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(Entertainment Weekly)   Five tips to properly heckle a movie   (popwatch.ew.com) divider line 93
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2012-07-02 12:05:51 AM  
#1: You're not as funny as you think you are.
#2: STFU. Seriously.
#3: Go the Alamo Draft House.
 
2012-07-02 12:41:45 AM  
Just STFU when in a movie theatre. That's the only rule you have to remember.
 
2012-07-02 01:26:50 AM  
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2012-07-02 01:28:28 AM  
shiat. link fail. Google it yourselves.
 
2012-07-02 01:28:28 AM  
Yelling "Prometheus sucks!" strangely absent.
 
2012-07-02 01:34:48 AM  

For crying out loud, I've never heard a movie heckler yet who wasn't good. Though I won't be telling you to shut up, but I will complain to management who can either do something about it or refund me the ticket. If I want MST3K I'll rent one.


I notice more pre-theatrical release movies are available on Amazon Instant video. I'm happy to stay at home to watch the movies, especially if some rag like EW is going to plant the idea that heckling is good.

 
2012-07-02 01:35:09 AM  
It depends on the movie.

Talking during a movie is obnoxious.

The occasional brilliant heckle is glorious.

/been a long time though.
 
2012-07-02 01:42:11 AM  
1. Are you black?
2. Be more black
 
2012-07-02 01:45:01 AM  
1. Don't do it.
2. Don't do it.
3. Don't do it.
4. GTFO if you're that butt-hurt.
5. Don't do it.
 
2012-07-02 01:47:58 AM  

skinink: I notice more pre-theatrical release movies are available on Amazon Instant video. I'm happy to stay at home to watch the movies, especially if some rag like EW is going to plant the idea that heckling is good.


Sound like someone didn't read the article. Or at least missed this sentence.

Needless to say, unless you enjoy incurring the wrath of your fellow moviegoers and getting booted from the theater, heckling should be restricted to special events where it's permitted
 
2012-07-02 01:52:51 AM  
1. No.
2. Go to 1.

If I want comedy, I'll have my friends over and we'll mock some stupid TV show.
 
2012-07-02 02:02:56 AM  
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2012-07-02 02:06:05 AM  
someone probably posted this while typing, but i know someone who enjoyed this article

www.themost10.com

beware the laser pointers...
 
2012-07-02 02:07:36 AM  
I remember watching the revenge of the sith in a packed theatre, and about three quarters of the way through (just after Anakin kills the jedi kids) someone near the back yelled out "WHERE THE F*CK IS SPOCK?"

Was a big hit.
 
2012-07-02 02:12:04 AM  
Someone from Comedy Central please give MST3K their show back! It's badly needed, especially with how the SciFi channel brings out a new pile of crap (meaning a movie) each week.
 
2012-07-02 02:15:02 AM  

12349876: skinink: I notice more pre-theatrical release movies are available on Amazon Instant video. I'm happy to stay at home to watch the movies, especially if some rag like EW is going to plant the idea that heckling is good.

Sound like someone didn't read the article. Or at least missed this sentence.

Needless to say, unless you enjoy incurring the wrath of your fellow moviegoers and getting booted from the theater, heckling should be restricted to special events where it's permitted


A disclaimer to cover EW's butt. "Yea, but it says right here at the end not to be stupid about it..." They say should be bot do not say "don't do this". Really, how many movies theaters allow heckling, outside of a Rocky Horror show? One small sentence in an article like that doesn't seem to encourage smart behavior. People already do things during a movie, answering their cell phones, bringing young kids to R-rated films. You think a one-line disclaimer is gonna stop some guy from heckling in your typical show?
 
2012-07-02 02:31:49 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Someone from Comedy Central please give MST3K their show back! It's badly needed, especially with how the SciFi channel brings out a new pile of crap (meaning a movie) each week.


i'll second that. life is too short to hold out on the funnies. it's been too long and we've all damn near memorized the MST3K collection. hell, it's the only factory made VHS tapes still in the house.
 
2012-07-02 02:33:10 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Someone from Comedy Central please give MST3K their show back! It's badly needed, especially with how the SciFi channel brings out a new pile of crap (meaning a movie) each week.


So you've never heard of Rifftrax?
 
2012-07-02 02:33:57 AM  
Just STFU when in a movie theatre. That's the only rule you have to remember.

Guess How I know you didn't RTFA

"Usually the best [movies to heckle] are ones that take themselves very seriously yet have either some air of unintended comedy or tragedy to them." Cinematic Titanic runs old grade-Z shlockfests like War of the Insects and The Oozing Skull, while Benson favors more recent horror and action films (this week, he's hosting an Interruption of Battleship) and the Twilight series is a particular specialty of Master Pancake Theater.

lol, heckling the twilight series. Bet they make a bundle!
 
2012-07-02 02:41:09 AM  

skinink: ?.. I've never heard a movie heckler yet who wasn't good.....


Really?
 
2012-07-02 02:42:30 AM  
Overall, my experience with people heckling movies has generally been as positive as it is rare. There's just a handful of occasions over a long period of time, with stretches where I was a pretty avid cinema goer. I guess the worst might have been two groups of urban youth denouncing the chastity of each others mothers during Ali, but I looked around at one point and it looked like I was the only one awake, so they were basically just bothering each other.

Ghost Rider was partially redeemed by someone who heckled one sceen, I remember the heckler, the scene but little else of the move.

During one viewing of Princess Mononoke a little girl shouted out "I wanna be a wolf princess!" and everyone but the mother thought it was hilarious.

In my mind, that audiance reaction is part of what makes a movie an event. Picking place and time that is likely to provide one with a good crowd is as important as picking a good movie. Something like The Dark Night Rises, I'll see opening night, last showing at the Cinerama, if at all possible. I'm going to pair a top shelf movie with what I expect to be the most excited and motivated audiance.
 
2012-07-02 02:43:58 AM  
Tip number six: The movie can't hear you. Shut up.
 
2012-07-02 02:44:33 AM  
The ONLY time I ever witnessed an entertaining bit of talk-back at the movie theater was when my wife and I saw "Superman Returns" on opening weekend (don't judge), and right as the bullet squished against Superman's eye in that one scene, the entire place fell silent....

,,,,except for one guy that shouted out, "NEEGRA, WHUT?!"
 
2012-07-02 02:49:58 AM  

miss diminutive: I remember watching the revenge of the sith in a packed theatre, and about three quarters of the way through (just after Anakin kills the jedi kids) someone near the back yelled out "WHERE THE F*CK IS SPOCK?"

Was a big hit.


After his mother dies I said "Guess he's 'Little Orphan Ani' now," The GF thought it was funny.
 
2012-07-02 02:57:48 AM  

zerkalo: 1. Are you black?
2. Be more black


This. You want to be entertained at the theater? Go down to the movie house on your local Martin Luther King, Jr. boulevard, and watch a matinee of the latest bloody horror movie.


/stupid white biatch, turn 'round! he gon' git you!
//yo narrow ass deserve that fo wearin' dat ugly dress!
 
2012-07-02 03:06:49 AM  

gopher321: Just STFU when in a movie theatre. That's the only rule you have to remember.


Make sure to be texting all your friends during the movie, so everyone can enjoy the LCD brightness of your self importance.
 
2012-07-02 03:10:25 AM  
If you are within arms reach and you pull any of this shiat, I will warn you, then I will fight you and I will win. Unless you actually say something funny, then we are getting drinks after whatever stinker we're watching fades to black.
 
2012-07-02 03:11:51 AM  
CSB: Me and my friend Joseph went to go see Office Space the weekend it came out. There was NO ONE ELSE in the theater besides us (and the projectionist, unless he went out for a smoke). So we mooned Jennifer Aniston every time she came on the screen. HOW YOU LIKE OUR FLAIR, B*TCH?
 
2012-07-02 03:16:20 AM  

HotWingAgenda: zerkalo: 1. Are you black?
2. Be more black

This. You want to be entertained at the theater? Go down to the movie house on your local Martin Luther King, Jr. boulevard, and watch a matinee of the latest bloody horror movie.


/stupid white biatch, turn 'round! he gon' git you!
//yo narrow ass deserve that fo wearin' dat ugly dress!


If only it were just black people that ruined a quiet viewing. I've had more trouble with teenagers talking on phones and to each other than I've ever had with "Madea". I won't mention the race of the teenagers though because I realize it's not the color of your skin, but the values that you grew up with that separate decent, good people from the rest of the herd. Unlike you.
 
2012-07-02 03:19:34 AM  

MagSeven: I won't mention the race of the teenagers though because I realize it's not the color of your skin, but the values that you grew up with that separate decent, good people from the rest of the herd. Unlike you.


I'll admit it, I'm biased. White people are painfully unfunny, and refuse to understand that movie-going is meant to be a communal, collaborative experience. Like you.
 
2012-07-02 03:23:53 AM  
So... they just slightly rewrote the "iRiff" tutorial page and called that a new article?
 
2012-07-02 03:37:16 AM  
Why do people go to expensive public venues, and text the entire time? More people have nice home theaters. If they wait a few months they can not watch the movie in the comfort of their own home, and not antagonize anyone other than their friends and family.
 
2012-07-02 03:56:51 AM  
Master Pancake and Hecklevision at the Alamo Drafthouse FTW. That movie theatre is literally half the reason I decided to move to Austin. Nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world, and so incredibly funny.
 
2012-07-02 04:32:22 AM  
Local theater did this kind of thing about 5 years ago. Midnight screenings of older flicks for $1, $1 beers, and no rules about talking during the movie.
During "Night of the Living Dead", as a character burst through a door, somebody shouted "Who be out here?". I realize it's one of those 'you had to have been there' moments, but damn, it got 10 minutes of laughter.
 
2012-07-02 04:45:47 AM  
When you heckle a movie:

How you see yourself:

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How others see you:

encrypted-tbn1.google.com
 
2012-07-02 04:59:58 AM  
Yes, a professional comedy troupe (as in, they're paid to do it on a regular basis) crafting a routine around a movie in advance is totally the same thing as random asshats making stupid comments aloud when other people are trying to watch a film.
 
2012-07-02 05:20:09 AM  
"It makes it more fun for them and me, I hope."

haha.... white people.
 
2012-07-02 06:17:20 AM  
teenagers, cellphones out.
Heckling is good at the right moment.
Like when your woman drags you to a chickflick.

/of course you pay the price when you get home, but hell...
 
2012-07-02 06:36:28 AM  
I remember sitting through 'Prince of Persia' a few years back, and, at the end when the bad guy dies, someone in the back shouted: You can't kill Ghandi! It's bad to kill Ghandi!

Absolutely hilarious. It's about the only thing I remember from that movie.
 
2012-07-02 06:45:54 AM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Someone from Comedy Central please give MST3K their show back! It's badly needed, especially with how the SciFi channel brings out a new pile of crap (meaning a movie) each week.


Good news! Rifftrax.com
 
2012-07-02 07:02:55 AM  
Sounds like a lot of you guys dnrtfa. It's not about your dumbass yelling in a theater, it's about actual comedians holding a special screening. Like when the Rifftrax guys do live screenings.

This article does not suggest you do this. Hell it's damn near just an ad for the Drafthouse.
 
2012-07-02 07:53:19 AM  
At a showing of the Wolverine movie, I overheard one of the most inappropriate heckles. During some scene, somebody asks Will.I.Am's character something like, "Do you remember Africa?" And one person either emulating a drunk redneck, or an actual drunk redneck(this was in Indiana, mind you) right on beat responds rather loudly "GO BACK THERE!!!"

I took me a good 2 minutes to regain composure and not burst into laughter.
 
2012-07-02 08:13:57 AM  
I don't know if this counts as a "heckle", but it added to the movie-going experience. This occured during a screening of "Red Dawn" (way back in the 80's, I know).

My brother and a bunch of his friends smuggled into the theater a bunch of those little plastic "pocket paratroopers" toys, the ones that you throw up in the air, and the parachute unfolds as they fall back down. They all sat in different parts of the theater, and at the beginning of the movie when the Russians/Cubans invaded Colorado, the audience was treated to the best 3-D effects ever, as little paratroopers were launched throughout the theater.
 
2012-07-02 08:24:44 AM  

snowshovel: I don't know if this counts as a "heckle", but it added to the movie-going experience. This occured during a screening of "Red Dawn" (way back in the 80's, I know).

My brother and a bunch of his friends smuggled into the theater a bunch of those little plastic "pocket paratroopers" toys, the ones that you throw up in the air, and the parachute unfolds as they fall back down. They all sat in different parts of the theater, and at the beginning of the movie when the Russians/Cubans invaded Colorado, the audience was treated to the best 3-D effects ever, as little paratroopers were launched throughout the theater.



WHOAH! How about a "spoiler alert", asshat?
 
2012-07-02 08:26:02 AM  
The rule, almost without exception, is STFU during the movie or suffer the consequences.

However . . .

Mummy fight scene, between Nefertiri/Evy and Ank-su-namun, someone yelled out "Kiss her!" at just the right moment. Brought the house down.

Revenge of the Sith. During the falling in love montage between Anakin and Padme, right after the dreadful dialogue by the fire, some older guy beneath his breath mutters, "Give me a break." The tone, volume and delivery were perfect.

The Matrix Revolutions, near the ending when Neo and Trinity are going on, and on . . . and on . . . and on, about how much they love each other, my buddy starts snoring, and snoring pretty loud. It was pretty risky because it was a quiet scene, but the tone and reverberation was spot on. Could not stop laughing.
 
2012-07-02 08:26:32 AM  

Ashtrey: Sounds like a lot of you guys dnrtfa. It's not about your dumbass yelling in a theater, it's about actual comedians holding a special screening. Like when the Rifftrax guys do live screenings.

This article does not suggest you do this. Hell it's damn near just an ad for the Drafthouse.


I don't know, it read like they were giving advice to the general public.

IMO its okay for some one to let out a line during previews, but NEVER during the movie. One damn teenager who wasn't the least bit funny kept trying to heckle the new Ateam movie which me and my little brother were enjoying. I actually had to get up and yell at the pudge ball. It shut him up.
 
2012-07-02 08:38:47 AM  
The one time I was guilty of heckling a movie - the space battle scene in Star Trek: Insurrection where Riker orders "manual override" and out came the joystick from the captain's chair.

"YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!"

I think I got a few laughs.
 
2012-07-02 08:48:22 AM  
Best heckle I ever witnessed was back in college and it was totally unintentional. My buddies and I went to see "Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan of the Apes" and there is the scene where Greystoke is running around the castle looking for Jane, screaming "JANE, JANE, JANE" at the top of his lungs. At the moment when there is silence on the screen, one guy leans over to the next guy and in a voice that had been calibrated to be heard over all the noise, except now it's way too loud asks the question......."Is her name Jane?". Everybody for five or six rows around was rolling on the floor because it was so damn funny.

The sad part is he was legitimately asking the question because, he wasn't the smartest guy on the block.
 
2012-07-02 08:55:39 AM  
FTFA: and for people who want to get in on the action themselves, some theaters have even started offering special HeckleVision screenings, in which audience members can text their own jokes straight from their phones directly onto the screen

Great farking idea. Combining the two things moviegoers enjoy the most- texting during the movie and making stupid jokes about the movie, in facebookspeak no less.

OMG u c dat? lol
 
2012-07-02 09:07:58 AM  
God, I was seated next to some very annoying people when I went to the theater to see Snow White and the Huntsman.

I was sitting next in a 5 seat row on the aisle when a couple came in a took the other 4 seats. They are reserving a seat for 2 more people who didn't arrive until 5 minutes into the movie (full theater, annoyed a hell of a lot of people). The newcomer is another couple and some 4-6 year old brat that started crying intermittently (for god sake, don't bring little kid into movie like this). And one of the grownup couldn't SHUT UP about the most miniscule pointless thing. "Oh, that ain't good" "Uh huh" "Wow that's beautiful". Now, I'm ok with funny heckling, applaud, "hell yeah" things, but this woman just didn't know the queue. She's literally the only voice in the theater most of the time..
 
2012-07-02 09:36:25 AM  
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Timely, obligatory, hotlinked Oatmeal
 
2012-07-02 09:57:34 AM  
I never heckle movies. I do laugh at the most inapropriate times. The hero is crying over his gest buddy dieing.... ya that snorting laugh you just heard, yep that was me. The protaganist is waiting over his mother waiting for her to die of cancer and then unexpectantly she wakes up, says some sweet psycobable then dies.... yep me again. The car jumps over 30 semi's all the while the hero is keeping the girl from fly out of the car with one hand while the other wrestles the wheel.... guilty again. The one liner that brings down the house.... that zone of quiet... me again.
 
2012-07-02 10:07:59 AM  
Funniest mass-heckling story that I can remember at this moment:

The film was "Mad House." Starring John Larroquette and some broad with nice legs. I would not have shared this story if that other as$hole hadn't referenced "Red Dawn," which pre-dates "Mad House" by at least four years.

The movie hadn't even started yet and already the audience seemed to be expecting --- no, HOPING for -- disappointment. The pre-movie superego animation (imploring the audience to dispose of trash in proper receptacles, and imparting the importance of this idea by animating a theater-full of popcorn cups and other garbage literally overflowing onto an animated janitorial staff) drew the most infectious sarcaststic laughter. The rest of the movie was similarly funny-by-being-unfunny. But 25 years later, I'll never forget the garbage.
 
2012-07-02 10:16:42 AM  
The best heckle I've ever experienced was a sustained 4 maybe 5 second burp from the back of the theater during Tokyo Drift. The fact that the audience uproariously laughed their approval is evidence of just how horrible that movie really was.
 
2012-07-02 10:29:15 AM  

Tax Boy: Timely, obligatory, hotlinked Oatmeal


That's great, but it has one huge flaw: old people talk during movies more than all the little kids and teenagers combined. In my experience, they're by far the most obnoxious movie patrons.
 
2012-07-02 10:35:28 AM  

Mr. Chainsaw: old people talk during movies more than all the little kids and teenagers combined. In my experience, they're by far the most obnoxious movie patrons


My experience too -- "What did he say?" "Why did they do that?" "What's going on?" "Wait -- this isn't Matlock -- it's some sort of cartoon."
 
2012-07-02 10:37:18 AM  

Mr. Chainsaw: Tax Boy: Timely, obligatory, hotlinked Oatmeal

That's great, but it has one huge flaw: old people talk during movies more than all the little kids and teenagers combined. In my experience, they're by far the most obnoxious movie patrons.


www.northhollyhood.com

Then we won't sell them tickets.
 
2012-07-02 10:43:00 AM  

BizarreMan: Best heckle I ever witnessed was back in college and it was totally unintentional. My buddies and I went to see "Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan of the Apes" and there is the scene where Greystoke is running around the castle looking for Jane, screaming "JANE, JANE, JANE" at the top of his lungs. At the moment when there is silence on the screen, one guy leans over to the next guy and in a voice that had been calibrated to be heard over all the noise, except now it's way too loud asks the question......."Is her name Jane?". Everybody for five or six rows around was rolling on the floor because it was so damn funny.

The sad part is he was legitimately asking the question because, he wasn't the smartest guy on the block.


I saw "Contact" in the cinema. Don't judge me. As you may recall Carl Sagan died shortly before the film's release. At the end of the film there is a simple, tasteful onscreen remembrance - the words "For Carl" appear briefly. For a moment the cinemagoers remember the man who created the story, the scientist who had devoted his career to bringing hope and knowledge to humanity.

Except the screening I attended, in which it was accompanied by a man in the audience shouting out "WHO THE HELL IS CARL?"
 
2012-07-02 10:48:48 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Except the screening I attended, in which it was accompanied by a man in the audience shouting out "WHO THE HELL IS CARL?"


I think he's in the house. Oh, wait...
 
2012-07-02 10:49:36 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Except the screening I attended, in which it was accompanied by a man in the audience shouting out "WHO THE HELL IS CARL?"


I'd cut him some slack. He was probably angry at sitting through that entire piece of shiat (and paying money to do so) and just looking to take it out on someone.

Like a random Carl.
 
2012-07-02 10:51:22 AM  
CSB time: Only once have I heckled a movie, as generally I'm too respectful of other folks experience. But I got together three of my jerkiest, ballsiest friends and we got drunk beforehand and specifically went to The Passion of the Christ and heckled the living shiat out of that movie when it came out.

/Good times.
 
2012-07-02 11:00:42 AM  
I remember going to see a midnight show of The Phantom Menace when it opened (oh god, why) and when the opening text came on "a long time ago..." a guy in the back shouted: "Fark. I've seen this already!"

Got the crowd rollin. Unfortunately was the only laugh that night.
 
2012-07-02 11:03:10 AM  

Big Beef Burrito: Gordon Bennett: Except the screening I attended, in which it was accompanied by a man in the audience shouting out "WHO THE HELL IS CARL?"

I'd cut him some slack. He was probably angry at sitting through that entire piece of shiat (and paying money to do so) and just looking to take it out on someone.

Like a random Carl.


unrealitymag.com

I sat through that movie for 2 hours to see some farking aliens, and at the end it was her father.

/hot carl
 
2012-07-02 11:03:32 AM  
It seems unlikely, but I can't recall ever hearing someone heckle a movie. I've heard people talk to the movie in various ways "Don't go in there!", "That's not pudding!!", etc, but no amusing snark. I'm saddened and feel left out now.
 
2012-07-02 11:11:29 AM  
Best heckle I've heard was during a viewing of Eye of the Beholder (awful awful movie). At one point this elderly gentleman stands up and shouts "This is like watching Stuart Little backwards!" Everyone laughed in agreement and he walked out.
 
2012-07-02 11:13:50 AM  
It's rarely funny. The last heckle I laughed at was when watching that dreck "Crash" and when Sandra Bullock painfully acted her fall down the stairs some guy in the front started laughing hysterically which made everybody else laugh. Something about being beat over the head with that movie's super-deep and important message for 2 hours and everyone agreeing at once how contrived it was.
 
2012-07-02 11:22:44 AM  

Mr. Chainsaw: Tax Boy: Timely, obligatory, hotlinked Oatmeal

That's great, but it has one huge flaw: old people talk during movies more than all the little kids and teenagers combined. In my experience, they're by far the most obnoxious movie patrons.


Who is he again?
What's happening?
Why is he saying that?
When did this happen?
That can't really happen, can it?

I used to think getting older meant you can't process as much information. Then I started seeing movies with friends in high school and in college. No, some people are just born retarded. Young people just know not to vocalize their inability to wait 10 seconds for the flashback or for the scene to end.

The worst is when old people watch SciFi movies. I get it, that as a nerd, I have 15 years worth of nerdy knowledge on how stuff works. Like clockwork, as soon as they press that button, and the screen goes fuzzy lights pop and vanish, you hear some one croaking in the back ground "What was that?". Not 2 seconds later does the protagonist explain they have a teleporter.

Please, old people. Just wait.
 
2012-07-02 11:36:03 AM  
It's just a matter of opinion.
 
2012-07-02 12:01:51 PM  
The first and only time I've ever heckled was at a showing of "Dancer in the Dark" back in 2000.

Everyone seemed to think I was damn funny. Pretty sure they were just happy to be laughing instead of bawling their eyes out.

*I* though the movie was funny, because it was so over-the-top. If you've never seen it, it's basically a machine designed to make you cry. Think "Graveyard of the Fireflies".
 
2012-07-02 12:12:36 PM  

BizarreMan: there is the scene where Greystoke is running around the castle looking for Jane, screaming "JANE, JANE, JANE" at the top of his lungs.


...wasn't Greystoke the name of the castle?
 
2012-07-02 12:13:22 PM  
The last movie I heckled was Tron: Legacy. I made a comment about Jeff Bridges' character being Obi Tron Lebowski.
 
2012-07-02 12:17:23 PM  
'Santa's laugh mocks the poor.'


/got nuthin
 
2012-07-02 12:30:25 PM  
For movies like Snakes on a Plane, is it more audience participation or heckling?
 
2012-07-02 12:33:32 PM  

Toquinha: For movies like Snakes on a Plane, is it more audience participation or heckling?


May as well be, they wrote it.
 
2012-07-02 12:52:12 PM  
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"Ahh, the script has finally arrived!"
 
2012-07-02 01:00:21 PM  

Tax Boy: Big Beef Burrito: Gordon Bennett: Except the screening I attended, in which it was accompanied by a man in the audience shouting out "WHO THE HELL IS CARL?"

I'd cut him some slack. He was probably angry at sitting through that entire piece of shiat (and paying money to do so) and just looking to take it out on someone.

Like a random Carl.

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I sat through that movie for 2 hours to see some farking aliens, and at the end it was her goddamn father.

/hot carl


I sat through more hours of the book and it wasn't too much better. Not terrible, and a damn sight better than the movie, but not wonderful.

/also ftfy
 
2012-07-02 01:02:05 PM  

Rapmaster2000: It's rarely funny. The last heckle I laughed at was when watching that dreck "Crash" and when Sandra Bullock painfully acted her fall down the stairs some guy in the front started laughing hysterically which made everybody else laugh. Something about being beat over the head with that movie's super-deep and important message for 2 hours and everyone agreeing at once how contrived it was.


I saw "Serial Mom" in the cinema. In one scene Kathleen Turner beats an annoying woman from the video store to death with a piece of meat while the screen shows the opening to "Annie" and the song about the sun coming out tomorrow can be heard.

I laughed. No one else did, but around me afterwards I did hear some quiet, very nervous laughter presumably from people who were frightened to be near a guy who laughs loudly at a particularly amusing murder.
 
2012-07-02 01:12:54 PM  
Dickish movie heckling:

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Heckler & Koch MP5

*ahem*

A former acquaintance tells of the time a few of his loony associates parked themselves a couple of rows behind a family near the front of a theatre. At some point (germane to the plot or not wasn't related) one emits a thunderous fart. He then stands up, leans across the vacant row ahead, and in a somber stage voice declares, "There, there, ma'am. I'll leave so everyone thinks I did it" and departs.
 
2012-07-02 01:52:49 PM  
I'd enjoy people heckling the movie more if they followed the rules of the article. People can be really, REALLY funny at times. But yeah.... they usually suck.

My experience:
Went to see "Alien 3" (what a suck ass film). Right from the start, I knew I was with a fun crowd when the title came up and someone shouted "What the f*ck? Alien cubed?" When someone in a different section shouted "No, Alien to the third power!" and someone in another section shouted "Idiots! It's Alien Alien Alien!"

A bunch of people laughed, and fortunately the only two or three other heckles they shouted later on were also good (although I forgot those).
 
2012-07-02 02:01:51 PM  
Best crowd participation of all time I witnessed was during the Avengers movie when Loki stabbed someone (You know exactly where I'm talking about)

The theatrer exploded "fark" "NOOOOO" "fark THIS shiat" "Bull shiat" "No no no no no" "WTF why him?" "fark YOU"
 
2012-07-02 02:39:47 PM  
The only sort of heckle I remember being OK was watching the Phantom Menace when my friend's brother said "kill him now" in Anakin's first scene. It was funny then because obviously everyone knew the previous 3 movies, but it still resonates with me even now because...well..Jake Lloyd.
 
2012-07-02 05:21:20 PM  
My one and only theatrical flick heckle: Mad Max III: Beyond Thunderdome, one of the first showings in my area.

Do we really need a Spoiler Warning for this? But, just in case:

After Mad Max defeated Master Blaster and revealed that Auntie Entity had dealt deceptively with him, Auntie said to the city that right or wrong, they had a deal, and the law was: "Queer a Deal, Face the Wheel."

The Wheel turned out to be a metal pie plate balanced on a pin, and cut into unequal-sized wedges, so that it could spin. There was a pointer. The largest wedge was marked "Auntie's Choice," with other large ones marked "Death by ..." followed by various unpleasant means of execution. A smaller one was "Gulag." The tiniest wedge was "Acquittal" (A. Entity apparently wanted there to be at least the appearance of somewhat "fair" "justice" in Bartertown).

The wheel was spun. First, it was spinning quite rapidly, then as it lost rotational momentum, it slowed more and more. The tension in the nearly packed theater built and built. Just as it was getting quite slow, and the tension was at its maximum, with most of the audience outright holding their breaths (you literally could've heard a pin drop), I couldn't resist, and said in a casual voice:

"I'd like to buy a vowel."

The whole place busted into guffaws that did not die down for well over a minute.
 
2012-07-02 05:29:20 PM  
Saw Titanic with my girlfriend when it came out. During the scene where Jack is freezing to death, 2-3 girls sitting behind us are sobbing uncontrollably. As Jack sinks into the deep and the sobs continue, my girlfriend who was usually pretty sensitive, let's out a pretty silent, but well delivered "Give me a break." I lost my shiat. Like when Jerry placed the Pez dispenser on Elaine's lap. It didn't stop and she milked it for a few minutes. Tears rolling down my face, my sides were hurting, I was laughing uncontrollable. Titanic, who figured? One of the best laughs I ever had.
 
2012-07-02 05:43:03 PM  
people need to get their panties untwisted. a crap movie is a crap movie and should be heckled. don't by any means go to heckle, but if it is crap i'm going to say so.
now i do get pissed when people have personal conversations in the theater. they can go f themselves. i don't care if your boyfriend is cheating on you or if you smoked a fat blunt before you came in to the theater. stfu and take that outside.
 
2012-07-02 05:53:30 PM  

Tax Boy: Mr. Chainsaw: old people talk during movies more than all the little kids and teenagers combined. In my experience, they're by far the most obnoxious movie patrons

My experience too -- "What did he say?" "Why did they do that?" "What's going on?" "Wait -- this isn't Matlock -- it's some sort of cartoon."


During Troy: Some old lady in the balcony seat felt the need to narrate the ENTIRE MOVIE to her elderly companion. To this day my sister and I routinely randomly shout "THERE'S THE HORSE!" to each other.

Clash of the Titans: Not sure if it was an old person or not, but someone whisper shouted "It's ZEUS!" at the screen at one point, something else we have adopted to saying whenever Liam Neeson pops up.
 
2012-07-02 06:17:41 PM  
 
2012-07-02 07:29:57 PM  
There are only two times I can remember actually laughing at someone heckling a movie, but both times they were movies I knew would be awful before I went.

The Dungeons & Dragons movie - There's a scene with all the wizard council people or whatever the fark they are, and the character played by Jeremy Irons says "Are we going to talk, or are we going to act?" Someone in the back of the theater yelled "YES! Please, for the love of god, START ACTING!" The whole theater burst out laughing, because the movie really was that bad.

The other one was less LOL and more snicker, but... The Friday the 13th reboot. When Token Black Dude goes out looking for Jason with a fireplace poker and holding a wok like a shield, someone near me said "Dude, there is no way he can tank Jason with that vendor trash." I snickered like the WoW goon I am.
 
2012-07-02 09:19:38 PM  

chewielouie: Revenge of the Sith. During the falling in love montage between Anakin and Padme, right after the dreadful dialogue by the fire, some older guy beneath his breath mutters, "Give me a break." The tone, volume and delivery were perfect.


That was Attack of the Clones you've described.
 
2012-07-02 10:42:59 PM  

RoyBatty: It depends on the movie.

Talking during a movie is obnoxious.

The occasional brilliant heckle is glorious.

/been a long time though.




I'm not the type... but I did heckle a theater employee who used to come into the IMAX theater to make announcements. Got a fully packed house laughing so hard he just quit and hung up the mike and walked out.
 
2012-07-02 10:54:40 PM  
If you're going to heckle a movie, do it with your buds in the privacy of your own home, record it, and upload it to Zarban or iRiffs. That way, you'll get fans, maybe make a little money on the side, and you won't be thought of as an asshole by a crowd of moviegoers.
 
2012-07-03 05:39:10 AM  
I'm probably going to be judged for this, but here goes...

The funniest movie-heckle moment I ever witnessed was when I, for some ungodly reason or another, was watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Right around the first on-screen appearance of the Grinch, some girl in the audience yelled out "Hey, this isn't Bambi!"

/significantly funnier than the movie itself
//be kind, Fark. I've since seen the error of my old ways.
 
2012-07-03 09:09:20 AM  

BroVinny: chewielouie: Revenge of the Sith. During the falling in love montage between Anakin and Padme, right after the dreadful dialogue by the fire, some older guy beneath his breath mutters, "Give me a break." The tone, volume and delivery were perfect.

That was Attack of the Clones you've described.


Oh thank you for pointing that out, proves that the memory of those movies is starting to fade.
 
2012-07-04 01:56:59 AM  
I once attended a Kenneth Anger film festival that was mostly drunk people heckling. If you've seen any of his films you'll understand why.
 
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