By Jake Orthwein
on 7.17.13

This is pretty radical. Yes, we said radical, because that outdated gem of a word is the only one to accurately describe the glorious combination of righteous nostalgia and sheer badassery that this video evokes. The Pre-Mortem One-Liner (who even knew it had a name?) is a staple of the ’90s action movie, and let’s be honest: the ’90s action movie is the pinnacle of 20th century cinema. This supercut from the guys at Plot Point Productions features just about every undisputed masterwork of the medium: Blade, Tremors, Con Air… The AFI could stand to take note.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: the Pre-Mortem One-Liner is a cliché, perhaps the ultimate cliché — a sign that a film is, in the timeless Orson Welles phrase, “polluted by ham and corn“. You’re probably saying to yourself, “Con Air was the worst movie of the last three decades” and “classics like the Godfather and Cries and Whispers are nowhere to be found in this deplorable supercut”. Just kidding; you’re definitely not saying that. You’re not the sort of cinematic idiot who enjoys fedoras with his skinny jeans and espresso. Long live populism, and go see Evil Dead 2.

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