|Film Title/Year and Description|
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The elderly Baron Karl Frederich Hieronymous von Munchausen (John Neville) staged a play about his fantastic exploits to theatre-goers in a war-torn city under siege by the Turks.
The film ended with his own shooting "death" or assassination by city official "The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson" (Jonathan Pryce) during a victory parade.
His life's soul was taken by the Grim Reaper 'doctor,' and then the Baron's body was lowered into a grave, but in the film's plot twist, he suddenly appeared on the stage and told the audience:
The Blob (1988)
In this remake of the original 1958 film with Steve McQueen, George Ruit (Clayton Landey), a diner kitchen worker-handyman, attempted to unclog a sink drain.
When suctioning the drain with a small toilet plunger didn't work, George stuck his left hand deep down into the drain's piping. He noticed some slimy substance on his fingers ("What is this?").
Suddenly, spray came out of the drain hole and his entire head was grabbed by an amoeba-like, amorphous pseudopod.
It sucked him, face first, into the drain, as his legs were upended and he was kicking into the air above the sink.
Screams from a shocked waitress brought others into the kitchen to view the horror. The pipe under the sink bulged as he was squeezed through the small opening and disappeared.
There was an exciting and climactic confrontation between bloodied John McClane (Bruce Willis) and terrorist bad-guy Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) in the the 40 story high-rise Nakatomi Plaza Towers in Los Angeles.
The injured Gruber stumbled backwards and crashed through a pane of glass while holding onto Holly Gennero/McClane's (Bonnie Bedelia) arm and metal watchband, nearly dragging her with him.
McClane rushed forward and grabbed her, released the band, and watched as Gruber unforgettably fell to his death 30 stories below.
Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson (Paul Gleason) watched and commented from the ground below:
Evil Dead Trap (1988, Jp.) (aka Shiryo no wana)
This slasher/gore Japanese film featured an ingenious, imaginative, elaborate and creative Saw-like death sequence within a tense scene.
Female victim Mako was bound and gagged in front of a deadly booby-trap contraption: a steel wire was attached to a doorknob and then to the trigger of a cross-bow. The target of the cross-bow was Mako.
When the door opened by her friend who was attempting to save her, the device was activated. However, the arrow barely missed Mako's head on her right side.
But as her friend advanced into the room, there was a second booby-trap: a trip-wire at shin height.
She set off another wire which sent a large blade swinging down into the left side of Mako's head.
A Short Film About Killing
This was the fifth part ("Thou Shalt Not Kill") of Krzysztof Kieslowski's 10-part Decalogue - each episode was based on one of the Ten Commandments. The film (with sepia tones and the use of filters to create dark edges) was intended as an indictment of capital punishment, and it succeeded in having an effect upon the legal system in Poland.
The senseless, unprovoked and violent murder (a lengthy drawn-out scene lasting about seven minutes, similar to the excruciating death scene in Hitchcock's Torn Curtain (1966)) was committed by taciturn 20 year-old loner Lazar Jacek (Miroslaw Baka). He randomly and brutally garrotted an unlikeable, middle-aged taxi driver named Rekowski (Jan Tesarz). On a muddy country road, the passenger strained as he used a rope to strangle the driver from the backseat.
The camera lingered on the victim, who grabbed his throat and attempted to break free as he was suffocating. His right bare foot also twitched from its shoe. He was able to honk the horn to signal help from others, but a horse in a field was the sole observer.
After tying his rope around the seat's head-rest, Jacek then entered through the passenger side of the car to beat the taxi driver and prevent him from signaling for help. He also watched as the driver struggled to dislodge the rope around his neck, and then mercilessly beat him in the head. The man's bloody head was wrapped with a blanket, before his limp body was dragged from the car down a hill to the side of a marsh.
At water's edge, Jacek noticed his victim was still alive. He retrieved a large heavy boulder and after a moment's hesitation, smashed it down on the driver's head to silence him forever.
In the finale of the live-action/animated comedy film, corrupt and villainous Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) was flattened into a black-shaped pancake by a steamroller, but there were no blood and guts. The edges of the black figure curled up with a creak and the whole flattened figure peeled itself off the floor and wobbled to its feet. Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) exclaimed: "Holy smoke, he's a Toon!"
The corrupted adult Toon staggered over to a nearby oxygen tank, stuck the oxygen valve in his mouth and re-inflated himself. His prosthetic eyeballs popped out and he glared back at Eddie with evil, hideously red Toon eyes. Paralyzed, Eddie recognized the murderer of his brother Teddy when Doom talked in a high-pitched squeak: "Remember me, Eddie? When I killed your brother, I talked just like this." [Doom was also responsible for the deaths of Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye), and betrayed R.K. Maroon (Alan Tilvern) - the head of "Maroon Cartoon" Studios.]
Doom was propelled on his yellow shoe slinky-springs toward Valiant, and then he reactivated the Cloverleaf Industries' Dipmobile. The Dip sprayer was intended to extinguish the lives of all the Toons.
As he and Eddie struggled some more, the Dip spray went wild as it got closer and closer to Roger Rabbit and Jessica still hanging from a hook in the direct path of the spray. With his fist transformed into a Toon Anvil, Doom punched Eddie with a bone-crushing blow. Then he threatened Eddie with his fist in the shape of a Toon Buzz-Saw and glared with wild Toon eyes. With a last ditch effort and every inch of remaining strength, Eddie reached for an Acme Gag Knockout Mallet (the one that the detectives played with during the murder investigation), pointed it toward the release lever on the Dip truck, and pulled the trigger.
The boxing glove accordioned out of the mallet, punched the release lever, and activated the Dip spray gun - sending a gushing flood of Dip onto Judge Doom. The floor of the factory was completely covered in deadly greenish Dip. The evil Toon melted and dissolved in his own Dip in excruciating pain [a scene that was a direct reference to the Wicked Witch's death in The Wizard of Oz (1939)]. As he disappeared into the Dip, he cried: "I'm melting, melting."
The pressurized spray of Dip was also poised to strike the two Toons, but the spray on the cannon suddenly died and the pressure meter on the Dipmobile tank dropped. The Dip spray dried up in a harmless dribble - the tank was EMPTY after dousing Doom.
Lieutenant Santino (Richard LeParmentier) was told about how Doom was the triple murderer, and he responded with his epitaph: "That's what I call some seriously-disturbed Toon."
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