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"Kiss Me Deadly" Lap Top

'one does not look into the face of the Gorgon and live'
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You have to know the film "Kiss Me Deadly" to understand the idea, which is fairly simple, and copied by Tarantino in "Pulp Fiction". Before you open your laptop you must key in a PIN number, otherwise you will activate "Kiss Me Deadly".

In this event a ferociously bright light begins to spill out from the increasing wedge shaped gap between the lid and the base, accompanied by the rising volume of a horrible undulating sound that resembles the amplified breathing of a demonic being.

Lots of links and references to the film, but couldn't find a really good one.

xenzag, Mar 10 2006

Kiss Me Deadly http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0048261/
A film by Robert Altman...and a damned good one too! [DrBob, Mar 12 2006]

Repo Man http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0087995/
A film by Alex Cox...and a damned good one too! [DrBob, Mar 12 2006]

Pulp Fiction http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/
A film by Quentin Tarantino...and etc, etc! [DrBob, Mar 12 2006]

This may help with the PIN entry... http://www.time.com...ext_gadgets/11.html
[DrCurry, Mar 14 2006]


       Is this really an original idea? Sounds like it comes straight from a film, with no real explanation of how to achieve it. (Correct me if you have added something - I haven't seen either film.)   

       And it's not clear to me how you enter a PIN number in a laptop *before* you open it.
DrCurry, Mar 10 2006

       Dr Curry - Well spotted. It does come straight from the film, as described. The originality comes from the novelty of the application. The movie, by the way, is a film noire classic, and if someone was to manufacture what I have described it would fly off the shelves and into the hands of movie buffs, including me.... but having said that I agree, there's not much invention in it.   

       You enter the pin number on a key pad on the outside of the lap top. Positioning it on the inside would be a bit like having the key-hole for the safe on the inside of the door. Dear oh dear, this is basic stuff. Can I not just have a bone and be done with it?
xenzag, Mar 10 2006

       Forgive me for being pedantic, but what's new about the idea then? Was it not a laptop in the movie? You might possibly describe what happened in the movie to give this context for those of us who haven't seen it.
DrCurry, Mar 10 2006

       In the movie the case contained nuclear material and everyone was after it. As xenzag says, the idea was lifted slightly in 'Pulp Fiction', where the case contained gold and, before that, in 'Repo Man' where the case was replaced by a car and the objects in the boot (trunk) were the decaying bodies of some dead aliens.

I like the idea (+), but you'll need a supply of dry ice on board in order to get the 'spilling out' effect.
DrBob, Mar 12 2006


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