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Deaths Scenes

1998


Greatest Movie Death Scenes
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American History X (1998)

Director Tony Kaye's controversial drama told the story of two brothers living in Venice Beach, California, and the results of racial hatred, intolerance and violence:

  • white-supremacist Nazi-skinhead Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton)
  • younger Daniel "Danny" Vinyard (Edward Furlong), who aspired to be like his older brother

In the intense film's most infamous brutal and painful-to-watch scene, the menacing, tattooed Derek assaulted two black gang members whom he caught breaking into the truck his dead father had left him. He shot and killed one man, and then wounded a second one. Acting righteously yet viciously, he forced the wounded black car thief Lawrence (Antonio David Lyons) to bite down on the sidewalk curb.

He then stomped on the man's head to snap his neck in half - a bone-crunching act to teach him a "real lesson."

After killing him, he spit on his body. He was arrested for the two killings and sentenced to three years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. His younger brother watched in horror as Derek smiled and was taken away after committing the curb-stomping.



American History X (1998)

Ex-con and ex-Neo Nazi white supremacist Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) cradled the bloodied body of his dead brother Danny (Edward Furlong) in his arms in a school bathroom, after he had been shot three times in front of a bank of urinals by another black student. A reformed Derek realized that he had been unable to prevent his younger sibling from going down a similarly violent life path ("Oh God, what did I do?").

Danny provided the narration for the film's concluding voice-over, reading part of the conclusion of his paper for his "American History X" class, quoting in part from the conclusion of Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, as images of a Venice Beach sunset were shown:

So I guess this is where I tell you what I learned - my conclusion, right? Well, my conclusion is: Hate is baggage. Life's too short to be pissed off all the time. It's just not worth it. Derek says it's always good to end a paper with a quote. He says someone else has already said it best. So if you can't top it, steal from them and go out strong. So I picked a guy I thought you'd like.

'We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.'



Armageddon (1998)

Director Michael Bay's dramatic sci-fi action/adventure epic was a thrilling disaster film about efforts to prevent a huge asteroid from colliding with Earth (it was "a global killer - nothing would survive, not even bacteria").

An expert member of a deep-core drilling team, Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) died a self-sacrificial death when he remained behind to manually trigger a nuclear bomb explosion within the threatening asteroid, to destroy it and save the world from extinction. When the crew had randomly drawn straws to determine who would stay to press the button, Harry's buddy driller AJ Frost (Ben Affleck) was selected. But Harry took his place - he ripped out AJ's oxygen airhose and forced him back into the hatch/airlock of the shuttle. He told him to take care of his daughter Grace Stamper (Liv Tyler) after he returned to Earth in the Freedom space shuttle:

You go take care of my little girl now. That's your job. Always thought of you as a son. Always. But, I'd be damn proud to have you marry Grace.

In the shuttle at the last moment, AJ had confidence in his pal's ability to blow up the asteroid and divert it:

Harry'll do it. I know it...He doesn't know how to fail.

As he pushed the button, Harry closed his eyes (at the same time his daughter shut her eyes) and instantaneously experienced a last-second-of-life recollection of his daughter's life. The camera dove into the darkness of her retina and into the blackness of space for a few brief images of his daughter at various stages of her life - and merging with her, before he was selflessly blown to bits when the asteroid was detonated.

Harry Stamper's Montage Shared With His Daughter at the Instant of His Death



Blade (1998)

This was the first film in the Blade series, a popular group of violent action-vampire movies, which starred Wesley Snipes as a human-vampire hybrid, based on the Marvel Comics hero.

In the film's ending, a climactic sword and martial arts battle occurred in the Temple of Eternal Night between:

  • arch enemy, punk biker-style vampire leader Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff)
  • African-American, 'daywalker' Blade (Wesley Snipes) - a superstrong, super-human, half-vampire, half-man vampire hunter (or "suckhead")

During the sword fight, Blade sliced Frost in half, but the two parts of his body rejoined and regenerated, as Frost explained: "You're too late, Blade," demonstrating that he couldn't be killed or maimed. He had already been transformed into the invulnerable vampire Blood God La Magra, the ultimate god of the vampire race. His plan was to conquer the human race by triggering the Blood Tide, causing everyone in the world to become vampires.

Blade caught a belt-clip of blue vials of anti-coagulant liquid EDTA serum, highly lethal for vampires, and then threw them, at lightning fast speed, at the seemingly-invincible body of La Magra. Five of the vials stuck into La Magra's body, puncturing and injecting into his skin, and coming into explosive contact with his vampire blood. He would no longer be able to regenerate blood and body parts. Blade commented:

Some motherf--kers are always trying to ice-skate uphill.

A Fatal Swelling and Bloating Death

Then, Blade threw a sixth vial into the air, then forcefully kicked it into La Magra's forehead. The vampire god experienced a fatal swelling and bloating death until he exploded, causing Blade to shield his face from the massive shower of gore splatter.





Deep Rising (1998)

Director/writer Stephen Sommers' action-horror sci-fi film (originally titled Tentacles) was set in the South China Sea onboard the luxury liner Argonautica during its maiden voyage.

The ship was plagued with various difficulties, including a professional jewel thief/pickpocket named Trillian St. James (Famke Janssen), a mysterious saboteur installing a virus on a CD-ROM to infect the ship's computerized communications system, and a collision with a large, unknown underwater object.

The most serious problem was a giant, fanged, multi-tentacled, squid-like wormy sea creature that attacked the surviving crew. The deep sea worm stripped its prey of all body liquids before ejecting the carcass.

Billy (Clint Curtis), one unfortunate, half-dead and conscious victim of the sea monster experienced a very gory death. He was swallowed and half-digested or eaten (or "drunk") by the creature, then spit out, excreted or regurgitated before dying. For a moment, he flexed his fingers on his dissolved, see-through hand.



Meet Joe Black (1998)

Director Martin Brest's romantic fantasy-drama, a version of Death Takes a Holiday (1934), introduced the character of lawyer Joe Black (Brad Pitt) in a coffee shop. He was speaking to Susan Parrish, the pretty daughter of wealthy media mogul William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins). Although enamoured by him, she failed to get his name when they parted on the street.

While daydreaming at a busy intersection, lawyer Joe Black (Brad Pitt) was first missed by a speeding red 4-door sedan, but then blindsided by a white van from the opposite direction. He was sent airborne in a somersault into the windshield of a yellow taxi-cab traveling in the opposite direction.

A Traffic Fatality From Two Different Directions



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