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 Post subject: Ultimate movie taglines - bring back the hype
PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 6:53 am 


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Lately I've been missing the vibe movie marketing used to have. We know we used to have awesome posters (different thread) and amazing logos, but one thing that used to make the maddest hype were the straplines, and the way they used to drop them.

The other day I watched Leviathan, which couldn't be called good necessarily, but afterwards I saw the poster on google images and just got hit with the power of the way they used to superglue your attention with the tag:

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"How long can you hold your breath?"

How fucking cool.

It barely has anything to do with the movie as there's never any threat of being submerged until the end, but it doesn't matter, it just has power. And the way they used to thread them into the trailers was amazing too, often slapping you with one word at a time between raucous climatic action scenes:

HOW (explosion) LONG (guy gets blown through a window) CAN (Fires grenade into the screen) YOU (slow motion collapse of giant structure) HOLD (someone screaming as giant structure descends on them) YOUR (water bursts through windows sweeping everyone off their feet) BREATH? (monster rises to fill the screen howling) - TITLES SLAM ON!

The art of the incredible tag line seems to have been lost entirely. So I'm begging you, please share your favourites here because I absolutely love these, and I'd really like to see the posters too, so link if you got 'em!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:45 am 


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i always liked the one for the bone collector - he collects bones! hahaha


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My favorite is from Dark City:

"They built the city to see what makes us tick.
Last night one of us went off."
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate movie taglines - bring back the hype
PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 2:59 pm 


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cj iwakura wrote:
My favorite is from Dark City:

"They built the city to see what makes us tick.
Last night one of us went off."


Oh that is good!

Movie's not that old either.

The last *great* movie tagline for me has to be Stallone's last Rambo. The original theatrical poster (the black and white rain shot - awesome) said: "Heroes never die, they just reload" - but I'll be damned if I can find the original poster with the tagline anywhere on google images. If I could find it in print, I'd buy it, but all the posters for sale seem to have the tagline absent. :(
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate movie taglines - bring back the hype
PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:38 am 


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Two awesome tagline for the price of one. Original Fright Night.

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I prefer other posters for the film, but that tagline has always stuck with me

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Way before the "oooooh, LOL Chuck Norris" bullshit. One of his best. Like an insane action film version of Halloween, tagline "The Night He Came Home!"

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One of the best unsung action films of all time. Everything on that poster happens and it's all amazing.

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Last time I wore this shirt I got a lapdance from a stripper and had to explain what was on my shirt.

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Goddammit right he was.

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Just... give us... the tagline.


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And too obvious, but fuckin' Alien has one of the most memorable of all time.


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Good ones, dudes! Actually just showed a buddy tonight Zombie Flesh Eaters on Blu since he'd never seen it. Has never looked better--and nastier!


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Great minds etc :mrgreen:

That Chuck Norris one looks like a good laugh, speaking as someone else perplexed by the meme who remembers ol' Delta Force / Missing In Action (enemy boss : "BWADDOCK!") Chuck. I'd nominate The Fly (1986) for the obvious file too. Great line even if it's long since become cliche.

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Hardly elegant, but it's the sort of unadulterated 80s rental place horror aisle fodder I'll always love.
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Ohhhhh yeah. Speaking of BWADDOCK and such, I really miss namsploitation more than anything. Maybe my favorite trashy subgenre of action! Always great posters with very similar taglines.

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I have a 1 sheet poster of this somewhere in my hoarders nest. Needs a DVD release! Carradine VS Mako!

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One of the greatest mashups of all time, right up there next to The Wild Geese! ;)

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I can only find the shitty AMERICAN VALOR COLLECTION (which I obviously own all of) for this one. FUCKIN' RULES.

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Better posters exist (that actually have Richard Harrison on them,) but this rules! That gun shoots harpoons, missiles, machine gun, and shotgun! FUCK YES.

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Getting into post-nuke territory, but one of my favorites. Another huge gun with lots of barrels that shoots different shit!


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Another classic:

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That's good advice too! :o
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and now for something completely different...
never seen this movie, but I was surprised and amused that this tagline was given the green light. super clever.

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Speaking of authentically pragmatic self defense:

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Fight dirty indeed. (spoiler: Sonny Chiba rips a guy's balls out and throws them on the floor)
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^Man, almost posted that. One of the best movie posters (and movies) of all time!

I never watch dubs, but I had to watch this one dubbed back in the day.

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I wanted to link the Cobra poster but Skykid beat me to it, great choice, also Army of Darkness, one of the most rewatchable movies ever. Here's few of my picks that make too much sense in context of the movie.

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This tagline gives chills if you've seen the movie.

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This tagline's awesome because it fits.

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Something more modern but fitting.
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I imagine they're all awesome.
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I imagine they're all awesome.
Fixed them, they worked before but somehow two of last links suddenly refused to work, so updated with better image quotes.
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Nah dude... still fucky.


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Hell yeah, awesome movie! Miss the old DVD with the reversible cover of that original poster art. Instead I'm now stuck with this garbage:

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Yuck! "Cleverly" marketed to attract customers into thinking it was the remake a few years back. Nasty bastards.


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Devito's character that narrates the film has his characteristic "Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush ..."


And doesn't really need a tagline (some posters just have "PACINO | DE NIRO | HEAT" EFF YEAH), but the English covers and posters had "A Los Angeles Crime Saga", but the Spanish cover sounds a bit more poetic I think, with "An Epic Saga of Crime and Obsession"
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:42 am 


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geez, that one for Die Hard...

can you imagine a modern movie poster having that much text on it?
that's the main thing I'm getting from this thread--people (apparently) don't wanna be bothered to read anymore.
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate movie taglines - bring back the hype
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EllertMichael wrote:
*Texas Chainsaw Massacre*

Nice. One of my favorite movies, and also one of my favorite taglines.

Other ones that come to mind...

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And I apologize for the low-res newspaper ads, but unfortunately I couldn't find these on posters:

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