Talk about a topic that could last forever! Horror fans of course crave great stories, strong characters, potent scares and snappy dialogue – but it’s the vast array of demises that really glue the whole thing together. Some deaths are quick, some are long. Some are funny, others are brutally dour. Then there’s the ones that really make you wince.
WIth that in mind I wanted to take a look at a few death scenes that really make you sit up and say, ” things may be bad with me right now, but at least I’m not that guy!” Stuff where you just kind of have to squirm a little bit, not because it’s super gory necessarily (though it could be), but because it looks so damn uncomfortable. Knowing that this could be an ongoing thing, I wanted to start off a bit broad.This isn’t the final word on the matter, this is only the beginning. At least one of these isn’t even from a horror movie – but that doesn’t mean that the character gets off the hook with any less suffering.
Head inside to check out 5 Incredibly Painful Death Scenes and be sure to leave your suggestions for future installments in the comments!
HOSTEL: PART II
When Heather Matarazzo’s Lorna is dispatched in Elizabeth Bathory inspired fashion, it’s not necessarily protracted. But the lead-up to it is, you can’t help but feel for her as she dangles from the ceiling awaiting her fate. A death made all the more cruel given the fact that Lorna was just beginning to trust the world enough to put herself out on a limb.
When Paul McCrane’s Emil has a nasty encounter with some toxic waste, it’s pretty hard to watch him come to grips with is immediate dissolution. It’s almost merciful when he’s finally splattered by a car. I mean, does that look comfortable? I almost included the death of Peter Weller’s Murphy here, as that’s almost even more unbearable. Maybe next time!
I know what you’re thinking, “this looks pleasant enough!” True, but Martin McDonagh’s film is perhaps the most bloody drama in recent memory. Multiple murders – including exploding heads – litter its landscape. But none more cringe inducing than what happens just moments after that lovely still above. Brendan Gleeson’s Ken takes a dive from that clocktower and splatters all over the street below. To add insult to (severe) injury, he’s still quite alive after the impact and delivers a touching goodbye speech despite the fact that he’s semi-liquefied and several of his appendages are now about 10 yards away from his torso.
While there’s no shortage of Troma-inspired gore in Super, the moment that’s hardest for me to watch takes place about 30 seconds after the above still. Once Rainn Wilson’s Crimson Bolt gains the upper hand on Michael Rooker’s Abe, he begins smashing the back of his skull against the brick-lined base of that fireplace. Again and again and again. You hear bones shatter and you can actually see the structural damage rearrange Abe’s facial features before you get a glimpse of the more severe damage that’s been done to the receiving end of his skull.
FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009)
Say what you will about this installment’s relative lack of inventiveness when it comes to its kills, this one is pretty intense. America Olivo’s Amanda is sealed up in her sleeping bag and left to roast over an open fire. It’s a fairly torturous sequence, you can only imagine what it feels like – until they cut to inside the sleeping bag and you can literally hear her flesh sizzling off as she screams.