There are certain lines of dialogue that movie-goers are exposed to over and over again. So much so, perhaps, that they don’t really take notice anymore. There are those traditional stock phrases – like “Let’s get out of here!” – that don’t qualify as truly annoying because sometimes that’s all that there is to say. If you’re being chased by a snarling rape monster or a Nazi tank filled with zombies, you can’t really hassle the protagonist for stating the obvious next step. Hey, maybe that’s what you’d say too if you needed get to the third act in a badass (albeit functional) way.
If there was a rule about the usage of these stock phrases, it might go something like this: If you don’t notice a stock phrase when it’s employed, then it’s a passable offence. That’s because barely anybody will think about “Let’s get out of here!” when they hear it in a movie nowadays. It’s part of the make-up. But there are some lines of dialogue that keep going around and around. Some stock phrases have become horribly irritating, cringe-inducing and embarrassing for the screenwriters who insist on clinging to them. Simply put, they’ve served their usage: it’s, as they say in the movies, “time to die.” Oops.
Here’s the 5 Most Annoying Movie Stock Phrases that’ll have you throwing your popcorn at the screen like a maniac.
5. “Prepare to die.”
Guilty Movies: Hook, Toy Story 2, I Love You, Beth Cooper, Road House, Heavy Metal, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
When’s it used?
Death is often executed with epic proportions in the movies, but there’s no reason why anybody should ever say “Prepare to die” under any circumstances – that goes double now that this phrase has been a pretty widely-accepted utterance in movies for years. Can you imagine if, posed with a fight, somebody said this to you in real life with no sense of irony?
“Prepare to die” is usually said at the beginning of a long-awaited duel between two characters who are destined to fight, and almost always by the villain. Sometimes it might occur at the end of a duel, when the hero has been disarmed, and there absolutely has to be a moment in which – instead of finishing the hero off with a thrust of his sword – the villain pauses so that another character can save the hero or the hero can kick the villain in the groin or something.
Caramax and his arch-nemesis, the evil wizard Danalin, spot each other across the battlefield as soldiers and orcs rage around them in a clash of blades.
Caramax: Somehow, I always knew it would end here.
Danalin: For one of us, Caramax.
They both walk towards each other and draw their weapons.
Caramax: Surrender, Danalin, and I will spare your life. You need not perish.
Danalin: Admirable, Caramax, to the very last. But did you really believe I’d surrender to you when I’m so close to completing my plan? Prepare to die.
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