I! Am! Megatron!

In the vein of all movie previews these days, I find it important to shout each word of my proclamations in the most dramatic, angst-filled, spittle-rattling way possible. Thanks for that 300.

Especially things as ridiculous as this:


Take the Transformers Quiz

So go take the test, and come back here and either join me in destroying all Autobots, or to receive a vicious cinematic beating, as appropriate for your test results.

I wonder just how much more Megatron I would be if I had preferred to own oil-rich Iran over an iPhone. I guess I’ll be able to have both once I deal with that pesky Optimus Prime. I’ll have to watch that Transformers movie again to see how it all plays out. I have a good feeling it will work out in my favor this time.

But back on the topic of 300, am I the only one that’s noticed a number of blatant, high profile rip-offs of the iconic “This is Sparta” scream? I’m not talking about the many lolcats (or, uh, lolbritneys) based on the still, or the fantastic photoshop work over at fark (which has disappeared). It’s enough now that it’s a cliche. A really, really bad one. And until I saw the recent trailers for the new movie Doomsday, I thought a dead one. With any luck, a little time in the shame spotlight will prevent this become a full on Hollywood outbreak.

Brian’s Scream-opedia of Rip-Offs
Apologies in advance for longish clips. (Hey, finding better ones would have actually required some effort!)

300: The original manly roar. Don’t try this at home. Please don’t. Please!

Beowulf: Good movie, but painfully obvious rip-off. (Scene of the crime at around 1:29.)

Doomsday: Wow, don’t you guys think you missed the whole scream-a-phrase trend by, what, a year? (Cheap rip-off at 1:26.)

Am I missing any? Do let me know!

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  1. danariemer said,

    March 25, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    It’s good to see an old fashioned Hi’ib type rant. It’s been too long…sorry to hear about the pollen tho…sounds like it sucks. Trees are just coming in to flower up here.

  2. Brian said,

    March 26, 2008 at 12:45 am

    You have no idea how much the pollen out here sucks. There’s nothing like this out in your neck of the woods. I know, I was in complete disbelief when I first witnessed the freakshow that is tree-mating-season here in Hotlanta.

    Man, if we still back in college, tonight would be a road trip to the beach night. I’ve got a nearly leathal case of cabin fever.

  3. Joe Drinker said,

    March 28, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Turns out I’m 57% Starscream. What a poser.

  4. Brian said,

    March 29, 2008 at 9:33 am

    You may be a shrieky-voiced poser, but look at the bright side, we’re on the same side. That is, until you go behind my back and try to take over. And then, it’s on!

  5. Joe Drinker said,

    April 2, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    At least I survived the first movie…

  6. Brian said,

    April 2, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Dang it, I was gonna watch this movie again this weekend. Tonight for sure. Now all I need is a drinking game to coordinate with the movie. Any ideas?

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