You know the scene. The hero confronts the villain. The damsel in distress is…well, in distress. Maybe she’s tied down to the train tracks, or she’s being lowered into a pit of acid, or maybe she’s on a complicated industrial machine which will purée her. Whatever the setup, the hero must act swiftly to save her life. There’s always a lot of attempted drama and exciting music, with the camera switching from the impeding doom to the handsome hero doing his thing. The cutting will get faster as the danger gets closer and closer. Will his true love make it through the day? Will the hero save the day? Will he? Huh? Huh? Of course he will. I’ve never seen a movie where he doesn’t.
So that brings up my question: is there a movie where the damsel in distress bites it? Just once I’d like to see the industrial saw lop her head off, with the music ending abruptly as her lifeless body falls onto the floor. It’d be sublime.