Movies in which a dead body motivates the plot are all over the world of cinema. From comedy to horror and everything in between, dead bodies are bound to pop up where you least expect them. When you think about it, dead bodies are incredibly useful in films. Whether a character is trying to ditch a body or use it to get something that they need, there’s really no end to the ways that a body can help out in a pinch. This list takes a look at some favorite movies where dead bodies are integral to the plot.
When most filmgoers think of dead bodies, they’re probably imagining jump scares and spooky music to go along with said bodies, but corpses can be funny if you just give them a chance. For instance, in the film Swiss Army Man, a decaying carcass played by Daniel Radcliffe helps Paul Dano work through some serious mental issues while allowing him to escape a deserted island in a way that can only be described as Marquez-esque. And in the VHS classic, Don’t Tell Mom The Baby Sitter’s Dead, a dead body is simply the catalyst from which the plot is allowed to bloom.Keep reading to find out which films make dead bodies integral to the plot.
Actors: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Directed by: Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
Actors: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Skeet Ulrich, Catherine Mary Stewart, Eloise Broady, + more
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Actors: Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, + more
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors: January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Melissa Leo, Dwight Yoakam, + more
Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones