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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Halloween (1978)

PLOT SUMMARY

Michael Myers has been in an institution since he was a young boy, after murdering his sister. Now he’s escaped and is heading back home to terrorise the quiet community which still remembers him.

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Actress: PJ Soles
Strangled With: Telephone Cord
Result: Fatal

PJ is filing her nails when Michael enters wearing a sheet and her boyfriend’s glasses. Unaware her boyfriend is dead, she asks if he got her the beer she asked for. After repeatedly failing to get a response from him, she gets out of bed and dials Jamie. As she’s waiting for Jamie to pick up, Michael sneaks up and attacks her from behind with the telephone cord. She’s dead within seconds, leaving Jamie to wonder whether she was faking her choking sounds before Michael hangs up the phone.

Edits

There are a few cuts to Jamie while PJ is being strangled.  I removed them all.

Thoughts

This is one of my favorite stranglings. PJ looks incredibly sexy with her top open and that cord around her neck. I especially love that she kept gasping even after she slid off-screen.

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No One Lives

PLOT SUMMARY

A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem.

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Actress: America Olivo
Strangled With: Chokehold
Result: Non-Fatal

America and her fugitive boyfriend are on the run with a woman they’ve kidnapped, and hold up in a roadside hotel.  In this scene, she’s enjoying a long shower when Luke Evans sneaks in through a window.  The scene then cuts to her boyfriend talking to the police about something.  When we return to America, we see Luke sneak up from behind, and then grab her with the shower curtain, putting her in a chokehold in the same motion.  During the struggle, we get a fantastic shot looking up at her breasts.  Seconds later, we’re treated to a closeup of her horrified expression as petechial hemorrhaging quickly sets in.  The scene then cuts back to her boyfriend who decides it’s time to leave.  When he and their victim open the bathroom door, they find America unconscious with her wrists tied to the curtain rod.  As they stare at her body, she naps too and gasps.  This freaks her boyfriend out and he immediately shoots her in the head.

Edits

I removed both cuts to the boyfriend.  As an added bonus though, I grabbed a snapshot of her body dangling from the curtain rod and added it to the end of the clip

Thoughts

I absolutely love shower stranglings.  Frustratingly, there are far too few of them, both in the mainstream and fetish industry.  Thankfully, this one did not disappoint, though I do wish she’d lost consciousness on-screen. 

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Girl House

PLOT SUMMARY

A HALLOWEEN-style slasher for the digital age, it follows a beautiful young college student who, needing money for tuition, moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life.

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Actress: Chasty Ballesteros
Strangled With: Tourniquet
Result: Fatal

Description

Chasty pays a drug addict who sweet-talks her way back into the house after a rehab stint.  Later in the movie, the killer finds her shooting up and strangles her to death with her tourniquet.

Edits

The clip starts at the moment we see her cooking up a dose of heroine.

Thoughts

Nice scene.  So far, so good.

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Actress: Elysia Rotaru
Suffocated With: A Dildo and Packing Tape
Result: Fatal

Description

After failing to convince him to 20 20 minutes to finish and old B&W movie before they fuck, Elyia’s boyfriend manages to seduce her into heading off to her room.  Shortly after they start going at it doggy-style, her boyfriend sees the killer standing in the corner and tells him to watch online like everybody else.  The killer storms toward them and knocks him against a wall.  He then grabs Elysia, rams a large dildo down her throat, and seals it in with packing tape, covering her nose in the process.  Her hands get caught in the struggle, further immobilizing her.  With her taken care of, the killer resumes his attack on her boyfriend.

At this point, the camera spends most of its time on thse two, but gives us a couple of good shots of Elysias fighting to breath.  It also cuts twice to another girl next door who decides to personally ask them to tone down the noise.  Unfortunately for us, Elysia dies off-screen, but we are treated to a wide shot of her corpse as the other girl opens the door.  The sound she heard from the other side was the killer sawing the boyfriend’s head off.

Edits

I removed all of the cuts to the boyfriend after the initial attack, and the cuts to the girl working out next door.  Later in the movie, one character examines various webcams on a monitor, and zooms in on a shot of Elysia’s body as shown from the webcam on her night stand.  As a bonus for the clip, I grabbed a frame from that shot and added it to the end of the clip.

Thoughts

This, for me, is the best of the three surprisingly good scenes in the movie, despite the fast pacing and focus on the boyfriend.  Elysia’s performance and panic-stricken expression are fantastic.  She’s also drop-dead gorgeous, and topless.

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Actress: Alyson Bath
Suffocated With: Plastic Bag
Result: Fatal

Description

Earlier in the movie, Alyson’s character is taken by surprise during a webcam session.  After ending a session with a client whom she believed was pranking her by trying to warn her about the killer, she sees the killer’s reflection in her computer monitor and is subsequently beaten and tortured.  Later, after being left beaten and bloodied, she’s shown trying to get help with her laptop.  The killer returns and chops off her fingers.

At one point, the heroine (Ali Cobrin) is shown looking for Alyson, and finds her.  Alyson begs her to kill her, but Ali insists everything will be ok.  Ali then leaves her to go find help.  a couple of scenes later, Alyson retrieves a plastic bag fro her closet and suffocates herself with it.

Edits

Most of Alyson’s beating was filmed from the client’s POV so I opted not to include it.  The clip starts with Ali finding Alyson.

Thoughts

My only nitpick here is how quickly she dies, given how inflated the bag looks even after she draws the strings closed.  Otherwise, this scene makes it 3 for 3 on asphyx content.  Very nicely done indeed. 

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Actress: Alyson Bath
Strangled With: Bare Hands
Result: Non-Fatal

Description

We’re at the tail end of the movie now, and Ali is in a pitch-black basement watching for the killer with a camera in “night vision” mode.  Moments later, he’s shown coming down the stairs and wandering blindly in the dark.  Ali waits for an opportunity to strike, and then lunges at him with a broken pool stick, stabbing him in the gut.  He yanks it out, angrily retaliates, and trips on something in the process.  Ali tries to run away, but is tripped herself when he grabs her ankle.  She then tries to claw her way back to the camera, but to no avail.  He climbs on top of her and begins throttling her with his bare hands.

During the several-second long struggle, she reaches for and manages to grab the camera.  She knocks him over the head with it, sending her flying back off of her.

Edits

None needed.  The clip ends right after Ali knocks the killer off of her.

Thoughts

4 for 4.  Damn.  Talk about a lucky break, and a few bucks well-spent.  During the struggle, we’re shown a couple particularly nice shots of Ali through the camera’s viewfinder, still in “night vision” mode. 

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