A teenager had gasoline poured down his throat and was set on fire in a murderous re-enactment of a spoof horror movie, a British court heard.
Simon Everitt, 17, was lured to a meeting and attacked after beginning a relationship with Fiona Statham, 19, prosecutor Karim Khalil told a court in Norwich.
Jimi-Lee Stewart, 25, and Jonathan Clarke, 19 — who had both been involved with Statham — are said to have then thrown him into the trunk of a car driven by a friend, Maria Chandler, 40.
The group drove Everitt to a wooded area near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk where their victim's hands and ankles were bound and he was doused in gas before a burning match was thrown at him, the court was told.
The court heard the gang later returned to the spot and dragged the engineering student's body to a shallow grave nearby, Britain's Daily Mail reports.
Everitt's remains were not found until three weeks after he disappeared, the court was told.Stewart, Chandler and Clarke all deny murder.
Khalil said the attack was inspired by a scene from the 2006 Christopher Smith movie "Severance," in which a young man is similarly tied to a tree and set ablaze.
"It recreates, doesn't it, some of the worst aspects of the film," Khalil said, after showing jurors at Norwich Crown Court a clip from the movie.
"When Mr. Clarke watched that DVD he made a comment to this effect: 'Wouldn't it be wicked if you could actually do that to someone in real life?,'" Khalil said, quoting a woman who had watched the film with Clarke about a year before the killing.