#6 on our Best Overkills in Movies list, is what we call a “gimme.”
That is, something that is a given; something that is so obvious that it’s pretty much obligatory to the subject matter.
Bonnie and Clyde is well documented as a game changer in Hollywood cinema, setting a precedent with it’s graphic, flamboyant, and borderline pornographic portrayal of violence, as well as it’s rapid-fire editing style.
You see, in 1967, bullet hits and violence were generally staged in a very theatrical fashion I.E. man mimes getting shot, clutches side in agony and falls down after doing a silly dance.
Kind of like this, but with guns:
Unlike most other films of the time, Bonnie and Clyde employed extensive use of squibs for it’s bullet hits, greatly enhancing their visual and dramatic impact in the process.
Take for example this squib hit from Total Recall:
While I haven’t personally seen Bonnie and Clyde, I’ve been shown it’s historical overkill sequence numerous times, usually in school of all places.
Anyway, that’s enough film school bullshit, let’s make with the overkill:
The setup couldn’t be more classic.
Basically, we have the pair of bank robbers taking a leisurely drive down a country road, celebrating Clyde’s impotence, you know; the usual.
Anyway, eventually they run across an old man changing the tires of his truck on the side of the road.
I’d just like to take this moment to point out that this particular old man has a habit of nervously twitching and looking off into the nearby foliage every couple of seconds.
Hmm, I wonder; why on Earth would a seemingly inconspicuous old man act like this?
Surely not because the cops paid him off to help them lure Bonnie and Clyde into a overkill death trap…
Of course that’s why, dumbass.
Pretty much as soon as Clyde hops out of the truck, leaving Bonnie to sit alone; some crazy shit starts goin’ down.
The old man’s eye twitches!
A flock of birds fly out from the bushes!
Bonnie gives Clyde a last second “fuck me” glance!
And then shit goes from choppily edited craziness, to insanely brutal OVERKILL craziness…
Virtually unseen from their sniping positions in the bushes, the police open up on Bonnie and Clyde with one helluva’ Ultra Combo of gunfire.
Unfortunately, neither Bonnie nor Clyde remember the command inputs required to execute a C-C-C-Combo Breaker, thusly resulting in their grisly demises at the hands of a few hundred bullets.
Seriously, when it comes to, literally; “painting” a target with gunfire, these cops get an “A.”
Needless to say, Bonnie, Clyde, and their sweet-ass truck are torn to ribbons, with Clyde getting sprayed so bad he ends up being spun around on the ground like a dog trying to cure a nasty itch.
In all, we are treated to just over 20 SECONDS STRAIGHT of Great Depression era overkill savagery.
Do the math son, 20 seconds is a motherfuckin’ eternity when it comes to simply showing 2 people get shot.
While hardly creative, or even all that graphic by today’s standards, Bonnie and Clyde’s climactic overkill sequence is well remembered as a revolutionary moment in film history.
Why then, with all this overkill savagery; and all these pimpin’ credential is Bonnie and Clyde ranked so low on the Top 10 Best Overkills in Movies?
Because this is my fuckin’ list, that’s why.
Like I said, while I respect the legacy attached to the film, I haven’t even seen it, so honestly you should be happy this one even made the list.
Besides, this is supposed to be a list of the BEST Overkills in Movies, not the bloodiest, or the most famous; the BEST.
That being said, Bonnie and Clyde sits atop the bottom 5 on our list, and trust me; once you’ve seen the top 5, you’ll think twice about questioning my judgment…
Seriously, good shit’s to come.