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The Best Genre Movie Moments Of 2018: Part 5

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To end off Spacemas with a bang, we’re spending the last week of the year counting down the best genre movie moments of 2018, as chosen by the Space team. Narrowing down the list was tough, but in the end we decided to compile a list of 18 moments in honour of the outgoing year.

Whether we highlighted your favourite flicks or think we’re guilty of some serious snubs, we want to hear from you (that’s right—we’re asking you to @ us). Let us know what your favourite movie moments of 2018 were on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and we might just give you a holiday shout out.

Before diving in, check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of our countdown.

 

6. Mission: Impossible—Fallout – The HALO Jump

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As we discussed in our Mission: Impossible—Fallout Blu-ray review, Tom Cruise may be certifiably insane. Time and time again he’s proved that he’s willing to risk his own life for the sake of cinematic spectacle, and Fallout was no exception. In what was arguably his most impressive Mission: Impossible stunt to date, Cruise (as IMF agent Ethan Hunt) pulled off a HALO (that stands for high-altitude, low-open) jump out of a C-17 plane from 25,000 feet in the air. To pull off the stunt, Cruise had to undergo extensive wind tunnel training with a broken ankle. Was it all worth it? If you ask us, absolutely?

 

5. Hereditary – The Desk Meltdown

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An unusually assured, ambitious, and bizarre debut by filmmaker Ari Aster, Hereditary achieved the rarest of feats, turning inspired indie originality into box office gold. Merging the worlds of outlandish horror and emotionally grounded drama, Aster navigates the film’s many shocking developments with expert precision, making every scene count. Already in a crippling state of mourning, the Graham family is forced to confront another impossible challenge: demonic possession. Needless to say, it doesn’t go well. 16-year-old Peter (Alex Wolff) endures the worst of it, particularly in a shocking classroom meltdown that should do for desks what Psycho did for showers.

 

4. The First Purge – Purge Night

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Perfect for 2018’s political landscape, this Purge prequel came with a very special moment: the one where Marisa Tomei’s character explains exactly what Purge Night is and you realize, ‘Oh shi—! The way things are going, this could be what’s next!’ Since the from-under-some-rock-emergence of the Alt-Right, mob violence has become a regular topic in the media. So the mob violence on screen looks familiar even when the concept behind the film franchise (one night a year, all crime is legal) seems far-fetched. But then again, so did the idea of a President Trump.