The Horror genre has a longstanding tradition of trying to scare the ever-living crap out of you while simultaneously making you feel as uncomfortable as possible.
To the average dedicated horror most attempts at absolutely insane dispatches of cookie cutter teenagers come off as old, lame, or just mildly inventive. But every once in a while, from out of seemingly nowhere, you remember what it was like to truly feel something for a character’s plight.
Maybe it was a death that got to you personally or maybe it was something that just seemed a bit too real to you. With this list, I picked 5 Horror Movies kills that for one reason or another really got to me whether it was emotionally, physically, or disgustedly. Well I know you’re all eager to read then debate the article so I give you the first installment of 5 Disturbing Horrific Horror Movies Kills.
5: A Body Falls hits the Lobby Film: [REC] (Dir: Jaume Belaguero and Paco Plaza) Subject: The young fireman Alex
Met Their Maker: Following an intense next biting sequence, we go with Angela and Pablo into the lobby of the apartment building to get the severely wounded police officer to some medical attention. Alex, for reasons unknown falls down into the lobby from the third floor and hits the floor scary everyone, including the audience.
Is horrific because: It came completely out of left field. If anyone said that they saw this coming they are a liar, a brigand, and a thief. When the cop gets bitten, we go with Pablo (cameraman) and Angela as they try to evacuate the wounded officer (and document it I guess?). Chaos is going on all around us. A man has just been bitten by a crazed woman and the tenants are all freaking out and then BAM! He hits the floor with absolutely no warning. In this case, it was a masterful use of an old horror technique mixed with the perfect blend of misdirection.
4: Handstand Handy Sack Hack: Film: Friday the 13th Part 3-D!!!! (Dir: Steve Miner) Subject: The much deserving Andy (Jeffery Rodgers)
Met Their Maker: Right before a rousing session of baby making, Andy decides to walk around on his hands like a jackass. Jason sees this and puts an end to his tomfoolery and shenanigans immediately and super violently.
Is horrific because: Jason splits Andy into two pieces starting at the bottom and going up, but topwise. This is horrific because there is no way that in the brief moments before Andy died of blood loss his “manhood” would be in separate parts of the room. That along with the setup and the sound effects makes the scene cringe worthy despite not really seeing a lot of the actual kill. The ole “mind over visuals” trick will work almost every time.
3: Alien (Dir: Ridley Scott) 1979 Subject: Kane (John Hurt)
Met Their Maker: When an alien egg that was allegedly laid in Kane’s stomach hatches causing the alien to burst out of his chest. All of this appropriately happening in the middle of dinner.
Is horrific because: In the beginning of the film, Kane gets hit with an alien face hugger and is incapacitated (coma) for some time. He comes to and in a suspiciously short amount of time, he is back to his old self again. Looks like we are in the clear right? Holy crap are you wrong. The face hugger left an egg in his chest that for reasons pertaining only to “space logic”, had to be laid as violently as possible. Since Alien was released, this scene has been parodied left and right and for good reason. This is one of the most iconic moments in Horror history because even though everyone in the audience knew that something was going to happen… they weren’t prepared for this.
2: The Descent (Dir: Neil Marshall) 2005: Subject: Spelunking cutie Beth (Alex Reid)
Met Their Maker: With a mistakenly flung picked used for exploring.
Is horrific because: In the heat of battle with stress, fear, and adrenaline running at peak heights it’s easy for people to make mistakes. Well as it turns out, the more antagonist protagonist Juno (Natalie Mendoza) was in a mean fight with angry cave dwellers when she turned around and accidently drove her cavin’pick directly into Beth’s neck. So what makes this different than any death in a horror movie? This sequence was all about how it was shot. We didn’t have a slow reveal (which has been used quite a bit), we saw Juno’s turn, the stab, then Beth’s face mixed in with Juno’s apologetic, but still stoic reaction. Everything in this situation points to it being a mistake. But when Juno left Beth to die, the audience really starts to dislike her.
1: Teeth (Dir: Mitchell Lichtenstein) 2007 Subject: Super creeps Brad (John C. Hensley) and/or Ryan (Ashley Springer)
Met Their Maker: Via Vagina Dentata…. Which is when our main character Dawn (Jess Weixler), while engaged in love making, used her vagina dentate to alleviate men of their… you know… winky.
Is horrific because: Did you ever see in a movie where something action oriented happened and the first thing the guy did was check to see if his meat and potatoes were still there? What about when you see some dude get scared (or blocking a free kick) and their hands go straight to protecting their willy? There is a very good reason for this besides just instinct. Now I’m not saying that these two gentlemen didn’t get what was coming to them at all but at the same time, you can’t help but feel a little sympathetic, if you are a guy that is. Girls appear to find this a bit gross, but hilarious. Women are apparently evil.
Well there you have it! I have a feeling everyone will chime in with death scenes they loved that I omitted or better yet “more deserving” scare scenes. So let me hear about it! It’s the only way I will be better.