Nightmare on the Himalaya Mountains – A Review of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

by Cesidia on September 12, 2012

thumbnailAside from the ending of the fourth movie, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is probably the scariest Indiana Jones of them all. Human sacrifice including pulling out people’s hearts, dipping their bodies into deep pits of lava and psycho leaders, this movie has got all the scary elements it needs. In this installment of the Indiana Jones series, Temple of Doom keeps you on your toes with anticipation. Will Indiana Jones succeed in his mission of retrieving the mystical stone or will he succumb to the cult he stumbles upon’s hypnosis? Will he defeat the villain let alone get out of the cliff in time to save his own life?
I remember the first time I watched this movie I was grossed out by all the bugs they used in this movie. If snakes were not enough from the last movie there are so many bugs and other gross things used in this movie. Although I think Willie, the damsel in distress in this movie is more annoying than Marion in so many ways (I can still hear her shrill voice scream “Indie!” as he lowers her deeper in the pit of lava) I have to agree with most of her squirminess to all these creepy crawlers. I would run out of there as fast as I could. There is nothing I am more grossed out by than bugs.
However as scary and gross this movie, there was some pretty cool stuff that happened in the movie. The last time I watched this movie I tweeted during the mine chase scene that Disneyworld should make a ride based on this scene. Low and behold my friend tweeted back telling me that although Disneyworld just has the stunt show, Disneyland has the ride based on this scene. Needless to say, I know what I’m doing when I go to LA next spring. This scene is amazing and looks like so much to film. It is slightly unrealistic however. First off, if Indie actually stopped the cart with his foot he would be in so much pain from the friction. I’ve stopped myself on those razor scooters before and barefoot it kills, even with a shoe you can feel it. That doesn’t even take into account how fast that cart was probably even going. The other thing that is slightly unrealistic is the water. I’m pretty sure they gave them more time to escape the water than they would have gotten in real life. Water can travel fast. Regardless of those few facts, I’m very happy that Indiana Jones survived.
This movie definitely gave me nightmares a child but it’s a very memorable movie and the storyline is very interesting. And it is the only Indiana Jones movie that doesn’t have the antagonists as Nazis so props for that. But most importantly I cannot wait to try out that ride at Disneyland, I hope it’s just as thrilling as the movie was!

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