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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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

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 a 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

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 throat lifts.  This one’s pretty good, but I’ve seen better.

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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

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

The clip starts with a brief scene introducing Elysia’s character while she’s topless.  It then fades to the setup for her death scene later in the movie.

After failing to convince him to wait 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.  I also grabbed a screenshot of the last frame of Elysia shown struggling (pictured) and added it to the end of her struggling to extend that frame an extra 3 seconds.  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

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

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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Dressed to Kill

PLOT SUMMARY

A transsexual murders one of his psychiatrist’s patients, and now he’s after the prostitute who witnessed it.

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 Actress: Anneka Di Lorenzo
Strangled With: Bare Hands
Result: Fatal

The scene opens with a Nurse (Anneka) making her rounds at an insane asylum.  She makes her way over to Michael Caine’s bed and begins tucking him in.  She removes a cup fro his hands, and just as she’s about to set it on the nightstand, he opens his eyes and grabs her throat.  She struggles to free herself but is in too awkward a position to do much except look deliciously terrified while trying to pry his hands away from her neck.

As her life slowly fades, he pulls her over and down onto the bed, effectively switching places with her.  Once she’s dead, he slowly undresses her as if savoring the moment.  We get a nice close-up of her uniform as the camera follows Caine’s hand while he unzips her, slowly exposing her bra and panties.  Next, he unties and removes her shoes, placing each one on her stomach.  During this entire sequence, the camera maintains a top-down shot of the scene while simultaneously pulling up away from it.

Edits

None needed.  The clip ends with Caine putting her other shoe on her stomach.

Thoughts

The strangling is short but sweet and is capped by a really nice undressing.  I only wish the strangling had been a little longer, and the camera hadn’t pulled so far away from the action.

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