Hunter S02E08: “Million Dollar Misunderstanding”

PLOT SUMMARY

An armoured car robbery goes awry when the gang leader kills his partner and the car with the money in the trunk is stolen.

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Actress: Stephanie Kramer
Drowned In: Bathtub
Result: Non-Fatal

After “interviewing” a suspect in a case, Hunter and McCall decide to call it a night. The scene starts with Hunter dropping McCall off at her house.

The camera follows McCall around as she prepares a bath and changes into her bath robe. The scene then cuts to Hunter arriving at his house, discovers it’s been ransacked and tries to phone McCall (edited out). Cut back to McCall’s house, and we see a masked man taking her phone off the hook just before it rings. Meanwhile, after checking the bath water, McCall hears a noise coming from her living room and goes to check, but sees no one around. When she turns back toward the bathroom, the man grabs her from the side and starts asking where the money is. McCall insists she doesn’t know what he’s talking about, so he decides to help jog her memory by nearly drowning her in her bathtub. During the struggle, we’re treated to a few really nice foot shots as she tries pushing against the floor. Realizing he’s going to kill her if she doesn’t say something, he agrees to show him where the money is. She then grabs what looks like a knitting needle and stabs him in the shoulder with it. With him injured, she makes a run for her front door and is greeted by Hunter, who’s anticipated she may be in trouble and has come to check on her. They both duck behind the doorway as the man tries to shoot them and hits a picture instead. The clip fades to black after Hunter makes she McCall is alright and she tells him to go get the guy.

Edits

There’s one cut to Hunter during this scene.  I removed it.

Thoughts

Damn good scene. The foot shots are especially nice. I remember the crush I had on Stephanie when I watched this series. Amazingly, I have no memory of this episode.

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Halloween II (1981)

PLOT SUMMARY

While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to a hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.

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Actress: Pamela Susan Shoop
Drowned In: Hydrotherapy Pool
Result: Fatal

This scene opens with Karen (Pamela Shoop) standing behind the Nurses station, wearing a classic white Nurse uniform, preparing what looks like a tray of pills when a buzzer above one of the rooms down the hall startles her.  After collecting herself, she walks down and enters the room.  Thinking the person in the bed is a patient, she begins checking for problems when her lover, Budd (Leo Rossi) reaches out from under the covers and grabs her.  After a brief chat, Budd talks her into a late-night dip in the Hydrotherapy pool.

A few scenes later, we cut to the pool room where Karen is undressing behind a textured window while Budd watches her from the pool.  After wrapping herself in a towel, she steps into the room with Budd.  She pauses a moment, and then removes the towel, revealing her absolutely gorgeous breasts.  She then climbs into the pool with Budd.  As they start to make out, Michael appears in the control room and turns up the heat.  A moment later, Karen comments on how hot it’s getting and tells Budd to go adjust the temperature.  He reluctantly agrees.  As he’s examining the controls, Michael loops something around his neck and starts strangling him.  While Budd struggles to free himself in the background, Karen decides she’s already had enough, gets out, and starts toweling off.  Budd loses his fight and falls to the floor behind the textured glass.

With Budd out of the picture, Michael slowly walks into the pool room as Karen fastens the towel now covering her chest, and adjusts her updo.  Michael steps onto the pool step and rests his hand on her shoulder.  Karen, thinking it’s Budd, apologies for cutting their date short, explaining that she needs to get back to work anyway.  She starts caressing Michael’s hand and asks Budd if he wants to go for breakfast later.  She then takes his hand and starts kissing and sucking his thumb.  Thinking Budd is giving her the silent treatment, she apologies and brings up work again.  Michael then pulls his hand away.  Believing she’s further upset Budd, she tells him not to be that way and turns to look up at him, only to find Michael looking down at her.  She screams, Michael grabs her head and dunks her under the water.  The temperature continues to rise as Michael repeatedly pulls her up and dunks her, her screams becoming more intense and her face more scalded on each dunk.  After two dunks, she’s unconscious, but Michael continues his assault.  Two more dunks and her face looks like it’s been through a cheese grater.  After the fourth and final, we’re treated to a full shot of she and Michael as he pulls her back up for the last time, including one last good view of her breasts as Michael holds her upright to make sure she’s dead.  In the same motion, he lets her drop to the floor.  The scene and the clip end with a close-up of her scalded face.

Edits

There were a few scenes intercut between the hospital room and Hydrotherapy pool.  I removed them all.

Thoughts

This is an excellent scene featuring an outstanding performance by Pamela, who looked damn hot in and out of uniform.

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Absolute Deception

PLOT SUMMARY

A widowed reporter recruits the help of a federal agent to investigate her late husband’s secrets, but the two become the target of unknown attackers.

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Actress: Kelly Atkinson
Drowned In: Outdoor Pool
Result: Fatal

The scene opens with Kelly Atkinson asleep in bed, wearing blue lingerie when she’s awakened by a strange noise.  She gets up to investigate and finds the lights aren’t working.  As she steps into her living room, she’s grabbed from behind and briefly escapes.  The bad guy’s partner blocks her attempt to flee, and together they manage to subdue her.

The both pick her up by her torso and legs and carry her outside to her pool where forcefully submerge her.  Unable to free herself from their collective grip, she quickly drowns.  The scene fades to black on a shot of her lifeless face.

Edits

None Needed

Thoughts

Beautifully done drowning.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  We’re even treated to a brief shot of her feet coming to rest while one of the guys keeps hold of her legs.

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Ninja III: The Domination

PLOT SUMMARY

The body of a sexy aerobics instructor is invaded by the evil spirit of a dying ninja. At first, changes in her behavior is limited to having strange interactions with an arcade game, doing sexy things with V8 juice, and being attracted to an unusually hairy police officer. But soon enough, she’s systematically killing, ninja-style, the officers responsible for the ninja’s death, and can only be stopped by another ninja!

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Actress: Unknown
Strangled With: Cord
Result: Fatal

Lucinda Dickey plays the aerobics instructor.  The setup for this scene has her paying a visit to the police station to look for someone.  After talking to the desk clerk, she sees one of the cops who shot the ninja who’s spirit has invaded her body – we’re shown a flashback of the shooting.  The cop strolls out of the station while arm-in-arm with two women.  Lucinda follows them out and to a nearby spa.  A moment later, she’s wearing a robe and carrying some towels to their room.  By now, the cop and both women are already enjoying each other in a jacuzzi when the brunette gets out to retrieve the greet who she thinks is an employee of the spa.

After setting the towels down, Lucinda disrobes to reveal a one-piece bathing suit.  The cop is mesmerized but the women are quite put off.  Lucinda steps into the jacuzzi and starts making out with the cop. While he’s distracted, she pricks him in the back of the neck with her ring, poisoning him to death. Before the two women can react, she cuts one of them across the chest with the same ring. As the other woman tries to climb out of the water, Lucinda wraps a cord around her neck and pulls her back to the center of the jacuzzi, submerging her for added effect.  The woman dies a few seconds later.

Edits

I thought about removing the flashback to the shooting, but since it’s shown long before the strangling, I decided to leave it in for context.

Thoughts

My only complaint about this scene is that the woman who’s strangled screams far too much for such a quick death.  Otherwise, she looks damn hot struggling as we get a superb closeup of her perfectly lit, wet cleavage.

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Passengers

PLOT SUMMARY

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.

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Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Drowned In: Indoor Pool
Result: Non-Fatal

A few weeks before the movie’s theatrical release, the studio released a clip of this scene leading up to the point where Jennifer first struggles to escape her predicament, so I mostly knew what to expect, fetish-wise.  The full scene did not disappoint, either.

In the movie, there are two unrelated scenes in which she goes for a swim.  In the first one, we’re shown a really nice medium shot of Jennifer in her bathing suit before she dives in.  She narrates her feelings about her and Pratt’s situation as she swims, culminating in a final wide shot of the ship flying away from the camera before the scene ends.  Later, she goes for another swim, wearing the same suit, and that’s when the gravity goes out.  We’re treated to a spectacular visual effect in which most of the water floats out of the pool and forms a number of large bubbles.  Jennifer gets trapped in one and starts trying to swim out.  She manages to reach the surface and catch a few quick breaths only to have a wave float up and crash up onto her, sending her back deep inside the bubble.  Unable to reach the other side, she loses consciousness.  We then get a terrific medium shot of her floating in the bubble as her body convulses once before the anti-gravity restores itself and everything comes crashing back down.  The scene and clip end after Jennifer swims back to the edge of the pool and catches her breath while recovering from the ordeal.

Edits

For the clip, I spliced both scenes together to provide a shot of Jennifer before she gets wet and add some context to the scene.

Thoughts

One of my interests is architectural design.  I’m fascinated by the artistic nature of it.  The more creative the design, the more intrigued I am.  When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I knew I had to watch it just to see the sets on the big screen.  Given the nature of the plot, I also knew I would get unhindered views of every jaw-dropping, gorgeous set, and it absolutely delivered in spades.  For that reason alone, I left the theater feeling very satisfied. This scene was merely icing on an already most delicious cake.  Though I didn’t go see the movie for the story, I must admit I was drawn into it while watching, only to have my suspension of disbelief completely shattered by the last shot in the movie. 

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Night Stalker S01E03 (2005): “Three”

PLOT SUMMARY

After a co-ed dies in a bizarre accident relating to her deepest fear, Kolchak investigates a strange college society that performs rituals in a mysterious old house.

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Actress: Austin Highsmith
Drowned In: Shower
Result: Fatal

This is the opening scene of the episode, and the first minute or so is a series of random shots of city nightlife narrated by Stuart Townsend talking about society’s fears and how people react to them.

As it continues, we begin to focus on one character, in particular, a coed played by Austin Highsmith, riding a bus to an abandoned house  By the time she arrives, Stuart’s narration is over, and Austin timidly greets a group of three men waiting for her.  Then, we abruptly cut to a close-up, underwater shot of her face as her head is forcibly submerged in a steel barrel and she’s screaming for them to stop.  One of the men decides she’s had enough and tells the other two to release her.  Another man, cloaked in shadow, cautions that she’s not ready.  Taking advantage of their hesitation, Austin strikes back, tips the barrel over, and runs off.  The leader orders the other two to get her, thus starting a game of cat-and-mouse that runs for a couple of minutes.

Moving from one hiding place to another while in search of a way out of the house, Austin runs into a shower and tries to remove the boards from the windows  While she’s focused on that, an unseen force slides the shower door shut and turns the water on full.  Puzzled by her predicament, Austin tries to reopen the door and turn the water back off.  With the shower filling up, confusion turns to fear and Austin starts screaming for help.  Thankfully for us, her screams fall on deaf ears, and she quickly finds herself swimming, trying desperately to stay afloat as the water fills up to the ceiling.  Seconds later, she’s completely submerged, using what little oxygen she has left to try one last futile attempt to scream for help.  We get a nice leg show as her corpse floats around in the watery tomb before the scene fades to black.

Edits

I removed the entire cat-and-mouse game.

Thoughts

Hard to believe it was 2005 when this show aired.  The series was a remake of the classic Kolchak: The Night Stalker series from the 70’s, and lasted only one season.  Austin looks terrific in the blue dress and strappy sandals, which stay on through the entire scene.  Definitely one of my favorites. 

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Blow Out

PLOT SUMMARY

This stylish Brian DePalma thriller plays off the theme of the unsuspecting witness who discovers a crime and is thereby put in grave danger, but with a novel twist. Jack is a sound-man who works on “Grade-B” horror movies. Late one evening, he is “sampling” sounds for use in his movies, when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he doesn’t know who he can trust.

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Actress: Deborah Everton
Strangled With: Wire Garrote
Result: Fatal

This is the second strangling in the movie and takes place in what I believe is Grand Central Station.  It opens with John Lithgow reading the latest headline about his murderous exploits while eavesdropping on a hooker (Deborah) and a Navy sailor on leave haggle over the price of a blowjob.  Lithgow then starts fidgeting with his watch garrote as they agree on a price.  Afterward, he follows her to a row of phone booths and pretends to make a call while he waits for her and the sailer to finish up.  The rendezvous abruptly turns sour, and she’s left trying to collect herself.  John gets her attention through the row of booths and offers $50 for the same action.  She agrees, motions him to give her five minutes, and then heads for the bathroom.

John follows her in and quietly takes a position in an adjoining stall as she starts brushing her teeth.  He pulls out his garrote and wraps it around his gloved fingers.  The camera shows a few close-ups between Deborah brushing and Lithgow waiting for his moment to strike.  Deborah senses something isn’t right, and when she looks up, is unable to react before John snares her.  In one smooth, deft move, he wraps his garrote around her neck and lifts her off the ground.  The camera then cuts to a close-up shot of her feet from outside the stall door as she starts furiously kicking.  The camera slowly pulls back to a wide shot of her feet from across the bathroom as she dies, and then lingers for a moment as they dangle mere inches above the floor.

Edits

There’s a brief shot of the sailer and his friends hanging out together after he and Deborah finish negotiating the price of the blowjob he wanted.  I removed it.  No further editing was necessary.

Thoughts

This is one of the best stranglings I’ve ever seen.  As a foot fetishist, the long shot of her feet after the initial attack made up for the lack of any more shots of her expression during the struggle.  My imagination has always filled that gap.  If I had a top 5 list of favorite stranglings, this scene would be on it.  I remember buying this on VHS what seems like eons ago now, and the excitement I felt upon learning it was on DVD.  I ordered a copy that day, and have never been happier to have this scene in widescreen.

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