A Cut Above: The 4 Most Gruesome Movie Decapitations

Thursday, December 29 by Joseph Gibson

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As Humphrey Bogart once famously put it, “What’s wrong with showing a guy getting his head cut off?” Bogie’s right, everybody loves a good decapitation. And if you’re in the mood for some really hardcore head-choppings, these four gruesome movie decapitations are for you. And not that this even needs to be said, but don’t try this at home, somebody might get hurt.

“Homicidal” Horrormeister William Castle loved to thrill audiences with gruesome (for the time) gore and bloodshed. One of his best acts of cinematic violence can be found in his “Psycho” knock-off “Homicidal.” The decapitation, such as it is, isn’t directly shown. All we in the audience see is the victim slowly coming down the stairs in a motorized wheelchair. When she gets to the bottom– well, let’s just say her head makes it farther down the stairs than the rest of her does.

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<p><strong>“The Omen”</strong> When you’re a Catholic <a href='http://www.screenjunkies.com/tag/priest-80/' class='linkify' target='_blank'>priest</a>, it’s easy to lose your head for God. This particular priest, though, loses his head for a different reason, the demonic Antichrist Damien. In a Rube <span data-scayt_word=Goldberg-esque death scene, the priest is helpless when a giant pane of glass comes flying at his neck at high speed. The result? His head does a few somersaults that his body can’t hope to match.