Which movie death left you feeling like you were going to be sick? First, you feel it in the pit of your stomach. Then it moves up to your heart, radiates through every pore of your body, and leaves you shaking in a cold sweat. It is fear in its most primal form. You’re so scared you can barely lift a finger. You want to cover your eyes, but there exists this dark place inside you that forces you to watch. Something really bad is about to happen. These are the scariest movie deaths in film history.
It’s a mystery to many why anyone would want to feel so petrified. However, horror as a film genre has been around since the late 1800s. Filmmakers used ghosts, zombies, vampires - whatever kind of scary monster that they could dream up - to give audiences nightmares and make them scream.
If you think about it, the horror genre hasn’t really changed that much. Monsters like Jason Voorhees, Freddie Krueger, Leatherface, Pinhead, Candyman, Ghostface, and Jigsaw are out to slash and kill. The main difference between the horror films today and ones from even a few decades ago is that modern filmmakers are always looking for more creative ways to murder innocent people.
Horror movie deaths have only grown more elaborate; just look at Jigsaw from Saw. He designs complicated games that are basically agonizing death traps for people who he thinks deserve to be punished, playing moral executioner. Where Jason Voorhees kills at will, Jigsaw plays judge and jury.
Horror films aren’t for everybody, but the fans of the genre are rabid and filled with emotion. They take their blood and gore very seriously. This list of scary movie deaths should satisfy both the casual horror fan and the fanatic.Be sure vote up the most terrifying movie death scenes below!
Dr. Hannibal Lecter cannot possibly be dangerous while locked up and handcuffed in a jail cell. Turns out that the cannibalistic hyper-intelligent serial killer can sneak out of his cuffs with a simple clip from a ball point pen. While being served his second dinner of the evening, Lecter bites the face of one guard then maces and beats down another guard with the man's own nightstick.
The doctor then guts and hangs a guard crucifixion-style from his isolated cell, but not before he borrows one of the guards' faces to mask his own. The juxtaposition of the sweet piano music and the violent imagery only adds to the scene's emotional impact.
Actors: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak, George A. Romero, Roger Corman, + more
Initial Release: 1991
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
#33 on The Most Rewatchable Movies
Actors: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, + more
Initial Release: 1979
Directed by: Ridley Scott
#9 on The Best '70s Movies
Actors: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly DAngelo, Elliott Gould, Fairuza Balk, + more
Initial Release: 1998
Directed by: Tony Kaye
#67 on The Best Movies of All Time
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Actors: Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Lin Shaye, + more
Initial Release: 1984
Directed by: Wes Craven