Last night, I watched the movie, Kick-Ass, which I found pretty funny and super violent. Legs being severed and the like. When I was a kid, I remember spending the night at my friend, Benny’s house and watching Commando starring that Austrian guy, Arnold something or other. What ever happened to that dude? In the movie, he got a cut on his bicep which served more to highlight his muscle mass than slow down his butt-whooping of the bad guys.
Action movies have progressed quite a lot in their special effects, and it seems violence is one of the driving forces behind some technology advances for effects in general (think of the bullet time effect from The Matrix).
Anyway, that got me thinking about violent movie scenes that I find memorable and my reaction to those scenes.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail – The Black Knight scene, “‘Tis but a flesh wound.” Most hilarious blood loss on film?
Kick-Ass – The scene where Hit Girl puts her gun in the dude’s mouth, then fires through his cheek to hit a dude across the room in the head. I was like, “Whoa. How creative, Mr. Director.”
Pan’s Labyrinth – When Vidal annhilates a man’s face with the bottom of a bottle. The swift violence of these scene made me leap back in my seat and block my face as if I was next.
Dead Alive – Lawnmower scene. So many zombies. Not even a shotgun could have this awesome a result.
Hot Fuzz – A miniature church spire goes through a man’s chin and out of his mouth. He lives, and he informs the audience of the severity of his pain very matter-of-factly. Is it wrong to laugh?
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – Dude has his heart removed from his chest. It continues to beat until the man is burned (somehow still alive) in lava. This is my earliest memory of an “eww” moment in a movie.
Braveheart – Severed limbs. Severed limbs have become much more commonplace in the days of CGI, but Braveheart was a pioneer. I remember rewinding scenes with my friends and saying, “Dude, look how real that is.”
The Passion of the Christ – The cat of nine tails scene… This is one of exceedingly few violent scenes that have elicited a raw, genuine emotion from me and not just shock. I saw this alone in the theater, and am glad.
I can’t imagine ever hitting anyone in anger (anymore…as a teenager…well, my brother would disagree). The military and killing in war make me uneasy. I am against capital punishment. Yet, this angsty part of me is fascinated when Uma Thurman slices and dices dozens of baddies in Kill Bill. People are weird.
What are some violent scenes you remember and your reaction?