Turbulence

PLOT SUMMARY

Ryan Weaver romances beautiful women before he kills them. Ryan is arrested, convicted, and is part of a Christmas Eve transfer of prisoners on a transcontinental 747 commercial flight. Other airlines at JFK may have holiday passengers waiting on stand-by, but this jumbo jet takes off with a lot of empty seats. Ryan and another prisoner overpower and kill their guards. The few civilian passengers are herded into a “pantry” on the plane and are not seen again until the end of the movie. Ryan eliminates the other prisoners and all the crew members except Teri Halloran. The remainder of the movie follows a “cat-and-mouse” game between Ryan and Teri on the 747.

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Actress: Catherine Hicks
Strangled With: Bare Hands
Result: Fatal

The clip opens with Ray locking the passengers and flight crew behind a door and returning his attention to Maggie He starts profiling her as a means to verbally taunt her before challenging her to kill him with an ice pick she spies on a nearby food cart. Realizing her peril, she charges toward Ray but is caught off guard when he grabs her throat and shoves her against a wall outside the plane’s bathroom. He sternly chokes her while keeping her subdued against the wall. She struggles fiercely against him, but can’t escape his extremely tight grip. He then decides to open the bathroom door – while keeping a grip on her throat with his other hand – and pushes her inside and against the bathroom wall, effectively cornering her in a final death grip. Realizing she’s overpowered, she slowly, reluctantly succumbs to his intent to kill her. He steals a smooch on her cheek as she slides to the floor, still wheezing from his death grip. A couple of nice pantyhose-clad foot shots later, and she’s dead.

Edits

None needed.

Thoughts

This is one of the most intense choke scenes I’ve ever seen. Catherine did a superb job looking terrified. My only beef is that the director missed a prime opportunity for a foot shot or two as Ray’s character repeatedly lifts Catherine against the support beam outside the bathroom during the initial attack.

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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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Friday the 13th: Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

PLOT SUMMARY

A passing boat bound for New York pulls Jason Voorhees along for the ride. Look out New York, here comes hell in a hockey mask.

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Actress: Kelly Hu
Strangled With: Bare Hands
Result: Fatal

Kelly Hu is trying to get away from Jason and takes refuge in the dance room. Jason suddenly appears, and she begins frantically looking for an escape. Then, he appears to vanish. The camera follows her rapid look around the room. One final pivot, and it’s too late. Jason’s upon her and quickly grabs her throat. Now, I don’t know you, but when I’m watching a movie in which someone’s about to get killed, I often scan the set piece for anything the director might’ve decided to use to kill the character with, all the while getting my hopes up for an asphyxia-related death. When Jason grabbed Kelly’s throat, all I could think was, “Lift her up! Please lift her up!” as if trying to will how the scene played out. Sure enough, up she went, right up against the ceiling. The scene proved to be the best murder I’d ever seen in the entire franchise. She doesn’t die too quickly or too slowly either.  Kelly’s performance was spot on. We even get to see her feet leave the floor, kick a bit, and finally come to rest. Once she’s dead, Jason just tosses her corpse onto the floor. How cool is that!

Edits

I thought the build-up to the point where Jason finally attacks Kelly was needlessly long, so I edited the clip to start just seconds beforehand.

Thoughts

This movie should’ve been titled Jason Takes a Boat En Route to Manhattan because 3/4 of the movie takes place on a boat… en route… to Manhattan. I remember seeing the trailer the first time and thinking, “Ooh… socialites asphyxiated in evening gowns! Yummy!!” That’s what I was hoping for, anyway… alas, such was not to be. Dammit!  Thankfully, this scene made up for an otherwise shattered dream of Jason snuffing out New York’s rich and beautiful. 

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Don’t Answer the Phone

PLOT SUMMARY

A deeply disturbed photographer and Vietnam veteran, named Kirk Smith, terrorizes Los Angeles by going around strangling lingerie-clad young women in their homes while taunting Lindsay Gale, a young psychologist, by calling her on a radio call-in show to describe his sexual hang-ups and misogynistic ways, while a local police detective, Lt. McCable, is always two steps behind in trying to catch the psycho.

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Actress: Dale Kalberg
Strangled With: Stocking
Result: Fatal

This is the opening scene and the first strangling in the film. The clip starts with the nurse arriving home. We see her undressing from what looks to be the killer’s pov from down the hall, hiding in the dark. The camera then cuts to the kitchen where she’s on the phone with her mother, oblivious to the fate that awaits her the moment she hangs up. As their conversation comes to an end, Nicholas makes his appearance, casually walking up behind her. When she hangs up, he makes his move. He grabs her by the throat, gives her a good left hook across the face to knock her into submission, and then carries her screaming into the dining room. There, he plops her on top of the dining room table where he fights for the upper hand. Finally, he manages to wrap a stocking around her neck and begins strangling her. During the climax, we’re treated to a full shot of the attack where we get to see her legs kick as her final struggles end in a nice, slow death. The scene ends with Nicholas ripping her bra apart to expose her breasts.

Edits

None needed

Thoughts

I absolutely love scenarios involving nurses. There’s just something about a woman who’s made a career out of helping cure the sick get snuffed.  Growing up in the 70’s, seeing them in a pair of white stockings and period-style uniform helps.  😉

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Actress: Pamela Jean Bryant and Gail Jensen
Strangled With: Bare Hands, Stocking
Result: Both Fatal

There are four on-screen asphyxia-related deaths in this flick, but I’ve only ever really liked three of them.  The last two are featured in this scene.

Kirk is masquerading as a photographer again, and talks his way into the home of two very attractive young ladies.  Kirk has brought a portfolio of his work along with him.  Pamela greets hiim at the door, he introduces himself, and pretends to make a phone call while she’s looking through his portfolio.  As she turns the pages, the photographs become more disturbing, until finally she’s shocked enough to decide she’s not interested in being photographed. Kirk takes offense at this and… ahem… forces her to… change her mind. 😉 The result turns fatal for Pamela as she winds up topless on the couch, struggling against him in a futile attempt to breathe. Kirk maintains the upper hand and slowly chokes the life out of her.

As he’s finishing off Pamela, her roommate, Gail, walks in on them both, wearing nothing but panties. Unfortunately, her death is somewhat uneventful. She grabs a table lamp and smashes it on Kirk’s back in an equally futile attempt to save Pamela  only to wind up grabbed and carried into the dining room where Kirk plops here onto a chair and promptly starts choking her as well.  During the struggle, he manages to slip a stocking around her neck and finishes her off as well. She dies slouched on the floor against the chair. Considering how weak the murder looked, I’m inclined to believe she died more from shock than strangulation. Ah, well…

Edits

None needed

Thoughts

We are long overdue for another exploitation flick…

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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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Boy, The

PLOT SUMMARY

An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

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Actress: Lauren Cohan
Strangled With: Bare Hands
Result: Non-Fatal

After discovering the truth behind the house, Lauren continues playing along to keep herself alive until she can escape, but now she’s taking care of the man instead of the doll.  While tucking him into bed, he motions his desire to kiss her, and won’t take no for an answer.  As she does so, she takes advantage of the opportunity to stab him with what looks like an ice pick or maybe a screwdriver.  He violently throws her back against the wall, rolls out of bed, and starts choking her.  During the struggle, he lifts her several inches off the floor.  Lauren notices whatever she stabbed him with is still in his stomach, and pushes it in further.  The pain forces the man to let go of her, and they both collapse.  The clip ends there.

Edits

None needed.

Thoughts

I wasn’t familiar with Lauren until her debut on The Walking Dead.  My interest in this movie was partly driven by the opportunity to see her on the big screen, and she did not disappoint.  I’m a sucker for a good ghost story and possessed dolls.  This movie did pretty well living up its marketing hype, right up to the point where the doll Lauren is duped into caring for is revealed to have been manipulated by a real, full-grown, masked man who’s been living in the walls of the house for most of his life.  My mind instantly started racing back through all of the ridiculously implausible moments when the doll was supposed to have appeared to move when Lauren wasn’t looking, without the man making a sound or alerting her to his presence.  That’s when I lost interest.  Lauren and this scene are its only redeeming qualities.

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Killer Movie

PLOT SUMMARY

A reality TV director copes with a spoiled celebutante and a show gone haywire when a masked killer starts bumping off the crew in this slasher-movie satire.

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Actress: Ciya Batten
Hanged With: Chain
Result: Fatal

Description

After talking to another character about a film production issue, Ciya leaves and briskly walks down the hallway of the school they’re shooting in.  She finds something on the floor in front of a maintenance door and examines it.  Realizing it belongs to someone she’s looking for, she enters the room and finds an entire makeshift control booth with monitors set up showing views from various security cameras.  As she watches playback of some footage, she starts thinking it’s a practical joke by a reality TV show she thought was canceled, and calls out to the host with a laugh.  She gets no response, and suddenly realizes she’s now watching someone being murdered.  Humor turns to horror, and she keeps watching as the killer sneaks up behind her with a chain.

The killer deftly slips the chain over her head, and starts pulling her back toward a pulley affixed to the ceiling.  He gives the chain several good yanks, pulling Ciya up in the process.  At this point, we’re treated to an excellent closeup of her stiletto-clad feet kicking furiously as she’s lifted high above the floor.  The camera stays on her feet during the rest of the hanging.  Then, Ciya exhales one last gasp before dying, and her lifeless feet quickly come to rest.  The killer checks the rigging, and, satisfied Ciya is dead, leaves her body to be found later.  The scene ends with an equally great, full-body shot of her corpse.

Edits

None needed.

Thoughts

In my fantasies, my favorite types of scenarios are professional women in peril.  I’m also a foot fetishist.  Put the two together, and you can understand why this scene absolutely rocked my world. 

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Actress: Gloria Votsos
Strangled With: Gloved Hands
Result: Non-Fatal

Description

Gloria is being chased by the killer and finds herself cornered against a locked door.  The killer catches up to her, and she struggles to get free of him.  He secures a grip around her neck and starts strangling her.  He then reinforces his leverage by lifting her up against the building.  Several seconds later, she loses consciousness, and the killer lowers down to the ground.  Later in the movie, it’s revealed that she survived the attack.

Edits

During the struggle, the scene cuts twice to another character nearby.  I removed both cuts.

Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of throatlifts.  This one’s pretty good, but I’ve seen better.

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Pushing Daisies S01E01: “Pie-Lette”

PLOT SUMMARY

Ned works in a pie store and seems to lead a perfectly normal life. This, however, is far from the truth. Through his touch, Ned is able to wake people from the dead. He decides to use this ability of his to solve crimes. But this proves complicated, when he gives life back to his childhood crush, and decides to let her keep living.

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Actress: Anna Friel
Suffocated With: Plastic Bag
Result: Fatal

This bagging is quite brief, but Anna Friel looks beautifully vulnerable in a silk robe and bare legs as she’s taken by surprise and attacked from behind with a red plastic bag and lifted several inches off the deck of a cruise ship.  We get a couple of terrific foot shots as she kicks and tries to regain her footing.  We also get a quick reaction shot of her face as the bag is pulled nice and tight.

Edits

There’s a brief cut to a Homicide Detective who drove Ned to the funeral parlor to visit Anna’s body.  I removed it.

Thoughts

My only gripe is that the scene is marred by the narrator telling us what we’re already seeing happening.  After watching about 10 minutes of this episode, I was tired of the narration and gave up on the series. 

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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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Body Double

PLOT SUMMARY

A young actor’s obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

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Actress: Deborah Shelton
Strangled With: Phone Cord
Result: Non-Fatal

Craig Wasson plays Jake Scully, a struggling actor who comes home to find his girlfriend with another man and has to find a new place.  Between his acting workshops and his role in a vampire B-movie, he scans the paper looking for anything.  He happens to meet a fellow actor who needs a house sitter.  Both are pleased with the arrangement that will have staying in the house, to sweeten the deal, Frank shows him his ‘favorite neighbor’, a sultry looking woman who strips with her window open each night.  When Jake witnesses a murder, the police try and pin the crime on him.  During the investigation, Jake discovers that there are several coincidences between the murder and his actor friend, but must hunt them down himself, without the police.

In this scene (the murder), Jake is watching the woman’s house through Frank’s telescope when he sees an intruder casing the wall safe in her bedroom.  He then sees the woman (Deborah Shelton) return home and heads upstairs to slip into something more comfortable.  As she enters her bedroom, Jake pans back and forth between her and the intruder.  He tries to phone her and warn to get out of the house, but it’s too late.  The moment she picks up the phone, the intruder grabs it and starts strangling her with the phone cord, lifting her off the floor during the attack.  Unfortunately, she gets the upper hand, kicks him in the shin, and they both fall back onto her bed.  Later in the scene, she’s finally killed off-screen when the intruder uses an industrial-sized drill on her abdomen, impaling her and drilling a hole in the floor in the process.

Edits

During the scene, there are several cuts to Jake trying to call her.  I removed all of them.

Thoughts

Though non-fatal, this is a fantastic scene.  We get a couple of beautiful close-ups of her feet (clad in snakeskin, peep-toe, slingback heels) as she’s lifted off the floor and starts kicking during the struggle.  My only criticism is how weak the thief is when she retaliates.  One kick to the shin and they’re on the bed?  :: roll eyes ::

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