violence The Nastiest Decapitations in Horror Movies  

Christopher Myers
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List Rules Vote up the most gruesome and all around nastiest decapitation scenes in horror films from any era.

Decapitation is an age-old staple of the horror genre. It's is a quick, visceral, sensationalist way to kill a character that can both shock and satisfy and audience. The effectiveness of decapitations as a cinematic trick has touched all action-oriented genres in the 21st century, as filmmakers who started in horror and moved to the mainstream brought their severed heads with them (looking at you, Peter Jackson). And besides, who doesn't want to see a head get popped like a cork?

A list of horror characters who get decapitated could run for days. Here you will find some of the best, and nastiest, horror film decapitations. These are memorable scenes, mostly from quality movies, and will shock and awe you. They range from terrifying to ridiculous, and all flavors in between. Some will leave you questioning humanity, others will have you laughing uproariously. Pick your favorite and vote up the all-time nastiest horror movie decapitations.

WARNING: Spoilers and heinously NSFW videos ahead. 

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Character Who Loses Their Head: Billy
As gory as it is, Billy's death is more mercy killing than murder. When you are hemorrhaging blood from your stump-hand over a giant meat grinder as you slowly turn into a vampire, an ax to the throat isn't so bad. That's one way to cure vampirism. Billy probably welcomed it as a way out of his predicament. 

Warning: As you can probably surmise from the scene description, the video is extremely gruesome. 

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Character Who Loses Their Head: Keith Jennings

The untimely beheading of Mr. Jennings is prophesied via an ominous photograph early in the film. So, when you see the truck rolling toward him, you kinda know what's coming next. Still, seeing that plane of glass pop his head off loses none of its effect.

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Character Who Loses Their Head: Julius
If you've watched all the Friday the 13th movies, you know they become fantastically self-aware with the sixth installment, after some terrible nonsense in the fourth and fifth movies. The best of the Jason films after the classic original, VI and VIII, work as both comedy and horror. Part VIII, Jason Takes Manhattan, gives us one of best deaths in the series, that of young boxer Julius.  

Trapped on roof with Jason, Julius decides to try boxing his opponent to death. He's no Apollo Creed, but he does his best. Unfortunately for him, his opponent is unkillable. In keeping with the pugilism of the scene, Jason punches Julius's head off,  and into a dumpster. 

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Character Who Loses Their Head: Pvt. Rickles
Getting devoured alive by a hoard of zombies is usually an unpleasant affair. Pvt. Rickles has a particularly brutal demise, though, as his screaming head is ripped off his body. Zombies do love eating brains. It's probably like tearing fruit from a tree for them. 

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