Chicago's fatty foods have blood on their hands. In news that seems straight out of an episode of Supernatural, a Chicago man has died after cutting his own pacemaker out of his chest. Channing Askew complained of chest pains and, while waiting for an ambulance to arrive, carved the device out with a screwdriver or knife, or perhaps some kind of hyper-advanced screw-knife hybrid?

At any rate, that's horrifying... but it would be cool in a movie. Self-mutilation has been a popular theme in movies. Especially those that aim to creep us out. Like these gory gems.

Evil Dead

One of the most famous scenes in Evil Dead sees Bruce Campbell going to battle with his own demonically-possessed hand. After slapping himself around for awhile, he gets the bright idea to remove it with a chainsaw. Dude. It's called rope. He could have easily subdued that thing.


Of all the ways that the Saw films managed to grind, disassemble, and splatter their victims, one of the grisliest scenarios happens in the original film. After awaking to find himself bound by chains in a filthy bathroom, Cary Elwes is faced with a life or death choice. Sit in the room and die. Or saw off his foot and hobble to safety. What's he really need it for anyway? It's not like he's a professional field goal kicker.


Thirteen gives a hot look at the world of cutting. Oh wait. Those girls are actually thirteen? I didn't mean hot. I meant, thoughtful, raw, and artistic. Yeah.

Cast Away

Just when you think that things couldn't get worse for Tom Hanks in Cast Away, he develops a toothache. The pain is so intense that he has to perform dental surgery on himself by knocking the tooth out. With. An. Ice. Skate. UGGGHHH!!!!

See what can happen when you travel without packing a toothbrush?


Much like Britney Spears, Oldboy just gets grosser the longer you watch. After depicting multiple acts of gruesome violence, the film is topped off with a character cutting his own tongue out with scissors. Not only is it nasty, but it's also incredibly short-sighted. Is he not even considering how delicious ice cream is?

127 Hours

Based on a true story, 127 Hours stars James Franco as a thrill seeker who must cut off his own arm after it gets pinned between rocks. The gruesome scene caused many audience members to pass out, vomit, or leave the theater entirely. I'm expecting the same to happen with Tower Heist.

Little Children

I don't want to spoil what the reformed pedophile character played by Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children does with that knife. Let's just say he doesn't use it to cut cake.


The symbolism in Lars von Trier's Antichrist is so overt, it's almost a futile exercise to try and decipher the director's intentions. However, I feel like film theorists missed the mark when they critiqued the film's self-disemboweling fox. The scene is clearly constructed to conveys von Trier's frustration with the direction of the Air Bud films. Talking puppies in space? C'mon.

Short Circuit 2

The thrilling climax of Short Circuit 2 sees Johnny 5 pushed to the edge. After growing distant from his father, the young robot is seduced by the seedy underbelly of New York. When his intrinsically kind nature is exploited and his body damaged badly, he adorns himself with piercings, tattoos, and a badass mohawk before attacking his tormentors. Much like Lisbeth Salander.

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