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.

More Information: IMDb

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!

More Information: IMDb

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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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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Departed, The

PLOT SUMMARY

Two just-graduated officers from Massachusetts State Police Academy follow opposite sides of the law: William Costigan is assigned to work undercover with the Irish mobster Frank Costello to get evidence to arrest him. His true identity is only known by his superiors, Dignam and Oliver Queenan. The protégée of Costello, Colin Sullivan, is promoted in the Massachusetts State Police and is the informer of Costello. Each police officer gives his best effort trying to disclose the identity of the other “rat”.

More Information: IMDb

Actress: Sarah Fearon
Strangled With: Black Cord
Result: Fatal

Sara opens her bathroom curtain and is strangled from behind by her husband (Ray Winstone).  The scene is 2 seconds long and shown as a flashback in the movie.

Edits

None needed, though I did add a screenshot of the last frame of the scene to the end of the clip to extend it an extra three seconds.

Thoughts

What a waste of potential.  Excellent scene, otherwise, and Sarah looks damn hot in that underwear and robe.

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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.

More Information:IMDb

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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