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on 26 Aug 2008 05:06

 
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The greatest taglines ever conceived

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1. Alien (1979)
Tagline: "In space, no one can hear you scream"

Intensifying the horror that Ripley and her crew already face is the fact that they are utterly isolated and unable to call for any help whatsoever. Who knows how many times this line has been parodied since?

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2. The Fly (1986)
Tagline: "Be afraid, be very afraid"

Probably sounding out a warning about the horrors of unchecked scientific research, as well as Jeff Goldblum's doomed and terribly mutated character.

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3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Tagline: "When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth."

If I recall they loved their own tagline so much that they slipped it into the dialogue in the film. Extremely memorable and vivid in any case. When no other explanations are offered as the cause of the zombie outbreak, you have to start formulating your own.

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4. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Tagline: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

Eponymous with the start of each Star Wars film. Worldwide recognition of this tagline must be huge.

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5. The Thing (1982)
Tagline: "Man is The Warmest Place to Hide."

A pretty ingenious taste of what the film has to offer without giving too much of the horror away. Cleverly linking in with the fact that they are stranded in the Antarctic tundra.

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6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the... (2001)
Tagline: "One ring to rule them all"

I wonder how many times this line has appeared in a best man's speech at a nerd's wedding.

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7. Rocky (1976)
Tagline: "His entire life was a million-to-one shot"

If this tagline does anything it at least makes you empathise with the boxer, maybe even more than his infinitely caring nature and good spirit.

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8. GoodFellas (1990)
Tagline: "As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster."

The prospects for any gangster in a mafioso film are always pretty grim, but this line adds an immediate sense of even greater foreboding.

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9. Rambo (2008)
Tagline: "Heroes never die... they just reload"

That's more like it! If this doesn't get the adrenaline flowing more than just reading the titular character's name alone, then nothing will. It's also a pretty grim insight into the life that Rambo leads.

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10. AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Tagline: "Whoever wins... we lose"

As much as the film was awful beyond repair, the tagline was exceptionally brilliant given the nature of the battle that occurred within it. It was probably relevant to both film franchises too.

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11. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Tagline: "The story of an uncommonly gentle man."

A tagline that just romanticises Edward even more than his actions in the film, thus making his downfall seem all the more tragic.

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12. Platoon (1986)
Tagline: "The first casualty of war is innocence."

War films are always treading a thin line between moral messages and cliches, but I'll just about let this one off. Just how innocent the platoon were before the war is open to question though!

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When they get them right, a tagline can ingrain itself in the public vernacular. Some taglines are so successful that future generations will no doubt consider them clichés in themselves. It's only fair to take a look at some of the more popular and successful taglines ever made, whether all-prevailing or just extremely ingenious, here are a few examples where the marketing suits got it right.

Here are a few examples where they weren't so lucky.

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Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Aug 26 21:36
Some of my favour ite taglines ... Total Recall: They stole his mind, now he wants it back. || Gladiator: On my command, unleash hell! || Kes: They beat him. They deprived him. They ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn't break his spirit. || Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners. || Phantasm: If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Nov 10 2:25
The first three are some of my favorite taglines ever. And me being a huge rap fan and noting its gangsta tendencies, I hear the tagline to "Goodfellas" in nearly every hip hop song there is.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Mar 14 2:33

Good list...

Horror films have the most effective tags. It's the implicit threat that makes them so impactful.

Comedies can also work very good taglines onto the poster. A fairly recent goodie is for HOT FUZZ - "Big cops. Small town. Moderate violence."

Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Feb 5 1:20
Probably The Sexiest One Is Aliens: This Time It's War!
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Nov 17 13:50
how about anaconda? you cant scream if you cant breathe
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Mar 17 9:57
Also

The Godfather " An offer you can't refuse. "

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind " You can erase someone from your mind. Getting them out of your heart is another story."

Wicker Park " Passion never dies. "

Ghost " Believe. "

City of Angels " She didn't believe in angels until she fell in love with one. "

Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Nov 13 2:08
"Whoever wins.... we lose" I love that tagline, damn thats a good one! Great list, seen them all, loved them all. good job!
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at Dec 11 21:34
great list

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