Deathliest Death Scenes In Film

There are two types of horror movies: the ones that get forgotten in the oblivion of the film world and the ones that become classics, watched over and over again by many generations. One of the things that distinguished gold from copper are the death scenes, which aside from storyline (and makeup) is the most important part of a good scare. To celebrate Halloween we show you (in no particular order) the proper way to die, from the gorey to the nightmarish to the funny. And if you have any suggestions please feel free to share, we love a good death spook.


You already know the scene we’re talking about. One minute you’re laughing and having a casual space dinner with your fellow astronauts, the next an alien is jumping out of your chest. What a way to die.

American Psycho

Because nothing says murder quite like a dissertation monologue on Huey Lewis & The News. Patrick Bateman is one of the scariest psychopaths to graze the screen, like a Gordon Gecko with even less empathy, but when he kills Paul Allen we can’t help but cheer Bateman on.

House of Wax

This movie is…how can we put this politely? This movie is not the best, but it did become a cult classic for this scene alone. Paris Hilton’s death scene is as ridiculous as they come – getting speared right smack on the forehead while she runs around in her barely covered lingerie.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

The premise of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s death scene is an oft-repeated horror movie recipe: the pretty prom queen gets chased, breaks her leg, and ultimately meets her death when she can’t run any longer. Pretty hurts.


It might not be as scary today as it was when it came out in 1960, but Janet Leigh’s famous shower death scene set a new bar in the horror movie world. I personally had to get a door installed for my shower because I kept opening the curtain to make sure Norman Bates wasn’t about to slash me.

The Fly

This scene is gross, horrifying, and also super sad. Poor Jeff Goldblum never even imagined this is the way he would die – all from teleporting under the influence. If there’s anything this movie taught us is that drunk mistakes have sober repercussions.

The Omen

A movie this complete could have a list post of best death scenes all in itself, but amongst all the golden moments there is one that stands out: the brutal decapitation scene. This scene might even be responsible for the massive franchise that is Final Destination…don’t play with the devil or the devil will get you back.

Dracula: Dead and Loving It

This might be a bit of a curveball but the Mel Brooks horror-comedy spoofs Bram Stoker’s Dracula in all the right ways. With enough blood to make Quentin Tarantino squeamish, the scene where Van Helsing and Harker kill Lucy is every bit as hilarious and as gross as you would expect a Brooks movie to get.

A Nightmare On Elm Street

This is the movie that has created armies of insomniacs since its release in 1984. Like most of the movies on this list this one has a slew of choices, but perhaps the most iconic scene is beautiful baby Depp’s death that famously ends in a blood-bath explosion. In fact, Wes Craven shared that the film used over 500 gallons of fake blood. Talk about a mess.

Silence of the Lambs

Because there’s never been a classier murderer than Hannibal Lecter, and you have to give it to the genius of the doctor to successfully murder two cops and escape a high security museum-prison with only a bobby pin.

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