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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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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