10 Most Gruesome Tarantino Moments


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Quentin Tarantino is known for his many signature staples in his films, such as black comedy and the copious use of racial slurs, but some of the most enduring of his cinematic moments are the particularly disturbing acts of violence and cruelty, which manage to resonate to audiences often desensitized to them. To make the point, here are 10 gruesome Tarantino – from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained.

10. Mr. Blonde Vs. The Cop

A disturbing torture sequence from Reservoir Dogs made us realize that all bets were off in this, Tarantino’s first film.

9. Zed, Maynard & The Gimp

When you think of Pulp Fiction in this context, you go right to that creepy as basement.

8. “I Shot Marvin in the Face”

Vincent’s bad trigger discipline leads to a massive clusterfuck that leads to Tarantino waxing poetic on-camera about his storage capabilities.

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The 10 Most Metal Pop Culture Cameos

Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.

9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.

8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.

7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.

6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!

5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.

4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.

3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.

2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.

1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

10 Reasons Why Pulp Fiction Ruled the ’90s


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IFC Throwback Thursdays continues tonight with a double airing of Pulp Fiction starting at 8/7c.

For those not alive at the time, it’s hard to explain how much Pulp Fiction changed things and affected popular culture at the time. It’s influence was felt throughout the ’90s in many wonderful and some not so wonderful ways.

1. The Return of Travolta

It’s fun to kick Travolta now that’s he’s down, but Pulp Fiction brought the actor out of Hollywood exile and we loved it. Without Pulp Fiction there’d be no Get Shorty, no Face/Off, no Broken Arrow.

2. The Quirky Criminal

The ’90s brought us an onslaught of weird, goofy criminals all thanks to Pulp Fiction. So now you know what to blame for that bit in Reindeer Games where Gary Oldman plays air guitar.

3. Surf Music Ahoy

So many ’90s films utilized the same boozy but bouncy pop-surf music popularized by Pulp Fiction that it became a signature of the era. You hear it big time in films like Touch and Get Shorty.

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10 Tarantino Ladies Who’ll Knock You Out


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If you think women can’t be badasses, you obviously haven’t seen enough Quentin Tarantino films (though that sound like the least of your problems). Here are just ten ass kickers from his army of femme fatales. Prepare to be knocked out.

1. The Bride – Kill Bill

The absolute number one Tarantino ass-kicker, male or female. The Bride is the standard by which all others are judged. She also seems like a really nice lady.

2. Jackie Brown – Jackie Brown

It’s not hard making Pam Grier look like a badass, but Jackie Brown manages to find her at her battle ready best. She takes out a drug dealer and the A.T.F., all while looking fabulous.

3. Shosanna – Inglourious Basterds

Mess with Shosanna and she will lock you in a movie theater and burn it to the ground. Everyone loves killing Nazis, but damn.

4. Elle Driver – Kill Bill

Most Tarantino female ass-kickers are heroines. Not Elle Driver. This one-eyed psychopath has serious anger issues and will double cross you at the drop of a hat.

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