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Repetition can have a numbing effect. A dramatic scene viewed on repeat loses its power; repeating a joke kills its humor. But this violent Ironclad trailer (below) definitely tests one's gore quotient. Hack! Maim! Plunge! Repeat! Incoming!

Ironclad focuses on a brave and brutal pack of Knights Templar who defend a castle from King John in 13th-century England. Starring Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, and Brian Cox, the film fuses the gory, stylized violence of 300 with the venerable heroism of Braveheart. Anyone remember Paul Verhoeven's Flesh + Blood?

This violent mash-up suggests that Ironclad might make it onto the list of the goriest scenes of all time: