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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Pushing Daisies S01E01: “Pie-Lette”

PLOT SUMMARY

Ned works in a pie store and seems to lead a perfectly normal life. This, however, is far from the truth. Through his touch, Ned is able to wake people from the dead. He decides to use this ability of his to solve crimes. But this proves complicated, when he gives life back to his childhood crush, and decides to let her keep living.

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Actress: Anna Friel
Suffocated With: Plastic Bag
Result: Fatal

This bagging is quite brief, but Anna Friel looks beautifully vulnerable in a silk robe and bare legs as she’s taken by surprise and attacked from behind with a red plastic bag and lifted several inches off the deck of a cruise ship.  We get a couple of terrific foot shots as she kicks and tries to regain her footing.  We also get a quick reaction shot of her face as the bag is pulled nice and tight.

Edits

There’s a brief cut to a Homicide Detective who drove Ned to the funeral parlor to visit Anna’s body.  I removed it.

Thoughts

My only gripe is that the scene is marred by the narrator telling us what we’re already seeing happening.  After watching about 10 minutes of this episode, I was tired of the narration and gave up on the series. 

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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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