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12 Times A Movie Character's Fate Was Worse Than Death

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In films that feature unimaginable levels of violence and pain, death can be a welcome release. But other characters endure a fate that is actually worse than death, and are left to suffer in some of the most gut-wrenchingly sick situations imaginable.

The following characters from films end up in closing scenes with no hope of escape or a savior. Their fates are macabre, disturbing, and often completely undeserved.

  • When a storm hits a New England town accompanied by a thick mist, David finds himself trapped in a supermarket with his son and a number of others. As they are picked off by otherworldly creatures that come from the mist, he fights both the vicious onslaught and a religious zealot who claims Armageddon is upon them.

    David escapes the store with his son and a few others, but discovers that his wife has died in their home. With no means of avoiding the mist, he uses his last four bullets to kill his son and his friends, wishing to spare them a terrible fate at the hands of the creatures.

    When he leaves his car to let the creatures attack him, the mist suddenly disappears and the military arrives to take out the beasts. David has the horrible realization that he needlessly killed his loved ones.

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  • A European vacation with her best friend goes unimaginably awry when Lindsay finds herself an unwilling participant in the sick fantasy of a deranged German surgeon. After a failed escape attempt, Lindsay is given the worst possible "middle" position in a "human centipede," with her mouth attached to a human anus and her anus attached to a mouth.

    In the end, Lindsay is left alone in the house, trapped between her deceased companions, unable to talk or stand. Because her captor and two detectives on his case perish in a melee, it is unknown if she has any chance of rescue - or if she'd even want it.

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  • 3. Wallace - 'Tusk'

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    Wallace, a podcast host in search of interesting stories for his show, visits the home of a retired sea captain named Howard. After learning about the walrus that saved Howard's life, Wallace is drugged and passes out. Upon waking, Howard shares his sick plan for Wallace and gives the terrified man just enough time to make a frantic phone call for help before knocking him out again.

    When Wallace comes to once again, Howard has completed his mission: surgically dismembering Wallace and sewing him into a walrus-shaped body made of human skin. Howard trains Wallace to be a walrus, and after a physical altercation, Howard is stabbed to death with one of Wallace's "tusks" made out of human bone. Though Wallace is rescued, he has to live out his days in a monstrous body.

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  • On holiday in France, Rex's girlfriend goes into a gas station and never returns. Panicked, Rex searches for his love, but she seems to have vanished into thin air. Three years later, he is still desperate for answers. He receives letters from her supposed captor asking him to meet, but the captor never appears.

    After a televised plea, the man responsible for her disappearance tells Rex that the only way to know what happened to his girlfriend is to have the same experience she did. After being drugged, Rex wakes up to find that he is trapped in a box, buried underground with no hope of escape.

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