February 17, 2013

Tag! You're It! 13 Terrifying Taglines And The Movies That Spawned Them

     I mentioned the brilliantly lurid taglines used to sell Pieces (1981) just last week, but Pieces is far from the only gorey horror movie to tease its explicit content with provocative taglines.  Before every other new horror release began to settle for posters of attractive floating heads and the uninspired "Based on a True Story" tagline, filmmakers used every tool at their disposal to sell their movies.  If you had an eye-catching poster and memorable tagline you were golden.  Sometimes the movies themselves were afterthoughts.

     Following is a selection of thirteen terrifying taglines that do a better job than most of selling their respective movies.  Some of the movies are actually good, some aren't, but all made effective use of their taglines to get asses in the seats.  Take a shot at guessing the name of the movie that spawned the tagline, then click on the tagline to see if you're right.

13 Terrifying Taglines
The Film That Could Only Be Made In South America . . . Where Life Is CHEAP!

They Will Make Cemeteries Their Cathedrals And The Cities Will Be Your Tombs.

John Will Never Eat Shish Kebab Again.

The Tenant In Room 7 Is Very Small, Very Twisted, And Very Mad.

The Saw Is Family.

This Woman Has Just Cut, Chopped, And Burned Five Men Beyond Recognition . . . But No Jury In America Would Ever Convict Her! 

I Warned You Not To Go Out Tonight.

It Takes All Kinds Of Critters To Make Farmer Vincent's Fritters.

Where Shopping Costs You An Arm And A Leg!

When There's No More Room In Hell The Dead Will Walk The Earth.

Zombies, Guns And Sex, Oh My!

We Are Going To Eat You!

An Entire Town Bathed In Pulsing Human Blood! Madmen Crazed For Carnage! Brutal . . . Evil . . . Ghastly Beyond Belief!


Please post your score in the Comments section below!


  1. I got 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Obviously I spent a lot of time staring at the VHS boxes in the video store as a kid!

  2. Well done! I couldn't figure out any way to track the score, so I'm glad you kept up with it when playing.

  3. Heh heh, Awesome idea for a post, Brandon! I got 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, and, 12. I can't believe I missed #2.

  4. I'm glad this turned out to be a bit of a challenge without being frustratingly difficult. Had I run across this game on someone else's site, I probably wouldn't have gotten number 2, either.


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