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RE: "the horror"

"Horror though? Naaa, that's Alien!"
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That scene in the dillapidated old hotel where Roy Batty is toying with Deckard who means to capture and 'retire' the leader of the replicants (Batty). But Batty is superior in every way that matters. At one point Batty, on the other side of the wall, punches through the wall, grabbing Deckard's weapon hand. He breaks Deckard's trigger finger, then puts the weapon back in his hand. Deckard doesn't have a chance. Later in that act Batty howls like a wolf, adding immensely to the horriffic atmosphere.

The horror reveals itself in the opening scene where the replicant Leon shoots officer Holden under the table during the interview session designed to identify replicants from humans.

The horror reveals itself when replicant Pris attacks Deckard. She also displays superior physical abilities but after a valiant strugle Deckard manages to shoot her with his weapon. Pris was the pleasure replicant, fwiw.

That scene where the replicants gather around Hanibal Chew, the technician specializing in the manufacture of replicant eyes. Their purpose is to find their target, Dr. Tyrell. They kill Hanibal Chew after getting from him the location of another techie that knows how to get in touch with Tyrell.

That scene with Tyrell where Batty kills Tyrell using his thumbs against Tyrell's eyes, gouging out the eyes and crushing his skull. A horriffic death for Tyrell.

Also in that Tyrell death scene Batty kills J.F. Sebastian who had led the replicants to Tyrell. This killing is especially ugly because Sebastian had just witnessed the killing of his boss, Tyrell. Loose ends being tidied up.

This movie isn't Alien, that's for sure. But Bladerunner does have horror elements within and throughout. Although the movie itself is bigger than that and explores sci-fi themes, the horror is woven into the fabric of the plot. It is sci-fi horror.

-Steve


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