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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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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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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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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American Gothic S01E22: “Strangler”

PLOT SUMMARY

Seeking to destroy Merlyn, Lucas summons the ghost of the Boston Strangler. However, the Strangler would like to do more than kill Merlyn.

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Actress: Amy Parrish
Strangled With: Stocking
Result: Fatal

The Boston Strangler is masquerading as a Janitor at the local Hospital when he sees Amy.  Later that night, she arrives home and is getting comfortable when the strangler knocks, posing as a delivery driver dropping off medical supplies He talks her into letting him in so he can leave the supplies at her place, and then strangles her from behind with one of her own stockings as she’s signing the release form.

The attack itself is rather brief.  She gasps, and then the camera quickly pans down to her feet as she’s lifted off the floor.  We see her kick for a second before the camera cuts to an exterior shot of the attack looking in through her front door window.  The camera then pulls away as the Strangler pulls her down to the floor out of view from us, and then the scene fades to a commercial break.

Thoughts

I love professional women in peril, and Nurses are one of my favorite victim professions.  Amy is a gorgeous actress who looks stunning in this episode.  Seeing one of her character’s white stockings wrapped around her neck was an absolute delight, and her performance was icing on the cake.

Edits

The clip starts when Amy arrives home from work.  No further editing was necessary.

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Actress: Paige Turco
Strangled With: Stocking
Result: Non-Fatal

This is the second strangling in the episode.  The strangler has decided his next target will be one of the regular characters played by Paige Turco. When he fails to talk his way into her house, he uses his ghostly powers to simply appear inside while Paige is on the phone dialing 911.  He sees one of her stockings conveniently hanging on a hook nearby, removes it, and after another moment of small talk attacks her with it.Paige proves to be a difficult kill as she kicks the shit out of him. He just keeps coming and eventually takes her down on the bed.  Desperate and nearly out of stamina she sees a pair of scissors lying nearby, but they’re too far to reach.  She manages to pull off an ingenious move and kicks him in the ass.  The move is enough to force him to release his grip long enough for her to alert the authorities banging on her door.  They break in and the strangler vanishes before they make their way to her bedroom, leaving her with the stocking still wrapped around her throat.

Edits

There are a few cuts to her front door as the cops try calling out for her.  I removed all of them.  The clip ends when they finally break in and find her catching her breath.

Thoughts

Paige’s character is a strong-willed, independent woman.  As a major character, I knew she wouldn’t die, but watching her try to fight off the strangler was its own pleasure. 

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