THE FILM YAP » Lance Henriksen We Never Shut Up About Movies Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:48:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Terrifying Elevator Scenes, Part II Fri, 17 Sep 2010 04:25:07 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

To prepare for M. Night Shyamalan flick “Devil” which follows the plight of four strangers trapped in an elevator as they play a game of guess who’s the Prince of Darkness, feast your pupils on these terrifying elevator scenes from movie history.

Where’s Lecter? (“Silence of the Lambs”)

After making a deal with in training FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), infamous serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) is moved to a special cell in the Tennessee courthouse. During an elaborate and well orchestrated escape, Dr Lecter severely injures two cops and eludes the rest of the ill equipped police force. Unknown to them, and in true Lecter style, there is a much more sinister edge to his disappearance than they first thought. As one of the ‘guards’ is being stretchered out of the building in the elevator, blood begins to drip from the ceiling. Suspecting that he is hiding on top they move in to investigate. On opening the hatch it is not Lecter who falls out but a disfigured and bloody cop. Meanwhile, the ambulance containing the serial killer speeds away from the scene.

Jack (“Mission: Impossible”)

Blink and you’ll miss it: probably the quickest terrifying elevator scene in this two parter. On a seemingly standard mission in Prague, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his crack team of expert IMF agents are sent to recover a list of all covert agents working in Europe (the NOC list). During the mission each member of Hunts team are violently wiped out. This scene concerns Jack Harmon (Emilio Estevez) who is positioned on top of an elevator inside the shaft, hooked up to control and monitor who goes in and out. When a system error causes him to lose control it rushes up towards the ceiling carrying him with it. Amid desperate cries from Hunt to ‘cut the power’ Jack is violently impaled in the face with a spike.

Give Me Your Hand (“Speed”)

Keanu Reeves takes center stage with Sandra Bullock as they race against time to stop a bomb exploding on a city bus. Before the main ordeal gets going this high action movie opens with a tense, nail biting rescue of thirteen office workers trapped in an express elevator. Dennis Hopper plays the classic disgruntled worker turned bad guy who’s rigged the whole thing. Sensing that his plans are being interfered with he sets off a bomb early, sending the elevator into free fall. Luckily the brakes kick in just in time for Reeves’ character Officer Jack Travern and his sidekick Det. Harry Temple (Jeff Daniels) to save all the hostages. Unfortunately for them they lose the bad guy whose free to wreak havoc over Los Angeles.

Race for Life (“Aliens”)

James Cameron takes the helm in this sequel full of high end action and gun toting colonial marines. After they’re all picked off, only Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is left to rescue pseudo daughter and lone survivor of the human holocaust Newt (Carrie Henn) and attempt a desperate escape from LV-426. In a final break for freedom they come face to face with the Queen herself, seriously pissed at the devastation Ripley’s left in her wake. On escaping to the top level of the compound via elevator they are seemingly free of her sticky clutches. That is until she emerges from the other elevator, somehow overcoming a lack of opposable thumbs to press the button for the top level. Not a moment too soon android Bishop (Lance Henriksen) carries them away in the drop ship and they escape.

For God’s Sake Take the Stairs! (“The Lift/“De Lift”)

Last but by no means least, feast your eyes on the crazy shenanigans in this dutch flick from director Dick Maas. Strange occurrences in an elevator in an office tower named ‘Icarus’ are stepped up a notch or ten when a group of party goers are trapped and almost suffocated and then a security guard is decapitated. Mechanic Felix Adelaar (Huub Stapel) and a reporter set about investigating the strange goings on and find that dodgy experiments involving microchips are to blame for this elevator’s evil antics. You’ll never want to take the elevator again!

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Filmdom’s Finest Cannibals Fri, 16 Oct 2009 19:06:09 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Noshing on human flesh is the dirtiest of the dirty societal taboos. The only act comparable in terms of universal no-nos is doing the nasty with your mom or dad.

So of course if you need your movie villain to be really creepy, cannibalism might just be the way to go.

Here, then, are some of moviedom’s most delicious depictions of cannibalism (and no, zombies don’t count-they’re undead and no longer human in an official sense).

Dead Man (1995)

In Jim Jarmusch’s kitchy Western, a bounty hunter (played by Lance Henriksen) is rumored to be a cannibal by many-even his own gang speculates on it. This fact is confirmed later in the film, as Henriksen sits fireside enjoying some fried chicken, which, as the camera pulls back, we learn is really a human forearm.

Hannibal (2001)

Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter is easily the most mainstream of all human people eaters, and he offers us several memorable meat-eating moments. This moment from Ridley Scott’s “Hannibal” is arguably the best, where he scalps the a-hole cop played by Ray Liotta, then cooks up and forces him to eat pieces of his own brain, being careful to cut out the non-essential parts so he can be awake as he dines on himself.

Of course he saves some for himself, in the film’s creepiest moment, sharing a bite with a little with a boy on an airplane.

Alive (1993):

For all the controversy this film (based on a true story) created over its scenes of human-on-human dining, it was surprisingly tame, as the filmmakers took the “beef jerky” approach. An Uruguayan soccer team stranded in the mountains after a plane crash is forced to eat their own dead to survive. It proved to be a whole lot of nothing, as the survivors cut off small pieces of flesh and ate them like, well, beef jerky.

No, the most egregious form of cannibalism in “Alive” were confirmed white guys like John Newton and Ethan Hawke calling each other decidedly Hispanic names. Way to go for authenticity, fellas.

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

A group of young filmmakers head out into the Amazon looking for indigenous tribes apparently find them, because they disappear. The resultant rescue party recovers only their footage, “Blair Witch”-style (okay, they find some bones as well). The tape shows their grisly demise at the hands of cannibals that features an uncut (so to speak) sequence where the savages lop off a man’s junk that was so convincing I’m still trying to figure out how they pulled it off (er, so to speak).

Last House on the Left (1972)

Wes Craven’s horror classic is the epitome of late 60s-early 70s creepiness: quick, jarring cuts, extreme close-ups, and a filming style that seems so amateurish it has to be real. Craven tells a tale of a raging gang of hoodlums who massacres a pair of teenage girls, in one case rubbing her viscera all over their faces and mouths and having a bite.

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