I remember seeing an old sci-fi movie where there was a scene on a boat. The guy is tortured by putting him up on the lookout ledge. Then a storm comes and the guy is continuously struck by lightning until only his skeleton is left when they take the body down.

i can't remember the specifics of the sci-fi movie but I think in that scene it was a scientist that was persecuted aboard the ship for some reason.

I think the people and the ship was late 1700's or 1800s style.

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    What is "sci-fi" about it?
    – user14111
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 22:15
  • i just remember that it was in a sci-fi movie but i can't remember which one.
    – user43003
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 22:46
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    Was it a private ship or a naval vessel? Was the protagonist young or old? Do you actually see him struck by lightning? When you say "old sci-fi movie", was it black and white or colour? Do you remember why he was punished? Why were they on a boat?
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 23:16
  • i think it was a naval ship, not a private one. full crew and they were nervous,i think, as they watched the storm. from what i remember, you see the body from far away, from the deck so you're not quite sure what happens to him until they bring the skeleton down. i think it may have been color, but i'm not 100% sure. i don't remember why he was being punished - it may be that the man who killed him wasn't from the boat and neither was he and that the boat was incidental to them both
    – user43003
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 23:23
  • I didn't ask you for the name of the movie, I asked you what was sci-fi about it. Did it have invading aliens? Monsters? Robots? Zombies? Time machines? Spaceships? Colliding planets? Atomigeddon? Invisibility? Dragons? Demons? Angels? Ghosts?
    – user14111
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 23:24

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It's a bit of a long shot, but towards the end of the film Frankenstein: The True Story Frankenstein is on a boat from England to America. The monster has stowed away on the boat and when he (it?) emerges a big fight ensues. Polidori is hoisted into the rigging where he is struck by lightning leaving just a skeleton.

The scientist would presumably be Victor Frankenstein.

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    I'll second this. James Mason hanging from the mast. I'm old enough to have watched it when it first aired.
    – Fruitbat
    Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 11:13
  • @Fruitbat: me too :-) It was the sort of scene that stays with you, especially since I was only 12 at the time!! Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 11:22
  • just watched the scene. it seems a lot different than my child's memories of it but it must be the same one i'm thinking of. the people and the ship seem to be the same. i don't remember the monster being up there with him though. will chock it up to a 30+ year old memory. thanks again
    – user43003
    Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 14:41

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