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Old 01-18-2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I was talking about this with a friend recently and thought it made a nice little forum thread idea. So, what are the most shocking death scenes in cinema?

One that instantly springs to mind for me has got to be from the very start of Sinister. The very opening shot, straight away we see a family of 4 being hanged. It's just a single unflinching shot that seems to last for ages. What an opening! Once you see that, you know you're in for a very special movie!


Another one that I thought of - completely different to Sinister! - is the death scene in Bambi. If you want to traumatise a kid, stick on Bambi...or Lion King!

So what are your most shocking cinematic death or murder scenes? Which ones either made you jump back in horror, or burst with emotion?
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:38 AM   #2
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Top 25 Film Deaths

1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) - Major 'King' Kong - Slim Pickens
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3. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Bonnie and Clyde Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway
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4. Alien (1979) Kane John Hurt
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5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Dr. Frank Poole - Gary Lockwood
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6. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid Paul Newman and Robert Redford
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7. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Arab Swordsman - Terry Richards
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8. Se7en (1995) John Doe - Kevin Spacey
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9. Reservoir Dogs (1992) Mr. White, Nice Guy Eddie Cabot, Joe Cabot, Mr. Orange - Harvey Keitel, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, Tim Roth
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10. Scanners (1981) Guy
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11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - R.P. McMurphy - Jack Nicholson
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12. Brazil (1985) - Archibald 'Harry' Tuttle - Robert De Niro
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13. Jaws (1975) Chrissie - Denise Cheshire
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15. Jaws (1975) - Sam Quint - Robert Shaw
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16. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) Sarah Connor Linda Hamilton
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17. The Dark Knight (2008) Thug
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18. No Country for Old Men (2007) - Man in Ford - Chip Love
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19. The Princess Bride (1987) Vizzini - Wallace Shawn
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20. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) Henchman Flattened by Steamroller (plus deleted scene) - Michael McDonald / Mustafa - Will Ferrell
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21. Jurassic Park (1993) - Robert Muldoon - Bob Peck
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22. Jurassic Park (1993) - Donald Gennaro - Martin Ferrero
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23. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Major Arnold Toht - Ronald Lacey
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24. Catch-22 (1970) Guy on Dock
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25. Goldfinger (1964) - Jill Masterson - Shirley Eaton
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:32 AM   #3
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Yeah I remembered there had already been a list and a discussion somewhere

I posted that one of the most ghoulish was in the 13 Ghosts remake where the Lawyer gets sliced in two the long way by the glass door
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Best death scenes maybe, but I wouldn't really consider most of those to be particularly "shocking".
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Best death scenes maybe, but I wouldn't really consider most of those to be particularly "shocking".
A shocking death scene would be Leo DiCaprio in The Departed. I remember the entire theater erupted into a collective, "WHAT?!?!?!" when that moment ocurred. For many, it even ruined the movie.
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Yes, my list was best and not shocking.

And I remember that scene in the theater as well. People were very vocal about it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:50 AM   #7
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A shocking death scene would be Leo DiCaprio in The Departed. I remember the entire theater erupted into a collective, "WHAT?!?!?!" when that moment ocurred. For many, it even ruined the movie.
Yes! Never saw it coming, especially in the way it happened.

The other one I can think of like this (although I am in no way saying the films are comparable) was Samuel L Jackson in Deep Blue Sea. Cut him of mid sentence!
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the one that really got me is the first time I watched Ben get it after all he went through surviving the night in in Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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No, the best death scene is Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters, when she gets pulled in a chair- that is awesome!
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the deaths at the end of The Mist. Makes it even more shocking once everything else is revealed
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the deaths at the end of The Mist. Makes it even more shocking once everything else is revealed
That ending made the film for me and changed it from good to great. Showed it had balls and tried to be different. Loved it!
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A shocking death scene would be Leo DiCaprio in The Departed. I remember the entire theater erupted into a collective, "WHAT?!?!?!" when that moment ocurred. For many, it even ruined the movie.
I don't know if I would call it "best" since in retrospect it was kind of cheap, but this one definitely has my vote as "most shocking." I literally had no idea that it was coming.
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