned into a film and finaned by Wiseau himself - is that alarm bells ringing I hear? With such a low budget and a cast that wouldn’t know the term “acting” if it kicked them in the nether regions, it’s Tommy Wiseau’s performance that stands out as one of the craziest. Not only does he just look like a bizarre cross between Frankenstein and Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones, his voice just sounds like a mash of different accents. Also, his acting is just something that HAS to be seen to be believed. And how many times can one man say “Oh hi” in one movie. For me personally, my favourite scenes is when he tries to taunt people by going “cheap, cheap, cheap” and the scene in the flower shop.
But the absolute GOLDEN moment for this movie, and the one which will stay with you forever, is the classic scene when Johnny (Tommy’s character) confronts Lisa, his girlfriend about her spreading lies about him. He expresses his anguish by crying out “You are tearing me apart, Lisa!” I warn you, what you are about to see is possibly one of the most epic moments in film history.
Dear god! This scene is just AWESOME! I’ve never seen anyone look so nonchalant and yet try to be so overdramatic at once. And the way he brings his arms down to accentuate the point just makes it all the more funnier. The sad thing is, this is the closest that ANYONE gets to acting in the whole film. This scene is so famous that even The Simpsons parodied it in the episode where Lisa goes out with a vampire.
Due to strong word of mouth, The Room has become a cult classic amongst film watchers – and there was even a time where The Room did a mini tour in the smaller cinemas in the states. If you get a chance to see this film then I highly recommend it. You’ll be laughing your ass off most of the time, but you won’t regret it!
3. “Oh man! Oh God, oh man!” from Tough Guys Don’t Dance
Containing a scene that is considered to be the “Worse line reading ever” on Youtube (which is the subject of this part of the blog), Tough Guys Don’t Dance is a somewhat obscure crime thriller film that no one really talks about anymore. With good reason. It sucks! And yes, I have actually seen it for nothing more than morbid curiosity.
Anyway, in this scene, actor Ryan O’Neil (who was actually a pretty decent actor for his time) is reading a letter from his ex-girlfriend, explaining that her husband is having an affair with his wife. His reaction? Well, see for yourself!
You gotta love how the camera spins round at the end, trying to be overly dramatic but just coming across as utterly dizzying. Even the overly dramatic music can't take away from the terrible acting. It may be one of the worse line readings ever, but it is just so damn funny! Again, this is something that has become a bit of an internet meme and parodied a few times. Heck, I even once considered parodying it in one of my novels, but decided against it.
According to what I read on Wikipedia, the scene was never really intended to be show due to the poor acting of O’Neil, but Norman Mailer, the Director, kept it in because he thought that it was quite funny. This, however, jeopardised his friendship with O’Neil as the actor thought it could cripple his career, considering he had been nominated for an Academy Award a few years prior.
Like most bad movies it has its own cult following and this scene certainly has rejuvenated its popularity. But for me, this film is just garbage.
Speaking of which, can anyone tell me what day it is today?
4. “Garbage Day!” from Silent Night, Deadly Night 2
Ah yes, THIS scene! I honestly think that this must be the most parodied scene of all time. You just need to do a Youtube search to find a TON of videos that parody this moment.
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is (obviously) the sequel to Silent Night, Deadly Night, which is considered one of the original slasher horror movies and a cult classic. The sequel, however – not so. Mainly because half of the movie just shows scenes from the first film as “flashbacks”. So in actual fact, Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is only HALF a movie. This was due to the fact that there were only given a very small budget for this film, even being told to re-edit the first film and pass it off as a sequel! That’s lazy! But the director wanted to make a new film, though he only had a very small budget and could only shoot a few scenes.
Anyway, in one of the most notorious moments in the film, Ricky (the brother of the killer in the first film), goes on a rampage down a small town, stopping by a hapless citizen that just happen to be putting out his trash. Ricky screams “Garbage Day!” before gunning him down.
This moment is just... weird. I mean, it just looks so ridiculous and the way that Ricky says “Garbage Day!” just comes across as bizarre. But funny as hell! You also gotta love how the man holds up his garbage can like it will protect him from a bullet. The ending, where Ricky blows on the end of his gun and laughs wickedly is just cheesy.
But overall, it’s a stand out scene in a cruddy film and, like I said, one that has been parodied many times before. Some examples include Opposite Day, Judgement Day, St Patrick’s Day to name a few. Even the internet reviewer the Cinema Snob, did his own version of Christmas Day, when he realised that no one had ever done that before.
Just goes to show that even the shortest scene of the most obscure movie can have a massive cultural impact!
5. “I’ve had it with these mother****ing snakes on this mother****ing plane!” from – oh you should know the film!
Yeah, you all knew THIS was coming! Let’s be honest, with a film like Snakes on a Plane, you know what type of film you’re getting. It’s not exactly going to be an Oscar worthy drama, but a cheesy B-movie that’s just fun to watch without needing to give too much attention to. Snakes on a Plane is also famous for being one of the few films to get media attention BEFORE it came out. God bless viral marketing!
Honestly, I’m not really a big fan of this film. I think that, surprisingly, it takes itself too seriously on occasion. But it is a film that certainly delivers what it says on the tin. But I do love Samuel L. Jackson’s performance! He is just the ultimate actor for film quotes. From his AK47 line in Jackie Brown to his many quotable lines in Pulp Fiction, to name a few, you know exactly what you’re gonna get from this guy.
But of course, the line he’s most famous for, is this line – said at the end of the movie where he just lets everyone know his frustration at the situation they are in.
“Enough is ENOUGH! I’ve had it with these mother****ing snakes on this mother****ing plane!”
This is a testament to Samuel L. Jackson’s uber-cool acting ability. Who else do you know that could take a line that stupid, badly written and awful – and STILL make it sound badass? Can you imagine Sly Stallone or Arnie trying to say that line? Or even worse... Jean Claude Van Damme? Seriously, no one can touch this line but Sam Jackson – the king of one liners and film quotes!
But, as silly as that line sounds, it’s the TV edit that makes this line even MORE hi-larious (and yet, I did intentionally spell it that way XD) and that's the video I want to show you guys!
Monkey fighting snakes on a Monday-Friday plane? Genius!
So there are the Top Five So Bad They Are Good Film Lines. What are the film quotes that made you crease yourself laughing at how bad they were? Please leave a comment below to let me know what you thought!
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