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02.04.2016by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Most Gruesome Movie Deaths of All Time

Death is no laughing matter, unless a filmmaker wants it to be. Killing a character can either be a grave and serious moment or it could be absolutely insanely violent and over the top. Or, it could just be fricking hilarious. In the course of film history, death scenes have been one of the most lingering moments from numerous films. Here is our ranking of the ten most gruesome movie death scenes. Some are more grotesque than others, but these are all definitely ways you would never want to go in real life. If we missed a death scene you feel deserves to have made this list, let us know in the talk backs below.

Honorable Mention - KARATECI KIZ

Many of you have likely stumbled across different edits of the above video from the 1973 Turkish film, KARATECI KIZ. Above you will find the original version from the film without the added slow motion and screaming. I cannot tell if it is better or worse, but it is one hell of a scene.

#10 - DEADLY FRIEND

Wes Craven's cult classic may be the only film I can think of that features someone's head being smashed like a watermelon. It is also the only film I can think of where the murder weapon is a basketball. Either way, this is a pretty f*cked up way to die. The spastic corpse spewing blood after the fact just adds to the mess.

#9 - AMERICAN HISTORY X

Almost 20 years after it was released, this is still a profoundly disturbing film. There are countless gut-wrenching moments in this movie, but the infamous "bite the curb" scene is still beyond brutal. You feel the intensity coming off of Edward Norton like a heat and cannot help but cringe as he raises his boot for the kill.

#8 - RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

Fortune and glory, kid. How would you like to search for the ultimate power and the moment you make eye contact with it, your face melts off? Yeah, I didn't think so.

#7 - ALIEN

This scene was so upsetting, it caught the cast in the shot off guard. Audiences have long been affected by this scene. Poor John Hurt...the guy had an alien face-f*cking him and as soon as he is free, the baby it laid down his throat comes bursting out of his chest. That is a terrible way to go.

#6 - ZOMBIE

Italians sure know how to make horror films. In director Lucio Fulci's best work, a pseudo-sequel to DAWN OF THE DEAD, there is a zombie versus shark scene, but that is not the worst kill. The worst is the above video of a woman's head being slowly pulled towards a splinter of wood. Why a zombie would bother doing this doesn't make logical sense, but why the hell are we looking for logic in a zombie movie?

#5 - TOTAL RECALL

Get your ass to Mars. Or, on second thought, maybe you should stay on Earth where there is glorious oxygen. You don't want your eyeballs popping out of your head if you accidently step outside of a habitable zone, do you? It looks kind of silly almost three decades later, but I still feel short of breath seeing Cohagen choke to death.

#4 - A SERBIAN FILM

I will not go into detail with the brutal and horrific death scenes in this film and you should probably avoid it altogether. As bad as some of these deaths are, the worst kill has to be the guy who gets a dick through the eye socket. Yeah, you read that right. What a way to go.

#3 - LIVE AND LET DIE

James Bond films have always had elaborate death scenes, but LIVE AND LET DIE is the only one that includes sharks and an inflated Yaphet Kotto exploding when his gas-filled body hits a stalagtite. Yeah, I shit you not. If you are someone who suffers from any sort of gas, this could be your most horrific nightmare.

#2 - ROBOCOP

Paul McCrane's character of Emil may be the most unfortunate son of a bitch ever to grace a feature film. Trying to take down Alex Murphy, Emil crashes into toxic waste. As the sludge seeps into his body, Emil begins to transform into a puddle of deformity as he slowly searches for someone to put him out of his misery. It is then that he gets slammed into and turned into a chutney of blood and guts. Brutal.

#1 - CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD

Another Lucio Fulci cult classic, this film features a rotting baby corpse, a dead priest, and a death by drill to the temple. But, that is not the worst kill. The worst death features two lusty young people who spot the spectre of the dead clergyman. Under his demonic gaze, the girl's eyes drip blood and she then proceeds to vomit all of her internal organs. Then, and only then, does the boyfriend die by having the back of his skull squashed like a banana. This is the worst death I have ever seen.

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9:04PM on 02/05/2016
A Serbian film isn't even worth the watch. It's low, classless and sick. Dont waste your time like I did
A Serbian film isn't even worth the watch. It's low, classless and sick. Dont waste your time like I did
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12:43PM on 02/05/2016
wheres The Story of Rikki or Dead Alive? Wheres Scanners or that one scene in Shaun of the Dead? or the Devils Rejects? my list could go on and on
wheres The Story of Rikki or Dead Alive? Wheres Scanners or that one scene in Shaun of the Dead? or the Devils Rejects? my list could go on and on
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3:39PM on 02/05/2016
Yeah was thinking about those as well, but I guess the deaths in Riki-Oh and Dead Alive were more for comedic effect than being genuinely disturbing. I guess a list of 10 is not enough. A few more that come to mind are Cannibal Holocaust, Haute Tension, Hellraiser, Videodrome, the fire extinguisher scene from Irreversible, Wolf Creek 2, Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto, and not to forget the countless torture porn series.
Yeah was thinking about those as well, but I guess the deaths in Riki-Oh and Dead Alive were more for comedic effect than being genuinely disturbing. I guess a list of 10 is not enough. A few more that come to mind are Cannibal Holocaust, Haute Tension, Hellraiser, Videodrome, the fire extinguisher scene from Irreversible, Wolf Creek 2, Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto, and not to forget the countless torture porn series.
11:28AM on 02/05/2016
How is "Scanners" not on this list?
How is "Scanners" not on this list?
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10:29AM on 02/05/2016
The stabbing in Saving Private Ryan still absolutely horrifies me and shoulda been on here. And if implied, off-screen death counts, my vote is the "what's in the box?" scene from Se7en.
The stabbing in Saving Private Ryan still absolutely horrifies me and shoulda been on here. And if implied, off-screen death counts, my vote is the "what's in the box?" scene from Se7en.
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10:16AM on 02/05/2016
Still gives me the chills. Brutal.
Still gives me the chills. Brutal.
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9:26AM on 02/05/2016

Enough with the slide shows!! It's annoying

Just post everything to ONE page. These slide shows suck and are infested with ads. I hope everyone uses AdBlocker.
Just post everything to ONE page. These slide shows suck and are infested with ads. I hope everyone uses AdBlocker.
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9:16AM on 02/05/2016
How is the woman ripped in half in Hatchet not in this list?!
How is the woman ripped in half in Hatchet not in this list?!
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9:08AM on 02/05/2016
The deputy's death scene in Bone Tomahawk is by far the most gruesome I've seen..should be on this list.
The deputy's death scene in Bone Tomahawk is by far the most gruesome I've seen..should be on this list.
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3:11AM on 02/09/2016
Just watched it today. Holy shit that was horrific. Should be number one on this list
Just watched it today. Holy shit that was horrific. Should be number one on this list
9:25AM on 02/05/2016
I was actually hoping it was on here... oh well, no point in click through 10 ad riddles pages to see this list.
I was actually hoping it was on here... oh well, no point in click through 10 ad riddles pages to see this list.
8:20AM on 02/05/2016

Uh... Anybody seen Bone Tomahawk???

I won't spout off as if this death scene should be in the Top 10 b/c then you have to take one out and I'm sure they are all more than deserving despite me not having seen them all. However, if you have yet to see Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell then you clearly don't know the scene I'm talking about. Regardless, if you haven't then you are in luck b/c that means there's a phenomenal movie experience still to be had along with a death scene you only need to see once to remember it
I won't spout off as if this death scene should be in the Top 10 b/c then you have to take one out and I'm sure they are all more than deserving despite me not having seen them all. However, if you have yet to see Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell then you clearly don't know the scene I'm talking about. Regardless, if you haven't then you are in luck b/c that means there's a phenomenal movie experience still to be had along with a death scene you only need to see once to remember it FOREVER.

PS. While the Robocop scene selected for this list is undeniably brutal, I would at swap that one out for Murphy's initial demise. Knowing there's no mercy to be had and the way they toy with him by blowing off his hand and then finishing him off while the entire lineup cackles.. I suppose the theme of this list is in fact "gruesome" so maybe I'm missing the mark of the intent when I bring up this scene in particular but it's still at least worth mentioning!
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9:53AM on 02/05/2016
Zeller515 I agree on both counts. The death in Bone Tomahawk was horrific and genuinely disturbing.

And the Murphy death scene in Robocop was brutal and heartbreaking because he had absolutely no help (I think his partner was wounded or frozen in shock or something). For someone who really gets invested in movies that's always been a really hard scene to watch.
Zeller515 I agree on both counts. The death in Bone Tomahawk was horrific and genuinely disturbing.

And the Murphy death scene in Robocop was brutal and heartbreaking because he had absolutely no help (I think his partner was wounded or frozen in shock or something). For someone who really gets invested in movies that's always been a really hard scene to watch.
9:06AM on 02/05/2016
The death that you're referring to definitely is what first comes to mind when I think back on Bone Tomahawk.
The death that you're referring to definitely is what first comes to mind when I think back on Bone Tomahawk.
2:15AM on 02/05/2016
I would like to add Street Trash into the list, particularly the guy who literally melt to the ground while sitting on the toilet after drinking the mysterious liquor.
I would like to add Street Trash into the list, particularly the guy who literally melt to the ground while sitting on the toilet after drinking the mysterious liquor.
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2:14AM on 02/05/2016
This is the proof that old school practical special effects is the best.
This is the proof that old school practical special effects is the best.
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2:13AM on 02/05/2016
I haven't got the gut to watch this film. Seriously.
I haven't got the gut to watch this film. Seriously.
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2:12AM on 02/05/2016
Now that's a gruesome death.
Now that's a gruesome death.
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2:09AM on 02/05/2016
The Fly deserves to be on here. No excuse.
The Fly deserves to be on here. No excuse.
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12:36AM on 02/05/2016
I was gonna say the decompression chamber head explosion from Licence to Kill would be better than the Total Recall scene for this list... But to actually include a different Bond film on the list...and a very comical ungrusome one at that? Though the music is awesome in this scene
I was gonna say the decompression chamber head explosion from Licence to Kill would be better than the Total Recall scene for this list... But to actually include a different Bond film on the list...and a very comical ungrusome one at that? Though the music is awesome in this scene
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