Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Thing - Defibrillator Scene

When Norris appears to suffer a heart attack, Dr. Copper attempts to use a defibrillator on him. Norris' body transforms into a mouth and bites Copper's arms off, killing him.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Protégé - One Shot Fall

There's somewhat of tired formula for the death-by-fall scene. It usually starts with a shot of person being thrown off a ledge, cut to stuntman falling for a couple seconds, then cut to a reaction shot of a spectator upon impact. It's been done and quite frankly, it's a little boring. One of the first people to add something to the fall scene was Hitchcock. In the 1942 film Saboteur, we see a character slipping and falling off the Statue of Liberty, all in one amazing shot. Just another reason why Hitchcock was way ahead of his time. The creativity of the fall scene has largely diminished. Which is why scenes like this clip from the Hong Kong film Protégé is a breath of fresh air. Andy Lau plays as an undercover agent(he does it so well) getting raided by the cops, the only way out and the only way to keep his cover is by escaping out the back. Only problem is........ they're about 15 storeys high.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Enemy Mine - Rock Crusher

In this scene from Enemy Mine, Davidge(Dennis Quaid) goes after the miners to rescue Zammis and bring him back. During his search he runs into an abusive slave master with a whip. A fight ensues and the two end up dangling over a rock crusher. Davidge pulls a slick move and throws the slave master into the Spiral Classifier, killing him instantly.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Halloween - Bob's Death

From the 1978 classic Halloween. As Bob(John Michael Graham) goes Downstairs to grab a beer, Michael Myers(Nick Castle) pops out and stabs him in the stomach. Myers impales him with the knife so hard that it mounts Bob on wall, leaving him to dangle there. A great scene and one of Micheal's best uses of a knife.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Alex Muphy's Death - The Making of...

"You can not have the resurrection until the crucifixion"

One of the most memorable and violent death scenes ever. Here is a look at the how they created the demise of Alex Murphy. That Peter Weller sure knows how to die.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Wild Bunch - Shootout Scene

One of the most iconic shootouts in movie history. As a gang of aging, dirty outlaws taking refuge in Mexico, the film concludes with the Bunch doing something decent in their lives and walking in the stronghold of a corrupt Mexican General to save one of their own. "Give 'em hell Pike!"

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Duel to the Death - Over the Top

Sometimes there are films that can hook you into a genre. Watch Oldboy and you will have a new passion for Korean films. Watch Seven Samurai or Shogun's Assassin and you'll have an addiction to samurai movies. Like those, the 1983 film Duel to the Death will open your eyes to the world of wuxia films. Forget Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Duel to the Death is one of the last old school Hong Kong martial arts epics. This movie has it all. Fast paced fight scenes, beautiful cinematography, compelling characters, and most of all.....Ninjas. Surf Ninjas! Sand Ninjas! Exploding Ninjas! Tree Ninjas! Flying Ninjas! Giant Ninjas! Even naked female Ninjas! Truly one of the most action packed high flying martial arts films ever. In this clip, Japanese Master Hashimoto goes one-on-one with a corrupt Japanese official. The result is a hilarious over the top decapitation.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Friday the 13th Part III - All Death Scenes

Friday the 13th Part 3 had some of the best death scenes in the whole series. Who can forget the Andy's handstand death or Vera getting a spear in the eye. All classics, but the most memorable death scene has to go to Rick, killed by Jason who squeezes his head until one of his eyeballs pops out. Because it was originally in 3d, you could tell most of the deaths were intended for some great 3d "eye" candy. Get it? Eye candy.....I'll be here all week.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sorority Row - Death Scenes

-------Find the chin

Here are a couple death scenes from the new slasher flick, Sorority Row aka I Still Kinda Know What you did Last Summer 3, starring Rumer Willis. The eldest love child of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis.

In this scene Chugs, yeah that's her name, gives Madonna a run for her money. And she lives up to her name....kind of.

In this clip Joanna gets out of the shower and....well, you know the rest

Monday, September 7, 2009

Drag me to Hell - Dragged into Hell

---------Is the tagline a spoiler or what?

Well, from the title you knew someone was getting dragged to hell. But who? Who was she going to give the cursed button to? Her conniving coworker Stu, her boss? Personally I thought her boyfriend was going to open the envelope and accidentally "get dragged", like Stephen King's Thinner ending, but no. Sam Raimi lets us know who the bad guy really was, Christine. She became selfish and greedy once she made the decision to get a promotion, her only motivation was self gain and she was punished for it. She got dragged down to hell, who would have guessed?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Final Destination 3D - Death Scenes

The newest installment of the Final Destination series uses RealD Cinema technology. This 3D technology is put to good use in the opening racetrack sequence of the film. Very effective, but after that scene the 3D experience really slows down as if they gave up on novelty of it. They know what the audience wants and we know what we're getting into. Shit acting, bad dialog, and on-screen death scenes all in glorious HD 3D.
Nadia's Death

Carter's Death

Samantha's Death

Andy's Death

Janet's Death

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

From Beyond - Brain Suck

Stuart Gordon, Jeffrey Combs, and lots of gore is always a good combination. Worked in Re-Animator and works pretty well in this classic. From Beyond is the story of a couple Scientists that create a machine called the resonator. Well, the machine just happens to open up a door to a parallel universe full of brain eating creatures. In this scene, a transformed Dr. Crawford(Jeffrey Combs) sucks face with Dr. Bloch(Carolyn Purdy-Gordon) slurping her brains out though her eye socket.

Another good one is from this scene where Bubba, played by the great Ken Foree is devoured to the bone by tiny flesh eating insects that come out of the resonator. If he looks familiar, you may remember Ken from a little movie called Dawn of the Dead.