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.
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.
A Busload of Decapitations in "Tag (Riaru Onigokko)"
Character Who Loses Their Head: Everyone but Mitsuko
Tag is a uniquely Japanese existential slaughter fest. What's it about? Well, to quote IMDb, "A girl's [Mitsuko] life cascades into chaos as everyone around her suffers a gruesome fate while she herself becomes less and less certain of who she is and what kind of a world she lives in."
It isn't often that a head decapitates itself. But then, The Thing isn't your average movie, and that's exactly what happens here, as the assimilated Norris's head attempts to escape from the flamethrower after he removes his own noggin. The mutant, severed head is eventually brought to justice, though.
#3 on The Best Movies of 1982
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.