Looking Glass

PLOT SUMMARY

A couple buy a desert motel where they find that strange, mysterious events occur.

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Looking GlassActress: Jacque Gray
Strangled and Suffocated With: Gloved Hands
Result: Fatal

Jessica Phillips (Jacque Gray) has just finished a kinky makeout session with another woman in a roadside motel.  Still wearing a light grey pullover, she gets off the bed and checks herself out in a mirror hanging on the opposite wall.  As she’s doing so, a masked assailant surprises her from behind and clamps his gloved hand over her mouth.  He then drags her back toward the bed and throws her on top of it.  We got a really nice shot of her feet kicking as the killer secures his position on top of her and starts choking her with his other hand.  With the one hand still covering her mouth, he pinches her nose shut as well, effectively choking and suffocating her at the same time.  A beautifully tense struggle ensues during which we get an excellent closeup of her terrified expression as she tries to pull his tries to pull his hand away.  Nearly 10 seconds later, he removes that hand revealing her agape mouth and finishes her off with his other hand still choking her.  After she’s dead, limb play fans get to briefly see the killer deftly remove her body from the bed and drag it to the bathroom by her wrists.  Foot fetishists who like dirty soles are treated with an extended close-up of her feet as she’s dragged away.

Edits

There are a few cuts to Nicolas Cage fucking his character’s wife who’s played by Robin Tunney.  Their lovemaking is intercut with the attack.  I removed them all.

Thoughts

One of my favorite types of fantasy asphyxia is hand-over-mouth (HOM) suffocation, especially when gloves are used.  In addition to looking more intimidating than bare hands, gloves help sell the effect of a HOM suffocation by increasing the surface area that covers the nose and mouth, thereby sealing off any open spaces between fingers that the character might use as air pockets.

This is only the second time I’ve ever seen the other hand used to choke the character at the same time and I fucking loved it.  The first time was in an episode the original TV series, Hawaii Five-0.  Sadly, I’ve never been able to track down the episode it’s in.  As for Looking Glass, I only wish we’d gotten a shot of Jacque’s feet going limp as her character died.  Brilliant scene otherwise, and a fantastic performance by Jacque.

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Urban Legend

PLOT SUMMARY

A college student suspects a series of bizarre deaths are connected to certain urban legends.

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Actress: Danielle Harris
Strangled With: Gloved Hands
Result: Fatal

Danielle plays a goth chic who becomes one of the killer’s victims. The clip starts with her perusing for goth guys in an online chat room. She finds one she likes and goes to the bathroom to freshen up after asking what room he’s in. When she returns, she finds that he’s typed, “YOURS”, and is suddenly attacked with a gloved hand over mouth. The killer pulls her over onto her bed and starts trying to choke her. During the struggle, Alicia comes home (to the dorm she and Danielle are sharing). The killer gags Danielle’s hand to keep her from screaming for help from Alicia. He then yanks the power strip for the computer out of the wall, effectively darkening Danielle’s half of their dorm room. Alicia then enters but leaves the light off after hearing what she thinks is Danielle having some particularly rough sex. Instead, she proceeds to her bed while the killer resumes his attack on Danielle in the background. After Alicia climbs into bed, the camera returns to a close-up of Danielle being finished off.  After a few camera cuts back to Alicia, Danielle is dead. The clip ends with a final shot of Alicia falling asleep as the scene fades to black.

Edits

There are a number of cuts to Alicia doing research in the school Library and then starting home.  I removed all of them.

Thoughts

I loved this scene when I first saw the movie in the theater, and I still love it even now. Danielle makes a sexy as hell goth chic, and an even sexier strangling victim.

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Tiger Brigades, The

PLOT SUMMARY

The film, set in 1912, is about the exploits of France’s first motorized police brigade.

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Actress: Diane Krueger
Strangled With: Bare Hands
Result: Non-Fatal

A man barges in on Diane in what looks like a dressing room and confronts her about an upcoming political signing.  Diane tries to assure him everything’s fine.  This infuriates him to the point that he grabs her throat with both hands and shoves her hard against a wall behind him.  As she struggles to breathe, he berates her about trying to save his people and not even knowing how to speak their language.  Moments later, someone casually arrives outside the door and knocks.  Still angry, the man releases Diane and leaves.  The clip ends with a shot of Diane the moment he releases her.

Edits

The scene briefly cuts to the person arriving outside the door.  I removed it.

Thoughts

This is the second movie I’ve ever seen featuring Diane Krueger being strangled.  The first one was Inglourious Basterds.  Between them, this is my favorite.  For one, she’s on her feet, and upright stranglings are my favorite.  We also get a straight-on clear shot of her face and her fantastically sexy expressions as she struggles to breathe while trying to figure out how to free herself from his grip.

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Blade Runner 2049

PLOT SUMMARY

A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.

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Actress: Sylvia Hoeks
Drowned In: Aircraft
Result: Fatal

The scene opens with a trio of ships escorting Decker out of the city.  Decker is cuffed to a chair in the lead ship as Sylvia Hoeks keeps an eye on him.  Decker asks where they’re taking him, and Sylvia says, “Home.”  Moments later, the two escorts are being fired on.  K has caught up with them and is in pursuit.  A brief dogfight ends with the lead ship forced to crash on some kind of concrete embankment.  After recovering from the impact and collecting themselves, Sylvia checks the pilots and opens the door.  One of the pilots is immediately shot to death and Sylvia takes a round to her side.  Ryan has landed and is shooting them.  Sylvia runs out to the rising tide and beats the shit out of Ryan, stabbing him in his side for good measure.  She then returns to Decker to check on him.  A hand suddenly grabs her by the throat, yanks her toward the back of the ship, shoves her against the cabin’s ceiling, and starts choking her.  Ryan is still alive and is the one choking her.  A fierce struggle ensues during which we’re treated to some of Sylvia’s fantastic facial contortions as she struggles to breathe while trying to drown Ryan.  Moments later, he reverses their positions by surfacing himself and then shoving her under water.  After nearly a minute, Sylvia dies.  The clip ends with a superb closeup of her death stare.

Edits

None needed.

Thoughts

I remember seeing the original Blade Runner and how completely captivated I was with the soundtrack.  Being a huge fan of electronic and New Wave music, the movie’s score is one of my favorite things about it.  As an architectural buff, the set pieces are another.  2049 promised more of the same, and its 21st-century visual effects did not disappoint.

For my edit of this scene, there were a couple points in it that I considered starting the clip from to get you to the choking  sooner, but both options left out way too much context to explain their encounter, so I decided to include the entire scene and end the clip on Sylvia’s death stare.  The score also sounds just so damn cool.

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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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Monk S02E09: “Mr. Monk and the 12th Man”

PLOT SUMMARY

Monk helps the police investigate a brutal string of nine murders but he is unable to stop two more killings before figuring out the pattern behind the killings.

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Actress: Shea Broom
Strangled With: Wire Garrote
Result: Fatal

Shea Broom enters a darkened movie theater with a bag of popcorn and takes a seat. A moment later, a man enters and takes a seat behind her. He gets her attention by whispering her name. As she starts looking around, he whispers her name again. When she turns to face him, he asks how she’s doing as he gets up to attack her. She asks him what he’s holding, only to start gasping once the garrote is wrapped around her neck. The camera then pans down to a shot of her feet as she’s strangled to death. The clip ends there.

Edits

None needed.

Thoughts

A little brief, but good. My only gripe is that her face is masked in shadow from the light of the movie projector.

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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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Atomic Blonde

PLOT SUMMARY

An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

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Actress: Sofia Boutella
Strangled With: Black Cord
Result: Fatal

Sofia is rummaging through her apartment and packing up after receiving a tip from  Charlize that she may be in danger.  She pauses at the entrance to her bedroom and appears anxious.  Moments later, James McAvoy sneaks up from behind her and deftly loops a black cord around her neck.  A fierce struggle ensues during which she briefly gets the upper hand and stabs him twice with a knife.  James tries desperately to remove the knife from his shoulder as Sophia lies on the floor.

Then,  a buzzer starts going off – Charlize has arrived and is downstairs trying to buzz her.  Sofia gets up to try and answer the buzzer.  One scene later, Sofia tries to reach for her gun lying on her bed, but James snares her with the cord again pulls it taut.  She tries to push him off using the bed for leverage, but is unsuccessful and dies moments later.

As Charlize manages to sneak past someone leaving the apartment, Sofia’s body falls to the floor while James escapes out the back.  Charlize enters Sofia’s apartment, sees her body on the floor, and curses under her breath.  The scene and clip end there.

Edits

There are a few cuts to Charlize arriving at the apartment building and pressing the buzzer to Sofia’s apartment.  I removed them all.

Thoughts

I first saw Sofia in 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.  She played a double amputee henchwoman and Samuel L. Jackson’s right hand.  Her prosthetics doubled as blades.  The movie was fantastic but by the end of her first appearance on-screen, I was already hoping to see her play an asphyxiated character some day.  Three years later, Atomic Blonde unwittingly granted my wish, and I was quite pleased.  Sofia’s performance was excellent, and the closeup on her face as her character’s life faded was icing on the cake.  As she’s dying, James brings the scene home with this beautifully ominous line:  “Sorry darling… this is the game…”   

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Ninja III: The Domination

PLOT SUMMARY

The body of a sexy aerobics instructor is invaded by the evil spirit of a dying ninja. At first, changes in her behavior is limited to having strange interactions with an arcade game, doing sexy things with V8 juice, and being attracted to an unusually hairy police officer. But soon enough, she’s systematically killing, ninja-style, the officers responsible for the ninja’s death, and can only be stopped by another ninja!

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Actress: Unknown
Strangled With: Cord
Result: Fatal

Lucinda Dickey plays the aerobics instructor.  The setup for this scene has her paying a visit to the police station to look for someone.  After talking to the desk clerk, she sees one of the cops who shot the ninja who’s spirit has invaded her body – we’re shown a flashback of the shooting.  The cop strolls out of the station while arm-in-arm with two women.  Lucinda follows them out and to a nearby spa.  A moment later, she’s wearing a robe and carrying some towels to their room.  By now, the cop and both women are already enjoying each other in a jacuzzi when the brunette gets out to retrieve the greet who she thinks is an employee of the spa.

After setting the towels down, Lucinda disrobes to reveal a one-piece bathing suit.  The cop is mesmerized but the women are quite put off.  Lucinda steps into the jacuzzi and starts making out with the cop. While he’s distracted, she pricks him in the back of the neck with her ring, poisoning him to death. Before the two women can react, she cuts one of them across the chest with the same ring. As the other woman tries to climb out of the water, Lucinda wraps a cord around her neck and pulls her back to the center of the jacuzzi, submerging her for added effect.  The woman dies a few seconds later.

Edits

I thought about removing the flashback to the shooting, but since it’s shown long before the strangling, I decided to leave it in for context.

Thoughts

My only complaint about this scene is that the woman who’s strangled screams far too much for such a quick death.  Otherwise, she looks damn hot struggling as we get a superb closeup of her perfectly lit, wet cleavage.

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