The phenomenon that has taken over the world due to streaming services is binging. Those lazy days can be hard to fill until services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu started to pop up. Now you can knock out just about any TV show that you would like. It is notably easier when the show is relatively short, but even the longest shows can be eaten up in no time if you have nothing to do. Trust me, I know you have nothing better to do since you read my blog, so why not spend it watching some grade A TV.
This British zombie show takes place inside a TV studio that is making a reality TV show. The contestants among others outside of the show go about their day until a zombie outbreak occurs. Take 28 Days Later and take any atrocious reality show then you have Deadset. Sure, the show is not the best, but with only one season, it is an easy binge. Plus, if you want something violent, then you have your show right here.
Before Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg teamed up for the Cornetto Trilogy, they made a short TV series from 1999 to 2001. Tim (Simon Pegg) meets this girl Daisy (Jessica Hynes), and they discover that the two of them need an apartment. When an ad pops up for a place to rent only for married couples, they pretend to be married to get the place. The show goes through weird scenarios between the two, the landowner, neighbors, and Tim’s friend Mike (Nick Frost). The show is bizarre, random, and full of heart. If you are a fan of these three, then this is a must watch because it started the careers of three guys who will go on to do incredible work.
Most shows on this list are smaller and something you haven’t seen, but while Justified was on the air, it was quite popular. Six seasons that were not only consistent but got better as the show went on. Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) is a U.S. Marshall getting transferred back to his home in Kentucky. He must handle his past and current personal issues such as his family, ex-wife, and old friends. This Wild West styled crime drama has humor, drama, and action. The driving force is the conflict between Raylan and an old friend Boyd (Walton Goggins). Both actors along with supporting cast and many villains are all excellent. Each season’s individual stories along with the continuous story of Boyd and Raylan is superb. Justified might be a long binge, but it will be worth it.
#7: The Killing
The Killing was initially on AMC before getting canceled and picked up by Netflix. The series is a bleak and realistic look at two police officers, Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) as they struggle with personal issues and their work. The first two seasons focus on a teenage girl being murdered while the last two seasons take a look at a string of murders that are connected. You get a dark look at the struggles of two people who have a lot of baggage while trying to do their jobs. Not just in the lives of the detectives but, you get a look at how devastated the loved ones of the victims are. The first two seasons are easily the best as you follow the investigation, especially with the family. The police investigation aspects in these kinds of shows always stretch the realism of how real officers investigate, but you see real pain in the family who try to cope with losing their daughter. The show is compelling, bleak, and one of the most depressing, but binge-worthy crime dramas on Netflix.
#6: The Five
This British mystery will have you on the edge of your seat for its entire season. Yes, only one season, so you better not come up with any excuses to miss out. A boy goes missing, and twenty years later his DNA is found at multiple crime scenes. His older brother Mark (Tom Cullen) and his friends Danny (O-T Fagbenle), Pru (Sarah Solemani), and Slade (Lee Ingleby) come together to find out what is happening. The show throws you twists and turns throughout the series. As you find out more about who these characters are, you will be shocked by some of the character developments that are revealed. The show throws twists, murder, and keeps questions to keep you on your toes through every episode.
#5: Ash vs. Evil Dead
Thirty years after the events of the original movies, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) must fight evil again. If you have never seen the movies, don’t worry because you get caught up on everything. This show is perfect for anyone who loves cheesy humor, extreme violence, and an intriguing story. I have never seen a show so relentless in every aspect from its humor, violence, and storytelling. Sadly, after being canceled, we will only have three seasons of Ash killing loads of demons with his chainsaw hand.
Netflix has been inconsistent in its quality of Marvel TV shows. However, Daredevil is in a different place regarding quality. Sure, season one is far superior to season two. With that said, this is one of the best shows in the MCU. Charlie Cox is an excellent Daredevil playing both the lives of a blind lawyer and a man taking the law into his own hands. Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin portrayed by the always incredible Vincent D’Onofrio is not only an astonishing villain but possibly the best villain in the entire MCU. A sympathetic criminal who rules with an iron fist. The show, just like the other Marvel Netflix series, delivers a dark crime drama that is infused with the superhero genre. Season two is a bit too complex and gets a bit messy, but it is still far from the worst Marvel Netflix series (I am looking at you Jessica Jones season two). You better catch up because season three is coming and is rumored to be out this year.
Sure, there is a British original called Broadchurch, but this is the show I saw. Instead of multiple seasons, Gracepoint is only one season of the exact same show. David Tennant is even in this as the same character he plays in the British counterpart. A young boy is murdered, and the police must investigate under extreme pressure from the media and the family who lost their child. Just like The Killing, you see the struggles of the police officers and the family who are grieving for their loss. The show is an excellent, short mystery that is basically the same as the British version except for being more concise and does something different with the characters (as my mom reported to me as we watched this show since she has seen both). If you love your murder mysteries as I am then this is the perfect show to knock out over the weekend.
Toronto has an Emergency Task Force in which this Canadian crime drama is inspired by. Think of the SWAT team except with a focus more on the psychology of the suspect. Out of any crime drama where most of the show is just another scenario without much story elements, this is on top. Out of all of the CSIs and other mainstream crime dramas, Flashpoint delivers a loveable team who are like a family along with twists you will never see coming. While most episodes have a happy ending, many do not. Sometimes the hostage dies, the suspect dies, or even a team member gets killed in action. The show is full of surprises and sympathetic characters. Also if someone is holding a group of hostages, you learn that person’s story. Often times the person committing the crime is sympathetic enough that you tend to be on their side rather than our protagonists. Out of every show on this list, Flashpoint is the most underrated show.
If you have not seen Idris Elba in Luther, then you are missing out on one of the most compelling crime dramas ever made. Luther is a detective who gets emotionally invested in his work in some extreme ways. He is a dominant force to find out what happened in his cases. The show has dramatic turns that make his life a living hell. If you want something compelling and dark, this is for you. From children being in danger from deranged killers, vigilante killers, and full on terrorist attacks, this show has some extremely disturbing subject manners, and I have not given you the really dark stuff that you will experience. Like many British shows, the seasons are short. Each season has a few episodes, so this is one of the easiest binges on this list.
That is it for the top shows you should be binging right now. Comment below what you think of this list. Have you seen any of these shows, if so then what did you think? Which show on here has you interested?
It is one thing to pick out some great movies, but it is another to pick out your favorite scene. If you have loved a movie so much that if someone wanted you to choose the best scene, it would take some time. While some films will be easy, others may not be. These are scenes that stand out more than any other moment. It might be the protagonist having their pinnacle moment, the climax, or just a great action scene. No matter what the tone is these are scenes that make the best films even more memorable. When you discuss with your friends about the movie, you can point out that one scene that will make everyone smile as they go through the scene in their heads. With that said, here are ten best scenes in already excellent movies.
#10: American Psycho – Hip to be Square
(Scene via Fandango Movieclips/Lionsgate Films)
My favorite scene in American Psycho is when Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) lures a business associate Paul Allen (Jared Leto) into his apartment. He makes sure Paul is drunk, so he does not pay attention as Patrick prepares to murder Paul. Patrick is dancing around the apartment giving facts about the music he is playing with such charisma. His unexpecting victim just sits there listening along to him ramble on about each track. Paul has some suspicion as he sees Patrick put on a raincoat. Once his guard is down again after a new song is put on, Bateman gets Paul’s attention right before butchering him with an ax. Bateman turns friendly host to a screaming lunatic. Bale’s performance from charismatic host to a psychotic killer to casually smoking to relax is incredible. We see many sides to his character and we get to learn about his favorite tunes. Remember, it is hip to be square.
#9: Shaun of the Dead – Girl in the Garden
(Scene via Fandango MovieClips/Universal Pictures)
One of my favorite movies and the movie I have seen the most out of anything is Shaun of the Dead. A hilarious zom-rom-com that is full of excellent scenes, but there is one in particular that is truly excellent. When Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) confront a girl in the garden whom they think is drunk. The scene is full of great moments from Ed grabbing a camera to take a photo of the girl trying to eat Shaun’s face or the climatic impalement, this scene is golden.
#8: Let Me In/Let the Right One In – Pool Climax
(Scene via Fandango Movieclips/Magnolia Pictures)
I am aware that this is two movies. However, both have the exact same scene in the final act. As the bullies try to kill Owen/Oskar (Kodi Smit-McPhee/Kare Hedebrant) in the school pool, his vampire friend Abby/Eli (Chloe Grace Moretz/Lina Leandersson). The scene is brutal and tense. Watching the scene, you are eager for Owen/Oskar (depending which adaption you are watching) to be saved by Abby/Eli. The main difference is the Swedish version is more violent. You see a severed head and arm while you only see some blood in the American version. Either way, it is an excellent conclusion to a compelling drama about these two characters as they develop their relationship. Yes, it is a much better love story than Twilight.
#7: Get Out – Betrayal
(Scene via Fandango Movieclips/Universal Pictures)
Everything feels off throughout Get Out. You don’t quite know what to expect, but Rose’s (Allison Williams) family is no good. However, the film lends you to believe that she has to be on the same side as her boyfriend Chris (Daniel Kaluuya). We get the signal by her phone call his Chris’s friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery). Rose is cold and calculated with her words as she tries to throw off Rod. Allison’s acting in this scene is phenomenal. Her voice evokes so much emotion, but her face is as blank as can be. This shows how she is just as crazy as the rest of her family. Towards the end of their call, we see the rest of her family sitting by watching the call take place. The haunting twist just goes to show how unsafe the entirety of the film really is.
#6: Alien – Chestburster
(Scene via Fandango Movieclips/20th Century Fox)
If you read the 10 Shocking and Brutal Movie Moments list I wrote a few weeks ago then you know that I love this iconic scene. Not only that we see the aftermath of the facehugger that was attached to Kane (John Hurt), but we see the genuine horror on the cast’s faces. Yes, that is right, the cast was truly horrified at what they experienced. Ridley Scott did not tell them what was going to happen. There were some hints to guide the cast on how to act out the scene, but the chestburster was placed as a surprise. Horror movies should scare the audience, but if they scare the cast too then, that is an added bonus along with saying a lot about the film itself.
#5: No Country for Old Men – Coin Flip
(Scene via Fandango Movieclips/Miramax Films)
Believe it or not, I recently saw No Country for Old Men. One scene that struck me despite nothing happened, and you might say it is a bit of a throwaway. However, there is a lot of power behind it. Yes, that is the gas station scene in which we see Anton (Javier Bardem) talking to the gas station attendant (Gene Jones). The conversation is full of tension and shows the audience how menacing and odd Anton is as an antagonist. He tries getting the gas station attendant to call the coin flip, whether it is heads or tails. Just a simple conversation about a coin flip makes for one of the most powerful scenes in the entire movie, and one of my favorites of all time. The dialog is brilliantly written along with Gene and Javier’s performances. This is a classic scene and shows how much Javier Bardem owns this film. So, would you call it?
#4: 10 Cloverfield Lane – Dinner Time
(Scene via FandangoNOW Extras/Paramount Pictures)
This has to be one of the most intense movies I have ever seen. The first time seeing the second film in this sci-fi anthology series had me on the edge of my seat and sweating the entire time. As Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) have a cautious dinner with their eccentric host, Howard (John Goodman), things turn dangerous. The whole scene is quiet, awkward, and tense. Emmett tries his best to lift the mood before Howard shutting him down. There is a growing tension during dinner. Michelle is not here willingly and finds this to be the perfect moment to make for an aggressive move to escape. The scene is methodically paced with an immense build-up to one of the several attempts Michelle makes to escape from Howard’s bunker.
#3: Saving Private Ryan – D Day
(Scene via Fandango Movieclips/Dreamworks)
A debate can be had for the best war movie of all time, but no matter who you talk to, they will mention Saving Private Ryan. The audience gets one of the most realistic looks what how brutal, and awful war truly is. Right at the start of the film, you see the invasion of Normandy. Regarding film, this is one of the greatest battle scenes of all time. Due to the real history, this makes for a depressing realization at the same time as you enjoy the wonderfully choreographed battle that is extremely gory. People lose their limbs, set on fire, get exploded, and so many more gruesome deaths are compacted into one major battle. You get a sense of tone for the film by the realism and know what you are getting into right away.
#2: Silver Linings Playbook – Diner Date
(Scene via Fandango Movieclips/The Weinstein Company)
While Silver Linings Playbook is fantastic, there is not a scene better than Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawerence) at the diner. The two start to have a calm conversation, but their personalities crash into a heated argument. Tiffany explodes after a comment made by Pat that makes things go from bad to explosive. The writing and acting in this scene is superb as these two mentally ill people clash against one another. While Bradley is phenomenal here, we get one of the best performances in Jennifer’s career.
#1: Pulp Fiction – Tasty Burger
(Scene via Miramax Films)
Tarantino is one of my favorite filmmakers, but Pulp Fiction is his best, I will fight anyone on that, even though most would not argue. Every scene with Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) is absolutely gold. While picking either their car ride conversation involving McDonald’s or everything that goes down in the apartment that they must retrieve the briefcase from is difficult, I had to go with the apartment. With Samuel L.’s memorable monologue, the bullets being shot at Vincent and Jules somehow missing, and Samuel L. having that tasty burger, how can anyone complain about this part of this Tarantino classic? All I want is to try that burger that Jules loved so much.
Each movie here I love to death along with these scenes. Ranging from the dramatic, brutal, comedic, or just flat out explosive, these are arguably some of the greatest scenes in cinema history. With that history, there are thousands of terrific movies with some excellent moments in them. Comment below some of your favorite scenes from movies you love.
With film, the audience can go through a series of emotions. Horror will scare you, comedies will make you laugh, a thriller will get your adrenaline pumping, but it can be so much more. A filmmaker can set their eyes for a genre for their film and make it so much more. With giving the audience twists, ambiguity, or an elaborate plot to follow, they can make a movie that will mess with the minds of their audience. These feelings can give a film another level that opens up for discussion as the moviegoers leave the theater to talk amongst themselves about their experience. You might feel confused, shocked, or unsure of what to think after watching a movie that took you on a psychological trip. Out of the many films that will ruin your day by how much your mind will be messed with, here are just ten movies that will make you think and struggle with what you experienced.
Darren Aronofsky is known for making some unusual movies that will confuse the audience. His latest film from last year was one of the most divisive films of 2017. A young couple gets visited by some strangers then more people come to their home who are fans of the husband (Javier Bardem). His wife (Jennifer Lawrence) and his lives are disrupted by hundreds of more people flocking to their home. By the end, I had to google the meaning behind the movie as you go through a chaotic and confusing journey. Once I found the answer, it all made sense and goes along with the themes in Aronofsky’s other work perfectly.
#9: Gone Girl
David Fincher’s adaption from Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is excellent. Nick Dunne’s (Ben Affleck) wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing one day. The police investigate and start to suspect Nick of killing her and disposing of her body. However, what really happens is far darker than imaginable. Amy faked her death to get her husband to be put on death row. Nick lawyers up and tries to battle it out. This all-out war between two sociopaths who were in love and now want the worst for one another is an incredible psychological journey. As the audience learns about Amy and Nick, you see a side of psychopathy that you don’t usually see in a film. Both of them are awful people destined to be together. As you learn about their characters, you will get to see evidence that shows which one is the real monster. Full of some dark twists and powerful moments, this is a must watch. Maybe don’t watch this with your significant other.
#8: American Psycho
I would say that this is Christian Bale’s best work ever. Patrick Bateman is a full-on psychopathic serial killer while maintaining his job as a successful investment banking executive. You are viewing the entire film through his eyes which will make you question reality. His words and actions are sometimes ambiguous, but other times direct to the people around him. As everything you witness is not quite right as you see the truth behind his psychosis. With the reveal that all of the murders were inside his head, the twist is one of the best in cinematic history. For decades after the book and even the movie, fans wanted answers. Did he ever kill anyone? Is he really a psychopath? Those I will leave to you to go explore for yourself.
Dennis Villeneuve is on a roll with hits such as Sicario and Arrival. Right before those came out, he released Prisoners, an underrated drama involving two families whose youngest daughters go missing. Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) must find the girls while trying to keep the families as calm as possible. His main worry is the father of one of the families, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) who is on the brink of insanity for his missing daughter. He kidnaps whom he thinks took his child, Alex Jones (Paul Dano) and brutally tortures him for days. All the while, the real kidnapper is loose. This reveal of who really did it is excellent, but not the final punch to the audience with its ambiguous ending that leaves Keller’s fate up in the air. Prisoners is a brutal, slow-paced, and emotionally draining film. If you love Villeneuve’s style then you must watch this film, it is easily his best work yet.
#6: Shutter Island
While many tend to dismiss Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, I love it. This is one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s best movies, and it will scramble your brains. As Teddy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) search for a missing patient at a mental asylum on an island. The reveal of Teddy being a patient the whole time had my friend and I jump out of his couch as we scream at the TV. The hospital tried an experiment to help Teddy get better by having him live as this detective. With the ambiguous ending and subtle clues as to Teddy’s psychological issues makes for an excellent film that many did not like. Shutter Island will be divisive amongst readers, but for those of you that loved this movie, this was for you.
#5: Ex Machina
While the story of AI getting so advanced that it creates evil robots is not original at all. In storytelling, it does not require to be completely original. Alex Garland’s directorial debut and adaption of the graphic novel of the same name as the film is an excellent debut to the director’s chair. With being the writer and director, he has been able to craft a chilling narrative of a young programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) who gets to come to the CEO of his company’s home. When he meets Nathan (Oscar Isaac) things seem normal until he starts talking to Ava (Alica Vikander). The film’s ending is no huge surprise, while still delivering on an impactful conclusion. What makes this film most impactful is the ominous feeling with Nathan. Things feel wrong at all time. While any actual action or suspense comes from the last fifteen or so minutes, you feel uneasy about the entire movie. The setting of isolation and the eccentric CEO makes Caleb uncomfortable until he finds out the truth, which is more horrifying than he thought resulting in an utter disaster.
One of Christopher Nolan’s most beloved and well-known films is Inception. In the dream world, just about anything is possible. Seeing buildings fold in on themselves and rooms spinning as people fight, this movie is a trip to watch. The ending has caused people to debate, unlike any other film I can think of. To this day I hear people discuss whether the conclusion was a dream or not. Of course, answers can be found online, but it is always a lot of fun to discuss what happened in a movie when everyone’s perception is entirely different.
Dennis Villeneuve is on this list again for his next best film, Arrival. A beautiful and thought-provoking film that delivers something different for the alien invasion subgenre. Humans around the world are reacting differently. Some countries are aiming their tanks to fire at the alien ships, while others try to communicate with them. The film has a typical Villeneuve ambiguous ending as he hones in on his style as a director. Most movies with a message tend to be too direct, but Arrival will have you thinking for a while as you digest the conclusion. If you are looking for an intelligent sci-fi flick, this should be your number one choice.
Alex Garland’s second film that he has directed came out earlier this year. Annihilation is adapted from the first novel in the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. When promoting the movie, Alex says he is “adapting from the unadaptable” which makes sense based on the ambiguous ending. I can only imagine reading this whole trilogy and trying to figure out what happens. While Annihilation can be followed along, the last twenty minutes or so will lose you. Sadly, the internet is all I have to understand this film since the box office performance was weak, so don’t expect the whole trilogy to be made. If you read my review, then you would know how much I loved this gorgeous sci-fi flick.
#1: The Shining
While Stephen King may hate the film adaption of his classic novel, many including myself see The Shining as one of Kubrick’s best movies. The film is a slow grind to see Jack (Jack Nicholson) spiral down to madness, while his wife Shelly (Wendy Duvall) and his son Danny (Danny Lloyd) must suffer. Full of weird imagery such as people in animal costumes having sex and elevators spewing out blood, this might be the most mind-boggling classic ever made, at least it is up there. On top of the constant confusion, the ending which shows a picture of Jack from an old photo gives the audience one last image to make them rethink everything that they just saw. Try deciphering this one, it will be a challenge.
Those were just ten of the many confusing movies out there. What did you think of my list? Also, be sure to comment what you find to be movies that will scramble your brain and make you think long after you have finished the film.
Throughout the history of cinema, there have been loads of gruesome scenes that have shocked audiences around the world. From horrible chainsaw massacres to zombies ripping into someone’s guts to hard to watch torture scenes, the list goes on and on. While many of these films try to go for violence and the shock factor, some forget that quality matters. While looking over this list, I will not only focus on shocking and/or brutal scenes in movies, I am looking at good movies. Sure, I can see Cannibal Holocaust or Human Centipede, but why watch through trash? Some people enjoy watching some bad movies, but I want some substance to the film while I watch people being butchered. Well, some of these movies can universally be agreed upon being good or even excellent. I will admit that I have a love for the Saw franchise which does go downhill, so leave your judgment to yourselves since I have already called myself out. With that said, here are ten shocking and brutal movie moments.
SPOILER WARNING: One last note before the list, some of these films will have spoilers, so be warned!
#10: Baby Driver (2017) (clip via Sony Pictures)
Edgar Wright is one of my favorite filmmakers of all time. From his hilarious Cornetto Trilogy to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, I have loved every movie I have seen from the man. He has never been known to shy away from extreme violence despite the style of humor. In his latest masterpiece, Baby Driver, we see one of the best death scenes from any Edgar Wright film to date. In the film we see our protagonist Baby (Ansel Elgort) take a stand against the criminals he is working for. All has been going downhill, and he wants to escape with his new girlfriend, Deborah (Lily James). During the final heist, Baby drives right for a steel beam that is hanging from the back of a truck, causing Bats (Jamie Foxx) to be impaled. While the events of the movie before this scene are not the level of brutality of Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead, audiences were left to feel this would be tamer in comparison when it comes to the violence. Instead, we are left shocked as Baby makes a drastic decision to brutally wipe out one of his partners.
#9: Hot Fuzz (2007) (clip via Universal Pictures/Rogue Pictures)
Yes, another Edgar Wright classic. The second film in the Cornetto Trilogy parodies that British police force and other British stereotypes that an American like myself do not entirely understand. A more story focuses film in comparison to Shaun of the Dead, Wright gives a hilarious and interesting mystery of this small town. Not a single crime has been committed in years, but a string of mysterious deaths leads Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) to get his partner Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) to discover what is really going on behind the scenes of this odd little town. One of the most memorable scenes involves a piece of a church being pushed off which crushes Tim Messenger’s head. Before his untimely demise, a meeting was set with Tim and Nicholas. Right when Nicholas rushes over to Tim, his head his caved in. Blood, skull, and brain splatter everywhere in glorious fashion. If I could replay one death scene from any movie over and over again, this would be that scene. Seriously, watch this clip and tell me it is not fantastic.
#8: The Thing (1982) (clip via Universal Pictures)
Many of these movies on the list will be horror films, so how can I not mention my favorite horror film of all time? John Carpenter’s The Thing is a tense and brutal masterpiece. With practical effects that hold up to this day, anyone studying film will have to look at the 1982 horror classic. When Dr. Copper (Richard Dysart) attempts to save Norris (Charles Hallahan) by using a defibrillator, everything goes horribly wrong. Norris is the alien’s host and opens up his stomach to bite off the Dr.’s arms. After this already horrific act, Norris turns into a monstrosity that is terrifyingly crafted as one of the most memorable monsters in any horror film to date. Once watching the clip below, you will never get these images out of your head.
#7: Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (clip via New Line Cinema)
Some may forget that Johnny Depp’s first role was in the original Nightmare on Elm Street. The franchise has been known for creative deaths that leave teens in a bloody mess. With that said, Johnny Depp’s character Glen has a literal bloody mess. While on the phone in his bed, he ends up falling asleep, leaving himself exposed to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). Glen is then sucked into his own bed then a geyser of blood shoots out, which covers his ceiling and most of his bedroom. Seeing the bloody surprise for the young actor is a classic horror movie death for an already classic movie. Is there a better way to kickstart an acting career than that?
#6: Saw II (2005) (clip via Lionsgate Films)
The Saw franchise has built an incredible amount of ways for people to be butchered. From machines that will crush you to death to merely make people saw off their own feet. Picking one gruesome death in the high body count that this franchise leaves behind is difficult. When going through some of the most memorable deaths, I decided to go with the venus fly trap from the second film. Michael (Noam Jenkins) finds himself in one of Jigsaw’s (Tobin Bell) traps. The device is on a timer which will close causing his skull to be crushed and punctured with the spikes that are inside the mask. He must cut into his own eye to obtain the key to free himself. With self-mutilation alongside a gruesome death from the sadistic contraption, this scene is an excellent representation of this brutal franchise.
#5: The Hateful Eight (2015) (Weinstein Company)
While not one of Tarantino’s best films, just about all of his work is still better than most filmmakers in Hollywood. In his last film, The Hateful Eight, there is one scene in particular that is bloody and hilarious. To me, the poisoned coffee is one of the funniest scenes in any film that Tarantino is done. With multiple characters being killed off by some poisoned coffee which causes them to vomit blood until they finally die. The scene is brutal and has the perfect dark humor that any fan of Tarantino would be looking forward to when going into the theater. Right before Sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) takes a sip of the steaming hot coffee, we see John Ruth (Kurt Russel) vomit blood all over the table that he is sitting at. Everyone stops to look with confusion and horror as John continues to vomit more blood. O.B. (James Parks) also vomits blood then falling to the floor. John realizes that Daisy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) poisoned the coffee. John savagely beats Daisy and vomits blood all over her face, my favorite part of the whole scene. Even though the film may not be in my top favorites of Tarantino films, this scene is easily one of my favorites.
#4: Mother! (2017) (clip via Paramount Pictures)
One of the most divisive movies of 2016 was Mother!. The film is a psychological thriller that will leave audiences amazed or be wishing that they got a refund. A lot of publicity surrounded around a controversial scene in which a baby is brutally torn apart. The mother (Jennifer Lawrence) is beaten then has her baby taken away by the fanatic crowd who are obsessed with her child and husband (Javier Bardem). As she tries to fight through the crowd, she sees her baby die. The scene is quick, so it is hard to see in detail the death of the child. What you do see is when the mother gets to the front of the crowd to find the remains of her baby. Ripped entirely apart and not much left of her child. Out of movies that came out last year, this film is one of the most divisive due to its ambiguously told story along with this gruesome scene.
#3: Green Room (2015) (clip via A24)
With a premise that sounds a bit ridiculous and silly, Green Room is an intense and brutal movie that horror and thriller fans would love to go see. If you love a great build-up of intensity and extreme violence, then this movie is for you. A rock band goes to a venue in which they discover is run by Neo-Nazis. As the band attempt to leave they uncover a murder that has taken place in the green room. The band gets trapped in there and has a standoff against the Neo-Nazis. In one scene, Pat’s (Anton Yelchin) hand almost gets cut off when he puts it through the door where the Nazi leader Darcy (Patrick Stewart) and his men are standing. Pat’s hand is barely hanging on to him, and the pain is felt through Anton’s fantastic performance. It is difficult to even look at the insane detail in this low budget thriller has to offer. While the work on the violence is excellently done, it is too good to look at because everything is so brutal throughout the entire movie.
#2: Sicario (2015) (clip via Columbia Pictures)
Sicario gives a grim look at the drug cartels, more specifically the ones that infest Mexico. In the first scene, we see Kate (Emily Blunt) and her team storm a house in Arizona. When all of the suspects are killed or arrested, they discover something horrific. When initially hoping to save hostages, they find dozens of bodies wrapped in plastic inside of the walls. Every room and hallway has dozens of dead bodies stuffed inside of the walls. While this is the least bloody and gory entry on this list, it still is a shocking and terrifying scene that sets the stage for the rest of the film. If only the sequel Sicario: Day of the Saldado was able to make the same intelligent and brutal impact that the first film was able to accomplish.
#1: Alien (1979) (clip via 20th Century Fox)
One of the best and classic horror sci-fi movies of all time is Alien. The scene that we all know and love is the infamous chestburster. Kane (John Hurt) sits down with his crew after having an alien creature wrapped around his face, and all seems perfectly normal since that incident. In a horrific turn of events, he starts to feel some pain. After struggling and convulsing on the table, his crew tries to hold him down and help. Then the alien’s next form bursts out of his chest. The team his splattered with blood and the creature manages to escape to finally grow into the iconic Xenomorph. Some trivia to put out there which makes this scene even better is that the cast had no idea what would happen. The terror on everyone’s facing, and the ear-piercing screams are all genuine. Ridley Scott truly terrified his cast just like he did to his audience back in 1979. Now we can look back on one of the best horror films of all time along with this iconic scene that is one of the greatest scenes in cinema history.
Now, how about that brutal list for you sadists out there? I hope some of these films are new to you or you never managed to go see them. Get out there and check out anything on this list that you have never seen before, there is bound to be something. What did you think of my selection? Do you have any favorite shocking or violent scenes from your favorite movies? Be sure to comment down below anything that comes to your mind.
San Diego Comic-Con is a massive event for nerds around the world. We get news, trailers, and so much more on our favorite comics, movies, video games, and TV shows. Every year is full of amazing trailers or news about upcoming projects that are new or continuing that people have been following for years. This year is full of excitement, along with some duds. Let’s take a look at the best and worst moments of SDCC.
#1. Shazam! Debut Trailer
The DCEU has had some issues to put it lightly. Every is panned by critics and fans alike, with the exception of Wonder Woman. We finally got a look at the long-awaited Shazam! starring Chuck star Zachary Levi as the red-suited hero. Since I never knew much of the character along with DC’s latest track record, I was dismissive. After seeing the trailer I can say that I am pleasantly surprised by how good it looks. I am still worried, the humor might be too much. At least DC is taking note from fans and critics by making a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Zachary Levi looks as charming as ever as this man-child hero. We will see April 5, 2019, if this can help recover the mess DC has made, or dig the hole deeper.
#2: Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer
2014’s Godzilla was underwhelming. What made me enjoy it the most was that I got a new Godzilla movie. Sadly, we got a movie with too much time spent on bland human characters, marketing that centered around Bryan Cranston who was killed off early on in the film, and a lack of our beloved monster, Godzilla. The new film has an original cast of human characters such as Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones). With a stacked cast I just hope they don’t make them bland and pointless, it will be heartbreaking to see such wasted talent. The trailer shows a lot of these human characters while showing what we want to see, destruction and monsters. Godzilla has his hands full with Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. If the film can fix the issues from the first movie by not having such terrible human characters, plot holes, and a balance of the drama and action then this will be a major highlight of 2019.
#3: Deadpool 2: The Super Duper Cut
If you loved Deadpool 2 then don’t worry the blue ray will have an extended cut full of more jokes and violence. Co-writer Rhett Reese described this version as “significantly different… and fun!” The fun is to be expected, but different? It should bring a new experience to die-hard fans, what will we see? The usual bloopers and scenes that were cut will be featured. That is not all, we are expecting additions to the already superb after credit scenes and to get some commentary from Reynolds and the writers of the film. There is no release date yet, but we shouldn’t have to wait too long. You can pre-order the extended version below:
#4: Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus! Teaser
Nickelodeon is bringing back their old classics for either a new series or TV specials. My personal favorite from their early catalog is Invader Zim. We recently got a teaser that does not tell us much about the story or what to expect, but it is everything fans of the show wanted. Full of weird and dark imagery of our favorite characters in utter chaos. If they manage to keep the weirdness, humor, and the heart of the show in this 90-minute special then all will go perfectly well. There is no release date yet, but hopefully, we get more information soon.
#5: Spider-Man PS4 Story Trailer
We got a glimpse at the story with the new trailer of Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man game. The trailer shows Miles Morales and MJ trying to help Spidey through the difficult situation he has found himself in. Mayor Osborn has a vendetta against any superbeings in New York, that not only includes baddies such as Mr. Negative and Rhino but Spider-Man too. Silver Sable is announced to be apart of the already large cast of Spider-Man characters. Along with we got the announcement that Laura Bailey (Uncharted) is the voice actress of MJ. Finally, we got to see the PS4 Pro addition for the game. A beautiful red console and controller with a big white spider on the PS4, it looks gorgeous. Spider-Man comes out September 7, 2018.
#1. Aquaman Trailer
After the internet made fun of the poster for the upcoming Aquaman movie, we finally got to see the trailer. While some parts are cool, it felt all over the place. DC released a good trailer for Shazam! which got me excited to see the trailer for Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. A trailer full of underwhelming special effects, chaotic storytelling from his origin, the villain, his allies, and so much more. A massive wave of information that felt cluttered and not focused. The humor did not feel right unlike the humor in the Shazam! trailer. The special effects looked inconsistent and not complete. Hopefully, all goes well, but my expectations are set beyond low.
#2: Titans Trailer
If you read my impressions of this gritty take on these heroes, then you know how pathetic I think Titans looks. Terribly cheesy dialog and acting, characters not acting like themselves such as Robin killing thugs then saying “Fuck Batman,” and so much more. The trailer is laughable and should add to the already massive pile of waste that DC has produced.
#3: The Purge TV Series Trailer
Yes, The Purge is getting a ten episode tv series on USA. Why? Nobody knows why. A series that repeats the same premise over and over with slight changes, but always dull is not going to make it work on network television. If the show managed to get on HBO or Showtime then maybe it will work. However, a lot of violence, language, and themes will have to be cut short for them to work on USA. The trailer looks as you expect if you have seen any of the trailers for any of the movies. The series will premier on September 4 on USA.
I know a lot has happened during SDCC, but these are just some of the best and worst trailers and news that we got. Overall we got a good year despite some of the bad trailers. What did you think was the best parts of SDCC or the worst? Be sure to comment below on what you thought of the convention.
The film world is full of rehashing old ideas with remakes and reboots of older ideas. Usually, this ends up in a disaster which upsets fans of the original movie. Whether it is not having the right cast, bad directing, weak script, or substituting CGI over practical effects. A million things can go wrong that can make any movie go from greatness to a dumpster fire. Not every single remake is terrible, sometimes they exceed their predecessor. Just like how a million things can go wrong, a lot can go right too. These are five remakes that are better than the original.
#5: The Crazies (2010/1973)
Out of every movie on this list, this is the one that is the worst. The 2010 remake with Timothy Olyphant is not a bad movie, it is a solid B movie to watch one time. The original by George A. Romero is terribly cheesy and has aged horribly. Full of overdramatic acting and poor violence that cannot satisfy someone going in for the violence, it is not one of George’s better films. While the remake feels lacking in its execution of the overall premise, there is plenty to go around that is well done up until the final act. A building of tension when people start acting a little off then turning into bloodthirsty lunatics. By the end, it feels like a bad action thriller, but enough is done right to make it better than its predecessor. Besides, Timothy Olyphant is almost always great.
#4: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011/2009)
If you have read some of my other articles such as my list of great anti-heroes or list of powerful female characters, then you would know I love the novels and Lisbeth Salander as a character. Her being brought to life on film has not been perfect, but the story as a whole is done better in the 2011 version. David Fincher is a mastermind in the director’s chair, especially with his adaptions from beloved novels. From Fight Club to Gone Girl, he knows how to make beautiful and compelling films that pay respect to the source material. The Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is styleless and has a different overall execution of scenes that are done almost exactly the same in the American version. David brings in a new flair to both the characters and cinematography. With Jeff Cronenweth, who has worked with David Fincher on several projects, captures every moment in a beautiful and haunting fashion. The emotions are much more present in both Mikael (Daniel Craig) and Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) whether they are scared, curious, or freezing cold. The novels are full of misery, and that pain is put to good use in the American adaption. Comparing any director to Fincher is going to be difficult because he has a track record that is difficult to beat.
#3: IT (2017/1990)
Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise is beloved by many fans. Besides his excellent portrayal, the tv series does not hold much value. Full of poor 90s CGI, bad acting from both child and adult actors, along with other issues make the miniseries not age well. The 2017 remake blew my mind. Bill Skarsgard was brilliant along with every other actor. A coming of age horror film that brings Stephen King’s classic to life to modern audiences. The focus on the characters was compelling throughout to make the audience care for these children. With sympathetic characters who were brought to life by talented kids made the whole movie a blast. The horror elements felt generic with typical jump scares, the overall quality is still there. With a sequel coming next year, I hope that we can continue to grow these characters and not go downhill like so many sequels tend to do.
#2: Dawn of the Dead (2004/1978)
Out of every mention on this list, the Dawn of the Dead remake will be the most divisive. With all of the respect to George A. Romero for the 1978 classic, I found myself enjoying Zach Snyder’s version so much more. That is a shock to me because I am so much more of a fan of the slow shambling corpses rather than the sprinting flesh-eaters. With the human element being executed better with a solid cast, the 2004 remake takes the cake. While maintaining everything great from the original while putting a new stylistic spin, Zach Snyder not only made a great remake but the only film he has directed that I have enjoyed. With the tension between humans vs. humans along with the threat of being eaten alive, I found this to be more engrossing of a story. I hated the final act of the original because the bikers felt tacked on, needless, and the tone fell apart for me. The stakes rise as the survivors pull together in the remake that makes for a more compelling narrative. On top of the characters and direction the film takes in the story, I cannot hate on a movie that has a Johnny Cash intro along with Disturbed being played at the ending credits.
#1: The Thing (1982/1951)
If you ask someone, “What is the best remake of all time?” then most people will say John Carpenter’s The Thing. I can say that this is my favorite horror movie of all time. Made back in 1982, it holds up like a gem. Practical effects at their best to bring a horrific and gruesome horror film that holds up to this day. While the original The Thing from Outer Space has a less memorable cast since each person is pretty similar. A wider range of characters is set in the 1982 masterpiece along with more mystery. The audience is left on the edge of their seats waiting for the alien to reveal itself. Along with some excellent brutality, the overall tone is more engaging and slower paced. The tension is always present even when the protagonists are happy and think all is well. Not only is the 1982 remake one of the best remakes of all time, but it is also one of the greatest horror films too.
There you have it, those are just five remakes that are able to be better than the originals. While the quality of some of these movies is questionable, they are able to do something different than their predecessor in a more enjoyable way. Comment below some of your favorite remakes and what you thought of this list. I can already feel some excitement from some of you, while I feel some rage coming from others.
Great music has a lot of elements to it. The instrumentation, vocals, lyrics, production value, and so much more can go into making an excellent album for the band’s fans. One quality that gets the most recognition are the lyrics. For the casual listeners, lyrics are the most accessible aspect of a song to pick up. Having good lyrics gets the song stuck in people’s heads to sing along to all day. The lyricists of the band, usually the singer, can bring out emotion for anyone listening since so much of music is based on emotion. They can express their past experiences, thoughts on significant issues around the world, or tell an entertaining story for fun. The people in this list are not ranked from worst to best along with anyone missing from the list are not to be dismissed. In this list, I will go over just ten incredibly lyricists in the rock and metal world, which is full of immensely talented individuals.
#10: King Fowley (Deceased)
The drummer and singer of Deceased, King Fowley, is one of the most underrated musicians in heavy metal. He might not have the best vocals in the world, but it works for the music. The band’s best quality is the lyrics. Fowley writes in-depth stories that are inspired by horror movies or whatever dark tales pop up in his mind. Fearless Undead Machines is one of the best concept albums ever made. A brutal eleven-track album tells an intricate story about a zombie apocalypse. The opening track, The Silent Creature, shows the beginning of this horrific apocalypse with lyrics like, “The deadly dose of chemicals have changed the course of man.” The band show more range in themes with the gruesome record, Supernatural Addiction, which details a different horror tale in each song. With inspirations from TheTwilight Zone and Edgar Allan Poe, this is one dark journey to take when listening to Supernatural Addiction. With tracks like A Very Familiar Stranger which details a man’s car ride turning into a dark journey when he picks up a girl to discover she has been dead the entire time. The man’s story is full of great detail such as, “When a woman out of nowhere appeared to be in need/So I stopped to reach a helpful, friendly hand/But something wasn’t right!” If story-driven songs are for you then Deceased has to be on top of your list of bands that you need to hear.
#9: Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
The Black Dahlia Murder are one of the top death metal bands who have arrived in the 21st century. The melodic death metallers have given the world plenty of albums that are full of fast, melodic, horrific music to enjoy. Like many death metal bands, one of their biggest influences is horror movies. Trevor has stated in many interviews that he got into heavy metal because of the album artwork. Being a fan of horror movies then seeing terrifying album art from bands like Megadeth, Cannibal Corpse, and Carcass got Trevor into the metal scene. Now he is not only one of the best vocalists in death metal, but one of the best lyricists too. With songs like Nightbringers that discusses death metal as the antagonist to Christianity that has offensive lyrics like, “Onward we fight yank the deadened Christ-pig right off of that cross.” One of Trevor’s favorite and first horror movies he has ever seen is Evil Dead. On the band’s 2013 record Everblack, they released a song about the cult classic titled Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn. The song takes a gruesome take on the films. With brutal lyrics such as, “Pierced from within her child is skewered unborn,” this is one song that will please fans of Evil Dead and make outsiders of death metal run for their lives. Fans of death metal probably know The Black Dahlia Murder by now. If you have never given the band, a listen then you need to check their music out right away.
#8: Benjamin Burnley (Breaking Benjamin)
One of the most prominent rock bands of the 2000s has been Breaking Benjamin. The band took an extended hiatus to come back in 2015 with the release of Dark Before Dawn; the group is on top of their game. Benjamin Burnley is a phenomenal vocalist who can sing the most beautiful verses, bring out a harmonic chorus, or scream his guts out in a breakdown. With the inspiration of Nirvana, Benjamin takes his lyrics with the same outlook as the late Kurt Cobain by giving the music a lot of emotion with open-ended lyrics. The audience is left to interpret the meaning and take in whatever message they feel. The lyrics range from the emotional Dear Agony that features some of the most direct and powerful lyrics such as, “Somewhere far beyond this world. I feel nothing anymore.” The band has some of the most beloved tracks in recent rock history such as Diary of Jane that has a sing-along choruses in the band’s catalog, “Something’s getting in the way/Something’s just about to break/I will try to find my place/In the diary of Jane So, tell me/How it should be?” One of the best aspects of the band is their choruses. Everything comes together to bring a melodic and often harmonic chorus for a whole stadium of fans can sing their hearts out. It is hard to resist to not sing along to songs such as Diary of Jane, I Will Not Bow, and Angels Fall. With the success of the band’s last two albums Dark Before Dawn and Ember, it will be hard to stop Breaking Benjamin from dominating the rock world.
#7: Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian (System of a Down)
System of a Down is one of rock and metal’s most popular bands, but they have some of the most obscure and eccentric lyrics in the scene. Serj and Daron are geniuses when it comes to commentary about politics and other issues such as the power of the media in their music. Some songs can be straightforward to bash their message over the head of the listener or deliver odd lyrics that the audience needs to decipher. Prison Song is one of the band’s most blunt songs in their catalog. The song discusses the problems of the war on drugs and the prison system in the United States. Lyrics in the song include, “Following the rights movements you clamped on with your iron fists/Drugs became conveniently available for all the kids/Minor drug offenders fill your prisons, you don’t even flinch.” The group often has lyrics that are harder to decipher while maintaining a strong message. The band’s most beloved song is their hit single Chop Suey. The mix of striking fast singing in the verse to a melodic chorus along with the obscure title and lyrics, the world has been delivered a beloved and odd hit. From lyrics like, “Why’d you leave the keys upon the table,” and “Grab a brush and put a little makeup,” this is System’s most well-known song that most audience members have no idea what the message is. Sadly, the band has not released an album since the 2005 Mezmerize and released later that same year, Hypnotize, there are no signs of the group releasing another album. With a lot of back and forth news from the members, we will have to keep our expectations low for another record from System of a Down.
#6: Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)
The Virginia based metal band, Lamb of God, have had quite the career. The group has delivered some fantastic albums along with spectacular shows. Randy Blythe is one of the best vocalists in modern heavy metal. Besides his animalistic screams that bring joy to the ears of metalheads, he is a great writer. Besides writing a memoir detailing his life in prison and his addictions, the lyrics he has written are of the highest caliber. The beloved track Omerta leads for the perfect opening to any Lamb of God show. The first words spoken, “Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward/Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both/For a wounded man will shall say to his assailant/”If I live, I will kill you. If I die, you are forgiven”/Such is the rule of honor.” Fans who instantly hear the intro starting repeating every word as they gain the hype to see Lamb of God come up on stage. The band’s latest album VII: Sturm und Drang has several songs that detail the wrongful imprisonment of Randy Blythe back in 2012 when he was arrested in the Czech Republic. The single 512 paints a grim picture of Randy’s experiences. “Schizophrenic amnesia/Bid goodbye to all you knew and loved/Forget the only life that you knew outside/They bought the ticket, now you take the ride,” those lyrics alone are thought-provoking for fans who followed what was happening to Randy during that time or have read his memoir, Dark Days. Randy along with the rest of Lamb of God will go down in history for the wild success they have achieved in this heavy metal monster.
#5: Adam Nergal Darski (Behemoth)
The Polish black metal outfit has become one of the most popular black metal groups in the past 20 years. With the mix of death metal and black metal, the band has made their own identity in the extreme metal scene. Nergal plays guitar and screams for the group. Besides having those jobs, he is excellent at expressing himself with his words. He continues to spread the word of Satan to the world after releasing ten LPs and seven EPs. Besides writing “of” as “ov” which gets under the skin of some critics and metalheads, Nergal has a consistent quality to deliver to the world. “The offspring ov the stellar race/My halo fallen and crushed upon the earth/That I may bring balance to this world,” those are just some of the crushing lyrics from the first verse in the track Ov Fire and the Void from the band’s album titled Evangelion. Nergal explains the track by saying, “Whilst listening to the first demo versions of this track I had an irresistible feeling that every single tone is filled with overwhelming spirit of Dionysus; god of ecstatic chaos, source of pure joy which reaches far beyond false boundaries between good and evil, life and death, love and hate. Dionysian rave focuses entirely on Here and Now, experiential knowledge, intuition, and passion. All of these are essential factors or components of any form of Art.” For readers wanting a song to worship Satan to then O Father O Satan O Sun is the ultimate track from Behemoth. Over seven minutes of an intense, raw, and atmospheric song that takes a slow, but heavy approach. Nergal worships Satan by singing, “O Lion-Serpent Sun, the beast that whirlest forth/A thunder-bolt, begetter of life/Thou that flowest, thou that goest/Thou Satan-Sun, Hadith, that goest without will/Thou air, breath, spirit, thou without bound or bond/Thou essence, air swift-streaming, elasticity/Thou wanderer, father of all/Thou wanderer, spirit of all.” With the band writing their eleventh album, it would be wise for anyone reading to go out and start catching up on Behemoth’s extensive catalog.
#4: David Draiman (Disturbed)
It is hard to be into modern rock and metal without ever hearing Disturbed. The group has sold millions of albums around the globe and are still growing strong, especially after their cover of the classic Sound of Silence. David Draiman has one of the unique voices and styles in modern rock. Along with his talents with creating melodies and animalistic sounds, he writes some of the most empowering lyrics in modern hard rock. With the aggressive chorus to Down with the Sickness, “Get up, come on get down with the sickness/Open up your hate, and let it flow into me/Get up, come on get down with the sickness/You mother get up come on get down with the sickness/You fucker get up come on get down with the sickness/Madness is the gift, that has been given to me,” to the first pumping Indestructible, “Indestructible/Determination that is incorruptible/From the other side/A terror to behold/Annihilation will be unavoidable/Every broken enemy will know/That their opponent had to be invincible/Take a last look around while you’re alive/I’m an indestructible master of war.” David has a wide range of topics that he expresses his thoughts towards from both experience or his thinking. Indestructible and The Warrior serve as tributes to the men and women fighting for the United States military. Inside the Fire expresses David’s feelings and experience when an ex-girlfriend committed suicide when he was sixteen years old. Like many rock bands, there are plenty of songs about heartbreak and the struggle everyone faces in relationships such as Stricken, Hell, and Crucified. David’s range in topics to tackle is never ending and manages to express himself in different styles. The last few albums have leaned more towards storytelling while his early work in the band ranges with a mix of obscurity and directness. The group have wrapped their new work and will be releasing an acoustic EP and their next full-length album sometime in the next year.
#3: Caleb Shomo (Beartooth)
Beartooth is a band that is quickly rising in the rock and metal world. Caleb Shomo started the group after exiting Attack Attack. His blend of hardcore, metalcore, and traditional rock has come together in an excellent package for all of the headbangers around the world. Each album has been a different insight into Caleb’s battle with depression. With lyrics like, “So I jacked up, blacked out, wasted all those memories,” from Sick of Me to “Remember the time I said god I’m ready to die,” from Sick and Disgusting are powerful representations of what it is like to struggle with depression. Caleb does branch out with songs like Hated by singing, “There’s a bullseye painted on our chests/In the crosshairs of the ignorant.” Caleb’s singing and lyrics are some of the most emotion-provoking in the scene. Out of any recent band, Beartooth is a prime example of using music as an outlet for negativity.
#2: Jonathan Vigil (The Ghost Inside)
The Ghost Inside is heavy as can be, but manage to put out some of the most positive music in the scene. With skull crushing breakdowns and the heavy screams from Jonathan Vigil, you would think the band is quite aggressive. Turning things around to play music with more uplifting lyrics creates a perfect contrast. Having a powerful, positive lyric before a massive breakdown is hard to beat. Hearing, “I’d like to think I’d never cave in/A vicious battle I may never win/And I’d like to think I’ll come out stronger/Life’s swinging hard but I’m swinging harder,” before a heavy breakdown is satisfying and empowering. Like many hardcore musicians, Jonathan is straight edge. The band has the perfect straight edge tune with Engine 45. Jonathan singing, “If it’s a war you came to see you will never see a waved white flag in front of me/I can’t end up dead, I won’t be misled/I’ll keep singing this song inside my head,” sends a powerful message to avoid addiction of any kind. Sadly, after a horrible accident, it is unknown when the band will finally return to make more music. Be patient for their return and be sure to blast The Ghost Inside whenever you have the chance.
#1: Johann Hegg (Amon Amarth)
When your band focuses on Vikings and Norse mythology, you are set up perfectly with material to create some of the best music in metal. Johann Hegg takes Viking metal to a different level with his knowledge of Viking history and Norse mythology. Their latest album Jomsviking is the first full concept album developed by the Swedish headbangers. In an interview with Blabbermouth, Johann explains the record by saying, “The Jomsvikings were a shadowy and legendary sect of Viking mercenaries, as shrouded in myth now as they were when they fought across Europe and the Middle East. Ruthless and deadly warriors who fought for the highest bidder, their code was simple: Show no fear. Never retreat. Defend your brothers, and when called upon, avenge their deaths.” The album kicks off viciously with the track First Kill. The protagonist’s journey begins bloody with lyrics like, “The first blood I spilled was the blood of a bard/I had to wipe the smile away/I was not yet a man, nor was I a boy,” which brings him down a dark road full of death. When it comes to Norse mythology, Johann shows his knowledge across the band’s large catalog. In Twilight of the Thunder God, Johann pays tribute to Thor, the God of Thunder. Detailing one of the most well-known gods in any mythology, Johann screams, “Jormundgandr twists and turns/Mighty in his wrath/The eyes are full of primal hate.” When it comes to this subgenre, Amon Amarth is one of the most beloved. They can prove themselves, and this is only one of the many great aspects of the band.
That is just ten of the many incredible musicians in the rock and metal world. Everyone has their unique style and delivery, but all bring the highest quality of lyrics to the music. The amount of musicians I have missed is astounding, so there is plenty of room to return to talk about ten more lyricists. What did you think of these artists? Who do you think are some of the best lyricists in rock and metal? Comment your thoughts below.