Never, Ever Do This at The Movies: 10 Great Explosions

May 28, 2013

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The new series "Never, Ever Do This At Home" will allow hosts Teddy and Norm to do what we cannot: wreak havoc, experiment, and best of all, create some memorable explosions.

It inspired us to take a look at some of our favorite movie explosions, all of which we wouldn't dare try to recreate. And neither should you.

"The Dark Knight" - The Joker's Philosophical Hospital Demolition

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After giving a maniacal but oddly inspirational rant on the nature of chaos to Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), the Joker (Heath Ledger) casually walks away and sets off one of the most memorable explosion scenes in movie history. And here's some trivia: the bit where the detonator appears to malfunction wasn't scripted; not all of the explosions had gone off initially as planned, resulting in the reaction we see from Ledger as the Joker.

"Fight Club" - Everything's gonna be juuuuuust fine

In the film's finale, it's revealed that ultimately our protagonist has lost his battle with the demons inside him, and as a result the nefarious plan to wreak havoc on society by blowing up credit agencies is successful. Because apparently, we keep all important information in a small handful of buildings. Who knew?

"The Burbs" - Careful with that pickaxe, Ray

After a group of friends suspect that a house of ghoulish-looking eccentrics are responsible for the disappearance of a neighbor, an investigation into the inner workings of the house goes too far. Panicking after realizing the Klopeks are coming home, Ray (Tom Hanks) accidentally hits a gas line with his pick-axe, which blows the house - and himself - right the Hell up.

"Independence Day" - Well, there goes everything

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Michael Bay has made a career out of filming 120 minute explosion sequences. That's only a slight exaggeration, particularly in the case of "Independence Day." The most enduring images and moments from the film come very early on, when the alien invasion kicks off in grand fashion blowing up...well, pretty much everything.

"The Bridge on the River Kwai" - when the name of the movie blows up

In this film, Alec Guinness's act of subterfuge isn't simply an act of destruction, but also a statement on the nature of war itself. With his final act he falls onto the plunger, destroying the Japanese bridge he himself insisted be built in order to increase morale, even if it came at the expense of aiding the enemy.

"Ghostbusters" - The Stay Puft explosions

After the Stay Puft marshmallow man comes to life, it's up to Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston to zap the giant monster, resulting in an expansion and explosion that we're likely to see recreated with a microwave on a future installment of "Never Ever Do This At Home."

"Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" - The Death Star

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A single shot from an X-wing manned by Luke Skywalker is all that it takes to destroy the deadliest weapon in the galaxy. It seems ridiculous that such a glaring design flaw would have been left in such an important weapon, but it sure did look pretty.

"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" - The first explosion of its kind in recorded history

In the Kevin Costner adaptation of the classic tale, Morgan Freeman's character of Azeem comes up with the idea to shoot a flaming arrow into what appears to be gunpowder. The result is an explosion so ridiculous and out of place that you can't help but throw your hands up and just enjoy it for what it is.

"Predator" - How not to bow out gracefully

The classic ending sequence sees Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) finally triumph over the creature that's killed his entire platoon. After responding to Dutch's question of what it is with its own sarcastic "What the Hell are you?" (touche), the alien enacts a self-destruct sequence that takes like half the jungle with it. Talk about a sore loser.

"Dr. Strangelove" - We'll meet again...

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The classic satire on cold war politics and paranoia ends with a bang. Well, a lot of them, actually. Incompetence and misunderstanding leads to the activation of the Soviet doomsday machine, which is portrayed by stock footage of various atomic explosions set to British singer Vera Lynn's classic "We'll Meet Again."

For the next big bang, tune in to "Never Ever Do This at Home," Tuesdays at 11/10c on Spike.

Here's a sneak peek featuring - GUESS WHAT GUYS - an explosion!