Working on a pop culture site, you naturally receive tons of pre-theatrical release movie screeners and free advance DVD copies—it’s what we like to call “swag,” bitches (don’t be jealous). And, every once in a while, a new disc will pop up in our mailroom that introduces us to an obscure flick we’d otherwise never know about; case in point, Sledgehammer, a little-seen slasher movie from 1983 that, as the synopsis on the back of the DVD case informed us, was shot on video tape.
Fascinated, we wanted to get a taste of what Sledgehammer has to offer, so we consulted trusty old YouTube. What we came across lifted an otherwise dismissible ’80s horror flick to pure guilty pleasure. The first clip we found culminates with a creepy kid giving the film’s hero a mighty face slap, needlessly presented in slow motion. And just like that, we fell in love with Sledgehammer.
After re-watching the scene a few times, and laughing our asses off with each viewing, we started to think about some other great blows to people’s mugs. So, kicked off by Sledgehammer’s aforementioned moment of illogical excellence, we’re about to brighten your day with 10 Awesome Pimp Slaps In Movies And TV. Because, let’s be honest—who doesn’t enjoy watching others get cheek-checked every now and then?
Lean On Me (1989)
Morgan Freeman’s take on real life school principal Joe Clark in the film Lean On Me helped propel Freeman to Hollywood stardom.
In this classic scene from Lean On Me, Freeman confronts a troublemaking student who Clark learns has a crack problem.
Freeman starred as high school principal Joe Clark in 1989’s ‘Lean on Me.’ The film was based on a real-life Paterson, N.J. high school
” they used to call me ‘crazy Joe’, now they can call me ‘Batman’ “.
Complex runs down the flicks that you might not have realized were wildly offensive. Turn on your racist radars, people!
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F a hero, if you want to talk about truly slick sartorial game and genuine fashion flair it’s all about the crooked, evildoing bad guys. In celebration of all smarmy dudes from oily, dream-killing kabillionaires like Simon Cowell to sticking-up-septuagenarians-to-stunt-in-Savile-Row-suits-types like Conrad Black; and the iconic blue-and-white banker button-ups of Gordon Gekko to the aspirational T-shirt game of Tyler Durden, we got it all. So as an homage to homicidal lunacy, sociopathic money grubbing, the unmistakably bespoke break of a cashmere pant leg, AND this weekend’s release of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (!!!!), we bring you The 50 Most Stylish Villains…
Steven Seagal plays a cop who confronts a voodoo priest, Screwface, and his Jamaican Posse, a cartoonish gang of dreadlocked drug dealers who have been shooting up the hood and stringing out school kids. After painting peace-loving Rastafarians as a snarling, dope-dealing menace—and putting out his horrific reggae album, Songs from the Crystal Cave—the ponytailed one can’t ever show his face in Jamrock again.