April Fools’ Day Top Five: Most Ill-Advised Movie Pranks

It’s the week of April Fools’ Day and innocent pranks are very much the order of the day. While more elaborate stunts may seem funny in the planning stages, there are often more serious consequences. Ross McD would like to dissuade children from trying any of the following at home without the supervision of a responsible adult. Unless you want them dead.

5. The Butterfly Effect (materials needed: Dynamite, mailbox, oblivious mum and child)

This film takes a lot of guff, but not all of it is justified. Advising someone to watch Ashton Kutcher take on a serious-ish role may seem like a sick prank in itself, but it’s not, the film’s actually quite good. Putting a stick of dynamite in a mailbox is as good a use as any for a small explosive, but the problem with mailboxes is sometimes people check them for mail at the most inopportune moments – sometimes with their newborn babies in tow. Luckily, Ashton has his time travelling diaries to go back and sort all that out. Seriously!

Go to 3m00 for the mailbox scene –

4. Dumb & Dumber (materials needed: Atomic peppers, rat poison, obese guy with ulcer problem)

This film should serve as a stark reminder of the dangers of pulling irresponsible pranks, including how laxative can ruin a nice bathroom as well as a friend’s chances of scoring. Tampering with a peer’s food has long been a lightly flaunted staple of the Hollywood comedy, with the licking, spitting or strategic placing of pubic hair a well-practiced stratagem. Putting atomic peppers on someone’s burger is bad enough, but feeding him rat poison instead of his ulcer medicine afterwards is just cruel. Even if he had intended killing you.

Click HERE to watch the peppers scene

3. Sleepers (materials needed: hot dog cart, stairwell, weak grip)

Everyone knows eating dodgy hot dogs from manky street vendors will eventually result in your death. Although you would have to count yourself unlucky if you were merely minding your own business reading the paper in you immaculate baby blue suit and a hot dog cart was the cause of your near demise. The basic premise of this prank is solid, but you must always figure gravity into your calculations. If the boys had any thoughts of trying this one again, it’s nothing a few years of institutional abuse and sodomy won’t fix.

2. Carrie (materials needed: bucket of pig’s blood, good prom committee connections)

While much attention is given to the logistics of a prank, the importance of choosing the right victim cannot be overstated. Ideally you want someone with a good sense of humour, someone who will be able to see the funny side and laugh it off. What you don’t want is someone who possesses telekinetic powers, someone who can raze a building to the ground, skewer you with a dozen knives and burn people alive with a single disgruntled look. Also, if you fear further reprisal, don’t target someone who can come back from the dead. Although she should have known not to wear white to an evening with a high risk of red beverage spillage.

1. Home Alone (materials needed: paint cans, rope, blow torch, iron, pellet gun, assorted toys)

Ah, what child didn’t want to run straight home from the cinema and set up all these super booby traps? In Home Alone 2 things took a turn for the sinister when Kevin started lobbing bricks off the top of apartment blocks and smashing people on the head, which would almost certainly result in a manslaughter charge at the very least. But in the original, his home defences were a little less fatal. And therein lies the problem: if you are an eight-year-old and find yourself home alone when burglars break in, we recommend you stay out of sight, get out of the house and ring the police. Pulling this kind of s**t will likely get you murdered.



11 Responses to “April Fools’ Day Top Five: Most Ill-Advised Movie Pranks”

  1. […] The Most Ill-Advised Movie Pranks from RossvRoss.com […]

  2. No Love for ‘Jawbreaker’? For a laugh, high school socialites kidnap their friend on her birthday and gag her with a giant jawbreaker, causing her to choke to death in the trunk of their car. Talk about awkward.

  3. Bill Murray pretends to be a zombie with bad results in Zombieland:

    This was sort of awesome and sort of ruined the movie for me at the same time…

  4. Congrats on making the IMDb hit lit lads!

  5. cheers Castor, all Ross McD’s doing today.
    Binx… good shout with Zombieland, know exactly how you feel about that scene, always leaves me in two minds. great film though.

  6. Congrats McD for making the hit list again. My hubby told me about that Bill Murray scene in Zombieland, it’s really a hoot! Fun post!

  7. I should have figured Home Alone would figure here. Daniel Stern must be indestructible.

  8. […] April Fools’ Day Top Five: Most Ill-Advised Movie Pranks It’s the week of April Fools’ Day and innocent pranks are very much the order of the day. While more elaborate […] […]

  9. guess they never saw Zombieland. Bill Murray playing his deadly prank…

  10. Agree with the Zombieland addition. Nice list and congrats on the IMDb Hit List!

  11. Yojimbo Slice Says:

    Trick ‘r Treat had a pretty great prank-on-prank scene in it.

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