Horror Roundtable – Week Seventy-Three

Name your favourite horror movie tagline.

Bill Cunningham – DisContent


“Chucky gets lucky.”

Sean T. Collins – Attentiondeficitdisorderly Too Flat

“Who will survive and what will be left of them?” from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Greatest Of All Time!

Donald May, Jr. – Synapse

“When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth…”
That one always struck me as genius marketing. It’s catchy, thought provoking and it made me want to see the movie!

It’s a tie with: “In space, no one can hear you scream.”

Stacie – Final Girl

Aah, there’s so many good ones, though I feel like it’s a dying art. Of course, that just might be my cynical, bitter half talking, but it seems to me that taglines (and posters) used to be much more effective at getting your curiosity piqued. Maybe with the glut of information about films- trailers, on-set reports and the such- at our fingertips now, posters and taglines have become less essential? I have no idea. But anyway, some of my favorites:

“The night he came home” – a simple and chilling line for a simple and chilling film, John Carpenter’s Halloween.

“Man is the warmest place to hide” – eww! From another Carpenter classic, The Thing.

“If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl, it’s on too tight!” – Black Christmas ’74

Zombie movies tend to have killer taglines:

“They won’t stay dead!” – Night of the Living Dead ’68

“When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the earth” – CLASSIC! Dawn of the Dead ’78

“We are going to eat you!” – Fulci’s Zombi gets right to the point.

And one of the absolute greatest (if not THE greatest) in my humble opinion:

“Who will survive and what will be left of them?” – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ’74

Mark – Exclamation Mark’s SciFi/Horror Review

I’ve always loved the tagline to The Abominable Dr. Phibes: “Love means never having to say you’re ugly.”

Red Hawk – Happy Horror

I have three taglines that are my favorites. The first one I thought of was from Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead: “We Tried To Warn You. If You Don’t Get It This Time We’re Going To Have To Drill It Into Your Head!”, which was made all the more poignant with the picture of the Tall Man holding one of his driller balls. My second favorite was from Return of the Living Dead Part II’s “Just When You Thought it Was Safe to be Dead”. It really cracked me up, especially with the scenes in the ads that it showed (one with a zombie trying to come up out of the ground only to keep getting stepped on, the other with a zombie falling into an open grave as he’s shambling along). My third favorite is from the 1980s classic Night of the Creeps: “The good news is… your dates are here. The bad news is… they’re dead.” Hearing the main cop deliver the line in the trailer basically made me want to see the movie.

Tim – Mondo Schlocko

The one that sticks to my mind at the moment would have to be LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT’S Taglines: “It rests on 13 acres of earth on the very center of hell!!” And the second tag on the same poster: “Mari, seventeen is dying, even for her the worst is yet to come!”

You have to admit that the last tagline would give anybody the creeps just by imagining what goes on in that flick. No one ever seems to have those great taglines anymore.

Louis – Damaged 2.0

For pure kick-ass value: “He’s in town with a few days to kill.” from PREDATOR 2.

For pure WTF value: “Can a full grown woman truly love a MIDGET?” from TOD BROWNING’S FREAKS

For pure nostalgic value: “We are going to eat you!” from ZOMBI 2

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8 Responses to “Horror Roundtable – Week Seventy-Three”

  1. Gary Wintle Says:

    I couldn`t think of one until I saw the Chucky post and remembered Chucky 2’s “Sorry Jack, Chucky’s Back!”
    For some reason I can’t get that sad jack in the box outta my head from the cover of the movie as Chucky`s about the cut off his head with scissors.

  2. borehole Says:

    Halloween III: “The night no one comes home.” Worked really well with the image of trick-or-treating kids in silouette, all stretched out from being squeezed into a TV commercial aspect ratio.

    Of course, many would say that the movie itself was a letdown. Many would be wrong.

  3. Jeff Allard Says:

    Pieces had two taglines, both of which were great:

    “You Don’t Have To Go To Texas For A Chainsaw Massacre” and “Pieces…It’s Exactly What You Think It Is.”

    I’m also partial to The Funhouse’s “Pay to get in…Pray to get out”

  4. math Says:

    Easily my favorite is 1984’s The Prey, and here it is:

    “It’s not human, and it’s got an axe!”

    Since a couple folks mentioned the Child’s Play series, I’ll add my favorite of those: “Deliver us some evil” from Seed of Chucky.

  5. Steve Says:

    That Prey tagline suckered me as a kid. I think it’s an even greater achievement when a great tagline can sell a fucking horrible movie.

  6. Jeff Allard Says:

    I totally forgot to include one of my all-time favorites – “By Pick, By Axe, By Sword. Bye-Bye.” from The Multilator!

  7. Kry me a Kruger Says:

    Phantasm and the Tall Man.
    balls that kill you, brillant.

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