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Raiders of the Lost Ark, Toht (Ronald Lacey)

Site Rating: 84%
(ratings: 13)
Writeup Rating: 47%
(ratings: 3)
Film: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Deceased Character: Toht (Ronald Lacey)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed with: Ark of the covenant



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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 1st Nov 2005

Kindly submitted by Rick

Toht is one of the Nazi allies of Belloq, who was sent to retrieve the main headpiece of the Staff of Ra, which Marion posesses.

He was also present when Belloq (q.v.) opened the Ark. At first, he laughs at the fact there is nothing but sand and dust inside, but when the Ark unleashes its power, Screaming in agony and terror, Toht ends up melting, ending his life.



The ark of the covenant proves to be too hot to handle



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Other Death Reviews for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Arab swordsman (Terry Richards)
Colonel Dietrich (Wolf Kahler)
German Soldier (John Rees)
Gobler (Anthony Higgins)
Rene Belloq (Paul Freeman)
Satipo (Alfred Molina)
Toht (Ronald Lacey)

Last Updated: 2nd Jun 2008
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This review has 13 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
Any pics?
Comment 2 by 'Ocafi' (reply to this comment)
Here's one:



Loved the gargling sound. Very gruesome.
Comment 3 by 'Rick' (reply to this comment)
I loved the special effects. That kind of death is gory.
Comment 4 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Mr. Briggs Inc. Wrote:
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> Any pics?

I submitted a few, along with Dietrich's imploding head.


Comment 5 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
Yes, Kooshmeister has graciously sent in a few great screen grabs for this and a few other deaths too (many thanks!) and i will look to add them in the coming days.

Comment 6 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Some Trivia:
The effect was achieved by sculpting muscles and layers onto a skull, made out of dental algin (used to take casts out of teeth). Using a heat lamp, they heated the sculpting. They shot at one-frame-per-second, so when it plays back, it appears to melt. SFX supervisor Richard Edlund has the skull, which is the only thing left.
Comment 7 by 'Simon' (reply to this comment)
I think the thing that easily gives away the fact that this footage was sped up to look like Toht was melting fast was that his glasses slope off his nose slowly and then, all of a sudden, slip of his melting face so fast it looks like they jumped from his face to below his chin.
Comment 8 by 'bone melting' (reply to this comment)
i wish the bad guys would win in the films (unless there gang members or rebals) this efect is realy cool i wish it would hapen to ja ja binks or the charicters in whinny the pooh APART from Christifer Robin (thats just wrong) what i meen is i wish the good guy in films would get it, welll some of them but not the cool ones such as Police academyand i certanetely DON'T want to sea children get hurt. I liked the first film in Indiana Jhones & the 3rd but the temple of doom STANK:thumbsdown: but the others are action packed and funny,[nice smiley] indiana johnes is wornderful. I like a good bad guy myself aslong as it not some thuggish TROGLODITE:fingersup:. i think special afects like this are so good the only good computer afects are those in tron. it is important to use real afects in a film such as building up a wax dummy layer by layer.
Comment 9 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
[quote bone melting]i wish the bad guys would win in the films (unless there gang members or rebals)[/quote]Which kind of eliminates almost every kind of villain. Most bad guys are "rebels" in the sense that as criminals they're going against the laws of the land.

[quote bone melting]this efect is realy cool i wish it would hapen to ja ja binks or the charicters in whinny the pooh APART from Christifer Robin (thats just wrong)[/quote]Why? Because he's a kid? But you wouldn't have a problem seeing the equally young Roo melting gruesomely...

[quote bone melting]what i meen is i wish the good guy in films would get it[/quote]Good guys die a lot in movies. Just not main good guys very often.
Comment 10 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
[quote Kooshmeister][quote bone melting]i wish the bad guys would win in the films (unless there gang members or rebals)[/quote]Which kind of eliminates almost every kind of villain. Most bad guys are "rebels" in the sense that as criminals they're going against the laws of the land.[/quote]Not in Raiders! The Nazis weren't a gang as they were the ruling government of Germany and not rebels because they were trying to suppress rebellion! I think Bone Melting would like Brazil where the law-abiding bad guys win in the end :thumbup:
Comment 11 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Well, they did rebel against the world. winking smiley
Comment 12 by 'Ashley Pomeroy' (reply to this comment)
I think it's a good thing that the Nazis did not win, in this film and in real life. Let's leave it at that.
Comment 13 by 'Kevin' (reply to this comment)
They found the Ark of the Covenant; Jesus Crucifixion site, Tomb, and the Ark of the Covenant found buried under Skull Mountain in Jerusalem.

[arkofthecovenant2.blogspot.com]