Tuesday, September 30, 2008
There are a couple things in horror movies that are guaranteed to make the audience cringe, look away from the screen, and grasp on to the arm of their loved one. Fingernails being ripped off always seem to do it. Teeth being ripped out never fails. But the thing that most horror fans dread seeing is an innocent victims achilles tendon being severed by some type of sharp object. It's one of the more painful deaths that can be imagined and doesn't really happen all that often in the movies. But when it does, it's almost always memorable. Let's take a look at some of the best achilles tendon slices in history! This one is not for the faint of heart or pregnant but then again, what on this blog is?!
From all the way back in 1989 this is the first achilles tendon mauling I can remember laying my eyes on and the image of that little bully from Full House slicing Herman Munster's ankle with a scalpel will still never leave my mind. It was equally badass when he then went all Joker on him, but that's for another day.
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Not the bloodiest or most gruesome depiction of such an act, but definetly the most stylized and gratifying. Who didn't cheer when the pervy Buck got sliced and diced by Uma!? Shoulda worn some thicker socks, buddy!
Here's a little freeze frame for ya in case it went by too fast :
Interestingly enough, the same prop leg used in the above scene in Kill Bill was brought out from the vault by the guys in KNB for this scene in Hostel. Unfortunately, the dvd wont let me pull clips off of it and I can't seem to find the video anywhere on the internet, so pictures will have to do. My apologies as I really hate to not be able to have the video up, but I couldn't leave this one out. This one takes place almost entirely off screen but the sounds and screams make it as brutal as any. The money shot comes when we finally see the cut open up as the dude tries to stand.
Mother of Tears
This movie sucks, but like I said in my review (which you can check out to your right) it's chock full of a bunch of pretty cool gore scenes, this one of Udo Kier being hacked in the achilles with a butcher's knife being one of them.
Gotta commend this one for not taking the typical route of showing a quick cut but rather making it as slow and painful as possible. Although now that I re-watch it, that lingering coverage may take something away from the overall impact as it's not nearly as effective as it was in Hostel, where we really don't see anything. If Audition taught us anything, it's that what happens off screen can often times be more impactful as what is seen on screen. This one definetly must be commended though for giving us a little history lesson on the background of this torture device. For the non-French viewers, the old nazi dude is saying something about how in Africa, the owners of diamond mines do this to their workers to keep them from running away.
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance
Rubbing a little salt water in the wounds! And you thought Jaws was the only thing keeping you out of the water! Must give it up to the Japanese for always being cutting edge and showing us stuff we've never seen before. This movie's awesome, go seek it out. And while you're at it, check out all of Chan Wook Park's films.
House of Wax
Say what ya want about House of Wax and say what ya want about Paris Hilton....this movie rocks. And this is just one of the many reasons why. It's dark and there's pants covering the leg, but that doesn't stop it from being brutal. Gotta love the giant pair of shears as I don't think i've seen them used for such an act before.
Although fairly unrelated, I feel I must note the rather interesting little bit of trivia that I love to educate people with ; While filming Troy, Brad Pitt, who played Achilles, tore his achilles tendon! Talk about irony! Well, I guess that wasn't so unrelated.
Hope I didn't miss any. Leave a comment and discuss your favorite achilles tendon maimings!