Top 10 Movie Deaths

Wednesday, March 16 by Tara Lightfoot

From sentimental to gory, and memorable to downright creative, this list of the top 10 movie deaths have seeped into our brains and left bloody handprints all over our psyches. Some of these flicks are cult classics and others have impacted pop-culture more than most politicians. But, they all have one thing in common: every single one is unforgettable for one reason or another.

  1. "Slaughter High" - First question: What's a horror movie without death? Second question: What's a horror movie without a young, teenage couple having sex?  Well, this flick combined those two elements when a couple was "doing the do"; the killer snuck in and hooked up electric clamps to the metal bed frame. Lo and behold, when the gal grabbed the headboard, the electric current ran through them both and, of course, killed them.
  2. "Dr. Strangelove" - Who hasn't seen the image of a crazy man waving a cowboy hat while he rides an atom bomb through the air? Come on, even "The Simpsons" spoofed it – so it must be good.
  3. "My Bloody Valentine 3-D"The killer slammed a pickaxe through a victim's head, and the end came out his eye socket (of course, leaving the eyeball stuck on the tip of the axe like an olive on a toothpick). But it wasn't the kill as much as the execution in this case, because the ax came out "into the audience" thanks to 3-D technology, dangling the eyeball above their heads. Incredible.
  4. "A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child" – Greta was forced to eat everything (even her own intestines) until she croaked. Not only was that a creatively gruesome scene, but the '80s special effects makeup was to die for.
  5. "Psycho" – Anyone who made a list of movie deaths and left off "Psycho" would probably get shot. Or at least get lots of negative comments on their article.  This film moved pop culture like no other with the terrifying murder in the shower scene. The music is unmistakable and has been used to epitomize death or scary scenes in movies since the 1960s.
  6. "Diabolique" – Yes, this movie is old. And yes, most of the movie drags on and on and on. The thrill factors and storyline just don't hold up to today's standards for creepy psycho-thrillers. But you know what? The lead woman's death scene is one of the most realistic and unsettling things ever put into cinema. Her wide eyes, stiffened body, and giant "thud" on the floor make for one scary heart attack scene. 
  7. "Alien" – Who hasn't put their hand up their own shirt and pretended a little alien was about to pop out? Exactly. Enough said.
  8. "Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky" – Riki-Oh was based on a super-strong Manga character. The movie as a whole is beyond ridiculous. But, we think a kicker is when a villain gets an uppercut from Riki-Oh and his head flies off. Wow.
  9. "Executive Decision" - Steven Segal died. That's a shocker in itself because he's the renowned "tough guy." But the best part about it was that he flew out of a plane. We think most people smiled a little inside when that happened. 
  10. "Saw II" – In "Saw II," a man was put into a trap called The Deathmask. After a certain amount of time, this mask would snap shut and embed a sheet of nails into his head unless he unlocked it with a key. However, the victim woke up in this trap, missing his left eye, and found out the key to the trap was behind his right eye. So, yes, he had to cut out his own eye and therefore blind himself in order to survive. First of all, the audience was catapulted into the agonizing moment with the character, because it was shot in real-time. Oh, and then it actually snapped closed.
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