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Cinema’s Coolest Bathtub Scenes, Part II

From the time you’re a kid, you know that about 15% of the fun times in your life come in a bathtub. I mean, what’s not to like: it’s like a miniature swimming pool, and you can make the water as cold or warm as you want, plus there’s nothing in the world better than a nice bubble bath.

In the movies, this is just as much a fact of life as in the real world. With that in mind, here are some of the cinema’s cleverest cleaning sessions.

WARNING: Some of these images are NSFW.

Be sure to check out Part I!

The hungry tub-Ghostbusters II (1989)

 

When Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) tries to give her son Oscar (Will and Hank Deutschendorf) a bath, the malevolent pink slime starts oozing out of the faucet, leading the bathtub to attack them. Later we learn that the slime is controlled by the evil Vigo, who wants to be reborn through Oscar, not that the tub got all hot and bothered by Dana taking off her shirt.

Billy’s Swan-Billy Madison (1995)

If you’re a super-rich heir to a hotel fortune, what do you do with your time? Drinking, torching bags of poop on random people’s doorsteps, and…playing with shampoo bottles in the tub? If you’re Adam Sandler, the answer to all of those questions is yes. So the tub is okay, I guess, but it’s real selling point is that swan that just loves to stare at Billy while he bathes. Okay, that sounds kind of creepy, actually.

Suicide-The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Spurned by the object of her affections, the unnamed “Food Service Girl:” (Theresa Wayman) draws herself a warm bath, lights some candles, grabs a razor blade, and slashes her wrists in the adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel about relationships. For my money one of the most haunting, difficult-to-watch scenes I’ve ever sat through, and is a powerful, depressing moment in a wildly up-and-down film.

The Deal Gone Bad-Scarface (1983)

The world is Tony Montana’s (Al Pacino), or so he thinks. He has just arrived in Miami and has scored his first drug deal, only his buyers might be just a little unhinged. They nab Tony and his buddy, tie them up in the bathtub and take a chainsaw to them. Luckily Tony escapes before getting filed, when his pal Manny (Steven Bauer) breaks in with an uzi.

Janet Leigh’s shower-Psycho (1960)

Perhaps cinema’s most famous tub scene is the shocking murder of Janet Leigh’s Marion Crane. Leigh was a major star at the time and it was a complete shock for her character to be killed off at all, much less half way through the movie. Chocolate sauce for blood, melons provided the sound effects…you know the rest. Revel in Hitchcock’s greatness.

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4 Responses to “Cinema’s Coolest Bathtub Scenes, Part II”

  1. Nik says:

    Coming To America!

  2. Joe Shearer says:

    There are a bunch of good ones. This could probably be a three-parter, and maybe it still will be! Nick Rogers actually mentioned What Lies Beneath to me also.

  3. Sam Watermeier says:

    I’d throw in some scenes from "What Lies Beneath." Not a great movie, but it has some creepy bathtub scenes.

    Also, where’s "The Big Lebowski?" The scene in which the Nihilists throw a marmot in The Dude’s bubble bath? Priceless.