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2. The Bad Guy Stroll

Star Wars, Darth Vader

Also known as the ‘Anakin Walk-In’, this has been pioneered by a variety of big bads over the years but was perfected by Darth Vader in Episode IV. What you want to aim for here is to emerge through the smoke of battle – dry ice is a handy alternative – and to stride purposefully through the dead and dying (again, improvise), stopping to check that the corpses of Rebel scum haven’t mucked up your shiny new spaceboots. Heavy breathing is important too, meaning you can pull it off after scaling a staircase or completing a half-marathon without breaking character.

There are plenty of other examples to borrow from. Night Of The Hunter, for instance, where the malevolent preacher chugs along in his Model T like Chitty Chitty Scumbag. Then there’s Frank in Once Upon A Time In The West who introduces audiences to a scary new phenomenon: Evil Henry Fonda. Initially shot from behind, his grizzled villain is slowly revealed to show all trace of Fonda-ery goodness replaced with dead eyes and a jaw locked in combat with a ginormous cud of chewing tobacco. As the camera pans around him, you can’t help thinking that if he spits, people are going to drown. Worse, in one of the most cold-hearted, unforgettable intros, he reaches for his gun. Then again, if you’ve got a mouth like a weapon, you don’t need a gun at all. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman introduces himself with a unique line in motivation (“Here you are ALL equally worthless”) and encouragement (“Did your parents have any children that lived?”) that won't normally work as well with complete strangers.

 

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1 Sharif Ali
Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia More

Posted by TheFlyingDeLorean on Saturday March 23, 2013, 09:52

2 Entrance of the King!
Aragorn's introduction in the Fellowship of the ring is my all time favourite. Bathed in shadows and smoke, his eyes lighting up under the pipe embers, amazing and very very cool. More

Posted by spaniel on Friday March 22, 2013, 16:03

3 Horatio shade moment!!
Mel Gibson a la Mad Max, you get to see his gloves and shades racing in his car until the big reveal as he jumps out of the car and pulls of his shades.Also got to mention Mick Dundee tearing into the bar wrestling a stuffed croc...Amazing entrance More

Posted by namelessdemon on Thursday March 21, 2013, 17:24

4 Fight Club
Airplane diagrams. That is all. More

Posted by Evolved As One on Wednesday March 20, 2013, 19:45

5 Apocalypse Now
I think Brando's Kurtz should get a mention in the "Harry's Way" section More

Posted by Dr Science on Tuesday March 19, 2013, 18:00

6 Raising Arizona
Hi dreams of the arrival of Leonard Smalls. A big wall of flames. A bunny dies. More

Posted by Dr Science on Tuesday March 19, 2013, 17:56

7 Dolph Lungdren in The Expendables
"WARNING SHOT!" Technically not a movie entrance, but an excellent entrance to the villains nonetheless. More

Posted by Evolved As One on Monday March 18, 2013, 15:20

8 Marla Singer. Fight Club.
"This is cancer, right?" Clasic. More

Posted by Jasper_29 on Monday March 18, 2013, 12:21

9 Who can top...?
....swooping in at the last second and catching the love your life as she falls from a skyscraper and then catching a falling helicopter in your other hand, aka: the Superman. More

Posted by damooc on Monday March 18, 2013, 03:23

10 Harry Lime
The Third Man all the way! My all-time favourite movie moment. More

Posted by Mr Gittes on Sunday March 17, 2013, 20:06

11 Rhett!
Surely the King of Hollywood's grand-camera-swoop-down-the-stairs entrance in Gone with the Wind deserves a mention? More

Posted by Ijustknow on Saturday March 16, 2013, 20:08

12 More recent...
Just a suggestion, how about Captain Jack Sparrow's entrance in Curse of the Black Pearl? Sinking ship (which you are not aware of to start with) and a great music score...brilliant. PS Also a fan of Blades entrance at the nightclub, hacking up vampires to Confusion by New Order! More

Posted by simonjrking on Saturday March 16, 2013, 10:24

13
There's the Dynamic Entry: when the characters come down from the sky More

Posted by bubblybubbles on Saturday March 16, 2013, 06:39

14 How about....
The chair swivel? (a la Bond villain) Can't think of loads of instances, but it seems a classic to have someone reveal by spinning 180 in their leather swivel chair! Duh, DUH, DUHHHH! More

Posted by TheColumnist on Friday March 15, 2013, 16:26

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