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Top 10 Movie Freakouts

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script Written by Q.V. Hough. They froth from the mouth and scare innocent bystanders. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 movie freak-outs. For this list, we’re focusing on specific scenes with characters that are visibly stressed, angry or even a bit crazy. Special thanks to our users Christopher James, CallofDutyGamer014, James Barcelona and Aaron Parker for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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They froth from the mouth and scare innocent bystanders. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 movie freak-outs.

For this list, we’re focusing on specific scenes with characters that are visibly stressed, angry or even a bit crazy. Since Adolf Hitler was a psychopath 24/7, we’re excluding his meltdown from the 2004 film “Downfall” – a scene that has been parodied many times over.

#10: Ray’s Finkle
“Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994)

After the disappearance of the Miami Dolphins’ mascot and the subsequent murder of an executive, an eccentric investigator attempts to connect the dots. Along the way, he learns of a mysterious former Dolphins kicker named Ray Finkle and even makes room for a little naughty time with his superior. Unfortunately, Ace Ventura’s mental framework is completely transformed into madness when the transgender news sinks in. Hanky Panky. Pokey Pokey. Pukey Pukey. That wasn’t a gun, Ace; it was Ray’s finkle.

#9: You’re an Inanimate F***ing Object!
“In Bruges” (2008)

We shoulda known Voldemort had a temper. Ralph Fiennes plays Harry, a bigwig in the crime world who appreciates when people do their jobs and do them well. After a botched job, he sends two of his hitmen to lay low in the land of Bruges. That’s where this phone call comes in. The senior hitman informs Harry that he won’t be completing the special task he set for him. Harry doesn’t take it so well. Sucks to be his phone. Or his wife. But honestly, best comeback ever.

#8: Wire Hangers
“Mommie Dearest” (1981)

It’s no secret that Hollywood often makes young actresses go bat-shit crazy, and forces aging starlets to desperately attempt to stay relevant. In the film adaptation of Christina Crawford’s memoir, her mother Joan Crawford is portrayed as both a delusional head case and physically abusive adoptive mother. Case in point: after discovering a wire hanger in her daughter’s closet, as opposed to a nice padded one, the obsessive-compulsive “Mommie Dearest” unleashes the beast on her frightened daughter, and the emotional breakdown takes a disturbing turn for the worse.

#7: Walley World Knockout
“National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983)

All Clark Griswold wants is a little family time and a trip to Walley World. You know, a chance to bond. Instead, he finds himself on a road trip from hell. His commitment to the California journey takes the Griswolds all the way to their final destination. While an empty parking lot should have raised a red flag, Clark and company dash towards the main gate only to be greeted by more disappointment. Unable to contain his frustration, the devastated father physically assaults poor Walley and thoroughly frightens his family.

#6: Farmers Gone Wild
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009)

In Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous children’s novel, a balding farmer looses his cool thanks to the antics of some furry foxes. One second, he’s sitting in front of a neatly-organized desk with his drink and smokes, but then he launches everything throughout the room and rips off the drapes like a complete madman. It only takes one look at this bug-eyed loony to understand he’s in need of a little R & R. He’s mean Farmer Bean and he will ENDDD YOUUUU.

#5: Here’s Teddy!
“Ted” (2012)

Little Johnny Bennett had nobody to chat with in his pre-Internet world, so he dreamed of bringing his jolly teddy bear to life. Little did he know that Ted would eventually become a highly-cynical, foul-mouthed living being, and that his parents would practically pee themselves after their first encounter with the talking bear. Dad calls out to his savior for guidance, and Mom screams out like she’s having a baby. And in a way, she was, as Ted joins the Bennett family for a life of drinking, smoking and mackin’ shorties.

#4: Sensitive Trigger
“Falling Down” (1993)

Having lost his wife, his job and his mind, William Foster hopes to decompress with a late breakfast, but a simple twist of fate leads to even more stress. Rather than taking the bad news like a champ, Foster unveils his newly acquired Uzi and “suggests” that breakfast be put back on the menu. As the startled patrons watch the act unfold, the buzz-cut badass accidentally shoots up the place and attempts to calm everybody with a few poorly rehearsed jokes. The poor bastard can’t even get a juicy Whammyburger as advertised.

#3: V for Victory
“The Campaign” (2012)

In today’s world, mud slinging is a must for any aspiring politician, and Congressman Cam Brady is the Picasso of the art form. When a local tourism director challenges Brady and threatens to end his run in office, Brady not only punches a baby, but also makes a sex tape with his opponent’s wife. His campaign manager takes exception to such a tactic, which results in a nuclear meltdown that leaves Brady detailing the extremes he’s willing to endure for success. Will Ferrell’s given us many outstanding freak-outs, but this one trumps them all.

#2: Cookie of Love
“Bridesmaids” (2011)

Everybody knows that you don’t upstage a passive-aggressive single woman in her late 30s, but then again, some people enjoy watching others suffer. When Annie Walker travels to Chicago for her best friend’s Parisian-themed bridal shower, she discovers that her nostalgic gift doesn’t quite hold the weight of a trip to Paris. Burning up the joint like an uncontrollable wildfire, Annie panics and ultimately destroys an enormous pastry, just before she’s symbolically and heartbreakingly owned by a cookie of love.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- Khan!
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982)
- A Late-Night Surprise
“Shrek” (2001)
- A Milky Surprise
“Inherent Vice” (2014)
- Ragin’ Regina
“Mean Girls” (2004)
- Paranoid in the Park
“Burn After Reading” (2008)
- Who’s the Man?
“Wanted” (2008)

#1: Honey and Horror
“The Wicker Man” (2006)

Nicolas Cage has long been the King of movie freak-outs. In this unintentionally comedic scene from “The Wicker Man” remake, however, he becomes the Queen Bee after his character’s punk’d by a group of islanders. While searching for his missing daughter, Edward Malus becomes the subject of a human sacrifice plot and is strapped down for a leg-shattering experience. Then come the bees. Oh, the bees. “Not the bees!” Within seconds, Nicolas Cage produces the most amazing freak out ever and builds upon his legacy as the most overly dramatic actor of his generation.

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