Graveyard Shift 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: 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: 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: Medic
 
Being trapped in a giant, underground military research lab full of zombies is never good. When four characters in that situation find themselves locked in a glass corridor with massive metal doors at either end, you know something really bad is coming. And come it does, in the form of lasers. It's not just Medic who gets sliced-and-diced, but she's the sole decapitation, and her head slides off her neck so cleanly you almost wanna admire it.

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Character Who Loses Their Head: Billy
 
This decapitation is a classic fake out. The character marked for death is saved from a speeding train at the last second by a friend. Unfortunately, for Billy, a stray piece of scrap metal stuck under the train flies up and slices his head off as the train passes. C'est la mort.

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