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Greatest Movie Death Scenes
Film Title/Year and Description

Fatal Attraction (1987)

In the conclusion of Adrian Lyne's popular thriller, scorned, obsessed and psychotic Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) wielded a large kitchen knife as she assaulted spurned wife Beth (Anne Archer) in the Gallagher upstairs bathroom.

Alex's former lover and cheating husband Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) heard her screams from downstairs and came to his wife's rescue. He found himself in a fierce fight for his life when he charged at her, pushed her into a mirror (breaking it), and was slashed with the knife in the chest when she struck back. He wrestled and grabbed her and attempted to strangle her and drown her in his home's bathtub. He let go of her neck after she stopped struggling under the water and appeared limp.

The camera drew back slowly from her face and she seemed to have died, and Dan turned away to wipe his face and catch his breath. In the surprise, shock ending, she suddenly and explosively emerged from the bathtub with a deep breath - and charged at Dan to stab him.

He was saved by his wife Beth who was in the doorway and shot her in the middle of the chest. Alex slid down the tiled bathroom wall, leaving blood stains behind.

Alex's 'Return From the Dead' During the Bathroom Brawl

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

# 32

Tormented, overweight, misfit and psychopathic Marine Private "Pyle" Leonard Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio) showed signs of intense strain during boot camp training, leading to his inevitable bloody and suicidal death.

In the middle of the night, he was ranting about his rifle in the bathroom, while rehearsing one of his training routines:

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend.

Gunnery Sargent Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) heard the commotion and rushed in, asking Private "Joker" J.T. Davis (Matthew Modine) on duty: "What is this Mickey Mouse s--t? What in the name of Jesus H. Christ are you animals doing in my head? Why is Private Pyle out of his bunk after lights out? Why is Private Pyle holding that weapon? Why aren't you stomping Private Pyle's guts out?" "Joker" replied that the gun's magazine was fully "locked and loaded."

Hartman demanded that Pyle surrender his rifle and then insulted him when he didn't comply:

I want that weapon and I want it now. You will place that rifle on the deck at your feet and step back away from it.
What is your major malfunction, numb-nuts? Didn't Mommy and Daddy show you enough attention when you were a child?

Holding his rifle at waist level, Pyle murdered Harman (filmed in slow-motion) by blasting him in the chest at close range.

Pyle's Suicide

He then backed up, dropped down on one of the bathroom toilets, put the gun to his mouth, and suicidally pulled the trigger. He blew his head off, splattering the wall behind him with his brains and blood. The bloody death scene slowly faded to black.

Hellraiser (1987)

In the film's conclusion, sexually-depraved pervert Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman/Andrew Robinson) had hideously resurrected, reconstituted, or regenerated his half-composed undead body by sucking out the organs and feasting on the flesh of many victims.

In the attic of Frank's abandoned house, Frank had just skinned and murdered his latest victim - Larry (Andrew Robinson), the father of Frank's own teenaged niece Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence). She had led the Cenobites, denizens of Hell, to Frank's location, as part of a deal, in exchange for saving her own soul. Frank confessed to Larry's murder, as Kirsty realized that her father was Frank's latest victim and that her uncle was now walking around in his brother's skin.

When Frank discovered that Kirsty had set him up and led the Cenobites to him, he exclaimed: "You set me up, you bitch!" He vengefully approached Kirsty to stab her, but then his hand was literally snared by a hook attached to a chain. Then, his entire body was stretched out and impaled, in a crucifixion pose, by a network of dozens of hooks and chains ripping into his flesh.

Masochistically savoring the pain, Frank knew he was facing death and eternal damnation in an alternate universe. He looked lustfully at Kirsty one last time (licking his lips), said (infamously): "Jesus wept," giggled to himself, and then was pulled apart and torn to shreds.

House of Games (1987)

In the unnerving, unexpected twist ending of this hoax film thriller from David Mamet (in his directorial debut film) about a confidence game racket, the used and betrayed best-selling author and psychiatrist Dr. Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse) resorted to viciously murdering self-admitted, slick-talking con-man 'guide' Mike (Joe Mantegna).

In a deserted section of an airport baggage terminal, the swindled Margaret pulled a gun on Mike, but he didn't believe that she would shoot him with his back turned: "You can't bluff someone who's not paying attention." She shot him in the right leg, to which he responded: "Are you nuts? What are you nuts?" As he edged his way to an exit door, she ordered that he beg for his life: "I want you to beg me." He claimed she was only bluffing ("You're all bluff. What - are you gonna kill me and then go to jail? Give up all that good s--t that you have? Your best seller? That doctor stuff? All that stuff you're trying so hard to protect? You're gonna give that up?"). Her response was: "It's not my pistol. I was never here," before firing a second time.

She was deadly serious: "Beg for your life, or I'm going to kill you," as he slid wounded to the floor. She added: "I can't help it. I'm out of control....Beg me for your life." He ranted and raved at her with foul language, as she slowly approached with her gun drawn:

Hey, F--K you! This is what you always wanted, you crooked BITCH! You THIEF! You always need to get caught, cuz you KNOW you're bad. I never hurt anybody. I never shot anybody. You sought this out. This is what you always wanted. I knew it the FIRST time you came in. You're WORTHLESS, you know it? You're a WHORE! You came back like a DOG to its own VOMIT! You sick BITCH! I'm not gonna GIVE you S--T!

She remorselessly peppered him with another gunshot (her third) when he refused. He finally requested:

Thank you, sir. May I have another?

Three more gunshots echoed as she killed him in cold-blood.

In the ending, it was revealed that she had fallen into the addictive lure of being a con artist herself.

Innerspace (1987)

In director Joe Dante's science-fiction comedy (and Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects), there was the memorable, bizarre death scene of sinister robotic-armed villain Mr. Igoe (Vernon Wells) at the hands of daring but irresponsible Navy test pilot Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid), in a plot reminiscent of the classic Fantastic Voyage (1966).

Tuck Pendleton had been miniaturized and was to be injected into a laboratory rabbit for a ground-breaking, top-secret exploratory medical journey, while navigating in a submersible pod. Accidentally, Pendleton was injected into the body of insecure, hypochondriacal Safeway clerk/manager Jack Putter (Martin Short) (Tuck: "I'm in a man!" while Putter exclaimed: "I'm possessed!").

During the action, criminal mastermind Victor Scrimshaw's (Kevin McCarthy) henchman Mr. Igoe was also miniaturized and injected into Jack's body. As he clung onto Putter's stomach wall, Mr. Igoe attempted to drill into the cockpit windshield of Tuck's submersible craft-capsule. Tuck disabled Igoe's pod, and then growled as he was about to dump Igoe into Putter's stomach: "Okay, pal. Here's how I spell relief!" - then he let go.

Both of them plunged into Putter's caustic stomach acids, and the unshielded Mr. Igoe was disintegrated by the corrosive digestive enzymes. A nauseated Tuck informed Jack after seeing Igoe's skeletal remains:

Jack. It worked. You just digested the bad guy.

Jack burped in response.

The Lost Boys (1987)

In director Joel Schumacher's teen horror film, evil Lost Boy teenaged vampire Dwayne (Billy Wirth) escaped death when Sam Emerson (Corey Haim) first tried to kill him by shooting him with an arrow - and missed.

Dwayne taunted: "You missed, sucker!"

Sam responded, "Only once, pal" and tried again with a second arrow that hit Dwayne in the heart and propelled him backwards. It staked him into a stereo system that exploded in a shower of electrical sparks, electrocuted him, and caused him to explode.

His death was accompanied by the tune of "Good Times" (by InXs), after which Sam gleefully commented - with the film's most famous line of dialogue:

Death by stereo!

Nekromantik (1987, Germ.)

Director Jorg Buttgereit's first-time feature was a low-budget, cultish, gross-out, depraved and controversial German horror film.

It was reviled and banned in many countries for its depiction of necrophilia - sex with corpses, bathing in bloody water, rabbit-skinning cruelty, cat disembowelment, and decapitation from a single blow by a shovel. It told of the morbid preoccupation of a couple with corpses, helped by the fact that suicidal and manic-depressive accident clean-up crew member Robert "Rob" Schmadtke (Daktari Lorenz) would bring dead artifacts home.

During a threesome, his girlfriend Betty (Beatrice Manowski) also found pleasure in making love to a rotting and decomposed cadaver with a sawed-off piece of a broom handle (outfitted with a condom) stuck in its groin as a makeshift penis.

In one of the film's final sequences, Rob simultaneously masturbated and committed hari-kiri disembowelment with a knife - culminating in an orgasmic semen-blood mixed expiration.

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