Note: All summer long we'll be featuring this special offshoot series in addition to our regular Scenes We Love posts called Summer Scenes We Love, featuring some of our favorite scenes from summer movies of the past.
As a lover of all things gruesome and gory, it's probably no surprise that I adore the Ark of the Covenant scene in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. It may not have been a horror film, but it helped foster my appreciation for practical special effects work and love of the macabre. Plus, it scarred me for years -- the image of Major Toht's face melting off his skull in a bloody stream terrified and fascinated me as a child.
I think almost everyone in the world has seen Raiders by this point -- and knows all about Dr. Indiana Jones and his archeological exploits. So, rather than give you an overview of what the film's about, let's just dive right in to this classic scene.
Looking back, it's amazing to me now that Raiders of the Lost Ark was given a PG rating by the MPAA. It's not an overly gory film or anything, but this particular sequence and another featuring a large Nazi chopped up in an airplane propeller seem pretty gruesome for a movie that didn't require a parent or guardian for children under the age of 17. This scene, which finds the Nazis finally opening the Ark, is especially graphic and probably traumatized more kids than just me.