Written by Mr. Mouseburger 29th Jun 2005
Belloq is a rival archaeologist to Indiana Jones, and throughout the film has profited from Indy's endeavours using his slimy Gallic charm. After Jones has discovered the Ark of the Covenant and dug it up, Belloq, using his Nazi friends, manages to take it from our hero.
Before showing it to the Fuhrer, Belloq decides to open up the Ark to make sure this is the real thing and not some imitation. We then cut to a hastily constructed altar on some remote island. Jones and Marion are tied to a stake at one end of the set a group of Nazis (including a Nazi film crew) are watching the ceremony at the other.
Belloq opens the Ark and everything seems quite trippy, with spirits floating around the altar and passing through peoples bodies. Events start turning sour when the friendly spirits take on a more sinister mien and start attacking the assembled Nazis. We cut back to Belloq who is still looking at the Ark in awe when a ball of fire comes from the Ark and engulfs him.
The ball of fire uses Belloq as a conduit, and lightning shoots out of Belloq's chest and strikes the assembled Nazis, killing them. Belloq's death is not far behind. Screaming in terror as the fire consumes him, Belloq is finally put out of his misery when his body explodes.
Note: It is hard to describe these events accurately, as 'God works in mysterious ways'. Belloq's death is detailed as seen by this witness.