Society collapses into chaos: scenes from my Greyhound bus trip
December 23, 2010 11:20 AM   Subscribe

My brother gave me so many hassles about "are you really going to take Greyhound??" that I'd like to send him joke "pictures from my trip" -- over-the-top movie screenshots about the worst bus trip ever: a post-apocalyptic bus/train station, 1980s punks with mohawks in a futuristic Mad Max gang standing around barrel fires at the edge of town...

I've also been looking for an image of a bus station that looks like the moment in Lean on Me when Morgan Freeman first enters the high school. I've got one on deck from The Road, conveniently filmed in Pennsylvania, where I am. Scenes with marauding barbarians are better than abandoned places, but over-the-top wreckage would be great, too.

Anything actually featuring a bus would be great, but I could also use images that might be taken near a bus station or looking out from a bus as we drive. No zombies in the image, though. It has to have the slightest chance of being real.

I've been really striking out on finding good screenshots thus far, so any ideas would help!
posted by slidell to Media & Arts (24 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Rent Clint Eastwood's The Gauntlet and grab screen captures?
posted by zippy at 11:28 AM on December 23, 2010

How about the classic overloaded bus shots?

Also some weirdness to be had here (somewhat NSFW due to a topless woman with X's taped over her nipples)
posted by davey_darling at 11:33 AM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

You need the Internet Movie Car Database! Link is to to a search for buses without any other filters. You can sort by importance so you can find a really bus heavy movies.
posted by vespabelle at 11:35 AM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Most of the movie revolves around the subways, but you might be able to find some appropriate pictures from The Warriors. I'm pretty sure there's a scene involving a very large bus (maybe a truck? damn, it's been too long since i've seen this movie).
posted by furnace.heart at 11:36 AM on December 23, 2010

I found these on GIS on the term "greyhound bus decapitation."

Bus crash
and others
posted by mrsshotglass at 11:37 AM on December 23, 2010

Oh crud. Now I see that you wanted stills from movies, and not real life. Sorry! (Warning that the above links may contain images or accounts of horrible gore.)
posted by mrsshotglass at 11:38 AM on December 23, 2010

Here are some good ones:
Raccoons try to get on bus
Clint Eastwood shot from the Gauntlet
Bus with caution tape
your first glimpse of your new girlfriend
posted by rmless at 11:43 AM on December 23, 2010

Probably in poor taste, but there was a terrible incident in 2008 where a man was beheaded and cannibalized on a Greyhound driving through Manitoba. You could include news articles from that time with your package if you don't mind appearing a bit disturbed.
posted by Pomo at 11:46 AM on December 23, 2010

Adventures in Babysitting has some entertaining bus station scenes.
posted by kimdog at 11:50 AM on December 23, 2010 [2 favorites]

I demand that you include a shot from Speed. Any shot from Speed.

I hope you've also been to Buses on Screen.
posted by SMPA at 11:50 AM on December 23, 2010

Images from Speed. I especially like this one.

Also, the site where that last image is hosted is called "Buses on Screen"!
posted by SuperSquirrel at 11:51 AM on December 23, 2010

Gah. Too slow.
posted by SuperSquirrel at 11:51 AM on December 23, 2010

Response by poster: I knew AskMe would come through! These are great.

Real life is fine, too; I jut imagine movies as the best source of over-the-top images.
posted by slidell at 11:51 AM on December 23, 2010

Oh, and protip: include the name of a major metropolitan area when searching for chaos. That is, you don't want to search for "bus station," you want "bus station sarajevo" or "bus station berlin wwii."
posted by SMPA at 11:53 AM on December 23, 2010

Spock and the punk on the SF Muni bus from Star Trek IV (the quest for whales)
posted by bottlebrushtree at 11:58 AM on December 23, 2010

Not being sarcastic: when you go on your trip, bring a camera.
posted by box at 12:32 PM on December 23, 2010 [6 favorites]

Try Dark Roasted Blend and search their archives. I'm sure they'll have something you can use.
posted by patheral at 12:38 PM on December 23, 2010

Also ou should convince merited to come to one of your transfer spots and stage an incident. for greater authenticity.
posted by R343L at 12:47 PM on December 23, 2010

Err mefites. Autocorrect got me.
posted by R343L at 12:48 PM on December 23, 2010

Isn't there a scene in Star Trek IV where Kirk or Spock confronts a Mr. T looking dude with a huge boombox sitting under a "No Loud Music" sign?
posted by Sara C. at 2:08 PM on December 23, 2010

Sort of. More of a Bill-Paxton-in-Terminator-looking dude than Mr. T, though.
posted by kirkaracha at 3:16 PM on December 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Check out the 70's spoof cult movie, The Big Bus.
posted by cecic at 5:36 PM on December 23, 2010

Not being sarcastic: when you go on your trip, bring a camera.

Box has it spot on. Going Greyhound is an experience you are not likely to forget. It's an inexpensive way to travel, but I could write a book about my Greyhound bus experiences traveling from SW GA to WV and back. Just take a camera. You'll be golden.
posted by wv kay in ga at 11:31 PM on December 23, 2010

At the end of The Road Warrior all the good guys ride away in a bus. A half-dozen people crammed in a bus with a bunch of 55-gallon drums of gasoline.
posted by chazlarson at 8:48 PM on December 25, 2010

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