The Grisliest Moments In Quentin Tarantino Movies

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Vote up the moments that take violence to a whole new level.

Quentin Tarantino is known for films that are both extremely violent and incredibly satisfying. Films like Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown are essentially salacious crime tales, but he punctuates important moments with legit blood and guts. However, he really lets his hair down in the Kill Bill series and in his later work like Django Unchained.

Regardless of the era, every Tarantino film has at least one truly perfect moment of high-velocity violence that's certain to make the audience break out in applause. Many of the following moments are some of the best-known scenes in modern film history, but there are a few grisly shots here that need to be seen for a second (or third) time. Which scene really changed the game for cinematic violence? 

  • 1
    10 VOTES

    When Marvin Is Shot In The Face In 'Pulp Fiction'

    When Marvin Is Shot In The Face In 'Pulp Fiction'
    Photo: Miramax

    Tarantino is at his peak when he mixes the comic with the grotesque, and this moment from Pulp Fiction is the best of the best. After hitmen Vincent and Jules snag the stolen briefcase of their boss Marsellus Wallace from a group of West Coast slackers, they also manage to rescue their buddy Marvin - another employee of Wallace. 

    As the trio drives away from their caper, they discuss trivialities including the names of American fast food in France. Vincent keeps his gun in his hand, and while turning to chat with Marvin, he accidentally pulls the trigger when their car hits a bump. Marvin's head is turned inside out, leaving Vincent and Marvin to hide the car at a friend's before calling “The Wolf” to quite literally clean up their mess.

    10 votes
  • 2
    23 VOTES

    The Candyland Fight In ‘Django Unchained’

    Is Django Unchained Tarantino's most violent film? It's definitely up there. The film follows Django Freeman and his partner Dr. King Schultz as they work as bounty hunters while tracking down Django's wife, Broomhilda. The duo find her at "Candyland," a plantation owned by Calvin J. Candie. The two attempt to purchase Broomhilda through underhanded means, but when their plan goes belly up, there's nothing to do but shoot the place up.

    The ultra violence begins when Schultz puts a bullet through Candie's chest, and Candie's bodyguard kills Schultz. Rather than surrender, Django tears through the mansion, where he uses racist cowboys as human shields and pops a cap in anyone who so much as pokes their head into his line of sight.
    The squib budget alone for this scene must have been astronomical, but it's worth it.

    23 votes
  • 3
    9 VOTES

    The Bride Slams Buck's Head Into The Door Until He Dies In ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 1’

    The Bride Slams Buck's Head Into The Door Until He Dies In ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 1’
    Photo: Miramax

    The Kill Bill films are full of some of Tarantino's most cartoonish work, but that doesn't make the violence any less grisly. When Beatrix Kiddo wakes from her coma to discover that not only has her baby been delivered and stolen from her, but an orderly named Buck has also been renting her body out to pervs, creeps, and all assortment of weirdos, she uses her training to take him down.

    Of course, Kiddo doesn't have feeling in her legs, so she has to use pure upper-body strength to subdue Buck and smash his head in with her hospital room door until there's nothing left but a red grease spot on the tile. Kiddo celebrates her win by stealing Buck's vehicle and setting off to get some revenge.

    9 votes
  • 4
    8 VOTES

    The Bride Bites Off The Lip Of The Man Who Assaulted Her In 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1'

    The Bride Bites Off The Lip Of The Man Who Assaulted Her In 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1'
    Photo: Miramax

    When the Bride wakes up from her bullet-wound-induced coma, she does so in the middle of one of the worst things imaginable. During her coma, an orderly named Buck has invited the worst of the worst to use her body against her will.

    One of these worsts of the worsts has the bad luck of putting his face a little to close to the Bride's after she wakes up. Her response? She bites his lip off and leaves him to bleed out on the floor. If this creep survived his encounter with the Bride, he's not going to be doing this type of thing again any time soon. 

    8 votes
  • 5
    15 VOTES

    The Fight With The Crazy 88 In ‘Kill Bill:" Vol 1’

    The Fight With The Crazy 88 In ‘Kill Bill:" Vol 1’
    Photo: Miramax

    There are so many hyper-violent moments in Kiddo's fight with the Crazy 88 that it's hard to cherry pick just one part of the fight. Is it the moment where Go Go catches a swinging mace to the head? How about when a gang member has his arms cut off and he sprays blood everywhere like a double-nozzled gore fountain? Or maybe it's when she straight-up cuts a guy in half and he explodes in a big ol' splash of blood.

    Those are all great, but let's highlight the moment that begins the sequence. Kiddo secretly makes her way to the House of Blue Leaves and grabs O-Ren's right-hand woman and translator, Sofie Fatale, before slicing off her arm and leaving her to flail around the floor spraying an almost comical amount of blood as O-Ren, the Crazy 88, and regular club-goers watch on as Fatale writhes in pain. This whole scene rocks, so you really can't go wrong picking a grisly moment here.

    15 votes
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    6 VOTES

    The Bride Cuts Off O-Ren Ishi's Scalp In 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1'

    The Bride Cuts Off O-Ren Ishi's Scalp In 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1'
    Photo: Miramax

    Every moment in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is leading up to Beatrix Kiddo's showdown with O-Ren, a former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and current yakuza boss. The film suggests that O-Ren and Kiddo were closer than the other members of the Squad, which makes their final fight all the more emotional.

    After Kiddo tears her way through O-Ren's personal gang, the Crazy 88, the two warriors face off in the snow with katanas. The fight is intense, but it's not as brutal as everything that's come before, at least until Kiddo scalps O-Ren, leaving nothing but her former friend's brain exposed.

    That's the last the audience sees of O-Ren, but her demise has ramifications throughout the second film. Not only does Bill know Kiddo is coming for him, but he also knows she means business.

    6 votes