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John Byrne
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Posted: 25 June 2020 at 1:06pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Drifting into my mind today a scene I saw in a movie when I was about 15. One of those sand-and-sandals “epics”. MIGHT have starred Jack Palance. Late Fifties, early Sixties?

Anyway, set up is, bad guys have this tall wooden tower, attached to the front of which is a giant curved blade, sharp side up. Victims are thrown—or throw themselves—from a platform at the top of the tower, onto the blade. As they go down it, like a children’s slide, they are cut in half, lengthways.

Fun, huh?

Any bells ringing? (As usual, please answer only if you are sure.)

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Posted: 25 June 2020 at 2:21pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

THE LONG SHIPS (1964).

The Mare of Steel.

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Yeeouch!!!  Particularly grisly idea for a 1960s film, even if they (no doubt) showed nothing.  Just your imagination alone...!  (*shudder*)


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Posted: 25 June 2020 at 3:34pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Thanks, Michael!

Typically, that image is flipped, left to right, from what’s in my memory!

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Posted: 25 June 2020 at 3:46pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Ugh! Please let me die peacefully in my sleep many years from now!
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Posted: 25 June 2020 at 4:06pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Such an innocent sounding topic title, never anticipating the horror which would lay within.


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Posted: 25 June 2020 at 5:10pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I'm a sucker for those classic epic movies and even far
more for that vintage of British actors. THE LONG SHIPS
wasn't a great film, but it definitely has its virtues.
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Posted: 25 June 2020 at 6:09pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

A little googling makes me want to read the book it's
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John Byrne
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Posted: 26 June 2020 at 5:47am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Whenever I see people die gory deaths in movies, I find myself wondering how long they would actually be "alive" during the process. When the Predator grabs a victim by the base of the spine and rips out the whole thing, skull included, I can't help but think the brain would still be alive for a short while. Blasted by incredible agony, to be sure, but that just makes it worse!

In the case of the Mare of Steel, the victim would be alive for the whole "ride", and presumably for a while after landing on those spikes at the bottom. Despite what movies like to show us, death is rarely instantaneous.*

I'll take instant vaporization, please!

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* "Yes, death is just like going to sleep--only it hurts like a bitch."

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Posted: 26 June 2020 at 6:17am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

The Brazen Bull has been etched into my brain as someplace I would not want to find myself in!
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Posted: 26 June 2020 at 6:27am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

"Every life ends in a dreadful execution." -- BREAKER
MORANT
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Well, that's nightmare fuel right there.....
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